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.
Trek through the mountains and take in the scenic sights of coffee plantations, tea gardens and pine trees. Some trekking routes include Kotagiri-Elk Falls, Parson's Peak – Mudumulai National Park, Coonoor – Lambs Rock – The Droog and Avalanche – Emeralad. Read more
Rs. 1500 - Rs. 2000 per person and cab charges are extra.
You can go boating in Ooty Lake or Pykara Lake. Choose a motor boat or a pedal boat from the boat house and glide across the beautiful waters. The blue hills in the horizon, and the greenery around is a picturesque sight.
Entrance Fee: Rs.5 and Rs.10 per person for season and off season.
Still Camera: Rs.10
Video camera: Rs.500
Motor Boat: Rs.250 - 8 seater and Rs.500 - 12 seater for 45 minutes.
Pedal Boat: Rs.200 and Rs.300 for 2 seater and 4 seater respectively.
Rock Mountain Biking
Try mountain biking at the Hercules Bike Park which has been built on the hilly turf of the region, with natural bumps and curves that simulates real mountainous conditions. The Bike Park encompasses many adventure elements like the teeter totter, switchbacks, sponge pits, suspension bridge and various jump ramps that would makes rides interesting and eventful. Three levels include Beginners, Intermediate and Expert.
Bicycles for rental:
Single seat: – 30 mins Rs.30, One Hour Rs.50.
Dual Seat: – 30 mins Rs.60, One Hour Rs.120.
The Gymkhana Club in Ooty offers a golf course with 18-holes facility. Its premises also have a bar, restaurant, table tennis, billiards and card room.
Dress code: Formal. Jeans, round neck tees and track suits are not allowed.
Golf charges: Per person Rs.1000 onwards for non members. Golf kits and caddy fees are extra.
Agriculture in Ooty mainly delves on the cultivation of English vegetables such as potatoes, cabbages, carrots and cauliflower. Horticultural Research Station was established here during the year 1988. The office laboratory and green house are located in Vijayanagaram Farm. The field experiments are conducted at Wood House Farm with an area of 8 hectares. The seed production of temperate vegetables is taken up at State Horticultural Farm, Nanjanad.
Entry Fee: Rs.10 per person (Season rates may change)
Tribal Village Visits
Ooty was originally a tribal land and was occupied by the Todas along with other tribes who coexisted through specialisation and trade. The major tribes of Nilgiri area are Todas, Kotas, Badagas and Alu Kurumbas. Todas are known for raising water buffaloes and Badaga people for their farming activities. It is worth to climb a little higher upon the hill and visit the Todas village, where a handful of Todas still live.