Cairn Hill Reserve Forest
Adventure / Trekking
At a distance of 3 km from Ooty Railway Station, Cairn Hill is an eco-tourism and a reserved forest site on the Avalanche Road in Ooty. It is one of the peaceful places to visit in the hill station of Ooty.
Cairn Hill came into existence in the 1860s when it was developed as an eco-tourism site by the British. It sprawls over a massive area of approximately 168 hectares. It has one of the oldest Cyprus Plantation in the Nilgiris (planted in 1868). The name 'Cairn Hill' has been derived from the English word 'cairn' which means 'a mound of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark, typically on a hilltop'. Originally, the hillock was a prehistoric burial site of the tribes and had a pile of stone accumulated at the top for the same. It is one of the oldest converted forests in the Upper Nilgiris Plateau. This eco-center has an interpretation center and an orchidarium.
The highlight of the spot is a trekking trail that is at the center was one of the few original walks enjoyed by the Britishers. Undertaking this soulful trek is one of the prime things to do at Cairn Hill. Cairn Hill has a hanging bridge within the premises and taking a walk atop the bridge is one amongst the most thrilling and entertaining activities available at the site. In addition to that, it has a watchtower which can let you enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Known to be a haven for birdwatchers, Cairn Hill also has bird watching facilities and jeep safari activities available for the tourists.
The premises also house eco- friendly tourist huts and you can experience the joy of staying in one of these properties amidst dense woods and bounteous nature.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry: Rs. 20 for Adults, Rs. 10 for Children, Rs. 10 for Car, Rs. 50 for Bus, RS. 350 for Trekking & Rs. 1350 for Eco - Cottage