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iXiGOers Jul 05 2013

Which are the best hill stations in Tamil Nadu?

Vaishali Singh Jul 05 2013
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These hill stations, tucked away in the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, possibly the most scenic part of the Western Ghats, are a series of locations, each more beautiful than the previous and designed as if to set your mind at rest and steep your senses in tranquility. The only way to enjoy these is to open your heart and soul to nature’s bounty and get set for a beautiful holiday in the best hill stations of Tamil Nadu:

MASINAGUDI

Masinagudi is a beautiful place at the foothills of the Nilgiris, just after the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka. The place is lush green and peaceful with a lot of trekking and hiking options available for one and all.


Leave for afternoon safari in the Bandipur National Park. Drive through the thick forests located in the Western Ghats. Catch a glimpse of elephants, deer, peacocks, and the big cats, if lucky. You can visit the elephant camp as well.

Getting there: If arriving from New Delhi, by air, the closest you can get is by New Delhi to Coimbatore flights as that is the closest airport at 120 kms away and for trains, you will have to catch the New Delhi to Mysore trains at 45 kms away. Public transport and taxis are available from both places.


OOTY


Overrun by crowds, especially during the summer, Ooty could easily become a bit of a cliché. The trick is to choose to stay outside town with a choice of innovative options such as Destiny Farmstay that sits on the backwaters of the reservoir in Avalanchi.


Apart from long walks and activities inside the resort, that include horse rides and participating in the organic farming that the resort does, do visit the Botanical Gardens, boat on the lake and take horseback rides along the lake bank, visit the wax museum, wander around the local market and shop for handmade chocolates and aromatic oils. Go on a safari into the Madumalai Sanctuary for a glimpse of the famous flora and fauna of the Western Ghats. Ooty is less than 300 kms away from Bangalore and a ride from Bangalore to Ooty by car takes about 6 hours making it one of the favorite weekend getaways for bangloreans.


COONOOR


Arrive into Coonoor by the Nilgiri Mountain Rail from Ooty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The route is breathtakingly scenic, running through lush green hills and valleys, numerous tunnels and balancing precariously on the edge of cliffs. When you get off at Coonoor, don’t miss the beautiful stone building that constitutes the station.


After settling down in one of the resorts amid unending plantations, visit the iconic 130-year-old Sim’s Park in the centre of town with its veritable feast of flora offset with pretty structures and ponds. Other things to do include visiting Dolphin’s Nose, a popular picnic spot. On clear days, Catherine Falls that tumble from the nose, is visible and breathtaking. Then there’s Lamb’s Rock for its views and Law’s Falls, another waterfall, located on the Mettupalayam Road. Take a break from nature to visit the ruins of the Droog Fort, believed to have been built by Tipu Sultan, via an invigorating three-kilometre trek.


KOTAGIRI


The one place that captures the true magnificence of the Nilgiris is Kotagiri, full of old world charm and sprawling with lavish European bungalows. The crowds thin out here and nature is at its pristine best. More specifically, the Kondanad view point is where mist and cloud-wrapped mountain ranges, with trickling streams and winding river below, are spread out in a panoramic view amidst an all-pervading calmness.


Wander around the tea gardens and pack in a tea factory visit, if possible. Visit Longwood Forest, a tropical evergreen forest in the middle of town and Nehru Park, St Catherine waterfalls and gaze in awe at the Rangaswamy pillar, a rocky pillar that rises 400 ft. Go trekking through the plantations and forests.

Getting back
: The nearest airport is Coimbatore (65 km) that has connections to most metros in the country.

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