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
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.
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.
Air: The nearest airport is at
Coimbatore (100-km away).
Rail: The nearest convenient railway station is at Ooty.
Road: Regular buses are available from Ooty, Coonoor, Kotagiri and Coimbatore.
Accommodation is available at the luxurious and economic class hotels, lodges, and resorts in Ooty.