It's Location And Boundaries
above the sea level, situated at the junction of the two ghat
ranges of the Sahayadri Hills, Nilgiri district provides a
fascinating view. Kerala on the west, the Mysore State on
the north, and Coimbatore district on the east and south bound
it. Headquarters of Nilgiris district is Udhagamandalam (also
called as Ooty).
Beauty Of Nilgiris
derives its charm from its natural setting. The steep hills
and fantastically narrow valleys with numerous rivers and
rivulets running in all directions with a few fine waterfalls
here and there provide beautiful scenery. The temperate and
most equable climate further heightens the attractiveness
of the place. The major tea growing areas in the South are
the Nilgiris and these tea gardens are beautiful to watch.
Hill Stations In The Nilgiris
Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the headquarters of Nilgiri district,
is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations' among the
tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 kilometres
away from Coimbatore. The Botanical Gardens and the Doddabetta
peak (the highest peak in the Nilgiris, located 10-km from
Ooty) are the major attractions.
Coonoor is situated on the eastern side of the southern extremity
of the Doddabetta range, at an altitude of 1,858 metres above
the sea level. It is the second largest hill station in the
Nilgiris. Coonoor is located 19-km away from Ooty and is essentially
a small tea garden town where the weather remains pleasantly
cool throughout the year.
Kotagiri is located 16-km away from Ooty and it is the oldest
hill station of the Nilgiris. Kotagiri is situated at an altitude
of 1,950m, which was once a British hill resort, that dates
back to 1819 and is quieter than Ooty. Elk falls, Kodanad
viewpoint and Catherine falls are a few places to visit.