#1 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

About Ooty Lake

At a distance of 1 km from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station, Ooty Lake is an artificial lake situated in the beautiful hill station of Ooty. It is one of the top attractions you must include in Ooty packages.

Ooty Lake is surrounded by Eucalyptus trees and greenery all around and is a great place to experience the beauty of this hill station. One can also spot numerous streams coming out through the hills. This is a perfect place to capture some postcard pictures. The lake is filled with beautiful water birds with the exotic Nilgiri mountain ranges in the background.

History of Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake was built by John Sullivan in 1824 AD, the then Collector of Coimbatore. Covers an area of 65 acres with an average depth of 40 feet, the lake is fed by the mountain streams in the Ooty valley. The lake was originally intended to be used for fishing with ferries being used to travel across the lake. It is .....

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#2 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

About Botanical Gardens

At a distance of 3 km from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station and 4 km from Ooty Lake, Ooty Botanical Garden is a beautiful garden situated on the foothills of Dodabetta Peak in Ooty. Maintained by Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department, it is one of the best botanical gardens in India, and among the top places to visit in Ooty.

History of Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens in Udhagamandalam was laid out in 1847 AD. It was designed by the architect William Graham McIvor under the supervision of George Hay, the then Governor of Madras. 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 as part of Ooty Packages.

Layout of Botanical Gardens

The Gardens spreads over an area of 22 hectares with more than 650 species of flowers and trees. The Garden has a terraced layout and is divided into .....

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#3 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

About Doddabetta Peak

At a distance of 9 km from Ooty, Doddabetta is a mountain peak situated on the Ooty - Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. Literally means Big Mountain, Doddabetta is the highest point in the Nilgiri Mountains and one of the popular places to visit in Ooty.

Situated at an altitude of 2623 m at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats, Doddabetta is regarded as one of the highest peaks in South India. The area surrounding Doddabetta is mostly forested. Sholas cover the hollows of its slopes. Tall rhododendron trees, flowering sub-alpine shrubs, and herbs are common, even very near the peak. One can have a magnificent panoramic view of the landscape, beautiful valley, plains of Coimbatore, and the flat highlands of Mysore from the peak as part of your Ooty trip.

Telescope House at Doddabetta Peak

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#4 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

About Pykara Falls

At a distance of 2 km from Pykara Lake and 23 km from Ooty Bus Stand, Pykara Falls is a majestic waterfall located in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. Situated on the Ooty - Mysore road, this is one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore, and among the most popular Ooty places to visit. Pykara Falls is formed by the Pykara River and is situated downstream of the Pykara Dam.

Height of Pykara Falls

The Pykara Waterfall drops down into two sections with a height of 55 m and 61 m through multiple layers on the rocky bed providing a unique beauty to the stream. The waterfall amidst the dense forest is a treat to watch. There are barricades along with the waterfall viewpoint for the safety of the tourists. It is one of the must-visit places for honeymoon couples and nature lovers as part of their Ooty tour. The surroundings .....

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#5 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

About Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

At a distance of 12 km from Bandipur National Park, 37 km from Ooty, and 92 km from Mysore, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, or Mudumalai National Park is located at the foothills of the Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Tamilnadu, and among the must-include places in the Ooty tour.

History of Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

The word Mudumalai is a Tamil word with 'mutu' meaning old, and ancient, and 'malai' means hill or mountain. The name 'Mudumalai forest' was already in use when the British Government rented the forest in 1857 for logging purposes from the Raja of Neelambur. An area of about 60 km2 was established as Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in 1940. This is the first wildlife sanctuary in South India and one of the best Ooty tourist places. The sanctuary was .....

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#6 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 16 km from Ooty, Wenlock Downs is a vast expanse of grassy meadow located on the way to Pykara in Ooty, Tamilnadu. It 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 represented for Ooty Tourism.

Wenlock Downs is a spectacular meadow named after Sir Arthur Lawley's sibling Beilby Lawley, third Baron Wenlock. The downs spread majestically across 20,000 acres of rolling lands that seems to be stretching endlessly. The entire place is covered with Shola forest. More popularly known as the Shooting Point, Wenlock Downs has two popular movie filming points known as Sixth Mile and Ninth Mile named so because of they are located at 6 miles and 9 miles away from Ooty.

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#7 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 9 km from Ooty Bus Station, Kamraj Sagar Dam, also known as the Sandynalla Reservoir, is a very quiet and scenic dam situated on the slopes of the Wenlock Downs in Ooty. It is one of the top Ooty tourist places and also a must include in every Ooty Tour Packages.

