Monkey Falls
Monkey Falls is one of the famous attractions known for the perennial waterfall. The river stream surrounded by the lush greenery originates from Valparai Hills.

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.

Government Museum
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
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 ‘L’ shape.

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
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 first class.

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
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.

Tiger Hill
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 Valley.

Doddabetta Peak
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 point.

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 November.

Pykara Lake
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.


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