The Points South Point of View – The Hill stations in the Western Ghats offer cooler temperatures and stunning scenery. The famous Nilgiri Hill Railway runs from Ooty to the plains of Kerala below. Perfect for walking and bird watching.
|Ootacamund (Ooty). The famous hill station in the Nilgiri hills,now clinging to its former glory. Worth visiting as a starting point for the famous Nilgiri hills mountain railway, as featured on the BBC programme on Indian hill railways.The train descends to Mettupalayam from 2,193m to 326m over 31 bridges and 16 tunnels, the journey takes roughly 4 ½ hours and the section from Coonoor to Mettupalayam is by steam.|
|Coonoor is smaller and less developed than near by Ooty and surrounded by tea estates. The Hill railway stops here and changes to the steam engine for the rest of the journey.|
|Mc Iver Home Stay - Simple. Situated in a superb location with a 180 degree view of the surrounding countryside, a charming heritage property with spacious and characterful rooms. Good Italian food and lovely gardens.|
|Taj Gateway Hotel - Standard. A colonial style hotel with 32 rooms, some in cottages set in the gardens, open fires in the evening, lovely old panelled bar. Adjacent to the church.|
|Rajakkad Palani Home Stay - Standard. Located in the Palani hills on a coffee estate, no TV, no room service, no pool, just peace, nature and bird song. Delicious home cooked meals are served in the courtyard. there is an excellent library with an abundance of Indian nature books. The Keralan palace was transported from Kerala and re-assembled in this beautiful location in Tamil Nadu. The rooms are spacious and set around a central courtyard. Located at 1000 ft above sea level the climate is pleasant. The drive up through the Western Ghats to Rajakkad is stunning, but narrow and twisty.|
|Black Thunder - Simple. The strange name of this hotel relates to the water amusement park next door. This is the closest hotel to stay at if taking the early morning (7am departure) Hill Railway as it only 3ks from the station.|
|The Residency - Simple A modern hotel located in this bustling city, an ideal place to stay if taking the early train from Coimbatore to Cochin after descending on the Nilgiri Hill railway.|