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Nilgiri Hills

Nilgiri, meaning Blue Mountains, is one of the most gorgeous hilly terrains in India. Situated at the junction of the two ghat ranges of the Sahayadri Hills, Nilgiri offers a magnificent view. Starting from the North East corner of the State of Kerala, Nilgiri Hills are extended to the state of Tamil Nadu. The height of the hills in the Blue Mountain range varies between 2,280 and 2,290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2,623 metres.

About the Nilgiri Hills
Deriving its charm from its natural setting, the steep hills and narrow valleys with rivers and gushing waterfalls running in all directions are a sight to behold. The Nilgiris and its surrounding areas attract tourist from around the country, especially during the summer months. Its magnificent hills, fascinating valleys and beautiful waterfalls act as magnets, pulling tourists towards it. The pleasant weather all year long is also the major reason why tourist head to the hills in the summers.

Nilgiri Hills act as a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries here. Boosting of rich flora and fauna, the sanctuary houses dense mixed and moist deciduous forests, making it the most attractive and fascinating wildlife reserves. Bamboos (Bambusa Arundinacea), teak (Tetcona Grandis), add to the floral system of the park. Elephants, Gaur, Banner, Macaque, Common Langur, Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Panther, Sloth bear, Python, Barking Deer, Four horned Antelope, Otter, Giant flying squirrel, Sambar, Hyena, Wild Dog, Spotted deer, among others make the beautiful fauna of the sanctuary.

Trekking is the best way to explore the wild forests of teak and rhododendron of Nilgiri Hills. Trek through the remote areas, explore the wildlife sanctuaries and taste the rural culture and geographical diversity of the hills. One needs to be medically fit to trek in this area, as trekking here is not easy and involves a lot of physical strength. Apart from trekking you can also try out fishing and angling.

Fairs and Festivals
The entire Nilgiri Hills region is renowned for its culture and traditions. The “Tea tourism Festival” held between the months of January to February offers an opportunity to taste the wide varieties of tea available here.

The Flower and Fruit Show are two prominent festivals celebrated in the Nilgiri Hills. The annual Flower Show at Ooty and the Fruit Show at Coonoor are among the important cultural events, deserving special mention.

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