People usually go to Ooty for one day, if they come, they go to see four or five places, because of lack of knowledge about the places to see.
Here are 28 places to visit in Ooty for those traveling there. Starting from Gudalur, the first place you reach and then next to it are arranged in such a way. So travelers can avoid losing time or getting lost, along with a short history, things to see, entry fee, time and a short description.
Ooty or Udagamandalam is a hill town and municipality in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. It is also the headquarters of Nilgiri district. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. Ooty is known as Queen of Hill Stations. The official name is Udagamandalam. The British called it Ootacamund; Ooty is short for it. It was developed as the summer headquarters of the Madras Presidency during the British rule. It has been listed as one of the World Heritage Monuments. The name Udakamandalam is derived from the words ‘Othakal’ and ‘Mund’ which means house in the mountains in the Toda language. It is also said to have been derived from the word Patk – Mund. The Nilgiris range that includes Ooty is a plateau about 35 miles long, 20 miles wide and about 6550 feet in average height. It is situated between Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats. The southern part of the foothills of the Nilgiris is surrounded by the river Bhavani. The northern part is the Moyar river. It joins Bhavani river near Dannayankota. Bhavani Sagar Dam is constructed in one part. To the west is Wayanad. On the eastern side the pykara river forms the boundary.
Best time: April to June and October to January
1. Frog Hill
It is located at a distance of 7.5 km from Gudalur on the road from Gudalur to Ooty. Thavala Mala is one of the beautiful hills near Ooty. Looking like a frog from a distance, Hatpayada Hill offers unforgettable views of the surrounding areas and tea plantations as well as the surrounding small villages. Other nearby attractions are Sandhanamalai Murugan Temple. Sandhanamalai Murugan Temple flowing through dense forested areas full of beautiful waterfalls and nature.
2. Needle Rock View Point
Needle Rock View Point is 9 km from Gudalur along the Gudalur-Ooty National Highway 67 and gives you a 360 degree view. Also known as Osai Mala. It gets its name from its conical shape. Aussie Malay originated from Tamil. The needle Uzi means Malai Mountain. It is a natural beauty place that must be seen in Ooty Yatra.
There is a tourism department counter right on the roadside. The snow capped mountains and greenery will take us to another world. This is a place that most people miss. After leaving Gudalur, everyone rushes to reach Ooty. It is a very good place that people who go to Ooty miss because of ignorance or rush. It is the shooting range of many films in Tamil.
Ticket fee: 5 per person
3. Mukurthi National Park
It is 20km from Needile rock view point and 13km from here to pykara waterfalls. Map is given and it can be understood by looking at it. Mukurti National Park is on the west side of Nilgiri plains. This park is on the west side of Ooty mountain range and is part of Western Ghats. It came into existence with the intention of protecting the endangered species. Being a part of the Western Ghats, UNESCO has designated this area as a World Heritage Site.
Some parts of the park have steep climbs. These slopes range from about 4900 feet to 8625 feet. The major peaks in this park are Kollaribetta, Mukurti and Nilgiris. Don’t forget to visit the Mukurti Dam in the park. This park is part of India’s Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. As part of the Western Ghats, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1 July 2012.
It is 26 km from Needle rock view point, 15 km from Glenmorgan to pykara waterfalls. It is a beautiful village located 35 km from Ooty. The main attraction is the hill near the village and the tea plantations spread there. Another attraction here is the ropeway. Yes. Now it is not working. You can spend your time at Dam, Power House, Trekking and Tea Estate. The Moir Valley and the Power House at Singara also offer spectacular views.
5. Pykara waterfalls & Dam
Paikara Falls is 21km from Needle rock view point Paikara is the name of its river and village.
The vehicle should be driven slightly inland on the main road. It will be about one kilometer and there is a toll on the way.
Pykara Lake Boating Charges
* 750 for 8 seater Motor Boat (20 min)
* 870 for 10 seater Motor Boat (20 min)
* 1210 for 15 seater Motor Boat (20 min)
* 785 for 2 seater Speed Boat (10 min)
*Below 5 years only one child can be allowed extra
Timing : Mon-Fri : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sat-Sun : 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Water falls Fees : Rs 5 per person
6. Wenlock Downs 9th mile shooting point
It is also called shooting medu. There are two shooting points, one is 9th mile and the other is 6th mile, this is based on the distance from Ooty. 9th mile is the closest to Paikkara waterfalls, it is a place where a lot of movies have been shot, it is more suitable for photographers, there is an opportunity for horse riding here.
