Monkey Falls is one of the famous
attractions known for the perennial waterfall. The river
stream surrounded by the lush greenery originates from
Located on Coimbatore-Pollachi-Valparai main road,
it lies at a distance of 65 km from the Coimbatore
city. It can also be approached from Aliyar, situated
at distance of 5 km.
|Ooty Botanical Gardens
When you visit Ooty, the first
thing you will be asked to visit is the botanical gardens.
Once inside, be prepared for a very long walk. You may
be able to recognise the “famous tree” out
here where songs for many Indian films have been shot.
It is an ideal place to relax in the lap of nature (Never
mind the crowd)
The Botanical Garden is maintained by the Horticulture
Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. A wide
variety of exotic and ornamental plants adorn this
garden. There is also a beautiful Italian floral garden
and for those who simply want to relax, there's always
the green carpet of the well-maintained lawns. The
"Summer Festivals" is held each year during
the month of May in the Botanical Garden and is an
added attraction for tourists. The Flower Show is
the pride of the festival. Cultural programmes are
organized for those interested in traditional classical
arts. Adventure spots like trekking also form part
of the festival.
This garden is home to lovely flowers of diverse
colors which are a treat to the eye. There is a separate
fern house in the Botanical Gardens in Ooty where
one finds many ferns and orchids. The vibrant roses,
the imported shrubs and a host of other exotic and
ornamental plants including thirty types of Eucalyptus
trees form a part of the rich and unique collection.
The Government Museum, Mysore Road,
Udhagamandalam, has items of tribal objects, districts
ecological details and representative sculptural arts
and crafts of Tamil Nadu. It was set up in 1989, with
a view to provide education benefits to the residing
and visiting population of the Nilgiris district. The
admission to this museum is free. The timings are 10.00
am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. It is closed on
Fridays, Second Saturdays and National Holidays. The
nearest airport is at Coimbatore (100-km).
Ooty Lake is an artificial lake,
formed by John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty, in 1824.
The artificial lake was formed by the mountain streams
flowing down Ooty valley. This lake stretches for about
2.75 km, from the central bus stand, in an irregular
It originally extended up to the present day market
and people used to take ferries for going from one
side to the other. Over the years, Ooty Lake shrunk
in size, giving space for the bus stand, racecourse
and a mini garden. The entire lake is surrounded by
eucalyptus trees that add to its beauty.
Tourists also visit the nearby Boat House, where
they can hire different types of boats. In the month
of May, boat pageantry and races are organised at
this lake for two days, which attract numerous visitors.
At the end of this Boat House, there is a deer park
and a children’s park, with toy train.
|Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary or
the Tiger Reserve is an adventurous sightseeing place
in Ooty. It is situated in the Nilgiri hills, where
the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats. The entire
sanctuary covers a wide area of 32,155 hectares, comprising
open grassland, valley, flat land, swamp and nullas.
This sanctuary is located at an elevation of 1000 metres
between Karnataka and Kerala. The wildlife of this sanctuary
is a home to tiger, wild dog, langur, sloth bear, elephants
and bonnet macaque. This sanctuary is also houses leopard,
hyena, jackal, spotted deer, mouse deer, wild boar,
flying squirrel and more.
It is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India
and also has an elephant camp, named 'Theppakkadu'.
In this camp, tourists can find a rest house along
with TTDC's Youth Hostel. Visitors can find rest houses
in Abhayaranayam, Kargudi and Masinagudi. Moreover,
the rest house in the Bamboo Banks Farm is just 18
km away from this sanctuary.
Rose Garden covers around 10 acres
of land, near the Charring Cross at Vijayanagaram. This
garden comprises terraces with pergolas, rose tunnels
and bowers with rose creepers. There are around 3600
varieties of roses in this garden.
Tourists can visit this garden for seeing Miniature
roses, Hybrid Tea roses, Ramblers and Floribunda.
Roses of unusual colours, including green and black,
can also be seen in this garden. Moreover, the perfect
location of Nila Maadam allows visitors to clearly
view the entire Rose Garden.
Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department has maintained
this garden over the years. In 2006, this garden was
recognised as the ‘Garden of Excellence’
by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS).
|Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Any tourist who comes to visit
Ooty wants to travel by this train. This train has an
interesting history apart from the vintage charm that
it exudes. The “Nilgiris toy train” connects
Ooty to Mettupalyam at the foot of the Nilgiris. The
Nilgiri Hill railway, blue and cream with wooden coaches
and large windows are widely regarded as a marvel of
engineering. The first train steamed out in the year
1899 and it boasts of being designed and built by the
Swiss locomotive works. The train covers a distance
of 46 kms between Mettupalyam and Ooty in four and a
half hours. There are five stations between Mettupalyam
and Coonor namely Kallar, Adderley, Hill Grove, Runnymede
and Kateri. This train averages at 10.4 km per hour
and is probably the slowest train in India. It leaves
Mettupalyam at 7.45 a.m. and reaches Ooty by 12 noon.
The train must reverse a short distance before climbing
up the hills to Ooty. This is for the locomotive to
be changed here with diesel traction, normal for all
trains to Ooty. Therefore it stops at Conoor, another
tourist destination. The Nilgiris toy train leaves
from Coonor station at these timings 7:45 a. m. 10:30
a.m. 1.30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. respectively. The fares
of the tickets are Rs. 6 for adults and Rs. 4 for
children in second class and Rs. 76 for adults in
Glenmorgan is a scenic countryside
in Ooty, which is full of eucalyptus and tea plantations.
It is located 25 km north-west of Ooty and is a famous
Tea estate. This tea estate is ideal place for picnics
and has a big lake constituting the fore bay for the
Pykara Power House.
