The Western Ghats attractions

Wildlife Reserve in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

In the foothills of the Nilgiris, this 321-sq-km wildlife reserve is like a classical Indian landscape painting given life, with chital deer, wild boar, gaur (Indian bison), peacocks, langurs, jackals, Malabar giant…
Wildlife Reserve in Anamalai Tiger Reserve (Indira Gandhi Widlife Sanctuary and National Park)

Anamalai Tiger Reserve

A pristine 950-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…
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 in…
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)…
Church in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

St Stephen’s Church

Perched above Ooty's centre, immaculate pale-yellow St Stephen’s, built in 1829, is the Nilgiris' oldest church. It has lovely stained glass, huge wooden beams hauled by elephant from the palace of Tipu Sultan 120km…
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. Taxi drivers will organise this, if asked the day before, and do half-day 'forest tours' to Berijam, via other…
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.
Museum in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum

In the grounds of a former Jesuit seminary 4km downhill east of town, this museum has a ghoulishly intriguing miscellany of flora and fauna put together over more than 100 years by priests and trainees. Displays ran…