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Nilgiris Travel Guide

,Tamil Nadu


Blue Hills - Nilgiris

The most attractive and exquisite destination in the state of Tamil Nadu, Nilgiris is a heaven on earth and is resplendent with natural beauty and breathtaking sceneries. It is blessed with rich flora and fauna and is also the district headquarters of the Nilgiris district which is often specified as the Nilgiri Hills. It is a part of the Western Ghats mountain chain stretching up the southwestern edge of the Deccan Plateau.

Nilgiris Travel guide is incomplete without a mention of its naturally blessed ambience and serene vegetation. These are a range of mountains with at least 24 peaks above 2000 m in the western section of the state at the junction of Karnataka and Kerala states in Southern region. Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a must experience attraction of the Nilgiris. Over 2700 species of flowering plants, 160 species of ferns, numerous types of flowerless plants, algae, fungi, mosses and land lichens are found in the land of the Nilgiris.

Do not miss to visit this paradise of Tamil Nadu!!

Attractions in Nilgiris

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Events / Festivals in Nilgiris

Nearly all important festivals are celebrated with much pomp and show in Nilgiris. Festivals in Nilgiris provide yet another reason to celebrate “Life” to the natives.

Pongal:One of the most awaited events in Nilgiris and all over the state, Pongal is celebrated with great passion and vigor. The term Pongal signifies sweet dish of rice which is eaten on the Pongal festival day. Jaggery, Cardamom and cashew nuts are also included in this dish for the celebration. The local people dedicate this dish to God Surya, The Sun God. It is one of the most imperative and well known festivals held in the month of mid January every year.

Tamil New Year:It is a wonderful festival and local people celebrate this festival in the month of April in Nilgiris. This festival is also known as Puthandu or Chithirai Tiru-naal.

Ekadasi Festival:One of the most important festivals of the town, Ekadasi Festival is celebrated on the eleventh day of every lunar fortnight. The Vrishchika Ekadasi has a special importance in the town. A highlight of this festival is the commemorative plaque for Gajarajan Kesavan.

Saraswathy Pooja:Saraswathy Pooja is held in the last three days of the Navaratri festival as the last three days are especially meant for Goddess Saraswathy. The preparations of Krishnanattam, Kathakali, and Kalaripayattu etc. usually begin on this day. Hence this eve is celebrated with great passion.

Accommodation in Nilgiris

Nilgiris has a lot of deluxe and medium to budget accommodation options in the nearby region. Lakeview Hotel (West Lake Road, Ooty), Welbeck Residency Hotel (Club Road) and Sterling Holidays Fern Hill (Kunda House Road, Ooty) are the deluxe accommodation with all high class facilities which makes your stay a reliable and memorable one. Other medium and budget accommodation includes Sanjay Hotel (Ooty), Vinayaka Inn (Garden Road) and Tamil Nadu Hotel (Charing Cross Road).

Fast Facts about Nilgiris
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Nilgiris
Famous for/as: Scenic, Hill station
Languages: Tamil, English
Best Season: Winters; October to March
Weather: Tropical type; Hot in summers, moderately cool in winters
Altitude: 2789 m
Pin code: 643001
STD code: 0423
Distance Charts to Nilgiris
Road Map Distance Time
Bangalore to Nilgiris 260 KM 5 hrs.
Coimbatore to Nilgiris 90 KM 2 hrs.
Ooty to Nilgiris 8 KM 18 mins.