The dam, built on the Kamrajar Lake, is spread over 400 acres and is situated on the way to Wenlock Downs & Pykara. The dam is a monsoon fed water body and measures about 6 km in length. The dam and the serene location make it a heavenly place and a favorite haunt for the nature lovers. It is also a popular destination with honeymoon couples because of its picturesque natural beauty. It is a popular shooting location in Ooty.

There are several walking trails around the lake and visitors can also explore several tourist places in the area through these .....

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#8 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

About Pykara Dam

At a distance of 22 km from Ooty, Pykara Lake is a placid lake situated on Ooty - Mysore road in Tamilnadu. The dam amidst dense forest is a beautiful destination offering breathtaking scenery. It is one of the best places to visit in Ooty and an ideal place to experience a beautiful boat ride.

Situated amidst a lush green shola forest, Pykara Lake is formed as a result of the construction of the Pykara Dam over the Pykara River, the largest river in the Nilgiris district. The Pykara Lake formed by the dam is a blessed lake for the Todas, the local tribe of Nilgiris. The dam also has a powerhouse which is one of the oldest power plants in South India and is generating about 60 megawatts of electricity. It was declared a heritage plant in 1997, triggering the establishment of more hydroelectric power stations in the state.A few hundred meters north of the lake, the river tumbles down the rocks .....

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#9 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 17 km from Ooty and 27 km from Coonoor, Emerald Lake, a serene lake with emerald blue waters, is located near Emerald village in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Situated amidst dense forests, it is one of the top Ooty tourist places. The lake is part of the Silent Valley National Park situated on the way to Avalanche village.

The blue waters of Emerald Lake surrounded by lush green meadows and forest is simply mesmerizing. The water is crystal clear and of course cold. This is a great place to enjoy the day with breathtaking views of the slopes of Nilgiris. Emerald Lake is also a haven for a variety of birds. It is a mini paradise for bird lovers and ornithologists as they get to see and study a number of native birds. It is also notable for the scenic sun rise and sun set views near the lake. The Tea gardens is a great spot to spend some time as it gives a memorable experience. Trekking .....

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#10 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 4 km from Doddabetta Peak and 5 km from Ooty Bus Station & Ooty Railway Station, Tea Factory & Museum is situated on Doddabetta Road in Ooty. Amidst the blue hills of Nilgiris, it is one of the popular tea factories in Tamilnadu and among the must visit Ooty Tourist Places.

Perched at an altitude of 1839 m, the Ooty Tea Factory is spread across nearly an acre; all covered with the emerald green tea plants. Visitors can see the entire processing method right from the freshly plucked green leaves to its packaging at the factory. It also houses the Tea Museum where visitors can learn about the origin of different kinds of tea leaves that are used across the globe along with the history of tea in India and its evolution in the Nilgiris. The Doddabetta tea factory in Ooty also offers beautiful views of the valley, and the towering mountain peaks surrounding it.

The Ooty Tea Factory features a small shop where free tea is offered to all visitors. This hot cup of .....

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#11 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 2 km from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station and 3.5 km from Ooty Lake, the Government Rose Garden is a beautiful garden situated near Charring Cross in the beautiful hill station of Ooty. Formerly known as the Jayalalitha Rose Garden or Centenary Rose Park, the Rose Garden is one of the largest rose gardens in India and also one of the popular Ooty tourist places.

The Rose Garden was established in 1995 to commemorate the centenary of Ooty flower show. It is situated at an altitude of 2200 m on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram area of Ooty town. This garden consists of five terraces in an area of 10 acres and has more than 2800 variety of roses. This garden has been beautifully laid out in terraces with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers. This garden is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. .....

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#12 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 0.5 km, Ooty Bus Station, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, also known as Toy Train, is a world heritage toy train in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the mountain railways in India and among the must-visit places as part of Ooty Tour Packages.

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was built by the British in 1908 and was initially operated by the Madras Railway Company. Now it is operated by Indian Railways, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty, and is one of the popular train journeys in India. In July 2005, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway was declared a UNESCO world heritage site of the Indian Mountain Railways along with the Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling, and the Shimla-Kalka Toy Train.

The idea of the toy train was thought of in the year 1854, which took around 40 years to be finally executed. The initial line was built by a Swiss inventor, Riggenbach, and created a lineup to Coonoor by the year 1899. The line was later extended up to Fernhill .....

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#13 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

About Avalanche Lake

At a distance of 5 km from Emerald Lake, 23 km from Ooty & 33 km from Coonoor, Avalanche Lake is a beautiful lake situated at Avalanche village in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. It is a popular eco-tourism spot among the best places for sightseeing in Ooty.

