5 Fascinating Backwater Trails in Kerala beyond Alleppey & Kumarakom

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Kerala, the God’s own country, is bestowed with a vast coastline fringed with coconut palms, scenic hill stations, enchanting backwaters, cascading waterfalls and exotic wildlife. The backwaters are a chain of salt water lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast of Kerala. Most popular backwaters trails in Kerala spread across the famous Vembanad Lake and Ashtamudi Lake.

Kerala has many backwater trails. Alappuzha or Alleppey and Kumarakom are the most famous destinations of backwaters in Kerala and also most visited tourist places in Kerala. Kerala houseboats, also known as Kettuvallams, are the most popular mode of transportation and also preferred accommodationfor tourists who visit Kerala. Apart from Alleppey & Kumarakom, Kochi, Kollam, Kuttanad, Kottayam and Kozhikode are the other popular trails of Kerala Backwaters.

Kochi Backwaters

Kochi or Cochin is one of the most visited backwater destinations in Kerala and also one of the top places to visit in Kerala.Often referred as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Kochi is considered as one of the finest harbors in the world. Nothing can be fascinating than cruising through the serene lakes of Cochin that are lined up with palm trees. Kochi is the main tourist hub for many Kerala tours and also the starting &ending point of many backwater cruises. Kochi – Alleppey & Kochi – Kollam are the two popular backwater trails of Kochi Tourism.

The unique Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against the backdrop of the setting sun, water birds, wild flowers and lush greenery along their banks and lined with swaying coconut palms, the backwaters in Kochi provides the most breathtaking view. Houseboats are the best way to explore the majestic surroundings of Cochin backwaters as well as Kerala Tourism.

Kollam Backwaters

Kollam, also known as Quilon, is one of the most beautiful backwater destinations in Kerala located between the Ashtamudi Lake and Lakshadweep Sea. Ashtamudi Lake covers thirty percent of Kollam district and is the 2nd largest lake in Kerala. The lush green vegetation, placid and crystal clear water makes Kollam the southern gateway to Kerala Backwaters.

Kollam Backwaters are best explored on traditional Kerala houseboats and are equipped with all modern facilities. The eight hour boat trip between Kollam and Alappuzha is the one of the best way to explore the backwaters of Kollam. Kollam -Cochin and Kollam – Kumarakom are the other popular backwater routes.

Kottayam Backwaters

Kottayam, bounded by Western Ghats on the east and the Vembanad Lake on the west, is a well-known Kerala Backwaters destination and also one of the prominent Kerala places to visit. The famous Vembanad Lake marks Kottayam Backwaters as a renowned tourist destination. The famous Kottayam backwater cruises include sailing in houseboats on the enchanting Vembanad Lake and passing through the legendary Punnamada Lake, viewing the unique lifestyle of people in Kerala.

Kottayam Backwaters are one of the most significant revenue sources of Kottayam Tourism. A backwater cruise in the Kottayam Backwaters is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of nature in Kerala.

Kuttanad Backwaters

Kuttanad, also known as ‘the rice bowl of Kerala’ is one amongst the most fascinating destinations of Backwaters in Kerala. It stretches for 75 km from Kollam to Kochi, sandwiched between the sea and the hills. The most famed backwater excursion of the Kuttanad region is the full-day journey between Kollam and Alappuzha. Kuttanad is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

Kozhikode Backwaters

Kozhikode, also known as Calicut is a small little town situated in the northern part of Kerala. It is one of the best backwater destinations in Kerala. These backwaters have been blessed by abundant natural beauty, exotic flora and fauna, heritage sites, verdant surroundings, and more. Kadalundi, located 25 km from Kozhikode town, is a beautiful bird sanctuary near the backwater destination of Kozhikode that attracts nature lovers.

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All you need to Know about Nagarhole National Park

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Brief Introduction

Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India and also one of the popular places to visit in Coorg. Popularly called as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, the park is spread across Mysore and Coorg districts in Karnataka. This jungle oasis in South India is less popular than its northern counterparts, but the incredible scenery and extensive wildlife make it one of the best National Parks in India and also a perfect getaway for the wildlife photographers, bird watchers as well as wildlife enthusiasts.

