Ooty, short for Ootacamund is a popular hill resort in the state of Tamil Nadu
The falls are approximately 6 km from the bridge on the main road. There is a forest rest House at Pykara. A boat house by the Pykara falls and Dam is added attractions to the tourists. Pykara boasts of well protected fenced Sholas, Toda settlements, undistributed grassy meadows and also a good wildlife habitat.The Pykara Dam, Pykara falls and the reservoir attracts many tourists. Being one of the oldest plants in south India, the Pykara station still functions, generating about 60 megawatts. The first unit of 6.65 MW was commissioned in October 1932.
It is the highest peak (2,623 m) in the Nilgiris, about 10 km from Ooty. It lies at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats and offers beautiful vistas of the Nilgiri Hill ranges.It is surrounded by dense sholas. One can have a panoramic view of the landscape through the TTDC telescope. TTDC restaurant caters the needs of tourists.
Here one can often spot herds of endangeredIndian elephants, vulnerable Gaur, and Chital. The sanctuary is a haven for Bengal Tigers and Indian Leopards and otherthreatened species. There are at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary, including critically endangered species like the Indian White-rumped Vulture and the long-billed vulture.The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000 km2 (2,300 sq mi)), including all of Mudumalai National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.
Avalanche lake is an important tourism spot in the nilgiri district. It is just 26km away from ooty, This is a great place for indulging in mountain trekking and trout fishing. A beautiful lake surrounded by a thick shola trees. The flora like rhododendrons, magnolias and the orchids are seen here in abundance.When you reach the place there is a waterfalls which we can see from the long distance. There is a beautiful temple Bhavani Amman which is near waterfalls. The Trout Farm near the Avalanche Dam is famous for trout fishes, which breeds in unpolluted water.
This valley has been named after the landslide or avalanche in 1823.
Distance : 26km
Deer Park is located on the edge of Ooty Lake. It is considered as one of the high altitude zoo in India aside from the zoo in Nainital, Uttarakhand.This park was formed to house a number of species of deers and animals for travelers to view.
Distance : 0.5km
The Tribal Museum is part of the campus of Tribal Research Centre which is in Muthorai Palada (10 km from Ooty town). It is home to rare artifacts and photographs of tribal groups of Tamil Nadu as well as Andaman and Nicobar Islands and anthropological and archaeological primitive human culture and heritage.The Tribal Museum also displays houses belongs to Toda, Kota, Paniya, Kurumba and Kanikarans.
Distance : 10km
It was consecrated by John Matthias Turner, Bishop of Calcutta, on 5 November 1830. It was thrown open to public communion on Easter Sunday 3 April 1831. It came under the Church of South India in 1947. The architect in charge was John James Underwood, Captain, Madras Regiment.Distance : 5km
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
- 113 Years and still moving charmingly
- Slowest train in India (10.4kmph) for your safety while climbing the hill
- Passes through Ever strong 250 bridges and 16 tunnels
- One of rare steam engines running in the world
Railway Station Distance : 0.5km
There are a few Toda huts on the hills above Botanical Garden, where Todas still dwell. There are other Toda settlements in the area, notably Kandal Mund near Old Ooty.Although many Toda have abandoned their traditional distinctive huts for concrete houses, a movement is now afoot to build tradition barrel-vaulted huts and during the last decade forty new huts have been built and many Toda sacred dairies renovated.
The Government rose garden (formerly known as the Centerary Rose Park and Nootrandu Roja Poonga) is the largest rose garden in India. It is situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty town in Tamil Nadu, India at an altitude of 2200 meters.Today this garden has one of the largest collection of roses in the country with more than 20,000 varieties of roses of 2,800 cultivars. The collection include Hybrid Tea Roses, Miniature Roses, Polyanthas, Papagena, Floribunda, Ramblers, Yakimour and roses of unusual colours like black and green
Distance : 1km
Ooty lake covers an area of 65 acres. The Boat house established alongside the lake, which offers boating facilities to tourists, is a major tourist attraction in Ooty. It was constructed in 1824 by John Sullivan, the first collector of Ooty. The lake was formed by damming the mountain streams flowing down Ooty valley.The lake is set among groves of Eucalyptus trees with a railway line running along one bank. During summer season in May, boat races and boat pageantry are organised for two days at the lake.
Distance : 0.5km
The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk among greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close. If you are in Ooty in the month of May, then you can also be a part of the summer festival, which is held here annually. The festival holds flower shows and various cultural programs showcasing the talent of the locals and the renowned artists.
Distance : 2km
Sim’s park is established in 1874 by the British in their ruling period. This park extends upto 12 hectares of land with varieties of trees which were brought from different parts of the world. It is situated at an altitude of 1780 meters above the sea level. This picturesque park is with winding footpath and well maintained lawn attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. The main event of this park is the Annual Fruit Show which happens in the same month of the Annual Flower Show which happens in Ooty. A must visit place in Coonoor for natural lovers.
Distance : 3km from Coonoor
This viewpoint is known as Dolphin’s nose because of its shape. Yes your guess is right. The tip of the peak resembles a dolphin’s nose and it is located at an altitude of 1000 feet above sea level. You can have a spectacular view of the beautiful Catherine waterfalls from here. Its one of the popular sightseeing place around Coonoor and a must visit spot.
Distance : 12km from Coonoor
Lamb’s Rock is another beautiful view point which was named after the then collector Captain Lamb.It provides a birds eye view of Coonoor and it is located on the way to Dolphin’s nose. It is also very near to Tea gardens and chocolate factory. This high elevation point gives you a spectacular vantage point to see the city below. A small trek of around 1 km is will give you a refreshing feel to make you refresh from your worries. A must see spot in Coonoor.
Distance : 8km from Coonoor
Its location is in a landscape that enables one to enjoy a view of not only the park and its colours, but also the majestic mountains, reserve forests, tea gardens, the Katteri river and the railway track at the foothills of the slopes.Nature’s wonders that are on offer here are a combination of delight, including greenery, blooms of flowers in a variety of colours, water, valleys, hills and mists, which would turn any nature lover into a poet.This is a park of unique beauty where visitors can learn about nature and birds. It is a perfect picnic spot to visit with one’s family. A good parking facility with a good canteen are essential to make motorists stop for a while, enter the park and allow themselves to be charmed so that they can take the message about it to the outside world.
Distance : 6km from Coonoor
The Kodanad View Point is about 16 kms from Kotagiri. Can see the panoramic view of the tea estates on either side and the river Moyar is breath taking. A watch tower is there to view the panoramic view of Rangasamy peak and pillar. Bus service can be availed from Kotagiri!
Distance : 16kms from Kotagiri