Situated at an altitude of 2,500 m, Avalanche Lake is surrounded by a thick forest of pine and eucalyptus trees. The lake is a heaven for nature lovers, as small waterfalls falling from the encircling mountains create a picture-perfect ambiance. The surroundings of the dam are considered a sanctuary with a variety of wildlife like Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Nilgiri Thar, Sambar Deer, Sloth Bear, Barking Deer, and Nilgiri Langur.

History of Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake is a mesmerizing lake formed in the year 1823 AD due to a massive landslide (Avalanche). The lake is approximately 500 m long and 150 m wide and is fed .....

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#14 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 4 km from Ooty and 12.5 km from Coonoor, Ketti Valley View Point is a popular vantage point situated on Ooty - Coonoor Road in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. It is one the most beautiful sightseeing places in Ooty and also one of the top places to experince Ooty Tourism.

As the name suggests, the view point provides a panoramic view of the Ketti Valley, the largest valley in the Nilgiris, and its beautiful surroundings. Ketti Valley is home to several tribes, such as Todas and Badagas. There are over 14 villages in this valley that belong to the tribes of Badagas. These tribal people are experts in cultivating fresh vegetables and fruits in the valley.

Also known as Switzerland of Nilgiris, the Ketti Valley is a heaven for nature lovers and photographers. The view of Ketti from the viewpoint is majestic and often compared .....

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#15 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 20 km from Coonoor, 29 km from Ooty, and 72 km from Coimbatore, Kotagiri is a small hill station in the Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the lesser-known hill stations in tamilnadu, and among the top tourist places to visit near Ooty.

Situated at an altitude of 1793 m, Kotagiri is the oldest and the third largest hill station in the Nilgiris after Ooty, and Coonoor. The name Kotagiri literally means mountains of the Kotas that refers to the Kota tribe who lived here in the past. It is one of the top attractions you must include in Ooty tour.

Kotagiri was the first British settlement in the Nilgiris and preferred summer retreat, till a road was built from Mettupalayam to Coonoor. The region was discovered by two civil servants of the Madras government in pursuit of outlaws. .....

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#16 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 4 Km from Ooty Railway Station and 1 km from Ooty Botanical Gardens, Wax World Museum is housed at a prominent 130 year old Colonial Mansion in Ooty. The Wax World Museum in Ooty is a great alternative to sightseeing mountains and natural valleys of Ooty and also one of the top places of interest in Ooty.

This Wax World Museum was conceptualized and initiated by Shreeji Bhaskaran, an IT professional and business man, who dreamt of having the first wax museum in India. This museum was inaugurated by Sri. Santosh K. Mishra, Collector, Nilgiris district in March 2007.

The Wax World Museum in Ooty houses exquisite wax statues of Indian Freedom Fighters and Political Leaders such as the world renowned Mahatma Gandhi, Gopal Krishna Gokhale and Bal Gangadhar Tilak amongst the many others. The Wax Museum also displays stunning wax replicas of social figures such as Mother Teresa and Dr. A.P.J. .....

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#17 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 9 km from Gudalur and 40 km from Ooty, Needle View Hillpoint is a vantage point situated on Gudalur - Ooty Main Road in Tamilnadu. It is one of the most popular viewpoints in Ooty and among the best places to visit as part of Ooty tour packages.

Also known as Soochimalai, the Needle Rock Viewpoint or Needle View Hillpoint presents a mesmerizing 360-degree view of the surrounding valleys and plains. The viewpoint gets its name from its huge pointed rock that resembles a needle. It is hidden away from public view and not frequented too much by tourists like other tourist places in Ooty. The sight is truly magnificent and also a shooting spot for many Tamil films.

Needle Rock Viewpoint is located on the way to Gudalur from Ooty. One needs to walk about 1 km to reach this point but it's worth going there. The view from the top of the point .....

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#18 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 8 km from Ooty Bus Station, Tea Park is a park situated near Doddabetta in Ooty. It is one of the popular gardens in Ooty, and among the must-visit places as part of Ooty tour packages.

The Tea Park at Doddabetta was developed by the Department of Horticulture and Plantation Crops to increase the awareness of the process of tea making amongst the tourists, and also to promote TEA as a healthy drink. This Tea Park also serves to de-congest the tourist traffic during the peak period as people may visit it after visiting Doddabetta and then go towards Kotagiri.

Tea trekking path inside the Tea garden with a display of tea history and its origin, entry to China, India, and to the Nilgiris by providing display materials engraved in granite stones at regular intervals with musical arrangements on the path. There are two gazebos- one at the top view the entire tea garden and the other near Kotagiri road end to view the Karnataka state sceneries as well as the mountain .....

