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The Mountains, Forests and Valleys: Soul Searching Through the Nilgiris!

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A collage of landscapes, indigenous people, rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, the Nilgiris is a special place. The culture, wilderness and romance of the place will keep you coming back for more.

The Mountains, Forests and Valleys: Soul Searching Through the Nilgiris!:

  1. Jungle Hut, Mudumalai (Masinagudi) (Tamil Nadu)
  2. Highland Hotel Ooty, Ooty (Tamil Nadu)
  3. Sherlock, Ooty (Tamil Nadu)
  4. Monarch Hotel, Ooty (Tamil Nadu)
  5. Tea Nest, Coonoor (Tamil Nadu)
  6. De Rock, Coonoor (Tamil Nadu)

1. The lowlands and superb wildlife, Masinagudi

The lowlands  and superb wildlife, Masinagudisource: traveholics.com

Located on the foot of the towering Blue Mountains is the small town of Masinagudi. Surrounded by the thick forests of the Mudumalai National Park, this place has amazing wildlife sightings, trekking trails and viewpoints. Moyar river is a spectacle during the monsoon!  Helpful locals will guide you well.

Vignesh: The dense forests and the lush green expanses of plains of the Mudumalai, the ancient mountain ranges of the west, also called Nilgiris (Blue Mountains), reveal a little of themselves before their wilderness becomes more difficult for man to access.. Activities include Mountain Trekking, Bird Watching and Private Jungle Safari is another option. 

Visit the elephant camp at theppakadu!!

2. Aptly named after a tragic landslide, Avalanche lake

Aptly named after a tragic landslide, Avalanche lakesource: Aditya Kumar

Stretching for miles on end, this beautiful turquoise lake occupies much of an extensive valley. The toda people of the area have resided on its banks for centuries. The forest department runs various activities including wildlife safaris, boating and trekking. The monsoons rejuvinte the grasslands making it an incredible view.

Vignesh: A beautiful lake surrounded by a thick shola where even sunlight cannot penetrate and abundant with a wide variety of avifauna is a Nature Lover's Paradise. Its just away 25 km from Ooty. 

Trek to Embrald Lake through pritine wilderness

3. The protected refuge of The Nilgiri Thar, Mukurthi National Park

The protected refuge of The Nilgiri Thar, Mukurthi National Parksource: worldwidetraveladvisor.wordpress.com

Unending shola grasslands, thick evergreen forests, rising mist from the valley treats you to this protected paradise. Leaving all modern gadgets behind, you embark on an adventure to experience the magic that is the natural world. The nilgiri thar, an endangered species is found here in abundance along with the rare tiger and occasional elephant. A must visit for the nature lover.

Vignesh: Mukurthi National Park is another major attraction of the Nilgiris. It is located on the South Eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau. The area contains a viable population of Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius). Excellent creature of god makes you to take rest.

Visit the Pykara Dam! 

4. Less traveled, Ebbanad

Less traveled, Ebbanadsource: www.thehindu.com

Away from the tourist humdrum of Ooty, this little village offers great trekking trails through the tea estates and forests that surround it. The giant Malabar squirrel s found here in abundance. Monsoons fire up the waterfalls and mountain streams of this area. Hiring a guide from Ooty is the best way to explore this natural wonderland. Many Europeans have settled down in this area giving it a unique cultural twist

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5. Close interactions with the Indian Gaur, Kotagiri

Close interactions with the Indian Gaur, Kotagirisource: talkofwalk.blogspot.com

Kotagiri is less known by conventional tourists but quit popular with trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts. Rolling tea estates and legendary forests adorn this place with some off the most spectacular view points. The Indian gaur can be seen very close to toiling tea estate workers.

Renjita: There is nothing to do in Kotagiri except to let your soul wander. Kotagiri is a small village nestled between Ooty & Coonoor and many people miss this heavenly destination has it is still untouched by tourists which has only increased its appeal. Overall, this trip was a soothing yet exciting trip for the soul.

Visit the Kodanad view point and trek down to thengumarahada!!

6. Centre of the Tea business, Conoor

Centre of the Tea business, Conoorsource: travel.india.com

Connor is a charming hill station, less crowded with the friendly people. Surrounded by teas estates and forests, this is the main tea market of the Niligiris. Many religious retreats choose this town due to its weather and inclusive atmosphere. The surrounding forests hold forts of a bygone era and offer some of the most exciting trekking trails.

Nelson: Coonoor is a good place to visit. Everyone should try to travel to Coonoor at least once. The scenic views and the tea plantations are awesome. We get different types of tea here and we can also visit the tea factory to see how it is made.

Visit the Droog Fort! 

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