As WH Davies said “What’s this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare…” And what better place to do just that, than at ‘The Great Escape’, where time stands still … However, the other activities one can indulge in are,
Trekking is an exhilarating experience in the Nilgiris for a number of reasons i.e. the challenge of the mountains , the altitude being 1,850 m above MSL), the breathtaking views and the wonderful climate almost round the year.
The Todas are an ancient pastoral tribe who have inhabited the Nilgiris for centuries. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the Todas is that no one really knows how they got here or where they came from. It has been inferred that the Toda people are not aborigines, but came probably as conquerors or immigrants from across the seas .
Visit a tea nursery and factory to see how the leaves are processed to perfection so that one gets that perfect refreshing brew.
Golf aficionados can indulge their passion on the eighteen hole golf course ( for a charge) at the Wellington Gymkhana Club, only three Kms from The Great Escape . It is believed to be one of the most picturesque courses on the subcontinent.
Lambs rock is situated on the way to Dolphin’s nose, which is another view point. Lamb’s rock is situated in Burliar village, 8 Km from Coonoor. The mountain cliff / rock stand at 5000 feet above sea level is jagged. Green hills all around the cliff, mist, and the cool breeze makes the visit worthwhile. To the right of the cliff is the Hulical ravine and in the valley below flows the Coonoor stream.
The Nilgiris are a bird watcher’s paradise. The place is just teeming with birds of all sizes, and hues. Wake up to the call of bulbuls, jungle fowl, and a myriad other feathered beings and you know it’s another beautiful day here at The Great Escape.
A visit to Sims Park is a ‘must do ‘ when in Coonoor. Developed in 1874. A special place for nature lovers. Revel in dappled sunlight making its way through the thick foliage of the trees while the birds play a symphony. The key event in this park is an annual fruit and vegetable show held in the month of May.
10 kms from Coonoor Centre offers a spectacular panoramic view of the vast expanse of the Nilgiris and Catherine falls.
Enjoy a ride in the toy train chugging on the slopes of the Nilgiris.
Dodda Betta, is the highest point in the Nilgiris and offers the most spectacular panoramic view of The Blue Mountains and valleys.
Government Botanical garden, Ooty should be at the top of every visitor to the Nilgiris’ list. Laid out in 1847 and beautifully terraced over 55 acres of the lower Doddabeta slopes it is covered with thousands of indigenous and exotic flowers, plants and trees from around the world.
Emerald lake is located near Emerald village, in a region called the silent valley about 25 kms from the Ooty town. It is a great picnic spot surrounded by enchanting tea gardens and astounding views of the Emerald lake.
The Pykara river is considered very sacred by the Todas The river flows over a series of waterfalls , the last .two of them from a height of 180 ft and 200 ft are known as the Pykara falls. Well protected and fenced sholas, Toda settlements, large grassy meadows and wild life habitat make it nothing less than Eden.