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#19 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 16 km from Gudalur, 40 km from Sulthan Bathery, 41 km from Meppadi, 66 km from Ooty and 125 km from Mysore, Devala is a small hill town in the Nilagiri district of Tamil Nadu, India. Located on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, it is one of the hidden hill stations in Tamil Nadu and among the top places to visit near Ooty.

Devala is a plantation area set between Mudumalai and Wayanad forest reserves. This pristine hill town is an ideal destination for those who want to spend some time amid the natural surroundings away from the hectic city life. Devala is also referred to as the little Cherrapunji of South India because it receives rainfall throughout the year.

Devala is famous for its undulating hills, thick forest, and vast tea plantations. This small hill town is much more peaceful and less crowded than other famous hill stations like Munnar, Ooty. This green paradise is an unexplored part of the Nilgiris that one must visit on a long weekend from Bangalore. .....

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#20 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 14 km from Ooty, Kalhatty Falls is an attractive waterfall situated on the Ooty - Mysore Road or Sigur Ghat Road. Also known as the Kalahasti Falls, it is one of the top places to visit in Ooty and also one of the best waterfalls in Ooty.

Situated on the slopes of Kalhatti Mountain, the Kalhatty Falls cascades down from a height of 120+ feet and is considered to be an ideal destination for trekking. It is situated at an average height of around 400 feet in the Sigur Plateau of Tamil Nadu.

The Kalhatty-Masinagudi slope is rich in wildlife such as Panthers, Bisons, Wild Buffaloes, Wild Dogs, Spotted Deers, Sambars and different types of hill birds. The falls are accessible from main road through a private tea estate. There is a viewpoint that offers a far view of the falls. One can walk down through a narrow path for 15 minutes (one way) from viewpoint to take a closer view & reach .....

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#21 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 0.5 Kms from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station, The Ooty Deer Park is a unique wilderness situated in the vicinity of the Ooty Lake. It is one of the high altitude animal park in India.

The park is a beautiful place and offers a unique opportunity to observe and study wildlife in near natural habitat. It was inaugurated in the year 1986. The total area of the Deer Park is 22 acres out of which an area of 6 acres has been developed and is open to public. This park is maintained by Tamilnadu Forest Department.

Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM

Entry: Free

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#22 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 2 Kms from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station, Adam's Fountain in the Charing Cross junction is built in 1886 in the memory of Governor who spent his last days in Ooty. It is situated at a distance of 3.5 km from Ooty Lake.

This fountain is built with public subscription and total cost was about Rupees 14,000. It was initially installed infront of the Collector's office. Due to insufficient water suppy at it's previous position, it has been moved to the current position in 1998.

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#23 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 3 Kms from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station, Kandal Cross is a holy shrine of Roman Catholics situated at a distance of 2 km from Ooty Lake. The Catholics of the Nilgiri region call it as the 'Calvary of Tamil Nadu'.

Kandal Cross is a shrine which is considered very holy and is referred to as the Jerusalem of the East. Pilgrims and devotees flock the region on every Fridays to attend the special Novena Prayers and Holy Masses organized at Kandal Cross.

The Kandal Cross in Ooty has a relic of the true cross, brought to the church by a delegate of Apostles. It is considered very holy by the Roman Catholics. They believe that it showers heavenly blessings to the pilgrims and tourists who visit the shrine. Every year on 3rd of May a grand feast is organized by the authorities of the church and pilgrims from far off places come here to receive the blessings.

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#24 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 4 Kms from Ooty Bus Station & Railway Station (1 Km from Botanical Garden), Government House (Raj Bhavan) is built in 1877 by the Duke of Buckingham when he was the Governor of Madras.

Built in an area of 87 acres, this cream-coloured mansion, overlooking the Botanical Gardens stands a silent reminder of the grandeur that it had seen in the days of the Raj. It was visited by the Governors of Madras during summar to escape from the hot sultry weather of Madras.

A ballroom was added by Sir Arthur Havelock in 1900. The entire building was electrified in 1904.

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#25 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

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.

Distance (From Ooty): 16 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ooty - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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#26 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 18 km from Ooty, 71 km from Coimbatore and 32 km from Mettupalayam, Coonoor is a Taluk and a municipality in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular places to visit in Tamilnadu and among the best hill stations near Bangalore.

At an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level, Coonoor is famous for its verdant environs and for a variety of wildflowers and birds. It is the second-largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Toy Train) is one of the oldest mountain railways in India. The train ride in the midst of the Nilgiris, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an unforgettable travel experience as part of Coonoor tour packages. Besides, this stunning hill station is well-known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor can be visited along with Ooty tour packages.
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Distance (From Ooty): 19 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ooty - Including Travel): Full Day
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#27 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 10 km from Coonoor & 26 km from Ooty, Law's Falls is a beautiful waterfall situated in Coonoor. Located on Coonoor - Mettupalayam Road, it is one of the popular waterfalls in the Nilgiris, and among the must-visit Coonoor tourist places.

