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3 DAY TRIP IN OOTY | BEST OF OOTY & COONOOR

Hill Station | Lake & Backwaters | Waterfall | Park | Nature & Scenic

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Ooty Bus Station

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Ideal Start Time: 8 AM (Day 1), 8 AM (Day 2) & 8 AM (Day 3)

Total Places Visited: 13

Day 1 & Day 2 Destinations
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

DAY 1 : OOTY - WENLOCK DOWNS - PYKARA

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Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Boating charges vary

At a distance of 1 Km from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station, Ooty Lake is an artificial lake built by John Sullivan between 1823 & 1825. Situated amidst beautiful valleys, lake is a major landmark in the town and it is the place most commonly represented for Ooty Tourism. Ooty lake is the prime attraction & one of the top tourist places to visit in Ooty.

The lake used to be much larger than its present size, and encompassed the present bus stand and race course as well as much of the present market. Next to the lake there is a Mini Garden with an amusement park for children with a toy train.

The average depth of this lake is 40 feet. Swimming inside the lake is not allowed. A well laid footpath circles the entire lake with a total length of about 2.75 Kms. Boating is memorable and most famous activity here. Visitors need to pay refundable deposit to hire a boat.

There is a large parking area with several shops selling woolen cloths and toys. Horse race is available .....

Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 9 kms from Ooty Bus Station, Kamraj Sagar Dam is also known as the Sandynalla Reservoir and it is a favorite picnic spot & shooting location in Ooty. It is situated at a distance of 8 km from Ooty Lake.

Situated on the way to Wenlock Downs & Pykara, the Kamraj Sagar Dam and the serene location make it a heavenly place. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Ooty and a favorite haunt for the nature lovers. The surroundings of the Reservoir is home for variety of birds.

There is a pine forest adjacent to the main road through which the reservoir is accessed. Pine trees spread across several acres is a nice place to take snaps & famous shooting spot as well. You need to walk down through the slopes (around 200 meters) of pine trees to reach the banks of the reservoir. The path is very steep and slippery in monsoons. There are horses on hire for those who find it difficult to trek the slopes.

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 16 Kms from Ooty (on way to Pykara), Wenlock Downs is a vast Expanse of grassy meadow and is a favorite picnic spot from Ooty. This is one of the most scenic places in Ooty and also one of the best Ooty tourist places. Along with Ooty Lake, this place is most commonly presented for Ooty Tourism.

The downs spread majestically across 20,000 acres of rolling lands that seems to be stretching endlessly. The journey from Ooty to Wenlock Downs takes one to the most serene excursions from Ooty. The Wenlock Downs are perfect for walking and hiking amidst this elegant landscape. The peak offers breathtaking views of the Nilgirs and one of the best places to watch the nature of Ooty.

The place houses a Gymkhana club, Hindustan Photo Films Factory and the Golf Club. A Government Sheep Farm is also located nearby.

The view of a lake (formed by backwaters of Pykara) from Wenlock Downs peak is very scenic. This place is .....

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: Boating charges vary

At a distance of 22 Kms from Ooty & 568 Kms from Chennai (situated on Ooty - Mysore road), Pykara Dam built on Pykara river amidst dense forest is a beautiful destination offering breathtaking scenery. This is one of the best among Ooty places to visit and an ideal place to experience beautiful boat ride.

Pykara is the largest river in Nilgiri District. A boat house is developed & maintained by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation. Boating in Pykara lake is a memorable experience. If you are lucky, you can catch a glimpse of wildlife like Elephants roaming on banks of the lake. The lake is surrounded by thick forest of Mukurthi National Park.

Boat house is usually crowded on weekends and holidays and may have to wait for more than 30 minutes some times.

Boat House Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
Pedal Boat (30 mins): 2 seater - Rs 60, 4 seater - Rs 100, Deposit - Rs 100
Motor Boat (20 mins): 6 seater - Rs 325, 8 .....

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 10

At a distance of 23 Kms from Ooty & 569 Kms from Chennai (situated on Ooty - Mysore road near Pykara Dam), Pykara Falls is a majestic falls formed by Pykara River on downstream of the reservoir. This is one of the best waterfalls in Ooty and also one of the most popular Ooty tourist places.

The falls cascade down through multiple layers on the rocky bed providing a unique beauty to the stream. The lower part of the falls (that falls from a height of above 60 feet) is mostly closed in the monsoon season to avoid accidents. The falls offer best views in monsoons and post monsoons / early winter.

Swimming is possible at upper cascades, but not recommended as the path is filled with sharp rocks and depth of the water is very less. Swimming at bottom of Pykara falls is dangerous.

The falls can be reached by little moderate walk (5-10 mins) on well laid path from the entrance and parking location.

Timings: 8 AM to 5:30 .....

Overnight Stay in Ooty

DAY 2 : OOTY - KETTI - DODDABETTA

Resume Ooty Sightseeing

Park

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs 5, Still Camera - Rs 25

At a distance of 2 Kms from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station, the beautiful Rose Garden was established in 1995 to commemorate the centenary of Ooty flower show. It is situated at a distance of 3.5 km from Ooty Lake.

