Stories of Nilgiris

by Varsha Arun July. 04, 2019 523 views

Ooty, Kotagiri and Coonoor - 3 famous hill stations of the sublime Nilgiri Hills, that sit high above the southern plains of India. While Ooty is the main tourist nucleus of the region, Coonoor (about 20 kms from Ooty) boasts of a quieter & yet undisturbed atmosphere. It boasts of verdant environs perfect for hiking, trekking, visiting tea plantations & marvelling at mountain views.

Horizon as seen from a 50-year old tea factory in upper Coonoor - apart from learning about tea making process, sampling of different flavours of tea (tea aficionados will love) is a popular activity here.

Horizon as seen from a 50-year old tea factory in upper Coonoor - apart from learning about tea making process, sampling of different flavours of tea (tea aficionados will love) is a popular activity here.

Roads are fringed with such spectacular greenery!

Roads are fringed with such spectacular greenery!

Coonoor provides the traveller with the panoramic views of the lush green Nilgiri hills, with its ravines, valleys, and waterfalls. Bird watching is a popular pastime here, as the area boasts of a large variety of species like cormorants, pipits, thrushes, parakeets, skylarks, Nilgiri verditer, etc. While summer months are the best time to visit, monsoon adds that exuberant touch of freshness which brings it to artistic life!

Road bends are synonymous with the winding paths through the tea estates...

Road bends are synonymous with the winding paths through the tea estates...

There are several places to visit nearby; namely view points, waterfalls & botanical gardens. From the bustling town centre, one can look down at a sea of red-tiled rooftops to the slopes beyond...and soak up the cool climate, serene environment & stunning vistas.

Dolphin's Nose (:-D) viewpoint.

Dolphin's Nose (:-D) viewpoint.

Lamb's Rock viewpoint. Yes, Lamb's Rock.

Lamb's Rock viewpoint. Yes, Lamb's Rock.

Kodanadu viewpoint in Kotagiri (about 20kms from Coonoor).

Kodanadu viewpoint in Kotagiri (about 20kms from Coonoor).

Not to forget all the fantastic heritage hotels, guest-houses & other such structures! The image below is of St. George's Garrison church built in 1885, a prime example of Gothic architecture of the British empire during their rule in India. It consists of many traditional components of such design including vaulted roofs, yellow coloured stucco, central nave, white sandstone screen, side aisles and much more.

Woman in camouflage.

Woman in camouflage.

180 degree McIver - Colonial bungalow with rich interiors mirroring the antiquity of the place...recent restoration work has added to the vivacity of the tiny resort.

180 degree McIver - Colonial bungalow with rich interiors mirroring the antiquity of the place...recent restoration work has added to the vivacity of the tiny resort.

Teacup pot caught my eye....

Teacup pot caught my eye....

Best items to buy here are the renowned homemade chocolates of the Nilgiris. Yum.

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Patricia D-R 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Stunning landscapes! #7 is absolutely breathtaking!

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Varsha Arun Replied to Patricia D-R 2 months, 1 week ago

The world has too much to see, if we only could explore everything in one lifetime..

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Lee Santiva 1 year, 4 months ago

Beautiful photos of an enchanting landscspe! Did you place the blue umbrella in the foreground or did you discover it?

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Varsha Arun Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you very much...I placed it there to tie my laces & was struck with an idea for a photo smile

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Russell Smith 1 year, 4 months ago

Quite beautiful.

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Varsha Arun Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you very much : )

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

Beautiful landscapes, especially those tea fields. Very similar to those I saw in Sri Lanka

1 year, 4 months ago Edited
Varsha Arun Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 4 months ago

Is it? Is it not such a good escape from daily life? To sit there & soak it in...

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