It comes as no surprise that the district of Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu, embraced by the Nilgiri Hills, is flocked by tourists around the year. Also known as The Blue Mountains, owing to the periodical blossom of the violet ‘Kurinji’ flower in this region, Nilgiris is a nature-lover’s paradise with its unique biodiversity, making it one of the ‘hotspots’ of the world.
Apart from being home to the beautiful hill stations in South India, The Nilgiri hills take pride in producing one of India’s most distinctive teas, Nilgiri Tea, which also gets its name from these Blue Mountains. The winter flush of Nilgiris is well recognised for its specialty teas (we will be introducing fresh stock this winter). Unlike Darjeeling and Assam, where tea grows seasonally, in Nilgiri region tea grows throughout the year. Hence with sprawling Tea gardens, and also being a producer of coffee, spices, vegetables and oils, the Nilgiri district is basically a horticulture district.
Ooty in Nilgiris is a major tourist destination with its several attractions. The Botanical Garden in Ooty is home to some rare tree species and a variety of plants and bushes, while the Centenary Rose Park exhibits the largest variety of roses in India. If you happen to visit Ooty during January-February then you can be a part of the Tea and Tourism Festival organized there by the government. Indulge yourself in exploring the various varieties and taste of teas available there.
While Ooty is the most popular hill stations in this region, one can also explore Coonoor, which is 19 KMs from Ooty and is relatively smaller and quieter. Coonoor boasts of a large variety of bird species and hence is ideal for bird watching. The interested souls can also visit the Nilgiri Tea Auction Centre there or walk through the tea gardens to enjoy a mesmerising view of the Nilgiri Hills.