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Needle Rock View Point (Ooshi Malai/Soochi Malai): (Needle point rock view) It is 12 km. on the way to Udhagamandalam - Gudalur. From here one can see almost every part of Gudalur and Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary, Gudalur town, bandipur and parts of Mysore. On the other side you can see part of Kerala. You can also see a mountain popularly known as 'Sleeping Beauty'(also called Aanakkallu) which is exactly in the shape of a sleeping woman.
Frog Hill View: The hill is in the shape of a huge frog. Frog hill view point is 14 km. from Gudalur on the way to Udhagamandalam-/ Gudalur road. From here one can see gigantic Frog shape of a hill view.
Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary is in Gudalur.
Numbalakottai Vimalagiri : 4 km. from Gudalur. A shrine of Vettakarappan (Lord of the hunts) with sub-shrine built in Kerala style is here. Wynad scenes is visible from here.The temple was a property of Nilambur Kovilagam and festival is conducted once in the year by the kovilagam trust under the guidance of Kovilagam.The pujari of this ancient temple is Balan Namboodiri.The SPARK shg headed by Pramodh T S performs vivid actities in and around numbalakottai.They are always for the need of the people.
Manvayal: 8 km from gudalur lies the heaven in this world.The people here are mainly small tea growers and are mainly engaged in agricultural activities.There is an school St.Sebastians Matriculation School run by St.Sebastian Church.Cherupushpa Mission League a society run by the church is performing social activities under the strict guidance of Prince Mathew.There is a sivan temple.The electrical works here is carried by Rijesh K V.
Nambalakkotta (Numbalkottah): 8 km. from Gudalur. A shrine of Battarayaswamy (Lord of the hunts) with sub-shrine built in Kerala style is here. Wynad scenes is visible from here.
Nelliyalam: 20 km. from Gudalur. A few ruins of historical Ummatur dynasty can be seen here. There are ruins of a Fort which were the seat of the erstwhile Nelliyalam Rani.
Ponneni: There is a Vishnu Temple where 'Utsavam' were taking place once in 12 years. It was under the control of Nilambur kovilakam and it is not maintained properly after the 'Gudalur Janmam abolishment and Conversion Act, 1969' passed by the Tamilnadu State government.
Pandalur: Capital of Pandalur Taluka. There are many tea plantations.
Gudalur: Capital of Gudalur Taluka. There is one Government Arts College in Gudalur. Higher Educational facilities are very poor.
Vimalagiri:The capital of Mothavayal panchayat.Its a full literacy village.A small percent of people here belongs to late system headed by Abin Sebastian P K
Singara and Moyar: Power houses under the control of Tamilnadu State Electricity Board. Power house is under the ground. This is the specialty here. Water flows through tunnels.
Cherangode: There is a shrine dedicated to Velankanni Mata. This is a pilgrims' centre.
Cherambady 35 km. from Gudalur. It is extreme western corner which has plantations and mica mines. Sultan battery is very near
Cherambady is a place of hardworking people, near Kerala-Tamilnadu border, majority of people residing here are Malayalees. .
Kunnalady: Kunnalady is a centre of Malayalees as well as Tamils. It is a centre of Tea Leaves business. Bekky is near by. The people here are mainly tea planters and life depends on the rise and fall of tea leaf value. There is a church in Kunnalady and another in Bekky. Bekky Matha Church is ancient and very famous for its feast called'perunnal'.This is a pilgrim centre. There is a temple 'Anchmbalam' in kunnalady and its 'Utsavam' is very famous. People from various places visit here during that time. Ammankavu is near by. Amman kavu utsavam is a time for the tribals to meet in a year.
Nellakotta: It is 15 km from Gudalur. A dilapidated fort is there.
Hanging Bridges : Located on the way to Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary. It is 14 km from Gudalur.
Genepool Garden: It is located at 15 km from Gudalur in a place called Nadugani. It has a variety of species from all over the world.
Kariyasholai: A beautiful village encircled with forest where one half cultivated tea plantation, vanilla, coffee, cardamom etc,. The queen of hills has her daughter NEEDLE ROCK placed to the east top of the village which really makes the village a heavenly jorn. Chelakkunnu just one km away is a beautiful forest-cum-village of thodas, kurumaas, paniyaas etc. One can often see elephants wandering, deer rover, beautiful wild life on a stream walk at the location.
Devala: A small town on the way to Pandalur from Gudalur at 18th km has the second highest rainfall in India.
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