Often referred as ‘Queen of Hills’, Ooty is one of the enchanting hill stations in India. Also known as Udhagamandalam, the scenic hill station is dotted with lofty meadows, glittering lakes, dense forest, serene waterfalls, soothing environment, cool weather, and charming colonial architecture which make it an ideal destination for family vacationers, backpackers and honeymooners. Besides, there are several viewpoints that provides spectacular views which gives you a memorable experience. Apart , the toy train, known as the Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and and among the must include places in Tamilnadu Tour Packages.
Situated with an altitude of 2623m at the junction of the western and Eastern ghats, Doddabetta is regarded as one of the highest peaks in South India and among the must include places in Ooty Tour Packages. The area around the peak is a reserved forest and is home to many endangered species of flora and fauna. At the summit of Doddabetta, the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation manages a Telescope House which gives a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, beautiful valley, plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore that lures huge number of tourists. Also, there is a TTDC restaurant, which caters to the taste of the visitors. Tourists can reach the peak through trekking or via vehicle.
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Echo Rock / Lamb’s Rock
Lamb’s Rock is a beautiful viewpoint located at Coonoor, near Ooty. Named after Captain Lamb, the rock drops down several hundred feet to disappear in thick jungle below. It is one of the scenic vantage points in Ooty, and among the must include places in Coonoor Tour Packages. Surrounded with tranquil views and stunning landscapes, Lamb’s Rock is an ideal place to witness the gorgeous sunrise and sunsets. Tourists need to trek to reach the summit from where one can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding valleys.
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Situated at an altitude of 1550 m amidst the rolling hills of the Nilgiris, Dolphin’s Nose is a stunning viewpoint in Ooty, and among the top places to visit in Coonoor. It is an unique rock formation and its peak resembles a dolphin’s nose from where it gets its name. There are gigantic ravines found both the sides of Dolphin’s Nose and offers spectacular views, especially of the inspiring Catherine Falls with its continuing stream several thousand meters below. The drive up to Dolphin’s Nose is quite magnificent and it is an ideal place for adventure lovers, nature lovers and photographers.
Ketti valley Viewpoint
Often referred as ‘Switzerland of Nilgiris’, Ketti Valley Viewpoint is a popular vantage point located on Ooty-Coonoor road in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. Ketti is the second largest valley in the Nilgiri district, and among the most scenic valleys in India. Owing to its lush greenery, gushing waterfalls and picturesque landscape, the place is heaven for nature lovers and photographers as the view from the viewpoint is majestic and often compared to views of Switzerland. Also, there is a telescope room to get a closer view of the valley and its surroundings. Besides, the valley is home to various tribes such as Todas and Badagas who are experts in cultivating fresh vegetables and fruits in the Ketti Valley. Apart, this valley also houses a popular brand of the needle making industry known as Pony Needles.
Needle View Hillpoint / Needle Rock Viewpoint
Situated on Gudalur-Ooty main road, Needle View Hillpoint is one of the best places to visit in Ooty, especially for stunning views of the Nilgiri Hills. The place gets its name from its huge, pointed rock that resembles a needle. Also called as Soochimalai, this viewpoint offers a mesmerizing 360-degree view of the surrounding valleys and plains. The Needle View Hillpoint is also ideal for those who want to spend some quality time with their loved ones in the lap of nature. Tourists can also enjoy the spectacular sunset which is clearly visible from this spot. The site is hidden and not frequented by tourists like other tourist places in Ooty. Apart from providing few hundred meters of trekking experience, it also puts up an amazing backdrop for some candid photographs with your special one which can be cherished for the times to come.
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