Burliar is a quaint village in the outskirts of Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. It is situated on National Highway 67 between Mettupalayam and Coonoor on the Coonoor Ghat Road. The plateau of the blue hills is about 35 miles from east to west and about 20 miles from north to south. Moyar and Bhavani are the main rivers that flow through the area.
The vegetation of is of the dense shola rainforest type with low forest covered with thick undergrowth sustaining many epiphytes, mosses and ferns. Both tropical and temperate flora occur, including magnolia, rhododendrons and laurel.
How to reach:
Upper Burliar is 34 kms from the hill resort of Ooty and is well connceted by roads. The romantic Nilgiri Mountain Train will take you up to Coonoor which is only 12 kms from Upper Burliar.
Where to Stay:
The Kurumba Village Resort
Ooty Mettupalayam Road
(between the 4rth and 5rth hairpin bend)
Hill Grove Post
Kurumbadi - 643102
Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. Ooty is perched at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level in the midst of four high hills; Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk hill and Club Hill.
The landscape is marked by rolling hills covered with dense vegetation, smaller hills and plateaus covered with tea gardens, and eucalyptus trees.
How to reach:
The Coimbatore airport is the closest to the hills at 3-1/2 hours by road. Ooty is 284 km from Bangalore by road.
Where to stay:
Ooty offers great variety of accommodation. A web search will be useful to narrow down choices and select a suitable place.
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