Ever sipped a cup of tea and wondered where it all came from? If you answered yes, then a visit to the Nilgiri Tea plantations will make your day. You can also visit the tea factory to watch the tea leaves on their transformation journey!
Feel like you’re not high up the mountain enough? Take a day trip to Ooty, one of the many hill stations explored and discovered by the British. Visit the renowned botanical gardens, boating on the lake, toda museum, etcShop for some silver jewellery and of course, grab a bag of home-made chocolates, some eucalyptus and citronella oils.
Get in the car and take a full day trip through the twin sanctuaries of Bandipur and Mudumalai, to Gopalswami Betta, a hill with a one-of-a-kind temple at its peak.
In the foothills of the Nilgiris adjoining Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary at the base of the mountain called Gauri Bara nestles this huge piece of privacy. ‘Gauri Bara' means `Honey Cleft' into the Sholegas, and `Golden Rock Face' to the Kasabas. The location is a five and a half hour drive from Bangalore on the Mysore- Ooty road. It is a coffee Estate started in about 1869, coffee is still grown on the Estate, you can still see the snow-white blossom in March, and the Holly red berries in November / December. You can also see the ancient temples and altars built and still used by the local Kurumba, Irula, and Toda tribals. Otherwise, the place has its resident wildlife like leopard, bear, deer, bison, langurs, monkeys, Malabar squirrel, Hyena, wild dogs, hare, and much more. It is also a bird watchers paradise and an Entomologist's haven. The location is situated on the leeward side of the Nilgiris at an altitude of 950 meters MSL, in a natural scrub forest, with temperatures varying between 20oC and 35oC.
This place was one of the oldest rubber estates in the country. Now tea, pepper, and spices are grown here in a very small area and the rest of the estate has been converted into a private wildlife reserve allowing the natural vegetation to regenerate. It is on the Mettupalayam-Kotagirighat Road, only 90 minutes from Coimbatore and 6½ hours from Bangalore. Here you can see and experience the Nilgirisas it was intended to be by nature. The place is endowed with beautiful natural features like mountains, valleys, gorges, rocks, rock faces, caves, streams, waterfalls, meadows,swamps, forests etc. Animals like Elephants, Gaur, bear, and leopard make theirs homes in the jungles here. Irulatribals live and work on the plantation. The weather is pleasant all round the year and the locale green. Situated on the windward side of the Nilgiris at an altitude of about 1000 meters MSL, amid lush forests, the temperatures vary between 15 o C and 27 o C.
Grey Headed Bulbul, White Bellied Minivet, Jorden Bush Lark , White Bellied Woodpecker, White Napped Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet, Streak Throated Woodpecker, Indian Pitta Great Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Painted Bush Quail, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Yellow Legged Button Quail, Alpine Swift Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Savanna Night Jar Jerdon Nightjar, Great Eared Nightjar SirkeerMalkoha ,Pied Cuckoo, Drongo Cuckoo, Rufus Bellied Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle, Red Headed Vulture, Blue Face Malkoha, Malabar Crested Lark, Indian Blue Robin, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Brown Fish Owl, Eurasian Eagle Owl, White RumpedNeedletail, Stork Billed Kingfisher, Blue Bearded Bee Eater White Cheeked Barbet, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Dusky Crag Martin, Wire Tailed Swallow, Crested Tree Swift, Bay Back Shrike, Puff Throated Babbler, Large Grey Babbler, Little Spider Hunter, White RumpedShama, Olive Backed Pipit, Forest Wag Tail, Black Throated Munia, Plain Flower Pecker, Chestnut Shouldered Petronia.
Wayanad Laughing Thrush, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Rufus Babbler, Blue Capped Rock Thrush. Scaly Thrush, White Bellied Shortwing, Nilgiri Black Bird, Nilgiri Laughing Thrush, Yellow Cheeked Tit, Nilgiri Pipit Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher Black and Orange Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher Nilgiri Flycatcher White Bellied Blue Flycatcher.
The climate is invigorating, the forest lush, tender and green. Game spotting is at its peak. As we are located in a rain shadow area, we do not receive torrential rainfall. Our monsoon is characterized, rather, by short spurts of rain, strong wind and temperatures between 16oC to 28o C.
A good pair of walking shoes is a necessity. Jeans or tough trousers and a windcheater will save your hide should you should choose to walk through thebush. If you prefer short walks or plan on lazing it, though, shorts and a T-shirt should suffice. Oh - and don't forget your umbrella!
In this season, you should see plenty of wildlife, as the undergrowth thickens for the winter. The temperatures range from 13o C to 21o C.The mornings are misty, with the clouds sitting on the mountain ranges. The North-East Monsoon sets in and is through by the end of November.
A sweater may be required. You will definitely need an umbrella or a raincoat, and a tough pair of shoes to help you over wet ground and rocks. A couple of pairs of socks would be a good idea - and another pair of shoes in case you decide to walk into a puddle.
Our winter boasts clear blue skies, cool, starry nights and sunny days. Temperatures drop significantly. Mornings are generally misty.
The air is a bit nippy, and a sweater would be a good thing to have with you. We do offer the more exciting option of a bonfire on clear nights, though.
The advent of summer is characterized by dry warmth. The deciduous forest is bare. Game is usually spotted around water holes. There are often small forest fires, which burn some of the undergrowth by day, only to be extinguished by dew at night.
Light clothing, sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen would be appropriate. Again, don't forget those walking shoes and trousers!
May weather is uniformly unpredictable - Pre-monsoon showers, warm days that draw in clouds, thunder, short blasts of rain - and the jungle comes alive. The vegetation revives and sprouts fresh shoots. The birds sing louder. All in all, the flora and fauna come alive.
Light clothing with sunscreen lotion