History at a Glance

Initially, Nagarhole was the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Mysore. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This reserve forest is flanked by the Nagarhole and Kabini Rivers from different sides and encompasses lush forest cover, small hills, waterfalls, valleys and streams within its boundary. The Western Ghats Nilgiri sub-cluster of 6,000 Sq. km, including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage for World Heritage Site status.

Wildlife in Nagarhole

Named after late prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, Nagarhole is situated to the north-west of Bandipur National Park which are separated by Kabini River. The park has a healthy predator-prey ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants and therefore the chances of sighting a tiger in the wild is quite high. Other mammals includes the common langur, bonnet macaque, jungle cat, leopard, civet cat, mongoose, common otter, giant flying squirrel, giant squirrel, porcupine, jackal, mouse-deer, hare and pangolin. Over 250 species of birds are also found at Nagarhole National Park. The vegetation of Nagarhole National Park is mostly moist deciduous in nature.

Safaris

Safaris are organized in the forest department vans during morning from 6 AM – 8 AM and from 3 PM – 5 PM in the evening. Government-run 4WD safaris and boat trips are conducted from Kabini River Lodge, which are good options to explore the animals in the park. Traffic movement is restricted from 6 pm to 6 am every day and the gates are closed on either sides of entry into the forest. Two wheelers, three wheelers and goods vehicles are not permitted inside the park. The best time to visit Nagarhole National Park is November – May, especially April – May.

Best Season to Visit

The best time to visit Nagarhole National Park is from October to May while the peak season is from April – May. During monsoon season (June-September), the park remains closed for the visitors.

Accommodation

The Forest Department manages two rest houses at Kabini, but reservation has to be made well in advance through the Forest Department offices in Mysore or Bangalore. The Kabini River Lodge near Karapur on the Mysore-Mananthavadi highway with good accommodation facilities which also organizes safaris including elephant ride and coracle ride. Various home stays are also available near to Kutta, Srimangala and Gonikoppal.

How to Reach

Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport to Nagarhole National Park which is around 236 km from the Park. Bangalore is well connected with all major cities of the country. Mysore is the nearest rail head which is about 88 km from Nagarhole. The park can be reached by bus from Mysore, Bangalore, and Madikeri.

Top Places to Visit in Panchgani

Panchgani is a picturesque hill station in Satara district of Maharashtra. Situated at an altitude of 1334 m, it is one of the top hill resorts in Maharashtra and among the best hill stations near Pune & Mumbai. This small hill station was a favourite summer resort for the Britishers and continues to be so among tourists and locals. The lush green scenery, fresh air and view of the Krishna River are simply breathtaking at Panchgani. Dotted with British style old bungalows and Parsi houses, Panchgani is also known for many residential educational institutions and a favored destination for health resorts. There are several beautiful places to visit in Panchgani.

Parsi Point

Parsi point is one of the famous viewpoints located in Panchgani and is one of the top Panchgani Tourist Places. It derives its name from the fact that in earlier days, it was a favorite spot of the Parsi Community.The viewpoint is known for its extensive views of the lush green Krishna Valley and the backwaters of Dhoom Dam. The place is best suited for Sunrise/Sunset as it provides excellent setup for the perfect landscape photograph.

Table Land

Situated at a height of 4550 feet, Table Land is the highest point in Panchgani and is considered as Asia’s second longest mountain plateau after Tibetan plateau. It is one of the best places to visit in Panchgani and also one of the top placesto experience Panchgani Tourism. A favourite shooting spot for Bollywood movies, such as ‘Taare Zameen Par’ and ‘Agent Vinod’, it also offers beautiful sunset. The place also has several activities like horse riding, merry go rounds, mini trains, food stalls and a couple of game counters.

