Amid lofty Nilgiri peaks and low passing clouds, the sloping roofs and terracotta tiles of Sterling Holidays Elk Hill Resort emerge and vanish. As you look out on Ooty valley from your room’s balcony or sit-out, time seems to stand still.
The long curled leaf in the logo of Ooty - Elk Hill draws on the form of the leaf of the eucalyptus trees that grow abundantly in the Nilgiris, infusing the air with their uplifting fragrance. The logo’s blue and green colours depict the perfect blend of Ooty’s guardian Blue Mountains and the eucalyptus leaf, while the curved form speaks of winding hill roads.
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The Nilgiris, which literally means ‘blue mountains’, are a range of at least 24 mountain peaks running through Tamil Nadu and bordering Karnataka and Kerala. The picturesque hill station of Ooty, short for Ootacamund and now officially Udhagamandalam, lies amid four peaks — Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill, and Club Hill. As you chug through the spectacular landscape in the toy train, the wonderfully uplifting smell of eucalyptus fills up the senses.