Suitably titled ‘The Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty is a fascinating hill station in Tamilnadu, and one of the popular honeymoon destinations in India. With rolling tea gardens, cloud-kissed mountains, lush foliage, serene lakes, colonial architecture, and a tranquil atmosphere, this charming hill station in the Nilgiri hills attracts tourists from all over the world every year. For a traveler, there are many places to visit in Ooty from vibrant gardens to the oldest churches for a memorable getaway. Apart from these, there are so many tourist places near Ooty that can be visited as part of Ooty Tour Packages.
Here is the list of 5 popular places to visit along with Ooty.
Just about 18 km from Ooty, Coonoor is one of the most amazing and scenic places to visit along with Ooty. It is the second-largest hill station in the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats, and among the popular places to visit in Tamilnadu. Situated at an altitude of 1,930 m, Coonoor provides travelers with a panoramic view of the lush green Nilgiri hills with its ravines, valleys, and waterfalls. Sim’s Park, Lambs Rock, Dolphins Nose, Law’s Fall, and St. Catherine Falls are the must include places in Coonoor Tour Packages. With slopes of tea plantations, dotted with many attractions and blessed with chilly weather throughout the year, this is an enchantingly serene place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Besides, this beautiful hill station is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Don’t forget to take the toy train ride from Coonoor to Ooty as the train ride amid the Nilgiris is an unforgettable travel experience.
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Mudumalai National Park
Situated about 37 km from Ooty, Mudumalai National Park in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu is one of the popular places that can be visited along with Ooty. The sanctuary is situated on the Karnataka-Kerala border adjacent to Bandipur National Park of Karnataka and Wayanad (Muthanga) Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala. Set up in 1940, Mudumalai is the first sanctuary in South India and got National Park status in 1990. In April 2007, the Tamil Nadu state government declared Mudumalai to be a tiger reserve. It is an excellent place for wildlife lovers as the national park is home to many endangered animal and bird species including the Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, gaur, and Indian leopard. A part of Niligiri Biosphere Reserve, it is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Tamilnadu.
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Bandipur National Park
Located on the Mysore-Ooty highway, Bandipur National Park is one of the well-preserved national parks in India, and among the top places to experience wildlife in Karnataka. Once the hunting grounds of the Maharaja of Mysore, it was established as a national park in 1974. It is a part of India’s biggest biosphere reserve called the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve’ together with Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, and Nagarhole National Park in the northern part of the state. Spread across 874 sq. km, the park is home to around 70 tigers, and over 3000 Asian elephants, as well as other animals like leopards, dhole, gaur, sloth bears, and a variety of birdlife. About 70 km from Ooty, it is one of the top attractions you can visit near Ooty, and among the must include places in Mysore Tour Packages.
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Avalanche Lake is a mesmerizing lake formed naturally in the year 1823 due to a massive landslide (Avalanche). Surrounded by a rolling landscape with blooming flowers and rhododendrons, the Avalanche Lake is a heaven for nature lovers, as small waterfalls falling from the encircling mountains create a picture-perfect ambiance. This lake is the major source of water supply for the Kundah Hydro Power station. At a distance of 23 km from Ooty, Avalanche Lake is one of the best places that can be visited along with Ooty tour packages. This lake is mostly visited after monsoons as the high water level offers a great opportunity for trout fishing. The surroundings of the dam are considered a sanctuary with a variety of wildlife.
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At a distance of 29 km from Ooty, Kotagiri is a gorgeous hill station in the Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu and is one of the top places to visit near Ooty. It is situated at an altitude of 1793 m. This is one of the oldest hill stations in the Nilgiris. The name Kotagiri literally means mountains of the Kotas and refers to the Kota tribe who lived here in the past. It is packed with European-style houses and has a history dating back to British rule in India. It is one of the top attractions you must visit near Ooty as part of Tamilnadu tour packages. Once served as a site of coffee plantation, today the town is a tea plantation covering a huge area of 30,000 acres. Steeped in vast expanses of greenery and rolling hills, this region is also ideal for rock climbing, and trekking.
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