The picturesque and green Udhamandalam, also known as Ooty, is the most popular hill station in South India. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 2240m, Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in Udhagamandalam and its environs. The temperature varies from 25°c to 10°c during summer and between 21°c and 0°c during winter. The best time to visit is April to June and September to November.
Known as "The Princess among Hill Stations", Kodaikanal, situated in the Nilgiris, is 120km from Madurai. It has a solar physics observatory, museum, orchidarium, Kurinji flowers that blooms once in every 12 years. Its star shaped lake is popular for boating and fishing.