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Ooty

Misty mountains, terraced landscapes, pebbled streams and green everywhere your eyes could see, it is Ooty, the most popular hill station in South India. The whole town is a visual treat with well manicured garden, colonial building and British churches. Innumerous trekking trails in the city are sure to lead you to an absolutely new spot untouched by human influence.

Ooty is all about its great weather and the views of the Nilgiris. Stay in the hotels or the luxury independent bungalow, Ooty is the place to be if you want to soothe your minds and soul. Just come here and succumb to the best that the nature offers.

When To Go

The climate of Ooty is pleasant for most parts of the year. Summer (March to May) is the ideal time to enjoy the natural vista along with adventure activities. Monsoon (June to September) is not the best time as most of the outdoor activities are not conducted, but the natural beauty of Ooty is the maximum during the rainy season. Winter (November to February) in Ooty is charming as the weather is very cold, making it a good place for honeymoon. Outdoor activities are best enjoyed during this season.

Eat & Drink

Ooty has numerous restaurants and a wide range of cuisine options are available. Thought most of the restaurants offer South Indian fare, numerous North Indian restaurants too are available. For lip smacking non-veg delights including grills and Kebabs, tourists can go to Kabob Corner on Commercial Road. For authentic Chinese delicacies, head to Shinkow’s Chinese Restaurant on Commissioner Road. Sidewalk Café is the place to enjoy great American and Italian food. Though the cost is slightly on the higher side, but the food is worth it! While Hotel Sanjay on Street Charring Cross is extremely popular for its Kerala style fish curry, vegetarians should try multi cuisine vegetarian delights at the Utsav Multi Cuisine Restaurant in Main Bazaar or the Chandan Restaurant on Commercial Street. The C store is a reputed cafe cum restaurant on Charring Cross offering home-made pizza, burger, panneer fingers, samosas and numerous snacks. You can also shop here for home made chocolates, honey, spices, herbal oils, tea and other local products. Mezza 11 is a multi-cuisine restaurant on Ettines Road serving delicious Chinese, Indian, Vegetarian, Grill and Afghani fare.

Shopping

Shopping in Ooty is a great experience, thanks to the various cultural and natural reserves bestowed on the region. The Nilgiris Big Bazaar on Garden road is exceptionally popular for the famous Ooty chocolates. The town is also famous for its wood products which can be best purchased at Wood Peckers located on Charring cross. For fresh and authentic honey and organic produce, go to the Green Shop on Street Club Road. Taj Bakers on Main Road is popular for its biscuits and various bakery items. To shop for gourmet cheese, honey and various local stuff, go to Shivani Store, which is one of the oldest shops in Ooty, located on Commercial Street.

History

The history of the Nilgiri Mountain, where Ooty is located, goes back to many centuries. Not much information is available on the reason behind the name ‘Blue Mountain’. While some blame the smoky mist present in the area, while some are of the opinion that the blue Karunji flower, is the reason behind it.

No historical data confirms Ooty to have been under the rule of any kingdom or dynasty. The closest relevance can be associated with Tipu Sltan who built a cave like structure in order to expand his kingdom.

What today stands as the Old Ooty has some historical connections with the Toda tribes. It is believed that the Todas handed over that part of Ooty to Mr. John Sullivan, the ten governor of Coimbatore, in order to develope the town.

The British predominantly stayed in Ooty and owned almost all the land. The town served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency and the colonial days. During those times, the wounded soldiers of the British army were also sent here to recover after the war.

Travel within city

Ooty is a hill station located in the Nilgiris. The best way to reach Ooty is by road. The nearest airport is at Coimbatore which is located around 100 km from the hill station. There are taxi services available from Coimbatore airport. However it might be advisable to pre arrange taxis from the hotel as they are safer. They charge around Rs 1300 for the trip. Ooty railway station has only one train connectivity and tourist can take a jeep or a taxi from the station to the hotel. They are relatively cheap and cost around Rs 200 to the city center.

Rented Bicycle


Cycles, private cars and jeeps are the best way to get around the hill station. Hiring bicycles from the lake is a good way to see the town. Most of the main places are located nearby and can be accessed using cycles. They usually charge around Rs 20 per hour.

Jeeps


Jeeps are also available extensively throughout the place. They can be hired for day trips to the surrounding area and are relatively cheap. They cost around Rs 500 per day.

Taxi


Cabs and taxis are available from the bus stands and they are a good option for travelling to some of the surrounding villages and plantations. They cost around Rs 750 for a day trip.

