Explore some of the most exotic hill stations of the south end of the country i.e. Tamil Nadu .The hill stations here are known for their serene beauty which consists of plush greenery and Ghats that go as far as the eye can see. “The Gift of the Forest”, Kodaikabnaal is a gorgeous hill station with its beautiful valleys, lakes and rivers, all this is a heavenly sight to marvel upon. Here you can visit Bryant Park which houses a variety of flowers. If you visit in the month of May then you will have the privilege of witnessing the vegetable and flower show. Walk among the roses at the beautiful Rose Garden at Ooty that houses over 2000 varieties of roses. Enjoy the striking view as you gaze out of the window while travelling in the famous ‘Toy Train’ on your way to Conoor and go sightseeing there. Travel on the roads that go through beautiful forests and trek to the majestic waterfalls that are untouched by man and protected by the forests that surround it.
What is included in the tour
Accommodation in the mentioned 2 star hotels
Kodaikanal - Standard Room with Breakfast
Ooty - Deluxe Room with breakfast
Transfers & Sightseeing as per the itinerary using AC Tata Indica with Experienced Driver (From 8 AM to 8 PM)
What is NOT included in the tour
Lunch, dinner, tea/coffee & Snacks
Sightseeing places entry fee, Camera Fee, Boating charges
All personal expenses & gratitudes to the driver & other service providers.
Other things not mentioned in the inclusion list
- Travel in famous ‘Toy Train’
- Bryant Park, Coakers Walk, Devils Kitchen, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks
- Kurinji Temple
- Visit Sim’s Park, Lamis Rock, Dolphins nose
- 3D shows, Tora-tora ride etc
- Ooty botanical garden
Day 1 : Kodaikanal - Sightseeing
Arrive Kodaikanal - on arrival met & greet by our driver.
Transfer to the hotel. (Standard Checkin & Checkout time - 09.30 AM)
Fresh & up & explore Kodaikanal
Sightseeing places @ Kodaikanal
Bryant Park - Bryant Park, seen on the lakes eastern side, is another important botanical park that must not be missed by tourists visiting Kodaikanal as it houses plenty of different varieties of flowers, rafts as well as hybrids. A British forest officer by the name Bryant was the one who landscaped this park in the year 1980 and hence it is named after him. This is the place where the annual vegetable and flower show is held during the month of May and is the most visited place by many during the summer months. A glasshouse in the park contains wide varieties of flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants.
Coakers Walk - Any tourist interested in morning walk will definitely have to visit Coakers walk which is about 1 km from the lake and it provides very picturesque view of the plains as well as scenic valleys that is sure to bring a joy in the minds of the visitors. Coakers walk is named after Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodaikanal. A telescopic view house is there at Coakers walk that will provide a panoramic view of the valley, plains and the nearby towns and should not be missed by the tourists visiting the place. The ideal time to visit this place is before 2:30 pm in the afternoon as mist will start to set in over the valleys by late afternoons.
Devil'S Kitchen - Devils Kitchen is a very dangerous deep hidden ravine that looks like small dark gutters but are actually a deep fall. There are plenty of tourists who visit this place and is a must see spot for adventurous tourists. The Devils Kitchen is found to be lying between Green Valley View and Pillar Rock.
Green Valley View - Earlier known as Suicide point, now this area is known as Green Valley View and it provides a picturesque and panoramic view of the plains, valleys, hills and the Vaigai dam. The deep, dense and dangerous valley below this point is more than 5000 feet drop and to get a good view from this point, it is better to visit the place after 10 am and before 3 pm, as early mornings and evenings will have mist covering the valleys. A tourist visiting Kodaikanal should definitely visit this viewpoint and plenty of monkeys seen in this area will be an added attraction for the children as well as the adults visiting this place.
Pillar Rocks: The Pillar rocks are three granite boulders which are seen standing vertically shoulder to shoulder and it is now a very famous tourist spot for many visitors. These rocks are measuring a height of about 400 feet from the ground and the chambers that are seen between the two pillars are known as Devils Kitchen.
Kurinji Temple: Kurinji Andavar Temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga who is considered to be the God of the Hills as per Tamil literature. In Tamil, Kurinji means “hilly region and the word Andavar refers to God This temple is located at about 5 km from the bus station and the summer festival that is most anticipated event by the locals is celebrated in the month of May every year. Thousands of devotees visit this temple during the summer festival to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga. One can get a good view of Vaigai dam and Palani hills from the hill on which the temple is located.