Fees: 10 INR
Time: 9 am to 6:30 pm
7. Kamaraj Sagar Dam
Kamaraj Sagar Dam, also known as Sandinalla Reservoir, is located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. This place is 10 km from Ooty bus stand. 6 km from shooting dam. This place is perfect for photographers and nature lovers.
8. Pine forest shooting point
It is a very beautiful place and is most suitable for film shooting. It is only 1 km from Kamaraj Sagar Dam
9. Ooty Boat House
There is a distance of 8.5 km from Pine Forest Shooting Point to Ooty Boat House. Ooty Lake is located in Ooty, Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu. Spread over 65 acres of land.
This lake was artificially constructed by John Sullivan in 1824. It was prepared by collecting the water flowing from the hill during the rainy season. The lake provides boating facilities to tourists
The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, which is in charge of the Department of Tourism, introduced boating as a tourist attraction in 1973. The lake is surrounded by groves of eucalyptus trees. A coastal rail line is in operation. In summer, boat race and boat canteen are organized for two days in May.
There is also a garden, a mini train and an amusement park.
At Ooty Boat Station, Ooty Lake is also known as Ooty Boat House
Time: 9 am to 6 pm
* Ooty Lake Entry Fee adult-15 child-10
* Camera fee Rs.50
* Video Camera Fee 145 Rs
* Pedal Boat 2 Seat Fee Rs.170 – Deposit Rs.170/-, Total = Rs.240/-
* Pedal Boat 4 Seater Fee Rs 260 – Deposit Rs 260/-, Total = Rs 520/-
* Motor Boats 8 Seater Fee Rs.520/- Driver Charge Rs.40 Total Rs.560
* Motor Boats 10 Seater Fee Rs 640 – Driver Charge Rs 40 Total = Rs 680
* Motor Boats 15 Seater Fee Rs.950/- Driver Charge Rs.40, Total Price = Rs.990/-
* Route Boat 3 + 1 Seater Boat Fee 205/- Driver Charge 45/- Deposit Rs 250, Total = Rs 500/-
* Route Boat 5 + 1 Seater Boat Fee Rs 245/- Driver Charge Rs 45/- Deposit Rs 290/-, Total = Rs 580/-
All deposits will be refunded after the boat ride,
Other operational fees at Ooty Lake
* Mini train special for children at Rs 25 per minute
* Rs 100 per 7D cinema, horror and mirror houses
* Dashing Car, Break Dance and Columbus cost Rs 50
10. Thread Garden Ooty
It is less than 100 meters away from the Ooty boat house. It is located on North Lake Road, opposite to the boat house in Ooty. Anthony Joseph from Thrissur, Kerala is the mastermind behind this idea.
11. Honeymoon boat house
It is only 1.2km from Ooty boat house.
Some may not know about this place. It is located on the western side of Ooty boat house. Started in mid-2004. It is the perfect place for newly wedded couples to enjoy their honeymoon. Kashmiri Shikhara Boat Ride is a special boat ride here. A walkway can be found on the lake, very beautiful and beautiful. So, don’t forget to take snow boots to walk along the trail and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Time : 9 am to 6 pm
Pedal Boat 2 Seat Fee Rs.170/- Deposit Rs.170/-, Total = Rs.240/-
Pedal Boat 4 Seater Fee Rs 260 – Deposit Rs 260/-, Total = Rs 520/-
Motor Boats 8 Seater Fee Rs 520/- Driver Charge Rs 40 Total Rs 560
Motor Boats 10 Seater Fee Rs 640 – Driver Charge Rs 40 Total = Rs 680
Motor Boats 15 Seater Fee Rs.950/- Driver Charge Rs.40 Total Price = Rs.990/-
Route Boat 3 + 1 Seater Boat Fee 205/- Driver Charge 45/- Deposit Rs 250 Total = Rs 500/-
Route Boat 5 + 1 Seater Boat Fee Rs 245/- Driver Charge Rs 45/- Deposit Rs 290/-, Total = Rs 580/-
12. Ooty Toy Train
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a mountain railway connecting the towns of Mettupalayam and Ooty in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a railway line built through the Nilgiri mountains. It is the only railway in India that uses rack railway lines. It is also known as heritage railway as it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the fastest slow train in India as it travels at an average speed of only 10.4 km per hour. This tourist train travels from Mettupalayam at an altitude of 330 meters above sea level, 46 km to Ooty at an altitude of 2200 meters above sea level. The journey time is four and a half hours. One of the oldest mountain railways in India, its construction started in 1854. After a long hiatus, it resumed operations in 1899. It was operated by the Madras Railway Company during the British period. Trains on this line were powered by steam engines. In July 2005, UNESCO inscribed the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as a World Heritage Site. After it was listed as a heritage site, its renovation work was halted.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a world heritage site that attracts tourists to Ooty. Nilgiri Mountain Railway is also known as Toy Train or Nilgiri Passenger. Mettupalayam to Ooty is 26 km long, passing through 208 curves, 16 tunnels and 250 bridges. It takes 4 to 5 hours from Mettupalayam to Ooty by toy train. Starting from Mettupalayam Railway Station, it passes through Hillgrove Railway Station, Koonuri Railway Station, Vellingad Railway Station, Aravankot Railway Station, Kethi Railway Station and Lovedale Station. Finally finally known at Udayamandalam railway station.