Attractions

Avalanche Valley

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Located at a distance of 28 km from Ooty, Avalanche Valley is one of the most popular places to visit around Ooty. Named after a landslide which hit the region in the year 1823, the valley is a natural paradise. Filled with shola trees, rhododendrons, orchids, magnolias and a trout stream, Canada dam and Avalanche Lake & dam are the few attractions tourists can explore here. The place is popular for trout fishing as well. It takes around 1 hour to reach the valley from Ooty.
Timings: Vehicle tours begin at 11 AM, Last entry at 3 PM daily  Charges: Entry Free  

Doddabetta Peak

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At a height of 2,623 mt, Doddabetta Peak marks the highest point in Ooty. It is ideally located just 10 km from the city and offers some of the most exotic views of the area. Usually shrouded by heavy mist, on a clear day tourists can enjoy bird’s eve view of Mysore plateau and Coimbatore. Located atop the Doddabetta Hill is the observatory that has two telescopes offering unparalleled views of the region. Tourists are advised to carry warm clothes as the temperature on the hill can dip to low levels.
Timings: 7.00 AM - 5.00 PM daily  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 2 per head  

Emerald Lake

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Located in the Upper Plateau of the Nilgiri hills, Emerald lake is a beautiful water body around 25 km from Ooty and takes about 40 mins to reach the lake by car. It is a popular picnic spot on the way to Avalance Valley from Ooty and here tourists can enjoy the true bilss of nature. The Emerald lake is a part of the Silent Valley and is shaped like the number 8. There are no commercial actvities available at the Lake, but the breath taking natural beauty makes up for it. A tea plantation in the suburbs is another popular attraction where one can relax and enjoy different flavors of tea.
Timings: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry Free  

Ooty Botanical Gardens

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Laid in the year 1847, the Botanical Garden is one of the most popular attraction in Ooty. Lying on the lower slopes of the Doddabetta peak, the garden boasts of rare species of trees, well manicured gardens and extensive varieties of flora. Maintained by the Tamil Nadu’s Horticulture Department, the most important attraction here is the 20 million years old fossil tree, an Italian Garden and the only tree in India on which monkeys cannot climb. The best time to visit this garden is during the month of May, when the Annual ‘Summer Festival’ is in full swing.
Timings: 8.00 AM - 6.30 PM daily  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 20, Children - Rs 10, Camera - Rs 30, Video - Rs 100  

Ooty Lake

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Sprawling in an irregular ‘L’ shape is the magnificent Ooty Lake. Known for its boat races, pony rides, children’s park and toy train, the Lake is a perfect picnic spot in Ooty. The main draw towards the Lake happens in the month of May, when the boat race and boat pageantry festivals are held. Founded by John Suillivan in the year 1823, the lake today comprises of a race course, mini gardens and a bus stand. Tourists are advised to enjoy boating in the Ooty Lake.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry fee (boat house): Rs 5, Rs 10 (Camera), Rs 100 (Video) Boating cost: Rs 60 (2 seater pedal boat/30 mins), Rs 95 (3 seater row boat/30 mins), Rs 250 (15 seater motorboat/20 mins).  

Ooty Rose Gardens

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Misty morning
The panoramic hill station of Ooty is popular for its fragrant Rose Garden which is just 1.5 km from the Ooty bus stand. Offering varieties of roses, this garden is located at a height of 2200 to 2400 mt above sea level and is said to foster the largest collection of roses (1419 varieties) in any Garden in India. Maintained by the Horticulture Department of Tamil Nadu, the garden has been in existence since May 20th 1995. Tourists are advised to carry an umbrella as occasional rains appear. It is also a pictorial delight, so missing the camera is an offence.
Timings: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 20 per person, Camera - Rs 30, Video - Rs 75  

Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls

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Located on the Ooty Mysore Road, around 25 km from Ooty is the Pykara Lake and waterfall which takes approximately 40 mins to reach from Ooty. Besides being a scenic attraction, it is also a pilgrim spot for the Todas. An important attraction here is the boat house maintained by the TTDC. In vicinity to the lake is the Wenlock Downs, an idyllic picnic spot, popular among film makers as well. The largest river in the region, Pykara, is the source of water for the Pykara waterfall which falls from a height of 61 mt and is approximately 1 km from the Pykara Lake. 6th Mile and 9th Mile Cine Shooting Point are some of the scenic points tourists can visit on their way to Pykara Lake from Ooty.
Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Lake), Last entry at 4 PM daily  Charges: Boat House Entry Fee - Rs 5 per person, Boating - Rs 175 per head (approx)  

