Trekking : 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.
Permission for trekking can to be obtained from the District Forest Officer[s] North and South Division and wildlife warden - Udhagamandalam.
Coonoor : Situated at an altitude of 200 ft above the seal level and 17 Km froms Udhagamandalam, is the first of the popular Hill Stations. Coonoor is a small town with an equitable climate that has made it popular as a hill resort in its own right. The main attraction is the Sim’s Park, a small well-maintained Botanical Garden that houses several varieties of plants found missing in the other Hill Stations. View points and picnic spots around Coonoor include Lambs Rock, Lady Canning’s Seat, Dolphins Nose, St.Catherine Falls, Law’s Falls, Ralliah Dam and Droog.
Sims Park : This garden was laid out in 1874 by Mr.J.D.Sim, the then Secretary to Government and Major Murray, acting Superintendent of the Nilgiris forests. Hence the park was name after J.D.Sim. Initially it was aimed as a pleasure resort for the residents and visitors. Later, the park has been transformed into an exotic Garden Park . The Park is spread over 12 hectares of undulated land and possesses a number of natural advantages at an elevation of around 1798 meters .
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 the month of May. It attracts tourists in large numbers.The Pomological research station that is located near Sim’s park conducts research on Horticulture and POMOLOGY. The Pasteur Institute, that produces anti-rabi vaccine, DTP, DY and IT, is also located, just across Sim’s Park.
Dolphins Nose : Ideally visited in the morning, this view point is just about 12 Kms from Coonoor near Tiger Hill. This is located amidst dense Sholas, criss-crossed by winding road. You can get a beautiful view of the Catherene Falls from here.
Lamb's Rock : At 5000 ft above seal level, is a view point that is located within a reserve forest about 8 km from the Coonoor bus stand. The rock is a cliff that drops down few hundred feet into the lush green jungle below. A phenomenal stretch of forests all the way to the Coimbatore plains can be viewed from here. The Trees become extremely colorful and beautiful between January and March.
A Unique eco-system and wonderful Trekking Terrain into the wilderness lets you completely submit your self into the arms of nature. This is the home for Endemic species like the rare Nilgiris Marten [dog like arboreal animal] Nilgiris Black Buck, Mouse Deer, Nilgiris. Birds like the Nilgiris Pippet are a treat to watch for Bird lovers. The National park is closed between Mid-January to Mid-April. Apart from the above period, the national park can be visited any time during the year.