Gudalur is a part of Tamil Nadu and is basically a panchayat town and taluk situated in Nilgiris district. It is situated 52 km from Ooty and 112 km from Mysore. The name of the valley comes from two Tamil words – ‘koodal’ and ‘ooru’, which combine to form Gudalur, meaning ‘meeting place’. The place is known for its tree plantations which are not only a beautiful sight for tourists but are also responsible for upholding the regional economy of the valley.
Places to Stay
There are a number of budget hotels in and around Gudalur. Some of them are GGT Grand Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Mudumalai Holiday Village (Tariff – Rs. 1500), and Darsan International (Tariff – Rs. 500).
Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil are spoken extensively here.
The valley hosts a harvest season festival every year, mostly in the month of October.
Places of Interest
Gudalur is an exciting place for tourists, with ample places to visit and explore. Some of these places are Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (5 km from Gudalur), Needle Rock View Point (7 km from Gudalur), the town of Nelliyalam (20 km from Gudalur), and Numbalakottai Vimalagiri (4 km from Gudalur).
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport (80 km from Gudalur) and Mysore Airport (80 km from Gudalur) are the airports situated nearest to the valley.
Although there are no direct trains to Gudalur, the nearest railway stations are at Udagamandalam and Lovedale, both at a distance of 27 km from the town.
A number of buses ply daily to and from Gudalur, connecting it to many places including Hosur, Krishnagiri, Bangalore and Chennai. SRS Travels are the major bus operators in the area, and are known for providing a good experience to travellers. Volvo buses are also available for the town from some major cities. Ticketgoose.com is a popular bus booking site from where you can get your tickets easily.