Thread Garden

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Thread Garden in Ooty is one-of-a-kind man made attraction, which highlights an entire garden made out of needle and thread and is located just opposite the Ooty Lake. An initiative of Mr. Antony Joseph which took almost 20 years to fulfill, reveals one of the most exotic creations of mankind. The flowers, the leaves and even the droplets of water on them have been created using a thread. The Thread garden offers handcrafted visual delights to the tourists. Tourists are also advised to indulge in shopping for these handcrafted marvels from the shops located inside the garden.
Contact: +91 423 2445145  Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM daily  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 20 per person, Camera - Rs 15, Video - Rs 30  

Toy Train

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Toy Train ride of Ooty is the best way to get one-on-one with nature. This is the best and most scenic way to travel between Ooty and Coonoor. The Toy Train takes around 5 hours to reach Ooty from Mettupalayam, which is the starting point of the toy train. This train ride reveals some of the most exotic natural views, which are sure to win the heart of any tourist. The train panoramically passes through forests, plains, hills and tunnels, providing the travelers with surreal experiences to remember. A must in every sense!
Timings: Starts at 9:15 AM and 2:00 PM from Ooty and reaches Coonoor at 10:25 AM and 3:05 PM respectively, Return at 10:40 AM and 4:30 PM from Coonoor.  Charges: Rs 135 for first class ticket, Rs 5 for General seat and Rs 20 for second sitting.  

Government Museum & Art Gallery

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The Government Museum, Mysore Road, Udhagamandalam has items of tribal objects, districts ecological deatails and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. It is situated about 2 km from Udhagamandalam on the main Mysore road. It has various collections of contemporary paintings and sculptures all over from India.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 1.00 PM & 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Fridays, Second Saturdays and National Holidays)  Charges: Entry Free  

Holy Trinity Church

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One of the oldest landmarks of Ooty, Holy Trinity Church was converted to a full time church in the year 1858. An important place among Christians, the church is one of the oldest colonial structures and is Tudor in appearance. The stained glass windows and the chaplain of the great Tamil scholar George Uglao Pope are the main attractions here.

Ketti Valley

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Ketti valley view is a popular attraction in Ooty. Located on the way to Coonoor from Ooty, this is a scenic point which offers spectacular views of the Ketti Valley. This valley is one of the largest valleys in the world and is 7000 feet deep inside the mountains.

Main Bazaar

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Main Bazaar, also said to be the heart of Ooty, is a paradise for shopaholics. Selling almost everything under the sky, the tourists are advised not to miss buying the fresh fruits like plums and carrots, handmade chocolates, oils and spices. Various traditional handicrafts are also worth buying. The Toda silver jewelry sold here are a must buy.

St. Stephen's Church

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St. Stephen’s Chruch is one of the most holy places in Ooty. Built in the year 1830, the church is one of the best examples of colonial heritage in India. The church also houses a cemetery where one can find the graves of John Sullivan, the man who discovered Ooty. The prime attractions of this church are the stained glass paintings depicting various chapters from Bible. Carved completely out of wood, the church is one of the most upbeat marvels of wooden architecture.
Timings: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Monday to Saturday), Services - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Sunday)  

Trekking

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Ooty, once the summer capital of the British in India, is endowed with the bounty of nature. A favorite sport of the area, trekking has gained admiration with the tourists in the recent years. Ooty forms the perfect base for a number of exciting treks, some long and some short, into the adjoining hills.

The winter season is the best time to explore the natural glory of Ooty through trekking.

There are several treks which differ in distance, heights and landscape. Also, a base camp is built at Parsons Valley, which aids as an initial point for the trekkers. Ooty-Parson’s peak-Porthimund-Mukurthi National Park-Pandiar Hills-Pykara Falls-Mudumalai National Park-Ooty is a long trek which exposes the trekkers through some of the most beautiful and unexplored parts of the Nilgiris. The picturesque view of Mudumalai Sanctuary is certainly spectacular for adventure tourists.

Ooty also offers short one day treks to the tourists. One of them is through the forested area of Glenmorgan. Located at a distance of 17 km from Ooty, it is rich in eucalyptus, wattle and rhododendron trees. One can also trek to Dodabetta, the second highest peak in the Western Ghats. The peak lies about 10 km from Ooty. The climb to the top isn’t much of a challenge; however, from here one can have a splendid view of the surroundings.

Trekking in Ooty, certainly adds to the joy and excitement of the tourists who love to enjoy nature in a completely unique and innovative way.