This power house is around 3 km down the hill of
Singara and is considered to be the highest plant
in Asia. The Pykara Power Plant measures over 38.78
metres in height and is connected with a haulage way
(mechanical ropeway). It takes around 1 hour by trolley
to reach this power plant from Glenmorgan.
Tourists can get a beautiful view of the Moyar Valley,
Pykara Power Plant, certain parts of Mysore and Mudumalai
Wild Life Sanctuary. Further, there are many rest
houses available at Glenmorgan and Singara for tourists
and officers of the electricity board.
Avalanche is a nature lover's paradise,
which is just 26 km away from Ooty. This valley is a
great place for indulging in mountain trekking and trout
fishing. It is an ideal destination for excursion in
Ooty and tourists can stay in the local guest house
of the forest department.
This valley has been named after the landslide or
avalanche in 1823. It is known for shola trees, orchids,
magnolias and a trout stream. There is an emerald
camp in the valley, which provides a beautiful view
of the surrounding village and dam. Tourists can also
visit the Avalanche Lake, which is wedged between
the dense forests of shola trees.
Trout fishing can be enjoyed in this lake by making
use of the fishing rods and other important equipment.
The Trout Farm near the Avalanche Dam is famous for
trout fishes, which breeds in unpolluted water.
Emerald Lake is located in the
upper plateau region of the Nilgiri Hills, hardly 25
km from Ooty. This lake is part of the Silent Valley
and is situated close to the Red Hill Nature Resort.
Visitors can enjoy sunrise and sunset from this place.
There are various birds, duck and other aquatic animals
found in this lake. Moreover, at the tea plantation
in the suburbs, tourists can taste wide variety of
fresh and flavoured tea.
This is a picturesque spot, located
east of Ooty town, on the lower lap of Doddabetta peak.
Tiger Hill is a now a resort consisting of English style
cottages. You can have a luxurious stay here in the
lap of nature.
|Fern Hill Palace
Fern Hill is a welcome heritage
hotel, situated at Fern Hill, Ooty and located in 50
acres of land with sprawling lawns, beautiful gardens,
dense forests, rich and stunning views overlooking lush
green valleys and tea gardens. The palace, superbly
finished with Burmese teak, features a magnificent ballroom
with a high valued ornamental papier-m?ch? ceiling.
This has two overlooking galleries, one veiled with
lace curtains for the ladies of the household and the
other for the court orchestra.
This Palace has exclusive suites which comprise of
a large sitting room, guest room, dining hall, sit
outs, etc. All guest rooms have a huge fireplace,
taking you back to the British era. Apart from this
you have all luxurious services provided by the hotel
ensuring you have a pleasant and royal stay.
The ambience and the setting are sure to give you
a feel of the yesteryears, the English style of living
in particular. You will rejoice in the old world charm.
|Ketti Valley View
Ketti Valley View is located on
the Ooty-Coonoor road, around 7 km away from the main
city of Ooty. It is the second largest valley in the
world, which comprises different villages that are part
of Coimbatore and Mysore. It covers a wide area, extending
from the plains of Coimbatore to the Mysore plateau.
The valley is home to several tribes, such as Todas
and Badagas. These tribal people are experts in cultivating
fresh vegetables and fruits in the valley. There are
over 14 villages in this valley that belong to the
tribes of Badagas. The tribes living these villages
wake up before the sunrise and sleep after sunset,
representing perfect rural lifestyle.
Residents of this valley mainly speak Tamil and Badaga,
but most of them can understand Malayalam, English
and Kannada as well. Apart from the strong influences
of Christian Missionaries, many residents practise
Hinduism. The only engineering college in the district,
CSI College of Engineering is located in this Ketti
Doddabetta Peak is the highest
vantage point in Ooty, located at around 2,623 m. This
peak is regarded as one of the highest peaks in South
India, which lies at the junction of the Eastern and
Western Ghats. The beautiful valley, plains of Coimbatore
and the flat highlands of Mysore are visible from this
The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation manages
a Telescope House in the Doddabetta Peak which enables
the visitors to get a better view. This TTDC Telescope
House gives a complete view of the surrounding landscape.
There is also a TTDC restaurant, which caters to the
taste of the visitors. Tourists can also indulge in
trekking at the Doddabetta Peak, which is also the
highest peak of the Nilgiri.
|Kalhatti Water Falls
Kalhatti Water Falls boasts a height
of 40 metres and is considered to be an ideal destination
for trekking. This water fall is around 13 km from Ooty
on the Ooty-Mysore route. The water fall is located
at around 2,000 metres above the sea level and the entire
route runs through the Kalhatti Ghats.
Situated on the slopes of Kalhatti Mountains, the
water fall also has varied rivulets and other water
bodies attached to it. The best time to visit this
attraction is during the months of September through
Pykara Lake, a popular getaway
from Ooty, is a placid lake located between the lush
green valleys of Ooty. Surrounded by dense forests,
there is a forest rest house in the area. Additionally,
Pykara is known for its boat house, which is near the
Pykara falls and Dam. The boat house also includes a
restaurant and a rest house, where tourists can relax.
Tourists can visit the clean and beautiful Pykara
Lake, which is free from pollution and is not very
crowded. Boating is a key attraction of this lake
and tourists can enjoy it at a reasonable price.
Pykara Lake is just 21 km from Ooty on the Ooty-Mysore
road and can be reached by different transportation
modes, such as cars, taxis and buses.
|Bhavani Sagar Dam
About 80 km from Coimbatore is
the beautiful Bhavani Sagar Dam that was built after
India gained independence. It is 36 km from Mettuppalayam
and is one of the largest earthen dams in India and
has been constructed over River Bhawani. With beautiful
sprawling gardens, it is a delight for children and
perfect place for picnics.