Places of Interest
With Kerala on the west, the state of Mysore on the north and the Coimbatore district on the east and south, Ooty is a typical Indian hill station in many ways. Long meadows of flowers, fruit orchards, terraced coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, eucalyptus forests, lakes, abundant vegetation, pleasant weather and beautiful sunsets make it an ideal summer retreat. It is a veritable gold mine for birdwatchers.

20kmsNilgiri Mountain Railway
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. Read more

Timings: Ooty – Coonoor : 9.15 AM, 12.15 PM, 2 PM and 6 PM
             Coonoor – Ooty : 7 AM, 10.30 AM and 4.30 PM

30kmsDolphin's Nose
One can catch a glimpse of the magnificent St Catherine Water Falls from here and a bird's eye view of the Ooty township. Read more

Timings: Open from 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 30

5kmsDodabetta
The highest mountain peak in the Nilgiris at an altitude of 8,652 feet. You can see the Hecuba, Kattadadu and Kulkudi peaks from the observatory. Read more

Timings: Open from 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 30

6kmsBotanical Gardens
Spread over 22 acres, it showcases 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. Read more

Visiting Hours: Open from 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 30

500msTea Factory
This two storied building has been turned into a museum that explains the tea-making process, and a chance to try the Nilgiri tea. Read more

Timings: Open from 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 5

7kmsOoty Lake
It is a 2.75 km man-made lake framed with eucalyptus trees on one side and a children's park on the other. Famous for its pony rides, and boating in paddle boats, motorboats and decorated shikaras. Read more

Timings: Open from 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 30

19kmsCoonoor
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. Read more

4kmsCharing 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.

7kmsToda Villages
The Toda tribes live in windowless barrel-shaped huts made of bamboo, grass and cane called a "mund". Here you will see pale brown buffalos with long horns. You can drink delicious buffalo milk and purchase homespun Toda cotton shawls at a bargain. Read more

26kmsPykara
A scenic area where Bollywood and South Indian directors shot their films. The road begins with the rolling green Golf Course and the adjacent Gymkhana Club. The best spot is 9th Mile, a grassy hillock. Just round the bend is Pykara Dam, and a little further on, Pykara Lake. Read more

Timings: Open from 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fees: Rs. 30