Trekking in Ooty
Treks in KotagiriKotagiri has three trek routes, ideal for trekking in the months from October to May. The first trail, Kotagiri – Kodanad is a moderate difficult trek that prolongs 20 Kms. It may take 6-8 hours to cover this route and reach Kodanad view Point. This stretch allows a fantastic sight of Moyar River, tea estates and meadows parallel to the road taken. Camp here for a night before taking up the next trail.
Second trekking trail, Kotagiri and St. Catherine Falls trek route is just 8 Km long and can be completed with ease in about 2-3 hours. Catherine falls and Elk falls are two refreshing stop-overs of the route.
The third trek, Kotagiri - Longwood Shola route is just a very small hiking distance of only 3 Kms that may take about an hour to complete. Move on Milidhane road to arrive at Shola forest, which is sure to please you with its interesting paths. The place also has a Rest House in the forest for an overnight halt.
Treks from Parson's Peak to Mudumalai National ParkThis trek route is moderately difficulty trek that offers very beautiful sights of some unexplored locations of Nilgiri Mountains. The whole route is very ideal for hiking experiences. Best time to take a trek around this route is from June to February. The trekking and camping through this location can be completed in 3 parts.
Trek from Ooty to Porthimund - After a hiking of about 3 Kms from Ooty, head to the sign board showing Parson’s Peak. The peak is 8 Kms upwards towards the route. Once you are at the Parson’s valley after about 3 to 4 hours, the green grasslands could be seen all over. To reach Porthimund it takes another 4 hours where one can break for overnight.
Porthimund to Mukurthi Lake - Porthimund is a beautiful village lying between the valleys. While on your pathway, you pass through coffee and eucalyptus plantations. Mukurthi is 5 Kms further on the course. One reaches Mukurthi Lake and Mukurthi National Park happens to be adjacent this lake. Permission would be required from authorities to enter National Park and to camp at the premises of the Electric Department Bungalow. From Mukurthi take to north and one reaches Pandiar Hills. This is an excellent camping site to spend a night. Next day, you can take the route to Pykara falls. Further north lies the Madumalai National Park. The thickly covered forest has bamboo, teak and sandalwood and is a habitat to a lot of birds and animals.