 

Sydney Point

Sydney Point is one of the popular vantage points located in Panchgani, Maharashtra.The spot is famous for providing stunning views of the Krishna Valley, Dhoom Dam, Kamalgad Fort and the city of Wai.The viewpoint was named after Sir Sidney Beck warth, Commander in Chief of the council.The tiny hillock offers spectacular views of the hill ranges of Pandavgad and Mandhardeo.

Dhoom Dam

Dhoom Dam is a manmade dam located in the vicinity of Panchgani, Maharashtra. It is an earth fill and gravity dam built on Krishna River near Wai in 1982. It is the first dam built on Krishna River and also one of the famous tourist places to visit in Panchgani. The dam is key source for Koregaon, Javli and Khandala taluks of Satara.The Dhoom Lake formed by the backwaters of the dam offers water activities like water scooters, speed boats, banana boats and motor boats.

Mapro Garden

Mapro Garden is one of the most popular placessituated at Panchgani.It was established in 1980s by Mr. Kishore Vora as an extension of the Mapro Foods Factory which enabled visitors to see the production of jams and syrups. Mapro premises consists of Chocolate factory, a small nursery, a restaurant serving delectable food, children’s play area and retail outlet selling mapro products.Mapro Garden is host to the annual four day Strawberry Festival held in the month of March/April.

5 Best Waterfalls near Delhi

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Delhi, the capital city of India, is ideally located in the center of various popular tourist destinations. Historically, the metropolis became known as Indraprastha or Hastinapura, the renowned capital of the mythical Pandavas, which has overwhelming history and rich cultural historical past. It is one of the oldest dwelling cities and the most important metropolis in India. Besides being a heritage destination, Delhi, officially the National Capital Territory also has some stunning waterfalls. Here are the top Waterfalls near Delhi.

Corbett Water Falls

Corbett Falls is a scenic waterfall situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by dense teak wood forest, Corbett Falls is gushes down from a height of 20 m in to a pool. Located near Corbett National Park, it is one of the popular waterfalls in Nainital and also one of the best waterfalls near Delhi. The sound of the waterfall offers peace of thoughts and feels refreshing. The fall is not very large however the herbal beauty around the place has to be enjoyed and preferred.

Neer Gaddu Water Falls

Neer Gaddu or Neer Garh Waterfall is a famous waterfall situated in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. The falls is a two tier waterfall with two bathing pools. It is one of the popular waterfalls in Rishikesh and also one of the best places to visit near Delhi. Trekking to the waterfall is an adventurous activity as it involves walking through the Rajaji National Park. The trek route to the Neer Garh waterfall begins 3 km away from Lakshman Jhula on the Badrinath Highway.

Tiger Water Falls

Tiger Fall is a beautiful waterfalls located amidst hilly terrain near Chakrata in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. It is considered as the highest direct waterfall in India. This fascinating waterfall may be reached by an easy trek of five km which goes thru rhododendron and all righttrees, offers an spell binding experience. It is one of the favorite places for the humans of Chakrata and also one of the excellent places to visit near Delhi at some point of monsoon.

Chadwick Water Falls

Chadwick Falls is one of the amazing and striking waterfalls in Shimla region. The waterfalls drop down from a height of 86 m. Surrounded by thick green forest, the falls looks enchanting in the midst of steep hills of pine and deodar. The water in Chadwick falls is very cold, chilly and refreshing as it flows down from the Himalayas. A walk to Chadwick falls is exciting because of the magnificent view of the snowcapped mountains. It is one of the beautiful falls in Shimla and also one of the major places to visit near Delhi.

Bhatta Water Falls

Bhatta Falls is one of the scenic waterfalls located on Mussoorie – Dehradun road in Uttarakhand. Cascading down from a top of 30 ft into a pool, the falls is untouched via commercialization and is a superb location to spend some time. It is one of the major tourist spot near Mussoorie and one of the best waterfalls to be covered during 2 day trip from Delhi.

