In which direction are the Nilgiri Mountains

Nilgiris (Blue Mountains)

The Nilgiris Mountains or Nilgiris are a mountain range and meeting point of the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in southern India.

The highest mountain in the Nilgiris is the Doddabetta with a height of 2637m. The indigenous tribal peoples (Adivasi = native people) of the Kota, Irula and Toda live in the Nilgiri Mountains. The most important industries in the Nilgiris are tea cultivation and tourism.

One of the sights of the Nilgiris is the 100-year-old UNESCO World Heritage railway line “Nilgiri Mountain Railway”. Nilgiri is also called "Queen of hills".

Also worth seeing are the Mukurthi National Park and the Mudumalai National Park.

The way from Mysore to Ooty through this Mudumalai National Park is particularly worth seeing, many animals live here and if you are lucky you can see elephants, tigers and buffalos. You will definitely meet monkeys and peacocks.

 

Ooty (Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam)

The project site Ooty (Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam) in Tamilnadu (South India) is located at an altitude of 2,700 m in the Nilgiri district (Blue Mountains). Ooty is the capital of the district with 93,921 inhabitants. Temperatures are a maximum of 25 ° C in summer and -2 ° C in winter. Ooty was the summer resort of the British colonial rulers in the region due to the charming landscape and moderate climate.

In Ootacamund, better known as Ooty, there are eucalyptus and pine trees, coffee and tea plantations as far as the eye can see. The Stone House, a listed bungalow from 1822 and the Sacred Heart Cathedral, the botanical garden, the lake - "Boathouse" are testimonies to the first British settlements in this area.

 

Coonoor

Coonoor is with about 50,000 inhabitants at an altitude of 1840m. It is the second largest city in the Blue Mountains and is 18 km from Ooty. The population lives from tea cultivation and cattle breeding.

The two-tower Saint Anthony's Church from 1886, which replaced a small previous church, is worth seeing. Also worth mentioning are the Saint George Church and the Saint Sebastian Church, they give Coonoor a special atmosphere for India.

In addition to the churches, the inner-city Sim’s Park (a botanical garden) and the surrounding landscape with tea plantations, forests and viewpoints are particularly worth seeing.

 

Kotagiri

The city is located at around 1985m in the Nilgiri Mountains, approx. 16 km from Ooty and has around 30,000 inhabitants. It is the oldest and the third largest mountain resort in the Blue Mountains. The tourist attractions include the St. Catherine Waterfalls, the views from the mountain heights and roads into the gorges and the Longwood Shola Forest, a pristine mountain forest area three kilometers away, are particularly impressive.

The Franciscan Sisters from Vierzehnheiligen look after a monastery here.