Location: Near Coonoor, In the Nilgiri Mountains, Tamil Nadu
Famous For: Highest Railway Station Situated At 7,000 Ft
Home Of: Badagas And Todas (Tribes)
Best Time To Visit: April-June And September-December
Ketti is a tiny village located on the road to Coonoor, which is the home of tribes such as the Badagas and the Todas. It is an idyllic spot with a cluster of tiny villages that extend to the plains of Coimbatore and Mysore plateau.
Ketti is famous for having the highest railway station in the country, situated at a height of 7,000 ft, in the Nilgiri Mountains of South India. The weather of Ketti valley is salubrious. Ketti is a wealth of natural beauty reposing in the Wenlock Downs, the Municipal Gardens and Doddabetta Peak, at 2,623 m the highest in the Nilgiris.
Life In The Valley: Ketti represents a way of life that revolves around caring for livestock and cultivation of vegetables and potatoes. The people wake up even before the sun has risen, cowbells resonate musically across the valley while smoke spirals skywars from the tiled houses below. Walks around the village can be an invigorating afternoon experience, winding up above stately homes such as "Sunny Bank" within the boundary of Ootacamund town. When night falls, one will delight in the unbelievable clusters of stars that seem to be just an arm's length away.
The aroma of eucalyptus is pervasive, as Ketti seems to blend with the distant view. The other prominent features of the region are endless carpets of tea gardens whose produce is world famous.
CLIMATE: The climate of Ketti is gorgeous and the place is suitable for visit in all seasons except monsoons. During summers, the temperature is rarely higher than 25°C or lower than 10°C and the winters are distinctly cooler with a high of 21°C and a low of 5°C.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (100-km away).
Road: Regular buses are available from Ooty, Coonoor, Kotagiri and Coimbatore.
Rail: The nearest convenient railway station is at Ooty.