4 Amazing Trekking Trails in Chikmagalur

 

Resting at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur is one of the fabulous hill stations located in Karnataka. Popularly known as ‘The Coffee Land of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur is famous for its serene environment, lush green forests, coffee plantations, glittering lakes and tall mountains. Being a hill station, Chikmagalur has some interesting trekking trails and these are the popular places to experience Chikmagalur Tourism. Serpentine paths, steep inclines, grassy patches, ridge walks, pleasant weather and mesmerizing views make trekking to these peaks unforgettable. Mullayanagiri Trek, Baba Budangiri Trek, Kudremukh Trek and Kemmangundi Trek are the important trekking places include in all Chikmagalur Tour Packages.

 

Here is the list of top four trekking spots in Chikmagalur.

 

Mullayanagiri Trek

 

Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka, is located in the Chandra Dhrona Hill Ranges of the Western Ghats in Chikmagalur district. Situated at an altitude of 1950 m, it is regarded as the highest peak between Himalayas and Nilgiris. The trekking trails on the Mullayangiri Hills will take you through some of the most rustic and lovely pathways.Named after Mullappa Swami Temple at the summit, Mullayanagiri is regarded as one of the best trekking spots in Karnataka and among the top tourist places in Chikmagalur.

 

Being the highest peak in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri offers some very interesting trails. The trek route to the peak begins from Sarpadaari, which is well connected by road with Chikmagalur. This is a 3 km long trek which is moderate and takes about 1.5 hours to reach the peak. The peak is adorned with verdant grassland, rugged rocks, and a good trek path. The views from the top of Mullayanagiri are breathtaking. It is the must include trek in all Chikmagalur Packages.

 

Bababudangiri Trek

 

Baba Budangiri, also known as Dattagiri & Chandra Drona Parvatha, is a mountain peak in the Baba Budan range of Chikmagalur district. Situated at an altitude of 1895 m, this is one of the highest mountain peaks in Karnataka and among the places to experience Chikmagalur Tourism. Named after the Muslim saint Baba Budan Ji, Baba Budangiri is famous for its distinct forest range and trekking.

 

Mullayanagiri – Baba Budangiri trek is one of the best trekking trails in Chikmagalur.  The Mullayanagiri – Baba Budangiri trail starts just behind the Shiva temple. The total trek distance from Mullayanagiri peak to the Baba Budangiri is around 9 km and it takes around 5 hours. After 3 km from the Mullayanagiri, one should cross the Attigundi road at the forest department office. After crossing the forest department office, the Mullayanagiri trek is mostly along the ridge. Adventure seekers can also hike through the forest to visit the historic shrine of Deviramma Betta.

 

Kudremukh Trek

 

Kudremukh is a mountain peak lies in the Kudremukh National Park. Located at an altitude of 1,894 m, Kudremukh is the 3rd highest peak of Western Ghats after Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri. The rolling hills, natural grasslands and Shola woodland make this is one of the beautiful trekking places in Karnataka and among the top places to visit in Chikmagalur.

 

Permission from the forest department at Kudremukh town is necessary to do this trek. Camping is not allowed in the national park so that the trek should be finished in a single day. There are several routes to trek Kudremukh peak but the Samse – Mullodi route is quite famous. The peak is situated at a distance of about 10 km from Mullodi village. It is moderate trek and it takes about 5 hours to trek one way.Besides fascinating terrains and trails, the peak also offers panoramic views of coffee plantations, scenic landscapes, picturesque meadows and much more.

 

Kemmangundi Trek

 

Kemmanagundi is a beautiful and picturesque hill station in Chikmagalur district. Situated at an altitude of 1434 m, it is known for its pleasant climate, lush vegetation, green valleys, and coffee estates and amazing sunset views. Popularly known as KR Hills, Kemmanagundi is a part of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It has several trekking options that include Hebbe Falls, Shanti Falls and Z-Point.

 

Located 8 km from Kemmangundi, Hebbe Falls is one of the famous waterfalls in Chikmagalur and also one of the top trekking trails in Chikmagalur.  It is surrounded by astonishing greenery, dense forests, rich flora and fauna.The trekking trail is a jeep track that is muddy and strewn with fallen leaves. The initial stretch of the 4 km trail is slippery, especially in the monsoon and the last 2 km trail is little steep. It is a full day trekking trail.