The beautiful Law's Falls is set inside the Coonoor forest range with vast stretches of undisturbed nature around. Named after Col. Law, who constructed the new Coonoor ghat, this waterfall is formed by the Coonoor river. The height of the waterfall is about 30 feet through multiple cascades. This small & pretty waterfall attracts a huge crowd, especially during post-monsoons as part of Coonoor packages.

Since this place is close to the main road, it does not need much walk/trek. One can enjoy the force of the water at bottom of the falls. The place is rocky and slippery.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Free

Distance (From Ooty): 26 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ooty - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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#28 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 7 km from Kotagiri, 21 km from Coonoor, and 36 km from Ooty, Catherine Falls is a beautiful waterfall situated near Kotagiri in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. It is the second largest waterfalls in Nilgiris and one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore. It is also one of the best Coonoor places to visit.

Cascades down from a height of 250 feet, the stunning Catherine Falls is a double-cascaded waterfall located at Aravenu. The River Kallar descends down the rocks as Geddhehaada Halla stream, to form the Catherine Falls. Also known as Geddhehaada Halla by locals, this waterfall is named after Catherine Cocburn, the wife of M.D. Cocburn, who had introduced coffee plantation to the areas of Kotagiri and Yercaud.

Catherine Falls is surrounded by beautiful views of forest, tea plantations and the Mettupalayam plains. The .....

Distance (From Ooty): 30 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kotagiri - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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#29 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 40 km from Ooty, Mukurthi National Park is a protected area located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu state. It is one of the most attractive wildlife sanctuaries in South India and among the best places to visit as part of Ooty Tour Packages.

Previously known as the Nilgiri Tahr National Park, Mukurthi National Park is situated in the western corner of Nilgiris Plateau. The entire area of Mukurthi National Park was declared as a Reserve forest in 1886. The area was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1982 and upgraded to a National Park in 1990 in order to protect the Nilgiri tahr. The park is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India's first International Biosphere Reserve. As part of the Western Ghats, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1st July 2012.

Covering over an area of 78.46 sq. km, the park is characterized by montane grasslands and shrublands interspersed with sholas in high altitude areas. It is sandwiched between the Mudumalai .....

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#30 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 9 km from Wenlock Downs and 15 km from Ooty Railway Station, Parson Valley & Dam is situated in Ooty Hill Station in the Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the best places to visit in Ooty for nature lovers.

Parsons Valley is a reserved forest area and a part of Mukurthi National Park. The valley was named after Parson, a British engineer who happened to discover this valley way back in 1862 and was instrumental in developing it into one of the most beautiful sites near Ooty from where numerous trekking routes commence. The valley is a flawless nature setting with flowing streams, little waterfalls, and pine trees of Pandiar slopes, overwhelming forested regions and some uncommon creatures among them. The valley and its encompassing give a pleasant perspective of the Nilgiri Mountains.

Parsons Valley Dam is a Hydel Reservoir constructed by the Tamil Nadu Government in this region. Placed within the panoramic Parson's Valley at an altitude of 2,196 .....

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#31 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 9 km from Ooty Bus Station, the Tribal Research Center & Museum is a museum located at M. Palada, Udhagamndalam, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the prominent places to visit in Ooty, especially for history buffs.

Established in the year 1983, the Tribal Research Center in Ooty is dedicated to the study of various types of minority hill tribes inhabiting South India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It spreads over an area of 25 acres of hilly terrain at M. Palada on Ooty - Avalanchi road. The research center maintains records on all the social, cultural, economic, and religious activities of the tribals. The center also conducts in-depth research on the lifestyle, habits, and living conditions of tribes of the state, including the Todas, Kotas, and Paniyas, and puts in a lot of work to improve their lives without much disturbing their present lifestyle.

The Tribal Museum is located within the Tribal Research Centre campus that was started in the year 1995. Initially, .....

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#32 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 1 km from Adams Fountain and 2 km from Ooty Railway Station, St. Stephen's Church is an Anglican church situated near the Collectors office in Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris district and among the must include places in Ooty - Coonoor Tour Packages.

The St. Stephen's Church, Ooty is one of the architectural marvels that the British left for us. The foundation stone of the church was laid down by Stephen Rumbold Lushington, the Governor of Madras in 1829 and was opened to the public in 1831. Captain John James Underwood was in charge of the construction and designing of the entire church. The date of the commencement of construction was chosen to coincide with the birthday of King George IV. It would be interesting to note that the timber that was used in the construction process was brought from Tipu Sultan's Palace after the British had successfully defeated him in the Mysore War. Following the independence of the country, .....