Wax World

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Wax World, is a wax museum located on Ooty Coonnor road. This India's very own Madame Tussaud's is located inside a 142 year old bungalow and is a popular place to visit while on the way to Coonoor from Ooty. The main attractions here are the life-size look-alike wax statues of personalities of Indian history, culture and heritage.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 20 per head  

6th Mile

  
As suggested by its name, the 6th Mile is around 6 miles from Ooty on the way to Pykara and is famous for its scenic views. Also called as Shooting spot, this attractions has been featured in many films.

9th Mile

  
A famous shooting point, 9th Mile is 9 miles away from Ooty and is famous for its etheral charms. Popularly known as 'Shooting Medu', the calm and serene ambiance makes it a popular place for picnic. This place is famous for being featured in a popular hindi song 'Poocho Zara Poocho' from the fim Raja Hindustani.

Cine shooting Point

  
One of a popular scenic point in Ooty, which is famous for being festured in various Indian films.

Elk Hill

  
Elk is a scenic point located atop a hill in Ooty and offers panoramic views of the valley. The place also has a few luxurious resorts and hotels.

Horse Riding

  
Horse riding in one of the most popular attraction in Ooty and also are one of the best means to explore the region. Horses can be hired along with a guide near the boathouse region of the lake.
Charges: Rs 50 to 150 for an hour.  

Jain Temple

  
Besides the multitudinous tourist attraction, there is no dearth of pilgrim attractions in Ooty. One of such popular pilgrim places to visit in Ooty is the Nasiyan Jain temple, located on the Prithvi Raj Road. The temple is dedicated to the first Jain Trithankara, Rishabhdeoji.

Though the construction of the temple began in the year 1864, it was opened for public only in the year 1895. Thousands of tourists flock here every year to not only pay homage to the revered but also to explore the museum situated alongside the temple. .

This temple is revered most by the Digamber sect of Jains and is gaining immense popularity among the followers of other sects as well.

Kamraj Sagar Lake Dam

  
The Kamraj Sagar lake Dam in Ooty is an idyllic picnic spot that has an equally scenic way to reach. Located amidst the green shrubs and trees, one can reach it through Kandal. Proffering natural bliss and a cool ambiance, the dam also has provision for fishing. Also known as Sandynallah, the Kamraj Sagar Lake is a perfect tourist spot in ooty, where the travelers can enjoy the best of nature.

Kandal Cross

  
Kandal cross is Roman Catholic church located in Nilgiri and is the best church for the Nilgiri Catholics of the place. It is considered to be the Holy Shrine of the place. It is also the Calvary of Tamilnadu and is located near Udhagamandalam.

It is renowned place for the people of the region and is well known for the wishes of people coming true. That is what the belief of the people is and is known for curing the ill, blessing the people and wishes coming true. People light the candle in the church and wish something from the bottom of their heart, with the great hope of it coming true. It's a great pilgrim place where sacred prayers are always offered on Friday evening.

MacIvor's Bund

  
MacIvor's bund is in the suburbs of Ooty and Dodabetta peak. The motor car or bike would be the easiest way to reach the place while one is in ooty. It is a hilly region and one would definitely love to go riding on the motor bike on the roads which have curves and which go steep high in the mountains.

There is a beautiful church in the place and it is just 12 kms from ooty. It is very close to the avalanche hills and is just 7 kms apart from there. It is a plain region just in the center of the mountains, which cover it from almost all the sides.

Marlimun Lake

  
Murlimun Lake is a popular Lake in Ooty, known for its shikara kind boats. Besides, there are various other types of boats that too can be used for boating on the lake. The lake is not very deep and the fountains and waterfalls located in vicinity, just increases the beauty of the place, bounty times.

Mukerti National Park and Lake

  
In the Southern Part of the Nilgiri mountain sprawls the Mukerti National Park. Known for its varieties of flora and fauna, the sanctuary was established in the year 1982 and since then has been the abode of various endangered species of animals. While one can drive through the park, trekking is an enjoyable option. Lying close to the national park is the Mukerti Lake, wherein tourists can enjoy boating. Various mythological legends associated with the lake also make it an interesting place to visit.
Timings: 7 AM - 6.30 PM except Tuesdays  Charges: Below 5 years - Free, Children above 5 years and below 12 years - Rs 10, School Children (Age 5 to 12 years) from Government and aided Schools - Rs 2, School Children from Private Schools (Age 5 to 12 years) - Rs 10, Adult: Rs 15  

Mukurti Peak

  
Mukurti Peak, 40 kms from Ooty is situated on the Southern Eastern corner of Nilgiris Plateau. Highlighting the Mukurthi National Park as its main attraction, tourists can enjoy sighting some of the best specimens of the avian population. Another attraction here is the Mukurthi Dam, situated at the foot hills of the peak.

