Gudalur is a town about thirty-five miles from, and about three thousand feet lower than, Ootacamund, the famous hill station commonly known as Ooty to which the whole panoply of the Madras Presidency, the British government of South India, used to migrate every year during the hot summer months. Gudalur is itself 3,500 feet above sea level and has a very comfortable warm climate particularly from December to March, when the PLENTI Project will operate.It is set in striking countryside, with rolling tea plantations, wonderful trees with particularly good bird life, looking over to the higher hills in the distance, and adjacent to the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary – which is also a tiger reserve.
Gudalur as a base
Within a three hour drive of Gudalur are some wonderful places to visit and PLENTI Project staff will be able to do all the necessary organization of trips of a few days here or there. With Gudalur as a base for a month or so, guests will easily be able to make occasional visits to jungle, hills, cities or seaside.
Mysore is the closest major city (Two and a half hours away).There is a fine palace and the Hoysala dynasty temples which are within reach are very special. An excellent base in Mysore is the Green Hotel, a social enterprise with which the ACCORD charities have a connection. It employs a significant number of Dalits and its profits are distributed for charitable purposes.
A stay in Ecoscape provides a complete break from civilization. The bird life is remarkable. And there are some luxurious resorts in the nearby Mudumalai/Bandipur reserve (an hour away) with its tigers and wild elephants.
Ooty, Coonor and Kotagiri (1½ - 2 hours away) are full of British era history, have nice places to stay and there are spectacular views from the hills.
The sea at Calicut (which is also the closest airport) is three hours away or at Cochin five hours.