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#33 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 5 km from Ooty Bus Station, the Chocolate Museum is a modern museum located at Indunagar, Udhagamndalam, Tamil Nadu. Situated on Ooty - Mysore Road, it is one of the attractive places to visit during your Ooty trip.

Founded in 2013, the M & N Chocolate Museum in Ooty showcases tools and technology used to make chocolates throughout history. It is run by a local family who aim to create awareness about the benefits of chocolates. It takes us through the journey of chocolate right from extracting cocoa beans to harvesting, grinding, brewing, roasting, blending, and manufacturing the chocolate bar. The museum also exhibits both ancient as well as modern techniques of preparation of chocolate.

The M & N Chocolate Museum has over 100 chocolates on display. The museum has entered the Limca Book of Records for making the largest chocolate bar of 18 meters in India. The best part is that the museum also has a life-sized mannequin which is dressed in clothes made out .....

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#34 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 1 km from Adams Fountain and 3 km from Ooty Railway Station, the Stone House is an old bungalow in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most significant and ancient monuments of the town and among the prime places to visit as part of Ooty Packages.

The Stone House is the very first bungalow of Ooty built by John Sullivan, then Collector of Coimbatore in 1822. It marks the beginning of the modernization of the city, as its facade is reminiscent of a colonial structure. The mansion is called the stone house because it is completely made of stones. The Toda tribes call the Stone House as Kal Bangala. The word 'Kal' means stone and 'Bangala' means mansion. It is located in an extremely picturesque location, and offers beautiful views of the lush greenery all around, including views of the mountains that stand sentinel around it.

Nestled in the picturesque hills of Nilgiri, the house is soaked in history and architectural beauty. The house was built by the concept .....

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#35 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 35 km from Ooty, Annamalai Murugan Temple is a sacred Hindu temple located at Manjoor, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the lesser-known places to visit near Ooty.

Annamalai Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and now is known as the 7th Hill House of the Lord. It was founded by Guru Krishnanandaji. As per the legend, Guru Krishna Nandaji was wandering in the forests of this region around 30 years ago, and meditating in a cave. It is believed that on one fine day, his inner voice asked him to build this temple in honor of Lord Murugan. Afterward, he performed the first Kumbabisekam ritual in the year 1977, followed by the same in 1989 and 2001.

The temple is laden with silver oak trees and tea estates, and thus, is a serene site to visit. Also, there is an observatory at the top of the hill for the public to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view. Hence, if you wish to find a place that is beautiful and serene, the Annamalai temple is to your rescue. Soak inside you .....

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#36 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 19 km from Ooty, Bison Valley viewpoint is a spectacular viewpoint located in Bellikkal near Ooty. Situated on Ooty - Masinagudi road, it is one of the most thrilling tourist places in Ooty.

Surrounded by cardamom forests and tea estates, Bison Valley derives its name from the Indian Bison that roams in large numbers throughout this area. Besides, the tree has a diverse range of wildlife animals in its natural habitat, including tigers, bears, elephants, deer, etc. Here, one can also spot various birds roaming from here to there. Morning droves, drongos, bulbul, shrikes, and woodpeckers are some of the common birds to spot here.

One can enjoy splendid views of the cardamom forests and verdant tea plantations from this stunning vantage point. Taking leisurely walks on the numerous pathways that meander around the valley is a popular pastime for tourists. Bison Valley is also a place that gives an equal opportunity to adventure enthusiasts, as mountain biking .....

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#37 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 1.5 km from Ooty Railway Station, the Thread Garden is an artificial flower garden situated opposite to Boat House in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular places to visit in Ooty.

Created by a former professor Mr. Antony Joseph in 1988, the Ooty Thread Garden exhibits some of the most magnificent and exquisite collections of artificial flowers and plants, all made by the expert hands of the skillful artists by using JUST thread. Antony Joseph, the mastermind behind this unique inception along with his 50 skilled workers and craftsmen has worked constantly for 12 years, to create the marvels of thread we see today. Approximately 6 crore meters of embroidery thread has been employed in the creation of this attraction. Initially, the garden was located in Malampuzha in Kerala but later in 2002, it was moved to its present location opposite to the Ooty Boat House.

Today the garden boasts of 100 different flower species put together after tedious labor and .....

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#38 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 55 km from Ooty, Upper Bhavani Lake is an artificial lake located in the Western Catchments of Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu, India. Situated near the Avalanche area, it is one of the lesser-known but among the most beautiful and captivating lakes in Ooty.