Muniswarar Temple

  

Murugan Temple

  
Situated atop the Elk hill, the Murugan temple in Ooty is dedicated to Lord Murugan and the location offers panoramic views of the nearby located regions. The best time to visit the temple is during the months of January and February, when the famous Thaipudam festival is held with great pomp and show.

Ootacamund Club

  
Ootacamund club also known as Golf Course Club is located on the Nilgiri hills high up in the air. It is almost 7000 feet above the sea level. It is highly popular golf club in the world. It has its footings more than 100 years down the line and is a wonderful place for the people to play and have all great fun playing in the club. It has its wonderful website too so that people can book their visits online and have a planned visit to the place.

Apart from the games, poker and casinos is what is most loved and opted for by most of the people. People come there from distant places so as to have great fun and enjoy the weekend with their family members and friends.

Pine Forest

  
Located between the Ooty and Thalakunda, the Pine forest is a popular tourist spot. The forest have also been the fancy of numerous films which have been shot here. The towering pine trees are on downhill area and the view of the forest is truly enigmatic. Tourists can enjoy spectacular views of the Kamraj Lake and dam from the bottom of the hill. Saajan, Sadma, Deewana, Dil and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak are a few films, part of which has been shot here.

Radio Telescope

  
The Radio Telescope is located in Muthorai and has been in existence for over 25 years. A part of National Centre of Radio Astrophysics, the telescope is 530 mts long and 30 m wide and operates on a frequency of 326.5 MHz. The telescope is used to observe interplanetary scintillation and helps in providing a dataset to understand space weather changes and their predictability.

Raj Bhavan

  
Raj Bhavan is the abode of the governor of Tamil nadu and is located in the City of Madras. Initially Raj Bhavan was in Parade Square, which was destroyed by the French. These days it's located in the Guindy Park and the area covers the region of about 156.14 acres, and several public places are also made in the suburbs. A small part of it has been provided to the forestry department. Several other areas like Adyar River Bed and Ikkadu Thangal too belong to Raj Bhavan and these places are used as water pumping station these days.

Several animals like deer, birds, and reptiles too are provided a warm and friendly environment with the nature friendly intention of protecting those species of life on earth. It has more than 150 years of history and is a worthy place keeping up the status of the resident.

Ramakrishna Mutt

  
Scenic beauty, Holy temples, divine churches, toy train ride and thrilling adventures are not all what Ooty has to offer. Ooty also boasts of some great mutts that will allow you to experience some soul searching. One such place is the Ramkrishna Mutt that allows you to indulge in meditation and spiritual learning.

This Mutt was founded by Swami Ramakrishnananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna (who was a follower of Swami Vivekananda). Enveloped by the lush green valleys, this mutt is the perfect place for some self introspection and enjoying surreal calmness.

On your visit to Ooty, do not miss to experience the tranquility of mind and body that is offered by the Ramkrishna Mutt.

Sacred Heart Church

  
Sacred Heart Church in Ooty was constructed by reverend Fr. Foubert in the year 1897. The main attraction of the church - the bell towers - was constructed only after the First World War.

The church gained the status of diocesan Cathedral only after Ooty was categorized as a separate diocese on 3rd of July 1955. In the year 1989, the church underwent a large renovation after the accident in which the roof of the sanctuary had fallen.

Sacred Heart Church is located on the Havelock road in Bandishola, Ooty. In the city that is known for its scenic delights, the Sacred Heart Church holds a charm of its own.

Sri Mariamman Temple

  
Situated atop the Elk hill, the Murugan temple in Ooty is dedicated to Lord Murugan and the location offers panoramic views of the nearby located regions. The best time to visit the temple is during the months of January and February, when the famous Thaipudam festival is held with great pomp and show.

St.Mary's Church

  
St Theresa’s Church is the oldest Anglican Church in India and is a popular attraction in Ooty.

The Tea Factory

  
Tea Garden
There are several small tea factories which cater the life of the people and provide livelihood to a wide number of people earning their bread from the meager income they avail by working in tea factory.

Tea factories are well equipped and produce tea of different qualities and focus on a large international market. The whole process of manufacturing the tea is well optimized and is highly grounded up with well planned process so as to produce highly edible and good quality tea to be sold in the market place.