13. Deer Park
There are very few deer and cannot be visited by the public now. Closed and locked.
14. CAIRNHILL ECO TOURISM SITE:
Cairnhill is located at a distance of 4.5 km from the boat house. It is a reserved forest with a total area of 167.775 hectares. One of the oldest cypress plantations in the Nilgiris (planted in 1868). Gaur, Sambar Deer, Leopard, Nilgiri Langur, Barking Deer and Porcupine are some of the sightings here. This site also has some interesting species of birds.Cairn hill is a very old place to enjoy nature.
Children / Students: Rs. 10
Vehicle Entry Fee:
Two Wheeler: Rs. 5
Car / Jeep: Rs. 10
Van: Rs. 20
Bus : Rs. 50
15. Thunder world
Thunder world is 1 km away from boat house
The main attractions here are moving models of dinosaurs, 5-D theater and play in the snow. Thunder World is a great place to visit with kids.
It was built on an acre of land near the boat house at a cost of 12 crores
Time: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Charges are subject to change
Events Child Adults
Park Entry 10 10
Vortex (The illusion ride): 30 30
Jurassic Jungle 30 50
Hound House 30 50
3D Theater 50 70
3D THEATER JURASSIC JUNGLE HAND HOUSE VORTEX COMBO: 100 130 INCLUDING PARK ENTRY
The whole combo
280 330 which includes park entry
16. Ooty Golf Course
The golf course is 3.5 km from Ooty boat house and was established in 1896.
This is a golf course at an altitude of 7200 feet. It is owned by Gymkhana Club, Ooty. Located in 193.56 acres. An annual amateur golf championship is held in summer.The golf course is located on the old pykara road. This golf course was established in 1891 by Colonel Fan Sewell.
There are ten rooms and six huts for golfers. Other facilities include billiards, cards, table tennis, swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
17. St. Stephen’s Church
This church is 2.2 km away from Thunder world
This church was founded by John Mathias Turner on 25 January 1830.
Built with wooden carvings, the whole church gives a different charm with glass windows. Located on Ooty Upper Bazaar Road, St. Stephen’s Church is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris. Built in the 19th century, the temple was initially restricted to the British but was opened to the public in 1831. Most of the stones brought from Tipu Sultan’s Srirangapatna were used for its construction. Many paintings, carvings and picture windows can be seen here.
Visiting Hours –
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
18. Rose garden
The main attraction in Ooty is the rose garden.rose garden
Another attraction here is the Rose Garden which has 3600 different varieties of rose plants. It is the largest rose garden in India and is spread over an area of 10 hectares. Because of Ooty’s unique climate, so many roses grow here. When this garden was established in 1995, there were only 1919 varieties of rose plants. But today it is possible to see more than 3600 varieties.
The attractions here are tea rose, cactus rose, miniature rose, black rose and green rose.
19. Botanical garden
It was designed by English architect William Graham McIvor. Before independence, only Englishmen were allowed to enter the garden. One had to become a member and pay a monthly subscription of Rs. 3. This meadow full of flowers, plants and trees is the main tourist attraction of Ooty. There are innumerable trees and plants that grow in our country and are found only abroad. There are herbs, shrubs and bonsai trees here. A fossil of a tree which is believed to be 20 million years old is also preserved here as a surprise for the visitors.The flower show in Ooty is staged in the month of May when there is more rush of tourists.
The garden is maintained by the Department of Horticulture and is one of the finest gardens in South Asia. The history of Ooty Flower Fair begins in 1896. The Ooty Flower Show started under the leadership of Nilgiri Agricultural Society and attracted people very quickly. People have taken up this fair because of the diversity in conducting the flower fair, the views of the flowers and the methods of display that are not found anywhere else.
