Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve
This is one of the first Tiger Reserves of India which was established in the year 1931 by the Maharaja of Mysore. It was later declared a national park in 1974. This is a few kilometeres north of Mysore and shares boundaries with other sanctuaries and national parks of tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, etc. The national Park is one of the most popular in the country and the Kabini River is an added attraction here. There are about 70 tigers out here in this open area where the animals lead a free life with lots of space to roam about. The main animals here include leopards, chitahs, gaur, sloth bears, sambhars, mouse deer, wild dog, wild boar, barking deer, hyena and four horned antelope. The many species of birds include pompadour green pigeon, grey jungle fowl, honey buzzard, red headed vulture, owls and hawks.
Mudumalai National Park
Forming a part of the Nilgiri Forest Reserve, this park is at the meeting point of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This was just a simple game reserve before it eas declared a national park in the year 1940. The Mudumalai National Park has the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary to the North and the Wynad National Park to the West of it. The park has rich flora and fauna out of which most of the plants and wildlife species are of the local origin. The most important flowers found here are the bamboo, teak, rosewood, mathi, Vengai and others. The main animal species are of the butterflies, rock python, Indian Gaur, bonnet macaque, Nilgiri Langur.
This is the highest peak in the Nilgiri region and is about 10 kilometres from the city of Udhagamandalam or Ooty. The main attraction here is the center for tourists on the peak of this hill. There is an observatory on the top floor of this tourist center and there are twin telescopes hre. From the glass paned observatory, with the help of telescopes, you get awesome views of the whole district till far away places.
Home to more than 650 species of plants and herbs, this is a prime attraction in the Queen of Hill Stations which is Ooty. There are a number of rare species of plants and herbs here along with a number of varieties of flowers. The main attraction here is the monkey's puzzle tree which has a strange shape and the name is given because even monkeys fail to climb this tree. There is also a paper bark tree and also a fossilized tree. The other sections of this garden are the Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Fountain Terrace, conservatories and fountains. The Government also organizes a check everyday via the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu. The Summer Festival is a sight to behold out here.
Nothing but a watchpoint, Dolphin's Nose is very close to Kannur or Coonoor. The adventure filled path is misty and has criss- cross routes after which you reach the final point. Also, this place is best visited early in the morning to experience the true beauty of it. The foggy mornings are the best times when you can enjoy an awesome view of the Catherene Falls from. Apart from this, the view of sunrise is picturesque too.
This is the prime attraction of Ooty and is an artificial lake which was constructed by John Sullivan in the year 1824. This was made by making dams run by the waters from the river which flowed down to the valley region. The main motive was to help fishermen by making fishing ferries out here. T^he lake is beautiful and is surrounded by eucalyptus trees and one one side runs a railway line too. The boathouse from where you can hire boats of all kind. This was opened by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Department and boating is the main activity near this place. During the summer season, anumber of boat races and paegentries are held here.
Originally named as the Government Rose Garden or the Jayalalitha Rose Garden after the name of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, this is a wonderful place to spend time in. This garden is spread over a hilly area and it is an extremely beautiful and romantic place. You should best visit this place during mid- summer to find the roses in full blossom. The different colours and the sweet fragrance of the flowers are just awesome. This place is perfect for spending time during the afternoons on the lush green fields of this rose garden.
Another lovely place just at an hour and a halve's drive from the awesome ooty. This lake area is a part of the Emerald village which in itself is very less popular and thus never crowded whichever part of the year you choose to visit. This gem of a place is hidden in the middle of a number of mountains and you find natural beauty at its best out here. There is simply nothing much to do over here except for admiring the natural beauty or enjoying some time with your friends and family.
Dodabetta Tea Museum and Factory
When we are talking about the best hill station of the nilgiri range we are always talking about Ooty or the Udhagamandalam. There are a number of mountains which are close to it and are a part of the Nilgiri Hill Range. Out of these the Doda Betta is the highest mountain and is about 10 kilometres away from Ooty. After you have finished trekking and have reached the peak of the mountain there is something very nice waiting for you. It is a visitors observatory center. This is a two- storey building and the second floor is in the form of an observatory. The whole gallery is circled with glass panes and there are placed two large telescopes. With the help of these you can take a closer look of the surrounding peaks and the amount of beauty they possess.
Located in the main hill station of the Nilgiris which is Ooty, this is a lean and large lake. People come here for site- seeing, photography or boating usually. Other than this, picnics are a common site here because spending fun time with the family amidst such natural beauty is sheer happiness. There is also a boat house here from where you can hire boats. You get an option when it comes to the type of boats. You can anything from speedboats to the normal ferry boats. The latter can usually carry about 8 persons which means the whole family can enjoy a boat trip together.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
This was a railway line in the state of Tamil Naddu which was built by the British in the year 1908. The passenger railway moves along 16 tunnels, over 250 bridges and 208 curves. The main stations withing this route are the Mettupalayan, Kallar, Adderly, Hillgrove, Runnymede, Kateri, Conoor Lovedale and others.
