An excursion from Ooty to the spectacular Kalhatty Waterfalls, also spelled as Kalhatti Waterfalls, will ensure one of the most unforgettable experiences of your life that will mesmerize you.
The route from Ooty to Kalhatty Valley, perched at an altitude of about 2,000 meters above sea level, will offer several breathtaking views on either side of the road that is sure to leave you inspired by the real beauty of the dense Nilgiris Mountain ranges.
The 13-km Ooty – Kalhatti excursion is a must for every tourist visiting Ooty and looking for pleasant nature sites to view that are filled with a package of surprises just waiting to be unfolded right before your very eyes. This is one trip that you will never regret in your life with numerous stunning vistas to indulge in as you traverse through a short but splendid trip from Ooty to the gurgling Kalhatty Waterfalls, a paradise by itself.
Kalhatty Waterfalls is considered as one of the prime and most visited tourist spots in Ooty situated at a distance of merely 13 kms by road from the Ooty Bus Stand and placed on the Ooty – Mysore Road or Seegur Ghat Road that connects to the Kalhatti Village roadway. As you arrive at this location, you will need to follow a short walking trail [no vehicles allowed] from the Kalhatti village for about 3.5 kms to arrive at the stunning location of the Kalhatti Waterfalls.
Kalhatty Waterfalls is also referred to as the Kalahasti Waterfalls in Ooty and forms an ideal spot for spending unforgettable moments with nature. A perfect picnic spot for the locals of Ooty, the Kalhatti Waterfalls offers a soothing sight with its soft gushing sounds that resonates quietly as you enjoy your lunch with your kids, family or loved ones, friends or your partner.
The Kalhatty Waterfalls is set a bit farther from the Mudumalai Forest and the Bandipur forest that offers aplenty of cardamom trees that fill the area with its scent drifting right through to the falls.
The Kalhatty Waterfall graciously cascades along the slopes of Kalhatty that adds a picture perfect setting to this region. The Kalhatti Waterfall falls magnanimously amidst a picturesque landscape which is enveloped by a very rejuvenating and soothing greenery and tranquil ambience, sometimes interrupted by the chirping of birds.
The Kalhatty Waterfall cascades down a height of about 100 to 122 feet or approx. 40 meters announced with a great thrust of gushing sound as it falls onto the pit and flows further on. The roaring reverberation of this fall does create a magical sound and a jaw dropping sight for all visitors to gape at.
The slopes of the forest area situated a bit farther from the beautiful Kalhatty Waterfalls can be explored where you can catch glimpses of numerous wildlife species such as the Bear, Elephants, Wild Buffaloes, Bison, Giant Squirrel, Sambar Deer and at times even the Tigers, Leopards and Panthers. You will also spot the common and ever energetic group of mountain monkeys, hence, be extra careful not to further excite them and also, it is imperative not to get too adventurous by offering food items as it is sure to get out of your control.
Kalhatti is also a haven for Bird watchers who will be delighted with a view of over 200 varieties of Bird species apart from the sheer enjoyment of natural beauty and refreshing moments that this region has to offer.
Kalhatty also houses plantations of various spices such as cinnamon, clove, pepper, nutmeg, rosemary, rosewood and sandalwood amongst the many others.
The Kalhatty Waterfalls region has definitely earned a name and reputation in the top list of tourist attractions in Ooty and is ideal for people who enjoy hiking, trekking and Bird Watching activities. The Best time to visit Kalhatti Waterfalls is between September and November. Public transportation like Buses and taxis are readily available for hire up to the Kalhatti village situated at 6th Mile on the Sigur Ghat Road, hence offering ease of access to all tourists and visitors.