The taste of the fresh, just made tea is so fine that one should taste it once to have that essence of freshness. It would surely be a wonderful experience.

Thomas Church

  
A tour to Ooty is incomplete without paying a visit to the St. Thomas Church. A compelling view of the Ooty Lake can be sighted from the St. Thomas Church.

The main attraction at St. Thomas Church is the memorial of St. Thomas. It boasts of being the tallest memorial in Ooty, with huge pillar that is crowned by a cross. One can find this pillar on the grave of William Patrick Adam, who was the governor of Madras and passed away in Ooty in the year 1881.

An interesting fact that attracts tourists to the graveyard of St. Thomas Church is that the saite served as a location for the shooting of the film A Passage to India, E.M. Forster and directed by David Lean, in the year 1984.

Tiger Hill

  
The beautiful Tiger Hill can be reached by undertaking a 3 km strenuous trek. Located on the eastern side of the town, the hill offers a closed cave as its main attraction. The cave has various historical legends associated with it. Atop the hill, which is 6 kms from the main town, one can enjoy bird’s eye view of the nearby surrounding.

Toda Settlement

  
Located inside the Ooty Botanical Garden, a visit to the indigenous tribe of the Todas atop the hills is a great experience. The huts are of very unique style and are called 'Munds'. There is also a Toda temple which is worth exploring. Tourists can reach these attractions by undertaking a trek uphill inside the botanical garden. Tourists can shop for Toda artifacts like rugs, shawls and bead work at the entrance of the Botanical Garden.

Tribal Research Center

  
Tribal Research Center near Ooty, is dedicated to the studies on the tribal communities of the state. Established in the year 1983 at Udhagamandalam, it is located at a mere distance of 10 kms from the Ooty Bust stand. This institute plays an integral part in planning the development of the tribal. Besides, they also cater to the welfare of the 6 primitive tribal communities that have been flourishing in those areas since ages.

The main attraction at the Tribal Research center is the Tribal museum that boasts of rare artifacts and pictures of the ancient tribal groups of Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The life size replica of the Todas, Kotas and Paniyas tribes enjoy huge appeal from the tourists. Many attractive sculptures displayed in the museum depict the rich and varied tribal cultures of the various tribes that exist in Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Besides visiting the museum, one can also enjoy reading books and journal available on the tribal culture, at the in-house library. The audio-video presentation during the tribal festival time forms a unique attraction.

Tribal Research Centre is a stone’s throw away from Ooty (10 kms). Catch the daily bus (Emerald) to M Palada and get down at the TRC stop. From here a scenic short walk will take you to the Tribal Research Centre.
Timings: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm (Monday to Friday)  Charges: Free  

Trout Hatchery

  

Union Church

  
The Union Church in Ooty is a place of worship for evangelical believers and the church is located inside a 155 year old heritage building.

Upper Bhavani Lake

  
Upper Bhavani lake is a very wonderful lake and has lots of water in it all year through. The lake is wonderful and has great natural beauty. Once if one visits the lake the memory of the lake stays in the mind for a long time.

A huge dam is constructed on the lake, which helps in providing water to the nearby regions and that has highly aided in the development of agriculture in that particular area. Specific tea plantations have been encouraged and have flourished well due to the construction of dam near the upper bhavani lake. The name of the dam is Upper Bhavani Dam and it has been named after the name of the lake.

Venkateshwara Perumal Temple

  

Western Catchment

  
Western Catchment is a picturesque natural spot situated around 20 km from Ooty. Filled with rolling grasses offering a green carpet is a complete feast for the eyes. A symbol of nation’s eco-friendly Green Revolution, this location holds many surprises for visitors with its cool and beautiful climate. Embraced with lush green vegetation, meandering streams and lake like reservoir surrounded by hills, the place is truly haven for nature lovers. Being a protected area tourist require permission from the Forest Department for visiting Western Catchment.

Excursions

Bellikkal
Bellikkal is a small village that is located in the Nilgiris in southern India. Nilgiris means Blue Mountains, and that literal translation can help you to envision the beauty that is in store for you. This village is located just to the south of the well-known Sigur Plateau in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Bellikkal is a small enough village that it is still relatively pristine. It is an excellent home base for experiencing the impressive ecology that is a part of the amazing country of India. Leisure walks are popular for tourists to experience here. Walking in this region allows you to experience the Western Ghats. Ghats means stairway which provides you with a mental image of what the beautiful landscape must look like in Bellikkal.

The Mudumalai forest, the Bandipur forest, and the Moyar River can all be enjoyed from this hill village. The views from Bellikkal of all three of these locations are impressive. Cardamom forests surround this area as well.