This garden consists of five terraces in an area of 10 acres and has more than 2800 variety of roses. Go for a walk along the side of the different terraces. Winter & early summer are the best seasons to witness the beaty of roses here. It is a popular place of sightseeing in Ooty.

Timings: 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
Entry Fee - Rs 5, Still Camera - Rs 25.

Park

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 8 AM to 6.30 PM
Entry Fee: Adults - Rs 15, Children - Rs 5, Camera - Rs 30, Video Camera - Rs 75

At a distance of 3 Kms from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station, the 22 Acre Botanical Garden was laid out in 1847 and is presently maintained by the government of Tamil Nadu. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Ooty and also one of the best botanical gardens in India. It is situated at a distance of 4.5 km from Ooty Lake.

The original purpose of the Botanical Gardens was to promote and study the various flora in and around Nilgiris. Now, it is open to the public as a park that can be enjoyed by visitors. The Botanical Garden is also a heaven for bird watchers where a variety of birds, both seasonal and year-round residents, can be sighted. A flower show along with an exhibition of rare plant species is held every year in the month of May at this garden. The garden also has a 20 million year old fossilized tree.

A summary festival held here in every year May with a grand flower show. Best time to visit is the summer from April to June. The glass house with varieties .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 5

At a distance of 13 Kms from Ooty, Doddabetta (Big Mountain) is the highest point in Nilgiri Mountains and second highest peak in South India at an altitude of 2623 meters (after Anamudi near Munnar, which is 2695 meters). It is the junction of the Western and Estern Ghats.

One can have a magnificent panoramic view of the landscape and the whole of the district and even beyond through the Telescope House run by T.T.D.C. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Ooty.

There is road access to the summit. There are frequent bus services to Doddabetta Peak from Ooty.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM, Entry Fee: Rs. 5

Overnight Stay in Ooty

DAY 3 : COONOOR

Resume Ooty Sightseeing

Hill Station

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Telescope Fee: Rs. 10

At a distance of 8 km from Ooty, 12.5 km from Coonoor & 557 km from Chennai, Ketti is a large valley in the Nilgirs and a town as well. It is one the most beautiful sightseeing places in Ooty. Ketti is situated on the Ooty - Coonoor road.

Ketti Valley is home to several tribes, such as Todas and Badagas. These tribal people are experts in cultivating fresh vegetables and fruits in the valley. There are over 14 villages in this valley that belong to the tribes of Badagas.

Ketti valley is a heaven for nature lovers and photographers. It is one of the most visited tourist sites of Ooty. It offers one of the best views of the valley. Nature lovers, adventurists, experience seekers and even casual travellers will love the view from the Ketti valley viewpoint. There is also a telescope room to get a closer view of the valley and surroundings.

It is also referred to as 'Switzerland .....

Hill Station | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 3 Kms from Coonoor & 16 kms from Ooty, Wellington is a small and peaceful town in Nilgirs. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Coonoor.

Wellington is a military town with rows of barracks. It is the headquarters of the Madras Regimental Centre and also home for the Defence Staff College.

There are few accommodation options available here.

Park

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8.30 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs 5

At a distance of 4 Kms from Coonoor Railway Station, Sim's Park was laid out in 1874 by Mr.J.D. Sim, then Secretary to Government and Major Murray, acting Superintendent of the Nilgiris forest. Sim's Park is one of the prime places to visit in Coonoor.

Spread over 30 acres of land, it was started as a pleasure resort for the residents and visitors, and later developed into Garden. This park cum botanical garden contains many species of trees and shrubs not found in Ooty.

Sim's Park has wonderful landscaped gardens & walkways lined up with beautiful flowers spread across and variety of flower plants collected from different parts of the country. There is a lake situated inside the park that offers boating facility as well.

Annual Fruit and Vegetables show is held every year in May here attracts tourists in large numbers.

Timings: 8.30 AM - 6 PM

Entrance Fee - Rs 5 for adults and Rs 2 for children. Still Camera - Rs 35, Video camera - Rs 250.

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 8 Kms from Coonoor Railway Station (on the way to Dolphin's Nose), Lamb's Rock is situated in Burliar village and it is one of the favorite picnic spots from Coonoor and also one of the best places to visit in Coonoor.

Named after Captain Lamb who attempted to open a path to this place, the rock drops down several hundred feet to disappear in thick jungle below. The plains of Coimbatore and surrounding valleys offer magnificient views from this spot.

This place demands moderate level trekking (Trek duration not available).

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 12 Kms from Coonoor Railway Station, Dolphin's Nose is a wonderful viewpoint with picturesque views of the Hills of Nilgirs. It is one of the most visited Coonoor tourist places.

Situated near Tiger Hill, this place is ideally visited in the morning (after 9 AM to 11 AM) for better views of the surroundings. A view of the distant Catherine falls can also be captured from here.

This place demands moderate level trekking.

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