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THE NILGIRI HILLS & TEA GARDENS

CHENNAI (Madras) – OOTY-COONOOR-COIMBATORE- CHENNAI

Introduction: The Nilgiris evoke an era gone by, the blue mountains with their rolling hills and eucalyptus forests. These townships were established by the British as their summer retreat. Near the southern end of these townships are the tribal settlements of Todas. Your tour includes glimpses of their tribal life, tea gardens and plantation visits.  
You also visit the temples in Chennai and see the prized Bronze collection at the Museum.
The tour has an overall relaxed pace. Hotels used are comfortable modern and a mix of heritage. An interesting train journey to the blue mountains is a special treat.

Jewels of Information : Vanilla is a high yield and expensive product. The farmers and planters in the Nilgiris have started Vanilla cultivation in a big way now.

 or the Toda tribals of Ooty.


ITINERARY

Day 01 Wecome to Chennai / Mahabalipuram
Arrive Chennai airport, where you are greeted by our representative in typical Tamil style and later transfer to your hotel at Mahabalipuram

Day 02 Mahabalipuram
Morning is at leisure. Afternoon visit the Shore temple and other rock structures at Mahabalipuram

Day 03 Chennai / Ooty by train
After a leisurely morning, visit the temple town of Kanchipuram and Kalakshetra in Chennai started by Ruknini Arundale. Board the Nilgiri express to Mettupalayam in the evening. Carry packed dinner on board.

Day 04 Ooty
Arrive Mettupalayam in the morning and change to the toy train that will take you up to Ooty.
Day at leisure to explore Ooty.

Day 05 Ooty – Coonoor (17 KM)
Drive to Coonoor this morning, visiting the tribal settlements en route. Coonoor is an hour drive from Ooty and the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris, surrounded by tea plantations, at an altitude of 1839 metres. Bird watching is a popular pastime in Coonoor, as the area boasts of a large variety of species like cormorants, pipits, thrushes, parakeets, skylarks, Nilgiri verditer, etc.  

Day 06 Coonoor – Coimbatore (75 KM)
Visit a Spice plantation thir morning before you drive on to Coimbatore, the 'Manchester of South India'. There are more than 30,000 small, medium and large industries and textile mills.

Day 07 Coimbatore – Chennai
Fly to Chennai this morning.

Afternoon proceed for half day sightseeing tour.
Chennai has a lot to offer to tourists in the form of ancient temples and Museums, Churches and forts built during the British rule. Built in 1640 AD, the Fort St. George once served as the very first bastion of the East India Company. Now, it houses the Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. The 46 metre - high flagstaff, that adorns the front of the structure, is actually a mast salvaged from a 17th century shipwreck. Another ancient landmark in the city, is the Madras Harbour, one of the finest in India, and entirely artificial, which has been around for almost a century. Mylapore in the south, is the site of the famous Kapaleeswarar Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a typical Dravidian gopuram. `

Day 08 Leave Chennai

Departure to International airport to connect flight to your onward destination















 

 

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