In the lofty Nilgiri Mountains of Tamil Nadu is Aruvankadu, a picturesque area with valleys and plateaus. A favourite family getaway with numerous tourist attractions, this is one of the best hill stations in South India. This town is sandwiched between Ooty and Coonoor and connected through National Highway 67. There are many tea estates located along the roads leading to this town.
Places to Stay
Aruvankadu being a tourist destination has many cottages, lodges and resorts available for travellers. Some of these are Arasan Cottage (Tariff – Rs.818), Hotel Ragavendra (Tariff – Rs.393) and Sree Venkateswara Lodge (Tariff – Rs.648)
The official language spoken by the people here is Tamil.
Some of the most celebrated festivals in Aruvankadu are Pongal in January, Maha Shivratri in February, Tamil New Year in April, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September, Navratri in September-October, Diwali during October-November and Christmas in December.
Places of Interest
There is no dearth of tourist attractions in Aruvankadu. Some of the most popular ones are Sim's Park (8 km), Ketti Valley (7 km), Emerald Lake (30 km), Emerald Valley (6 km), Nilgiri Mountains (2 km), Dolphin’s Nose (17 km) and Ralliah Dam (12 km) away from Aruvankadu.
How to Get There
Coimbatore International Airport is the closest airport, being 81 km away from Aruvankadu.
The Aravankadu Railway Station is within a 3 km radius from the main town center.
Aravankadu is constantly bustling with state-run and private buses from all nearby towns and states. Private bus operators such as SRM Travels, Kings Travels, Sharma Sardar Travels and KPN Travels run Volvo A/C buses daily from Chennai and Bangalore to Aravankadu. Book your tickets to anywhere in India through Ticketgoose.com’s online bus reservation service.