Elk Falls


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Distance (From Ooty): 30 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2 Hours

Place Location: Near Uyilatty Village

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 8 km from Kotagiri, 28 km from Coonoor and 30 km from Ooty, Elk Falls is a magnificent waterfall located at Uyilatty village near Kotagiri in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the top waterfalls in the Nilgiris and among the prominent places to visit during your Ooty Tour.

Locally known as Uyilatty Falls, the stunning Elk Waterfall is located in the midst of the idyllic Echoing Valley of Kookal in the South Nilgiris district. A lofty falls with patter water which shower downstream gives the amazing scenario and surrounds with blossom green tea and coffee plantations. A European house or Kannerimukku, constructed by British collector Sullivan is located near the falls. This house was built during the colonial times of the British in India, in the year 1819 and was the first British residence in Tamil Nadu. At present, it can even be considered as a historical ancient monument!

Though this waterfall comes in full gush only in the rainy season it is worth visiting this place to get the view of the Echoing Valley of Kookal. The Badaga Habitations, a serenely laid out woodland area of tea and coffee plantation will take you to a different world as you hike along this region to reach up to the waterfall. The finest time to visit would be the monsoon, during this time that the neighboring Kookal Valley blooms with mellow orange which said to be one of the yummy oranges in the world. There are a number of heritage cottages of the colonial era that provide plush accommodation to the lodgers.

Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM

Entry: Free