Honeymooners appreciate the quiet solitude that exists in this small village. Mountain biking and trekking are two popular activities for tourists to experience in this area. Enjoying an ayurvedic massage is another popular activity when visiting this quiet village.

Bird watching is another draw for the area. It is common to be able to see such birds as woodpeckers, bulbuls, shrikes, morning doves, drongos, and crow pheasants. Seeing bear, bison, deer, elephants, and tigers are also a possibility in the region surrounding this small mountain village.

Bellikkal Lake

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Bellikkal Lake is a beautiful water feature that has some great views to offer. Fishing here may not be a good idea since this lake is a popular watering hole for a variety of wild animals. Elephants can be frequently seen getting a drink early in the morning or right at dusk here. Tigers, bear, bison, and deer are all possible animals that could be sighted as well. A wide variety of birds also like to frequent this lake. It is not uncommon to see such birds as bulbuls, shrikes, morning doves, crow pheasants, drongos, and wood peckers.

Bison Valley

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Bison Valley acquired its name from the Indian bison that roam throughout the area. Impressive views of cardamom forests are possible from this beautiful valley. Beautiful greenery exists in almost every place that you look.

A wide variety of wildlife inhabits this valley. The wildlife includes such animals as bears, bison, deer, tigers, and elephants. Taking leisurely walks on the numerous pathways that meander around the valley are a popular pastime for tourists. Mountain biking and trekking are also popular activities to participate in. Bird watching is another popular activity in Bison Valley. Such birds as woodpeckers, drongos, morning doves, shrikes, and bulbuls can be seen in the area.

Kalhatti Falls

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Kalhatti Falls is a magnificent waterfall that plummets 400 feet or 122 meters. Sometimes these falls are referred to as the Kalahasti Falls. It is almost a transcendental experience to witness the raw power that this waterfall contains, yet it radiates beauty and grace at the same time. The falls are surrounded by beautiful greenery.

The Mudumalai forest, the Bandipur forest, and plenty of cardamom trees can be found all in the same general area as Kalhatti Falls. It is also possible to experience some of India's exotic wildlife in the area of the falls. Bear, tigers, elephants, and monkeys can all be seen in that region.
Coonoor
Coonoor, scenically located in the Nilgiri hills is a famous hill station popular for its natural attractions. Located around 18 km from Ooty, the town is well connected to Ooty by road and toy train. Also sobriquet as ‘Small Tea Garden’, the major attraction of Coonoor lies in the various points and tea gardens that embellish the town.

The best time to visit the Coonoor hill station is during the annual fruit and vegetable festival held in May. A very unique festival held here is the tea and tourism festivals that invites tea aficionados from all over the world.

Catherine Falls

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Catherine Falls is located in the area that surrounds Coonoor. This beautiful waterfall falls from an impressive 250 feet and can clearly been seen from the top of Dolphin's Nose. This vantage point allows tourists to truly appreciate the awesome power that Mother Nature has contained within a waterfall. The view of cascading waterfall and its surrounding landscape below is spectacular.

Dolphin's Nose

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Dolphin's Nose is an enormous rock formation that looks exactly like the nose of a Dolphin. It takes some effort to climb to the top of this rock outcropping, but the views are absolutely worth the hard work. Two gigantic ravines are found both to the left and right of Dolphin's Nose. While one ravine provides breathtaking view of Catherine falls, the other ravine offers the view of the meeting point of Coonoor stream and the Kotagiri stream.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM daily  Charges: Entry Free  

Tea Gardens

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The tea gardens and tea factories of Coonoor are very popular tourist attractions. Tourists can enjoy a walk through the tea gardens along with hiking and trekking. There are numerous tea gardens in Coonoor and some of them even have a resort located within the tea garden, allowing the tourists to experience a romantic holiday tucked away among the best of hills and nature.

Sim's Park

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Scenically located in a deep ravine on the northern side of Coonoor, Sim's Park is an unusual botanical garden that was developed in 1874 by Mr. J.D. Sims and Major Murray. The park has a beautiful layout and naturally occurring trees, shrubs and creepers and many unusual species of plants that have been brought in from various places around the world, as its major attraction. The annual fruit and vegetable show held in the month of May is a good time to visit this park.
Timings: 8:00 AM - 6.30 PM daily  Charges: Entry Fee - Rs 5 per person  

Lamb's Rock

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Lambs rock
An excellent picnic spot near Coonoor, Lamb's Rock can be visited on the way to the Dolphin's nose. The rock is a jagged cliff that drops down several hundred feet to the lush jungle below and offers panoramic views of the Hulical ravine and Coonoor stream. This vantage point also provides you with an excellent view of the Coimbatore plains.

