: There are excellent opportunities for trekking in the Nilgiris
with a country rising from 300 metres in the North and South to 2600 metres in the
West. It is possible to enjoy some of the most magnificent sceneries in the world;
observe Wildlife in its many forms: study a great variety of tropical plants and
trees; in a wide range of usually favourable climatic conditions.
Trekking area is divided as per the geographical regions with very different climatic
conditions like the Western area with a temperate climate consists of montane wet
temperate forests, the North and Eastern region with a tropical climate consists
of dry deciduous broad leaved and scrub forest.
For more details and permission has to be obtained from the District Forest officer(s)
North and South Division and wildlife warden, Ooty.
at an altitude of 2000 ft and only 17 kms from Udhagamandalam, this is the first
of the hill stations. Coonoor is a small town with an equable climate that has made
it popular as a hill resort in its own right. The main attraction is the Sim's Park,
which is a small well-maintained botanical garden that has several varieties of
plants not to be found in the other hill stations. Viewpoints and picnic spots around
Coonoor include Lambs Rock, Lady Canning's Seat, Dolphin's Nose, St Catherine
Falls, Law's Falls, Ralliah Dam and Droog.
Sims Park :
This garden was laid out in 1874 Mr.J.D. Sim, the then Secretary to Government and
Major Murray, acting Superintendent of the Nilgiris forest and the park was named
after the former. Though this was started as a pleasure resort for the residents
and visitors, the park has now developed into Garden. This garden is spread over
12 heactares of undulating land and possesses a number of natural advantages at
an elevation of 1768 - 1798 metres above M.S.L.
The park cum botanical garden contains many species of trees and shrubs not found
in Ooty. Annual Fruit and Vegetables show is held every year in May here attracts
tourists in large numbers. Pomological research station located near Sim's park
can also be seen which do research on nursery plants and fruits. The Pasteur Institute
may also be seen just across Sim's Park which produces anti-rabi Vaccine, DTP, DT,
Dolphins Nose : Ideally visited in the morning, this view point
is located about 12 kms from Coonoor near Tiger Hill. Amidst dense Sholas Criss-Crossed
by winding road, you can get a beautiful view of the Catherine falls from here.
Lamb's Rock : This view point is within a reserve forest about
8 kms from the Coonoor Bus Stand. Overlooked a sheer precipice of several hundred
metres with a phenomenal view of vast stretches of forests all the way to the Coimbatore
plains. Between January and March, the trees become extremely colourful.
To be one with nature in the Nilgiris, you have to get into the wilderness and trek.
The Grasslands and Sholas of the Nilgiris form a unique eco-system and a wonderful
terrain to trek through. Endemic species like the rare Nilgiris Marten (dog like
arboric animal) the Nilgiris Black Buck, the Mouse Deer, the Nilgiris Tahr amongst
others and a wealth of bird life like the Nilgiris Pippet, etc make Nilgiris a dream
destination for nature lovers. Explore the wealth of this land revel in the experience.
Best time to visit through out the year expect when the sanctuary and National Park
are closed normally between Mid-January and Mid-April.