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Vacation in the mountains of India

Trip to Nilgiri Mountains, India

Top highlights of Nilgiri Mountains
  • Tea and coffee plantation, India
  • Spice plantation, Nilgiri Mountains
  • Viewpoint, Nilgiri Mountains
  • Hilly landscape with cascades, Nilgiri
  • Mountain forests and meadows, Nilgiri mountains
  • Impressive backdrop, Nilgiri mountains
  • Rubber trees, Nilgiri Mountains
  • Waterfalls, Nilgiri Mountains, India
  • Streams, Nilgiri Mountains, India
  • Hill tribes, Nilgiri Mountains, India
  • Old English stone houses, Nilgiri Mountains
  • Spectacular cogwheel steam train
  • Wildlife, Nilgiri Mountains, India
  • Nilgiri langur and bearded monkey, India
  • Nilgiri-Tahr, Nilgiri Mountains, India

Popular mountain resorts of the Nilgiri Mountains

  • Ooty, Nilgiri Mountains, India
  • Coonoor, Nilgiri Mountains, India
  • Kotagiri, Nilgiri Mountains, India

Best Hotels in Nilgiri Mountains, India

  • Best Hotels in Ooty, India
  • Hotel Taj Savoy, Ooty, India
  • Sinclairs Retreat Hotel, Ooty, India
  • Fortune Resort Sullivan Court, Ooty
  • Glyngarth Villa, Ooty, India
  • Kings Cliff Hotel, Ooty, India
  • Sherlock Hotel, Ooty, India
  • Destiny the Farm Stay, Ooty, India
  • Best Hotels in Coonoor, India
  • Hotel The Taj Gateway, Coonoor
  • Kurumba Village Resort near Coonoor
  • Best Homestays in Coonoor, India
  • Bliss Homestay, Coonoor, India
  • Sunvalley Homestay, Coonoor

Adventure to the Nilgiri Mountains, India

  • Nilgiri Hill Railways, Nilgiri Mountains
  • Classic Trekking, Nilgiri Mountains, India
  • Hiking trip, Nilgiri Mountains, India

Land and people of the Nilgiri Mountains

  • Primitive people in Nilgiri Mountains, India
  • Todas, Nilgiri Mountains, India

Package tours to the Nilgiri Mountains

  • Pure nature and adventure, Nilgiri Mountains
  • Railway romance, Nilgiri Mountains

How to get to the Nilgiri Mountains, India

  • Nilgiri Express from Chennai * 2671

Surroundings of Nilgiri Mountains

  • Western Ghat, India

Vacation in the mountains in south India

The Nilgiri Mountains in the Western Ghats

The picturesque Nilgiri Mountains or Nilgiris (Blue Mountains) for short are a mountain range in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in southern India. They owe their name to the kurunji shrub (Strohbilanthianus), the flowers of which bathe the hills in a sea of ​​blue colors every twelve years. Otherwise they are covered with highland grass and sholas (evergreen mountain forests).

The highest point in the Nilgiris is the Doddabetta with a height of 2,637 m. The Nilgiri Mountains are a unique, fascinating ecosystem with a multitude of rare animal and plant species.

Nilgiri teas are copper-colored, have a citrus-like basic character and taste quite strong. The main harvest season is from January to April and July to August. Nilgiri teas are ideal as a basis for the so-called "English mixture" and go well with sugar, milk and lemon.

Indigenous people of the Nilgiri Mountains: The Todas
The 1200 Todas live between the five tribal groups of the Nigiri mountain range. They are the oldest and most unusual tribe. They live in perfect harmony with nature and have great spiritual abilities. They are not selling their land. They don't grow anything, they don't act.

They don't eat meat; they live on the milk of wild buffalo, which they revere like their own kind, and on what they find in the forest. They have their own language; no writing, no calendar; no gods and no gurus.

You know about 250 types of plants, as well as their healing and efficacy. They have an enormous amount of knowledge about healing methods - even in the most difficult cases.

The todas don't work. They enjoy the here and now, sing and dance a lot at get-togethers. Some of the beautiful women live in polygamy.

By train through India's Blue Mountains
The only steam-powered rack railway in India has its starting point at the foot of the Nilgiri Mountains in Mettupalaiyam at an altitude of 350 meters. The 2,000 meter ascent begins here. The "Toy Train", as the Indians like to call their train, runs once a day. The route is 46 kilometers long. It goes through 16 tunnels and over 250 bridges. The travel time is about 4.5 hours, but it can also be six hours. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is arguably one of the slowest trains in India. The railway was never modernized - fortunately, that is why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. The journey is therefore still like 100 years ago, because the railway has to stay as it is and must not be modernized.

Popular localities in the Nilgiri Mountains, India
Ooty (Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam), Nilgiri Mountains, India : Ooty is with 93,921 inhabitants at an altitude of 2,400 m.Ooty was discovered by the English in 1821 to escape the hot climate in the plain. In addition to relaxing walks in the area, it is worth visiting the botanical garden, which was laid out by the British in 1847, the numerous colonial buildings such as St. Stephen's Curch, the court or the club founded in 1830.

Coonoor, Nilgiri Mountains, India: Coonoor is with 50,079 inhabitants at an altitude of 1839 meters. It is the second largest city in the Nilgiri Mountains, 18 kilometers from Ooty.

Kotagiri, Nilgiri Mountains, India: This city is located at an altitude of around 1985 meters in the Nilgiri Mountains, around 16 kilometers from Ooty. Kotagiri has around 30,000 residents. Kotagiri is the smallest and quietest of the three "Hill Stations" in the Nilgiri Mountains. Kotagiri is about 1950 meters high and is known for its landscape with its peculiarities. The St. Catherine waterfalls, about 8 km from Kotagiri, and the primeval forests around Kotagirir are famous.