Kotagiri

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Nilgiris' oldest hill station is Kotagiri. It is located in the same general area as Coonoor. This village is set in what looks like the typical tea plantation with its gently sloping hills. Kotagiri is partially in the shade of the Dodda Betta Range, so constant sunlight everywhere is not a possibility. The Rangaswami Rock and Pillar, St Catherine Falls, and Elk Falls are all places that are near Kotagiri that are worth seeing. By far the most popular attraction in the area is the Kodanad Viewpoint. This one vantage point provides you with exceptional views of the plains, the blue hills, the Moyar River, and the mysterious rising mist.

Hidden Valley

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The Hidden Valley is in the region that surrounds Coonoor. This valley is known for being both impressive and beautiful. Access to this valley is not readily available. Instead, it is necessary to trek to this particular valley. The green, lush landscape combined with the breathtaking mountain views make this trek worth all of the physical exertion. The valley is fantastic when you get there, but half of the fun and enjoyment come from the actual trekking experience. Fabulous views abound as you make your way toward the Hidden Valley. You will not regret for on minute that you choose to take on this excursion.

Wellington's Golf Course

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The Wellington Golf Course is a popular place to stop and enjoy a civilized round of golf. Cantonment of Wellington is located in the near vicinity of Coonoor and the beautiful and exotic location surrounding the golf park attracts a lot of tourists.
Red Hills
Red Hills, a pristine region of Nilgiris ranges and an ecologically fragile area in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, is located at a distance of about 28 km from Ooty. It is believed that the place was christened by the British. One British Colonel finding resemblance of the place with his native place in Britain and gave the name Red Hills to this place.

The eye feasting natural beauty and the pleasant cool ambiance are the major features of this place. The great expanse of lush green forests and the unpolluted atmosphere make this place a unique destination for eco friendly tourism. Red Hills is enriched with open lusting green grasslands and dense woody forests providing exotic views of nature and its beauties ais best explored on Ooty tour.

The major attractions in the Red Hills are the eight serene lakes located in and around the place. The scenic blue lakes are Emerald, Upper Bhavani, Avalanche, Porthimund, Parson’s Valley Lake and Western catchments numbered 1, 2 and 3. The tourists can try out some fishing in these lakes. Carp and trout are plenty in these majestic lakes. One can spot many bird fauna over the lakes as well.

Set on the backdrop of magnificent Nilgiri blue hills, Red Hills offers splendid panoramic views of miles and miles of Tea plantations surrounding it. One can breathe the fresh air and spend his time in relaxation over the grass lawns for many hours. Tranquility and scenic beauty provide any visitor of this place a real unforgettable experience for a lifetime.

One can get a rare chance of experiencing the life and style of Toda tribes settled around the Avalanche Lake. Red Hills nature resorts, situated at height of 7,000 ft in a hillock is a popular resort around the majestic place.

Lake District

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India’s Lake District is found near Red Hills where the numerous rain-filled reservoirs make for an impressive and incredibly beautiful landscape. In fact, there are 8 separate lakes in the area with each being remarkably beautiful in its own right. The scenic blue lakes are Emerald, Upper Bhavani, Avalanche, Porthimund, Parson’s Valley Lake and Western catchments numbered 1, 2 and 3. The tourists can try out some fishing in these lakes. Carp and trout are plenty in these majestic lakes. One can spot many bird fauna over the lakes as well.

Numerous tourists visit this area every year in order to experience the majestic and natural beauty created by the water of the area. The Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo is also found in the Lake District. Many exotic animals that are native to the area such as the famous Bengal tiger, elephants, and monkeys can be seen at the zoo.
Distances
Ooty 1 km
Coimbatore 85 km 3h
Yercaud 242 km 5h, 40m
Kodaikanal 252 km 6h, 40m
Bangalore 266 km 6h, 10m
Kochi 275 km 6h, 40m
Madurai 283 km 6h, 30m
Mangalore 360 km 8h, 20m
Rameswaram 457 km 9h, 30m
Trivandrum 468 km 9h, 10m
Kanchipuram 469 km 9h, 20m
Mahabalipuram 511 km 10h, 30m
Kanyakumari 513 km 10h, 30m
Chennai 547 km 11h
Bellikkal 10 km 20m
Coonoor 19 km 50m
Red Hills 847 km 40m
 

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