The Western Ghats attractions

Wildlife Reserve in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

In the foothills of the Nilgiris, this newly enlarged 765-sq-km wildlife reserve is like a classical Indian landscape painting given life, with chital deer, wild boar, gaur (Indian bison), peacocks, langurs, jackals…
Wildlife Reserve in Anamalai Tiger Reserve (Indira Gandhi Widlife Sanctuary and National Park)

Anamalai Tiger Reserve

A pristine 958-sq-km reserve of tropical jungle, shola forest and grassland rising to 2400m in the Western Ghats and spilling over into Kerala between Kodaikanal and Coimbatore, Anamalai Tiger Reserve is well off mo…
Museum in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Tribal Research Centre Museum

If you're interested in the Nilgiris' tribal communities you'll love this slightly scruffy, erratically open museum, with its fascinating exhibits on Nilgiri and other Tamil Nadu tribal groups (including model huts)…
Museum in Kotagiri

Sullivan Memorial

Just 2km north of Kotagiri centre, the house built in 1819 by Ooty founder John Sullivan has been refurbished in bright red and filled with fascinating photos, newspaper cuttings and artefacts related to local triba…
Gardens in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Botanical Gardens

Established in 1848, these pretty 22-hectare gardens are a living gallery of the Nilgiris' natural flora. Keep an eye out for a typical Toda mund (village), a fossilised tree trunk believed to be 20 million years ol…
Lake in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Berijam Lake

Visiting forest-fringed Berijam Lake, 21km southwest of Kodaikanal, requires a Forest Department permit (₹250). Taxi drivers will organise this, if asked the day before, and do half-day 'forest tours' to Berijam, vi…
Viewpoint in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Coaker’s Walk

Assuming it isn't cloaked in opaque mist, the views from paved Coaker’s Walk are beautiful, all the way down to the plains 2000m below. The stroll takes five minutes.
Viewpoint in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Pillar Rocks

About 7km west of town, these towering boulders have jaw-dropping views to the Tamil Nadu plains below.
Library in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Nilgiri Library

This quaint little haven in a crumbling, earthy-red 1867 building houses more than 30,000 books, including rare titles on the Nilgiris and hill tribes, and 19th-century British journals. Visitors can consult books i…
Stables in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Elephant Camp

In mornings and evenings you can see the reserve's working elephants being fed at the elephant camp just east of the Mudumalai reception centre, where you'll need to buy tickets. Most elephants here are rescued from…