 

Another popular trekking trail in Kemmangundi is the Z Point. Z Point is a beautiful spot with deep valleys all around and offers breathtaking vistas of the Western Ghats. This is a wonderful trekking spot and also one of the best places to visit in Kemmanagundi. The 3 km trekking trail to Z Point starts from Kemmanagundi Raj Bhavan which lasts for about an hour and is one of the best short treks in Karnataka. Shanti Waterfalls is situated enroute to the Z Point. It is relatively easy till Shanti Hills and gets little tough afterwards. The later part of the trek runs through narrow path with deep gorges and steep hills. Z point is also the starting point of Kemmangundi – Baba Budangiri trekking trail.

 

 

 

4 Amazing Trekking Trails in Wayanad

Do you want to experience the awesomeness of hilly region? Come to Wayanad, the Green Paradise’ of Kerala, where you can get an amazing feel of a hilly region that is different from the regular charm of hill stations. Located in the lap of Western Ghats, Wayanad is adorned with several small mountains and thriving green hills in and around it. Wayanad has a lot of trekking trails and are the top places to experience Wayanad Tourism. Chembra Peak, Pakshipathalam, Banasura Hills and Thusharagiri are main trekking places to visit in Wayanad. There are also some trails across like Soochipara Waterfalls and Edakkal Caves where you will go for short treks which will take hardly half a day. Of these, waterfalls and trekking places are the must include in all Wayanad tour packages.

 

Trawell.in presents 4 most popular trekking places in Wayanad here.

 

Chembra Peak

 

Located at an altitude of 2100 m in Western Ghats, the spectacular Chembra Peak is a mountain peak situated near Meppadi in Wayanad district of Kerala. Being as the tallest peak in Wayanad & the 3rd highest in South India, the Chembra Peak is an ideal place for trekking in Wayanad and also one of the top Wayanad Tourist Places. With a heart shaped lake en route, Chembra Peak trek is a challenging task and suitable for experienced trekkers. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exciting.

 

The trek starts from the watchtower at the foot of Chembra Peak which is about 7 km from Meppadi town and the peak is about 4 km one way and takes about 2 hours to trek. The trek entry point can be reached by jeeps from Meppadi town and visitors can get the permission from the entry gate itself.  Camping is not allowed on Chembra Peak. The best time to trek the Chembra Peak is from November to February. This trek makes it most memorable Wayanad trip.

 

Pakshipathalam

 

Situated at an altitude of 1740 m, Pakshipathalam is an eco-tourist spot in the Brahmagiri hills of Wayanad. It is an abode of large population of several species of birds and also one of the best places for trekking in Wayanad. Pakshipathalam is one among the challenging trekking spots for adventurous tourists. It can be accessed only by 8 km trekking (one way), which starts from Thirunelly Temple and it take 4 hours.

 

Trekking to this avian haunt takes one through the scenic Brahmagiri Hills, moist deciduous forests, deep caves, slippery trails, and narrow rocky caves. With stunningly beautiful surroundings, the Pakshipathalam trek offers some of the most spectacular views. One can also explore some caves during Pakshipathalam trek.  Night camping is not allowed on the peak, so visitors need to come back before sunset. The best time to visit Pakshipathalam is from November to April.

 

Thusharagiri Waterfalls

 

Thusharagiri Falls is a breathtaking waterfall located in Kerala and among the well-known Wayanad tourist places, especially visited in monsoon. There are around 3 waterfalls in Thusharagiri. Dropping from a height of 75 m, Thenpara Fall is the highest of the three waterfalls. Popularly known as the ‘trekker’s paradise’, Thusharagiri offers challenging trekking and is one of most popular trekking places in Wayanad.

 

Especially known for its exciting 8 km trek, it is an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The 2- 3 hours trek through the rubber, areca nut and spice plantations is exhilarating one. The first waterfall can be reached easily while the remaining two falls can be reached from the first one by trekking through thick forest. The best time to trek this place is from September to February.