In 1980, the government took over the flower festival completely and celebrated its centenary in 1995. As a part of this, the Rose Garden, the biggest attraction in Ooty Garden today, is starting
Time : 7 am to 6:30 pm
Fees: Rs 30 per Person (Adults), Rs 15 (Children from 5-10 yrs), No fees (Children below 5 yrs)
Camera Fees: Still camera Rs 50/-, Video Rs 100
20.Government museum Ooty
It is only 2 km from Botanical garden. Ooty Government Museum is also called Ooty Tribal Museum.
Stone House (300m) is very close to Government Museum. Stone House is the first bungalow built in Ooty. It was built by John Sullivan. The tree in front of the bungalow is known as Sullivan’s Oak. Construction of Stonehouse started in 1822 by John Sullivan.The building is the official residence of the Principal of the Government Arts College, Ooty. Coimbatore airport is 100 km away. It is 146 km from Kozhikode, 240 km from Kodaikanal and 295 km from Bangalore.
22. Wax World
Wax world is 1km away from Botanical garden. Another important attraction in Ooty is the Wax World Museum. An IT professional named Sreeji Bhaskaran is behind it. Freedom fighters and national leaders are here. Apart from this, the different lifestyles of the people can be seen in the form of wax statues. Apart from this, the different lifestyles of the people can be seen in the form of wax statues.
Timing: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm,
Entrance Fees : Rs 30 per Person (Adults), Rs 20 (Children below 5)
Camera Fees: Still camera Rs 50/-, Video Rs 100
23..Mini car museum
The mini car museum is located next to the wax museum. A beautiful and informative museum of vintage cars. Toy model cars. Kids will love it. It is on the road to Dodabetta.
24. Tea factory & Tea museum
Dodabetta Tea Museum is one of the best places in Ooty. The famous tea factory is near the tea museum. Established in 2004, this tea factory is spread over one acre at an altitude of 1839 meters. The output of a factory is 30 tons per ton.
Learn about the history of tea at the Tea Museum. Learn about world tea, tea history and evolution in the Nilgiris. The entire process is shown on how to make tea and chocolates. Visitors can get tea free of charge. You can get anything like chocolate tea, green tea, masala tea, lemon tea and you can also taste the chocolate being made. Right here of tea powder and chocolates
Sales are also here. Everyone will love it, Dodabetta
It is a hill station, the area around Doddabetta is mostly forested. It is the highest peak in the Nilgiris Shringala. Doddabetta is a Kannada word. It means big mountain. Standing at an altitude of 8650 feet, this peak is 9 km from Ooty. It is easily accessible via the Ooty-Kotagiri road.
Forest department officials have installed two telescopes on top of the mountain. The entire beauty of the valley can be captured through this without any leakage and there are two telescopes for the public. It was opened on 18 June 1983.
Timing :: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm,
Entrance Fees : Rs 6 per Person (Adults), No Fees (Children below 5)
Camera Fees: Still camera Rs 10/-, Video Rs 50
Cairn Hill is located 5 km from Ooty. This place is located on the road to places like Nanjanjhar, Avalanche and Munjur.
Reserved Forest 167.775 ha. One of the oldest cypress plantations in the Nilgiris (planted in 1868). Gaur, sambar deer, leopard, Nilgiri langur, barking deer and porcupine are some of the sightings here. This site is also good for some interesting bird watching.
Cairnhill is a very old place to enjoy the natural beauty. Trekking through a small range of hills in Madhya Pradesh is a place where many people find the natural beauty and peace to be at the expense of peace and tranquility. It’s one of the few actors the British enjoy.
Situated at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest places in the Nilgiris
Lovedale has good weather anytime as it is a near tropical location. There will always be a chilly atmosphere. So you can visit this place anytime.
Lovedale is a good place for those who want to spend some quiet time. It is also a popular honeymoon destination in Ooty.
Compared to other hill stations in Ooty, it is less noisy and attracts people here.
Lovedale began to be known outside after the start of the Toy Trail or Nilgiri Mountain Railway service. This route is 46 km from Ooty to Mettupalayam and passes through hill stations like Ooty, Lovedale, Coonoor, Willington, Hillgrove. The famous Lawrence School is located in Lovedale. Lawrence School is a residential school. The Church of Ascension in the school campus was built 116 years ago in Gothic style.
27. Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake is on the way to Avalanche Lake. But the journey to the lake is a 10 minute walk. Emerald Lake is a favorite destination for tourists. Ideal place for bird watching, trekking and biking. to you