Sightseeing - Places of interest around Ooty
Sim's Park Sim's Park
A 12-hectare park in Coonoor exhibits over 1000 species of plants. An annual fruit and vegetable show is held here in May.
Dolphin's Nose Dolphin's Nose
12 km from Coonoor, one can catch a glimpse of the magnificent St Catherine Water Falls from here and a birds eye view of the Ooty township.
Toy Train Toy Train
The toy train runs between Ooty and the near-by-town of Coonoor. The ride on the UNESCO World Heritage train provides breathtaking views of forests, sloping hillocks and verdant tea gardens.
Wellington Staff College Wellington Staff College
Located between Coonoor and Ooty, Wellington is a military town with rows of barracks. Headquarters of Madras Regimental Centre, Indian Army and Defence staff are located here.
Dodabetta Coonoor
The second largest hill station in the Nilgiris, it is situated at an altitude of 1839 metres. Viewpoints and picnic spots around Coonoor include Lamb's Rock, Lady Canning's Seat, Dolphin's Nose, St Catherine Falls, Law's Falls, Ralliah Dam and Droog.
Kodanad View Point Kodanad View Point
Located 16 kms from Kotagiri on the eastern edges of the Nilgiris, Kodanad View Point offers panoramic view of the tea estates and River Moyar. A watchtower offers an excellent view of Rangasamy peak and pillar.
Ooty Lake Ooty Lake
Tucked within the Nilgiri hills, it is a 2.75 km man-made lake framed with eucalyptus trees on one side and a childrens park on the other. Enjoy pony rides, or go boating in paddle boats, motorboats and decorated shikaras.
Charing Cross Charing Cross
Very much like the main square of an old English town, it is the focal point on the busy commercial street of Ooty, where you will find the main shopping street and vegetable market.
St. Stevens Church St. Stevens Church
A small Gothic style structure founded in the 1820’s and is one of Ooty's first colonial structures. The church was built on the site of a Toda temple. The wood used in the church was procured from Tipu Sultan’s Palace at Srirangapatnam. The cemetery attached to the church contains the grave of John Sullivan and other pioneers of Ooty.
Rose Garden Rose Garden
Situated in the heart of Ooty town, this garden has been beautifully laid out in terraces with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers. With the largest collection of roses in the country, it has Hybrid Tea Roses, miniature roses, Floribunda, Ramblers and roses of unusual colors like black and green will captivate your senses.
Doddabetta Doddabetta
Doddabetta is the highest mountain peak in the Nilgiris at an altitude of 8,652 feet. You can see the Hecuba, Kattadadu and Kulkudi peaks from here. Climb up to the observatory where you can have a view of the whole area with a telescope. Warm up with piping hot cups of tea and delicious corn on the cob.
Botanical Gardens Botanical Gardens
Spread over 22 acres and lying on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak, the flora at the Botanical Gardens is home to as many as 650 species of plants and trees and is also a birdwatchers delight. The annual summer show held every year in May is renowned for its flowering trees, enchanting shrubs and rare coloured lilies.
Fernhill Palace Fernhill Palace
The erstwhile summer residence of the Maharaja of Mysore, the palace resembles a Swiss Chalet. There is an interesting church and an indoor badminton court on the grounds. The Fernhill Palace has now been converted into a luxury heritage hotel.
Toda Villages Toda Villages
The Toda tribes live in windowless barrel-shaped huts made of bamboo, grass and cane called a "mund". Take a look at the pale brown buffalos with long horns, and drink some delicious buffalo milk. You can shop for homespun Toda cotton shawls at a bargain.
Tea Factory Tea Factory
This two storied building is veritably turned into a museum. Here one can browse through the Tea Museum that tells the tea story, before being breezed through the tea-making process. At the end of the demonstration, you will be treated to a cup of hot, milky, sweet Nilgiri tea, flavoured with cardamom.
Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary
Lying at an elevation of 1140 metres, the sanctuary is famous for its elephant habitat. It has a mix of flat land, undulating parkland, open grassland, swamp, valleys and nullahs. Scenic points in the sanctuary include Moyar Waterfalls, Chief Minister’s Watchtower, Ombetta Swamp and Theppakad Elephant Camp.
Pykara Pykara
Scenic areas where Bollywood biggies and South Indian directors shot their films. The road begins with the rolling green Golf Course and the adjacent Gymkhana Club. The best spot in 9th Mile, a grassy hillock with a view to die for. A short 10-minute walk uphill will take you to the top that offers views of a stupendous landscape. Just round the bend is Pykara Dam, and a little further on, Pykara Lake.
Kandal Cross Kandal Cross
This is a Roman Catholics 'Holy Shrine' considered by the Nilgiri Catholics as the "Calvary of Tamil Nadu". A relic of the true cross is here and it cures the sick, bestows heavenly blessings, peace and joy to the visiting pilgrims and tourists. Special Novena Prayers and Holy Masses are offered every Friday. The annual feast is held in May every year.