Pykara is the name of a town and stream 19 kilometers from Ooty in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. The Pykara River is considered exceptionally hallowed by the Todas. It ascends at Mukurthi top, streams northwards, and after that swings toward the west after reaching to the edge of the plateau. The waterway courses through Murkurti, Pykara and Glenmorgan dams, and structures some portion of an imperative hydro-electric force project. The Pykara Station, pronounced as a heritage site in September 1997, set off the foundation of more hydro-electric force stations in the state. A boat house on the Pykara Reservoir is a very auspicious fascination for vacationers. The boat shelter with eatery is kept up by Tamil Nadu Tourism and Development Corporation. It comprises of a few vessels and has speedboats which are allowed in water for 20 minutes and speed boats which are considered for 10 minutes or 15 minutes sometimes.
The caves.. yeah! Stony and slippery.. A small adventurous uphill walk(or rather climb) which will make you almost believe that you cant make it to the top of the cave! The incessant rainfall was discouraging, also a bit foggy which was obfuscating our view. Nevertheless, we marched to the caves highest point. Moving up was tedious while moving down was also enjoyable in a way that we thought we could just roll down the cliff, over the edge and down, down, down.. Shouldn't be a miss!
Muthanga Wildlife Safari
We chose this route. After crossing Gundlupet, the flower and vegetable farms on either side of the highway present a pleasing view. The drive on the green canopied road through the beautiful Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary was extremely relaxing. In this route, you enter Wayanad through Sultan Bathery town.
Bangalore is such a good place. It is kind of center to execute all kind trips. Off-road, hilly, forest etc, everything is just very near. I just wait for long weekends so that I can mark those places on my calendar “one more done” ! Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra and Maharashtra each and every place with their own attractions. Valpari forest, ooty’s 36 hair pin bends, NH4; a clean green open highway, wayanad; jungle hi jungle and never ending list...this place is blessed for people who love to explore who love to travel.
Wild Planet Jungle Resort
With this short trip, even I got chance to feel the aroma of Kerala. My better half's love towards greenery, valleys and mountains, gave me a thought to plan this short and sweet trip.Here is our route to the resort from Hyderabad, via Bangalore, Mysore, Gundalpet, Bandipur, Gudalur, Devala and finally Wild Planet Jungle resort.This luxurious resort located in the middle of a dense rain forest. Nestled in the natural beauty of the wilds, Wild Planet Jungle Resort is located at Devala, T.N., (The Cherrapunji of South India), in the Nilgiris, the border of Wayanad Hills ( Kerala) and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (T.N). It is an iconic Indian retreat, set in 100 acres of land which is hidden inside the secluded 3300 square kilometers of tropical rain forest in the midst of Nilgiri mountain range - the meeting point of Eastern and Western Ghats.Wild Planet is truly of a kind, all inclusive Indian eco lodge which is surrounded by forest and is one of the most remote, adventurous, romantic and unique resort one can ever come across. At Wild Planet, guests take the road less travelled and will find unprecedented solitude, serenity, rest, relaxation and refreshment. The green blanketed misty hills cleanses the mind, soul and body. The resort setting is picture-perfect with a dramatic, finely embroidered luxurious living in the ruggedness of the jungle.I would suggest everyone to plan for minimum of two days, to enjoy and explore the beauty of Nilgiris and do some adventurous activities that are organised at the resort, and I promise, you'll never know how time flies off. This is a great place where whole family of all ages can come and enjoy to the maximum.As we were already late to reach the resort, before we reached there, we called upon the manager and asked to arrange lunch.After reaching Devala, you'll be diverted towards amazing Tea plantation hills, you'll pass through the widely spread Tea and Coffee estates. While you enjoy the beauty of the valleys of tea gardens the road gets narrow, and makes you feel that you are trekking the hill with your car .. LOL ... As soon as you reach the parking place, Ford Endeavour will be ready to take you to the resort. Even though the resort is just 2 kms away from the parking place, it will take you minimum 30 mins to reach there.As soon as you reach the resort the staff will greet you with a wet scented cloth to wipe your face and a welcome drink. After finishing your formalities of signing and if any payments, then the assisting personnel will hand over the activity list with timings. Boys will be ready at the reception to guide you to room.While we were settling down in the Hill Top Cottage, restaurant staff sent delicious, finger licking food to the room. Without delaying we quickly finished our lunch and started exploring the resort. We roamed the entire property, everywhere staff greeted us with a pleasant smile and patiently answered every question we asked. At 7:30 most of the guests gathered at the camp fire, after spending some time, sharp by 8:30 p.m., dinner buffet commenced. After having tummy full delicious food, we went to bed.
An apt place for a peaceful getaway or some quiet moments with nature. The lake is large and is located in ooty which is in itself known as the best hill station over here. It is not a very popular tourist attraction mainly because it is hidden amidst a number of trees which form a forest. The scenic beauty that you find here is better han many other places in Ooty which you have visited many times. The advantage for it still being unknown to many is that you can spend peaceful time and the place is still very clean and unexploited completely.