 

Banasura Hills

 

Banasura Hill is another popular trekking place in Wayanad. Situated at an elevation of 6,801 feet above sea level, Banasura Hill is the second highest mountain in Wayanad and also one of the top tourist places in Wayanad. With steep slopes, knee high weeds and rocks blocking the path, Banasura hill trek is quite mystic and a bit difficult trek of about 12 km. From the top, one can get an amazing sight of the Banasura Sagar Dam and the misty peaks of the surrounding hills. It can be combined with a visit to Banasura Sagar Dam which offers scenic beauty with enthralling speed boating facility. The best season for Banasura hill trek is from October to May.

 

 

 

 

5 Popular Places to Visit in Coonoor

Situated at an altitude of 6000 feet, Coonoor is a stunning hill metropolis in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Famous for its great tea plantations & verdant environs, Coonoor is one of the incredible locations to visit in Tamil Nadu and the second biggest hill station within the Nilgiris after Ooty. With the panoramic view of the plush green Nilgiri hills, valleys and waterfalls, Coonoor Tourism gives a memorable holiday enjoy. Sim’s Park, Lambs Rock, Dolphins Nose, Law’s Falls & Catherine Falls are the essential Coonoor Tourist Places. It is likewise an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions main to the Nilgiris.

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Here is list of 5 top places to visit in Coonoor.

Sim’s Park

Laid out in 1874 by means of Mr. J.D. Sim, Sim’s Park is a properly maintained botanical lawn located inside the enchanting hill city of Coonoor. Spread over a place of 30 acres, it’s far one of the best Tourist Places in Coonoor. Sim’s Park was started out as a pleasure hotel for the residents and site visitors, and later advanced into lawn. It has brilliant landscaped gardens & walkways coated up with lovely flowers flora gathered from exceptional elements of the united states. There is a lake inside the park that offers boating facility as nicely. Annual Fruit and Vegetables show attracts big number of travelers which held inside the month of May every year.

Lamb’s Rock

Situated at the slopes of the Nilgiri mountains, Lamb’s Rock is a famous perspective and also one of the must go to places in Coonoor. It was named after the then collector Captain Lamb who evolved this area in his hobby. The mountain cliff around Lamb’s Rock stands at a top of 5000 ft above sea stage and stand out for its jagged appearance. Lamb’s Rock gives mind-blowing perspectives of the Nilgiri hills and Coimbatore Plains. Trekking is the nice manner to reach this spot.

Dolphin’s Nose

Situated at an altitude of one thousand toes, Dolphin’s Nose is an tremendous rock formation that is totally unique. It is one of the most surprising vantage points in Coonoor and among the pinnacle places to revel in Coonoor Tourism. The tip of the height resembles the nostril of a dolphin, consequently the call Dolphin’s Nose. There are ravines on both aspect of Dolphin’s Nose, consists of St. Catherine Falls and Coonoor move assembly the Kotagiri circulate. It offers a few breathtaking perspectives of the fantastic Catherine Falls and surrounding regions.

Law’s Falls

Formed over Coonoor River, Law’s Falls is one of the remarkable waterfalls in Coonoor. Cascades down from a height of 30 feet, it is named after Col. Law, who built the brand new Coonoor ghat. Set in the Coonoor forest variety with giant stretches, it is one of the first-class places to visit in Coonoor. This quite small waterfall attracts more crowds for the duration of Monsoon.

Kotagiri

Situated at an altitude of 1793 m, Kotagiri is one of the oldest and the 3rd largest hill station within the Nilgiris after Ooty and Coonoor. Located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, it’s miles one of the charming Coonoor tourist places. It is taken into consideration as the first British agreement in the Nilgiris and preferred summer time retreat until the street changed into constructed from Mettupalayam to Coonoor. Famous for its scenic beauty, Kotagiri is the places wherein the primary espresso plantation became planted in 1843. Surrounded with the aid of tea estates and beautiful green landscapes, Kotagiri gives numerous hiking possibilities for adventure travelers. Kodanad Viewpoint, Catherine Falls, Elk Falls and Rangaswami Peak are a number of the most important traveller places to go to in Kotagiri.