In the evening visit, Kodaikanal Lake for Boating – a man made lake during British era. The lake is spread over 60 acres and surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 kms length, the maximum depth in 1962 was 11.5m but it is now about 9m due to siltation. The average depth is 3.0m. The boat club provides boats for hire. There are luxury boats also.
Spend your time around the lake..
Overnight in Kodaikanal
Day 2 : Kodaikanal - Ooty
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel & drive to Ooty (270kms/6-7hrs).
Take the scenic route via Kothagiri from Mettupalayam.
Arrive Ooty in the evening & checkin to the hotel.
Overnight @ Ooty
Day 3 : Coonoor Excursion
Leisure breakfast at the hotel.
Take the Toy train from Ooty to Coonoor which leaves from Ooty railway Station by 09.15 AM & reaches Coonoor by 10.25 AM.(Subject to ticket availability)
On Arrival met our driver & Sightseeing of Coonoor.
Interesting places such as Sim's Park, Lamb's Rock, Dolphin Nose & Tea factory.
Sim's Park is one of the main attractions covering an area of over 12 hectares, is park-cum-botanical garden, which was laid more than a hundred years ago. The garden is fully surrounded by the shrubs and creepers. Queensland Karry Pine, Rudraksha (the bead tree) and Handsome Ornamental tree are famous in Sim's park. One of the trees present in the garden is over 200 hundred years old and is a special attraction within the garden. On one side of the park is present the rose garden where several species of roses are planted side by side. There is also a glass house housing different ornamental plants and flowers.
Secondly visit Lamb's Rock a view point named after the collector Captain Lamb. The view point was accessible by the effort & interest of Captain Lamb. Lamb's Rock, offers an amazing view of the lush green forests and the Hulical ravines. One can even go for trekking through the lush tree gardens.
Dolphin's nose is one of the most scenic view point. This is a huge rock a dolphin's nose. Watching a sunset of sunrise from Dolphin's Nose is nothing less than an ethereal experience, for the sheer beauty of it all. Well, at 1000 feet above the sea level, you can't expect anything less than that, with hairpin turns and breath stopping narrow roads, the road to Dolphin's Nose is as fascinating as the place.
Overnight @ Ooty
Day 4 : Ooty - Sightseeing
After Breakfast proceed to to Pykara Lake and Pyakara Falls.
The road goes through a beautifully forested stretch to reach here. You need to walk half-a-kilometre from the road head to reach the falls (Subject to weather condition)
The falls themselves do not conform to the usual notion of a vertically falling stream of water. The stream tumbles down a cascading tract of rocks, which is located in a bowl-shaped utterly green valley that will take your breath away.
Later visit Tea Factory - its a two storey building, has tea leaves driers on the second floor, while the walls are splattered with the history of tea and the art of tea making via paintings and more.
Visit Ooty Lake where can go for boat riding for both pedal and motor boats. Adjacent to the lake there are a lot of activities such as Toy train ride, 3-D shows, Tora-tora ride & also ponnies are available for rides.
Centenary Rose Garden is laid on 10 acres of land. This garden has been beautifully laid out in terraces with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers. Today this garden has the largest collections of roses in the country, around 3600 varieties of roses like Hybrid Tea Roses, miniature rose, Floribunda, Ramblers, roses of unusual colors like black, green and many more varieties of roses that will captivate your senses.
Overnight @ Ooty
Day 5 : Ooty Sightseeing & Drop.
Leisure breakfast at the hotel.
Later checkout & explore Ooty.
Ooty Botanical Garden are divided into six areas, which includes the Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory, Fountain Terrace and Nurseries. A riot of colours await you at the widely spreading flower beds that are an intrinsic part of Ooty Botanical Gardens.
It also hosts an exhibition of rare plant species in May every year. It is also a popular haunt of the tourist, and offers a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers.
People come here to lounge in the lawns and walk among the shady trees and plants. One of the oldest botanical gardens in the country, it began life in the 1840s as a vegetable garden to supply veggies to Ooty's residents. Trees and plants from all over the world were brought here over the years.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Spent your time around Ooty lake - do boating, Horse riding, cycling etc.
Later in the evening get dropped at Ooty bus stand.