Visual Treat of the Hills - Ooty to Kodaikanal
Ooty is in deep within the Nilgiri hills that are also known as The Blue Mountains. This is located in the Western Ghats zone at an altitude of 2240 metres. It is the headquarters of the Nilgiri District, where the two mountain ranges meet. Udhagamandalam , popularly called as Ooty by the tourist, is the Queen of Hill Stations - lies in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Coffee and Tea Plantations and trees like Conifers, Eucalyptus, Pine and Wattle dot the hill side in Udhagamandalam and its environs. Summer temperature is - maximum of 25 C and a minimum of 10 C. During the winter it is minimum 5 C and a maximum of 21 C when it is slightly warmer. And a pleasant weather for most part of the year has led to Ooty tour packages becoming increasingly popular.
As with most hill towns in India, Udhagamandalam was established by the British. Over time, sprawling tea estates and heritage buildings came up, further enhancing its photogenic setting. Not just families and friends, but honeymooners have also found an appropriate paradise in Ooty, owing to its mesmerising lakes and hills. On the other hand, Kodaikanal - the Princess of Hill Stations, is a must visit for a scenic and peaceful holiday in the spectacularly beautiful Western Ghats. Located on the southern ridge of Palani hills in Tamil Nadu this genteel hill station was established by missionaries as a retreat from the oppressive heat of the plains.
Kodaikanal has since grown into a popular holiday town, with something for everyone. Thickly wooded glades interspersed with small water bodies create an atmosphere of tranquillity, while various activities such as treks and boating offer more excitement. The star-shaped Kodai Lake is the focal point around which the city settled. The best time to visit Kodai is April-June and Aug-Oct. The temperature ranges between 8 C to 20 C.