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Top Choice Multicuisine in Coonoor

La Belle Vie

With tables on the veranda of a beautifully revamped 19th-century bungalow, La Belle Vie has guests driving miles for its flavour-popping European-Indian food. Gazing out over the Nilgiris beyond a lovely lawn full …
Top Choice Cafe in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Cafe Cariappa

A caffeine addict's dream, this rustic-chic wood-panelled shoe-box of a cafe crafts fantastic brews from its own locally grown organic coffee. It also does homemade carrot cake, crepes, sandwiches and fresh juices, …
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)…
Italian in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Place to Bee

Brush up on Nilgiri-bee facts over meals at this arty, fairy-lit restaurant tucked inside the Keystone Foundation's little Bee Museum. It might sound bizarre, but the concept works, ingredients are locally sourced, …
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…
Multicuisine in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Earl's Secret

You get a taste of everything at this elegant heritage-hotel restaurant up above Ooty. Half glassed-in conservatory, half tables scattered across Raj-era lounges with roaring winter fires, it does beautifully prepar…