Upper Bhavani Lake was created by the Upper Bhavani Dam, which was constructed across the Bhavani River. It is a must-visit for anyone who admires nature in its raw beauty. The lake is an entry point to view the flora and fauna of the Nilgiri hills. The view of the lake surrounded by the hills is fantastic. Tourists are left speechless by the scenery, the lush greenery, and the clouds that fill up the blue sky.

Prior permission from the Forest Department is required to enter the area. One can drive to the forest department check post, after which private vehicles aren't allowed. From the check post, mini bus and jeeps take you on a safari to Upper Bhavani Lake. The entire journey is a 2-hour affair since .....

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#39 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 1 km from Rose Garden and 4 km from Ooty Railway Station, the Elk Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple situated atop Elk Hill in Ooty. It is one of the revered temples in Ooty and among the best places to visit in Ooty.

Amidst picturesque backdrop and a resplendent setting, the Elk Hill Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The highlight of the place is a 40 feet tall statue of Lord Murugan that stands tall outside the enclosures of the temple and attracts pilgrims and devotees from far and wide. The statue is a replica of the Murugan Statue in Batu caves, Malaysia. In addition to that, the temple premises also have idols of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, Goddess Shakthi, Nava Kanika, Navagrahas, etc.

The hill is surrounded by dense forests. The scenic beauty and calm atmosphere add an extra attraction to the devotees visiting the place. One can get some picturesque views of Ooty town and its surrounding areas from the temple. Besides the gorgeous landscape and astounding .....

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#40 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 6 km from Ooty Bus Stand, Tiger Hill is a beautiful vantage point located in Ooty. It is one of the most famous places to visit as part of Ooty Packages.

Tiger Hill is perched on the lower side of the famous Doddabetta Peak. There is an ancient cave along with a water reservoir located on the top of the peak. Here, one can also explore the British-era graves and statues that draw the attention of thousands of tourists every year. If you're looking to be close to nature and admire the panoramic view of the valley on your Ooty tour, then Tiger Hill is the perfect place for you.

Surrounded by flower-clad meadows and mighty hills, it is an awe-inspiring point to have a grand view of the scenic beauty around. The sunrise looks breathtakingly beautiful from here and so do sunsets. Tiger Hill also offers several trails that go through rough and rugged terrain, and are ideal for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers. One can also set up a tent to sleep under .....

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#41 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 13 km from Ooty Railway Station and 13 km from Coonoor, Katary Falls is a stunning waterfall situated at Adikaratti village near Ooty. It is one of the popular waterfalls in Ooty and among the must include places in Ooty - Coonoor Tour Packages.

The Katary Falls is cascading down from a height of about 130 feet into a pool at the base. It is the third-largest waterfall in the Nilgiris. It is a 2-tiered waterfall and can be reached by trekking from the main road. It is also the site of India's first hydroelectric power project, the Kateri hydroelectric system. The hydroelectric power plant generated 1000 KW of electricity from the mechanical energy of the falling water from the Katary Falls. The hydroelectric power station is an attraction on its own and attracts hundreds of visitors.

The waterfall is a sight to behold during the rainy season when the water cascades in all its glory amidst lush green woods enveloped in mighty mountains. The height of the location .....

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#42 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 24 km from Coonoor and 31 km from Ooty, Kolakambai Falls is a magnificent waterfall located near Kolacamby, Tamil Nadu. Also known as Kullakamby Falls, it is one of the highest waterfalls in the Nilgiris and among the prominent places to visit as part of Ooty - Coonoor Packages.

The very beautiful and mesmerizing Kolakambai Waterfall is located in the Nilgiris near the cities of both Ooty and Coonoor. Standing tall at a height of 400 feet, this is the highest falls in the Nilgiris mountain range. It descends from the northern side of Kolakambai Hill, which is an important peak of the Nilgiri Hills range.

A visit to these falls during the monsoon season can be quite breathtaking. The way to this falls is popular for hiking, trekking, and biking through the wild area full of natural flora and fauna that is typical of this mountainous range.

Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM

Entry: Free

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#43 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 8 km from Kotagiri, 28 km from Coonoor and 30 km from Ooty, Elk Falls is a magnificent waterfall located at Uyilatty village near Kotagiri in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the top waterfalls in the Nilgiris and among the prominent places to visit during your Ooty Tour.

Locally known as Uyilatty Falls, the stunning Elk Waterfall is located in the midst of the idyllic Echoing Valley of Kookal in the South Nilgiris district. A lofty falls with patter water which shower downstream gives the amazing scenario and surrounds with blossom green tea and coffee plantations. A European house or Kannerimukku, constructed by British collector Sullivan is located near the falls. This house was built during the colonial times of the British in India, in the year 1819 and was the first British residence in Tamil Nadu. At present, it can even be considered as a historical ancient monument!