Pykara Lake Boating
It’s an hour of travel from the centre town of ooty and the roads aren’t in perfect shape. When you are here don't forget to take speed motor boat ride. This is one of the least visited spots in Ooty, maybe because of the distance from the city but it’s just Awesome and a MUST - VISIT spot.
More popularly known as the Shooting Point, this is one of the best places to visit in Ooty. It is known as the Shooting Point because of the number of Indian films shot here. The lush green meadows and the walking trails here are apt for enjoying lazy walks. Try not to come during the peak season as this place will be overcrowded all the time during these months. During the other times you can get the best experience out here amidst the most peaceful surroundings. The exceptional view of the Nilgiri atmosphere is the main thing which attracts most of the tourists here.
The Queen of the Hills is famous for the road called Coonoor that has a number of tourist-friendly hotels and restaurants. Fortune Retreats is located at Belmont Terrace and is spread over 20 acres. The place offers the best of what Ooty has and is famous with tourists. Hill View Resort offers a calm getaway and a great view of the tea gardens, mountains and lush forests. The Paradise is a restaurant at the Hotel Glanton Manor that serves Pan-Indian cuisine with its locally sourced produce. It's ice cream parlour is famous among the locals and tourists.
Bandipur National Park
HighgardenWhy stay at Highgarden: At an elevation of 3000ft, Highgarden is a private property apt for a quiet getaway to the Nilgiri Hills. The property is at an hour's distance from Bandipur National Park and is visited by countless guests each year who wish to experience the best of forest and wildlife.Perfect for: The cottage has room for 6 guests and offers a quiet retreat for a family or group of friends travelling together.
Also known as the Dodabetta or Doda Betta, this is a part of the Blue Mountain range or the Nilgiris. Moreover, this peak is the highest among all others in this range and is noteven very far from the beautiful Ooty. The distance of just 10 kilometers can be easily covered by cars or buses. Trekking is the first thing to be enjoyed here and as you will reach the peak, you will find an observatory here. In the top floor of this observatory is a glass surrounded gallery where you will see are two telescopes. These can be used to enjoy the surrounding places to its best.
Correctly known as the "Queen of Hills", Nilgiri literally mans the blue mountains. This is the mountain range in Tamil Nadu which is among one of the best tourist attractions here. The main reason for it being so popular are of course the beautiful hill stations such as Ooty and Kodaikanal among others. The Doda Betta Peak is the highest peak in the range and is a favourite for trekkers. There is also an observatory on top of this peak. The Nilgiri Hills are almost coverd by coffee and rubber plantations which look like a velvet, green cover on the blue- purple colour of the hills. The beautiful colour combination is the best kind of food for the camera lenses! The river Cauvery along with a number of other rivers and their tributaries flow along this region and also form beautiful waterfalls. The main activities you can enjoy here are trekking, cycling, walking, photography and bird watching.
Black Thunder Theme Park
Black Thunder -A water theme park located at Mettupalayam. It offers 49 rides, surf Hill and wild River ride. Cuisine and shopping- Besides Dosa, Vada, Sambhar and Rasam,-Kheema Upma and dosa with Prawn Kurma are famous.-Sudhumpu a dish made out of fish is mouth watering-Venu Biryani made out of less masala, pepper and coriander is had all through coimbatore-Chola, Kamba and paneer dosai are famous all through the city-Ven Pongal,Kootu Kathamba Saadam,Kolu masiyal and Payiru thirattel are famous.Famous Shopping Markets - Coimbatore is very famous for Textiles besides Handicrafts and artistic metal works.-Victoria Town -oppanakara street -Old Coimbatore town- Coimbatore city market.
Upper Bhavani Reservior
Upper Bhavani Lake Ooty is actually the backwater of Upper Bhawani Dam. This is by far the most beautiful and amazing place to visit in Ooty and an absolute delight for nature lovers. But you need to spare out at least half a day to visit this heavenly place. Ooty to Upper Bhavani is a 38 km drive which takes around 1 hour through the green Nilgiris. Enroute to lake there are beautiful spots which include small springs and two more lakes – Emerald Lake and Avalanche Lake. Both are beautiful and unpolluted, worth visiting. But if you like to see Avalanche you have to drop your plan to Upper Bavani Lake Ooty, because to reach Avalanche itself will take more time, then you won’t be able to reach Upper Bhavani in right time as per forest department schedule. If you are visiting in winters fog and mist adds to the mystery to the road that lead to this place.
Everything about this place is mesmerizing! This lake is about 30 kilometeres from Ooty and the road in between is not very smooth but the trouble taken is always worthed. Eco tours are orgsanized here by the Forest authorities and these are worth enjoying. You can also enjoy walking around the picturesque surroundings or just sit and relax.