Backwaters

#1 of 37 Places to Visit in Ooty

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 most visited tourist places in Ooty and also one of the popular places to represent Ooty Tourism. It is also one of the top attractions you must include in Ooty packages.

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 gradually shrunk from its original size giving place to the current bus stand race course, and the lake park.

The lake is surrounded by groves of Eucalyptus trees with a railway line running along one shore. Situated amidst beautiful valleys, Ooty .....

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Park

#2 of 37 Places to Visit in Ooty

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

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, 8th Marquess of Tweeddale, 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.

The garden spreads over an area of 22 hectares with more than 650 species of flowers and trees. The .....

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Nature

#3 of 37 Places to Visit in Ooty

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 Nilgiri Mountains and also one of the popular places to visit in Ooty. It is among prime place to visit on a Ooty trip.

Situated at an altitude of 2623 m, Doddabetta is regarded as one of the highest peaks in South India, which lies at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats. 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.

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Waterfall

#4 of 37 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 2 km from Pykara Lake and 23 km from Ooty Bus Stand, Pykara Falls is a majestic waterfalls situated on Ooty - Mysore road in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore and also one of the most popular Ooty tourist places. It is another popular attraction not to miss in a Ooty tour package.

Pykara Falls is formed by Pykara River on the downstream of the Pykara Dam. The falls drops down into two sections with 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. It is one of the must visit places for honeymoon couples and nature lovers during their Ooty trip. During rainy season, the waterfall is in .....

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Wildlife

#5 of 37 Places to Visit in Ooty

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 Nilgiri hills in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the finest and most attractive place to include in Ooty tour packages and also one of the top places to visit in Ooty.

Mudumalai is the first sanctuary in South India set up in 1940 and was declared as a National Park in 1990. In April 2007, the Tamil Nadu state government declared Mudumalai to be a tiger reserve. The sanctuary is situated on Karnataka-Kerala border adjacent to Bandipur National Park of Karnataka and Wayanad (Muthanga) Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala. At an .....

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Nature

#6 of 37 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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Backwaters | Nature

#7 of 37 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 Package.

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.

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Backwaters

#8 of 37 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 22 km from Ooty, Pykara Lake is a placid lake situated on Ooty - Mysore road in Tamilnadu. Pykara Lake & Dam is one of the best places to visit in Ooty and an ideal place to experience beautiful boat ride.

Pykara Dam built on Pykara River amidst dense forest is a beautiful destination offering breathtaking scenery. Pykara is the largest river in Nilgiris district. Pykara Lake is a blessed lake for the Todas, the local tribe of Nilgiris. This is the best place to relax and admire the beauty of nature. The dam is near the main Ooty - Gudalur road and includes a power station. Often referred as one of the oldest power plants in South India, the Pykara Power Station still functions and generating about 60 megawatts electricity. It was declared as a heritage plant in 1997, triggered the establishment of more hydro-electric power stations in the state. .....

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Backwaters

#9 of 37 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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Park

#10 of 37 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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Museum

#11 of 37 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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Backwaters | Wildlife

#12 of 37 Places to Visit in Ooty

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

Avalanche Lake is a mesmerizing lake formed naturally in the year 1823 AD due to a massive landslide (Avalanche). Surrounded by a rolling landscape with blooming flowers and rhododendrons, the lake is a heaven for nature lovers, as small waterfalls falling down from the encircling mountains creates a picture perfect ambience. This lake is the major source of water supply for the Kundah Hydro Power stations.

The journey from Ooty to Avalanche takes one to a picturesque spot centered on a lake. The Avalanche Dam creates Upper Bhavani Lake beyond Emerald Lake. This lake is mostly visited after .....

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Nature

#13 of 37 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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Park

#14 of 37 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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Miscellaneous

#15 of 37 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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Miscellaneous

#16 of 37 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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Heritage

#17 of 37 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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Waterfall

#18 of 37 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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Hill Station

#19 of 37 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 29 km from Ooty, 20 km from Coonoor, 72 km from Coimbatore & 544 km from Chennai, Kotagiri is a small Hill Station in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu and is one of the top places to visit in Ooty. It is situated at an altitude of 1793 m. This the oldest and the third largest hill stations in the Nilgiris after Ooty and Coonoor. The name Kotagiri literally means mountains of the Kotas and refers to the Kota tribe who lived here in the past. It is one of the top attractions you must include in Ooty trip.

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. They called the .....

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Hill Station | Nature

#20 of 37 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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Hill Station

#21 of 37 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 in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a beautiful hill station and known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor 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. Coonoor is among the .....

Distance (From Ooty): 19 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ooty - Including Travel): Full Day
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Waterfall

#22 of 37 Places to Visit in Ooty

At a distance of 10 kms from Coonoor (on the road way to Mettupalayam) & 26 Kms from Ooty, the beautiful Law's falls is set inside the Coonoor forest range with vast stretches of undisturbed nature around. It is one of the must visit Coonoor tourist places and also one of the waterfalls in Coonoor.

Named after Col. Law, who constructed the new Coonoor ghat, this waterfall is formed by Coonoor river near its junction with the Mettupalayam ghat road. This small & pretty wafterfall attracts huge crowd, especiall during post monsoons. Since this place is close to 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.

Height of the falls is about 30 feet through multiple cascades.

Distance (From Ooty): 26 Kms
Trip Duration (From Ooty - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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Waterfall

#23 of 37 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 in Ooty. It is also one of the best places to visit in Coonoor.

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 falls is clearly visible from the top of Dolphin's Nose and this is the only place where you .....

Distance (From Ooty): 30 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kotagiri - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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Museum

#24 of 37 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.

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Wildlife

#25 of 37 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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Nature

#26 of 37 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 places in the hill station of Ooty. The sight is truly magnificent and also a shooting spot for many of the 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 to go there. The view from the top of the point is really great. Needle View Hillpoint is a place where you can literally 'reach for the clouds'. The peak .....

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Backwaters | Nature

#27 of 37 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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Pilgrimage

#28 of 37 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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Heritage

#29 of 37 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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Museum

#30 of 37 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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Pilgrimage

#31 of 37 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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Waterfall

#32 of 37 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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Waterfall

#33 of 37 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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Waterfall

#34 of 37 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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Adventure

#35 of 37 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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#36 of 37 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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#37 of 37 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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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.

  • 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.


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