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#44 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

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 .....

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#45 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 4 km from Ooty Railway Station, the Ooty Golf Course is located near Wenlock Downs in Ooty. It is one of the most popular tourist places in Ooty.

Situated at an altitude of 7,200 feet, the Ooty Golf course is one of the ultimate Golf Courses in the world. Owned by the Gymkhana club in Ooty, the course extends over 193.56 acres and comprises 18 holes. Colonel Fane Sewell, the then Secretary of the Blue Mountains Tennis and Cricket Club formed the golf course in 1891, which initially comprised nine holes. Golf enthusiasts formed a golf club nearby, called the Gymkhana club in 1896. The Ooty Golf Club was redesigned in 1929 by Ross Thompson who turned the browns into greens. It is an 18 hole, par 72 golf course, which is very challenging and difficult. The entire course is surrounded by an avalanche range that contains thick woods. The golf course itself contains many copses of aromatic eucalyptus, oak, rhododendron, and fir, which provide a very scenic atmosphere.

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#46 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 20 km from Bandipur, 30 km from Ooty, and 98 km from Mysore, Masinagudi is a small beautiful hill station and a well-established tourist hotspot nestling amidst the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular places to visit near Ooty, and among the must include places in Mysore Tour Packages.

Situated on Mysore-Ooty Road, Masinagudi forms a part of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Lush green forest cover, stunning waterfalls, gushing rivers and rivulets, and picture-perfect landscapes make Masinagudi an ultimate weekend retreat for all those who love wildlife safaris. It is a haven for nature lovers and wildlife photographers. Masinagudi is considered one of the most perfect jungle getaways near Bangalore as it is home to a large variety of flora and fauna.

The town boasts of the famous Mudumalai National Park, Moyar River, Pykara Falls, Theppakadu Elephant Camp, Maravakandy Dam, and more. .....

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#47 of 47 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 1.5 km from Ooty Lake, and 3 km from Ooty Railway Station, Karnataka Siri Horticulture Garden is an inter-state garden located at Fern Hill in Ooty. It is the second-largest garden in the hill station of Ooty, and among the must include places in Ooty tour packages.

Karnataka Siri Horticulture Garden (KSHG) was developed by the horticulture department of Karnataka to pave the way for inter-state co-operation through tourism. Spread across 38 acres, the garden was established on land which was once the property of the erstwhile Mysore kingdom and gifted to the Karnataka government by the Maharaja in 1964. The garden was inaugurated in the year 2018 and is relatively a new tourist attraction in Ooty.

Spread amidst slopes, and valleys, Topiary Garden, lawns, flower beds, Italian Garden, Maze Garden, Rose Garden, Sunken Garden, check dams, and Tea Garden are the main features of this garden. The Maze garden is an outdoor labyrinth in which hedge walls are made .....

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Most Asked Questions on Ooty


  • What is the best season to visit Ooty?

    Ooty can be visited through out the year, however, post monsoon and winter are the best seasons to visit Ooty to witness the great beauty of Ooty. This is also the time when the waterfalls & lakes are pleasant and enhance the beauty of beautiful hill station of Ooty. Summer is the busiest season in Ooty and often hotels run full and tourist places are crowded.

  • How many days are required to visit Ooty?

    Ooty usually requires around 3 days to visit the most important attractions. However, there are several wonderful places to visit around Ooty like Coonoor, Mudumalai Sanctuary & Avalanche which usually take additional day for each. One can also mixed their Ooty trip with some of the popular places to visit near Bangalore like Mysore, Coorg, Coonoor, Wayanad by adding few additional days to your trip.

  • What is the budget required to visit Ooty?

    Budget of Ooty trip depends on the trip duration and category of hotel you choose for your stay along with the kind of vehicle you prefer. Ooty tour packages offered by Trawell.in start from as low as INR 4950 per person for a 2D/1N trip and from INR 7400 per person for 3D/2N vacation.

  • What are some must visit places & things to do while visiting Ooty?

    Ensure to cover most important places to visit in Ooty like Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Dodabetta Peak, Pykara Falls, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, etc. Boating at Ooty lake is a must do activity. If you have time, you can dedicate a day to visit Coonoor as well.

    Dozens of beautiful tea estates are spread across and Ooty and Coonoor and visiting one of them is a must do activity while visiting Ooty. Ooty Mysore tour packages is a popular circuit frequented by tourists.

  • What are the things to buy in Ooty?

    Ooty is very famous for Tea plantations and buying local made of tea powder is a great idea. Ooty is also well know for spices like cardamom, cloves, pepper, etc, You can get these spices at low prices in Ooty if you bargain a bit.