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Best Things To Do in Ooty

The beautiful city of Ooty is an alluring tourist destination embedded with a ton of activities to do, places to discover, delicious delicacies to feast upon and more. Titled as the Queen of Hills, the city hosts a number of scenic locations perfect for sightseeing. From the tantalizing view of the tropics at Dolphin's Nose to enjoy the dazzling lake of Pykara, travelers can enjoy a peaceful experience gazing upon the wonders of nature.

Adventurous will also find themselves at home here as the city encapsulates some of the best locations for trekking at Kotagiri and Masinagudi trek, camping and spotting wild animals at Avalanche Lake, bathing in river water at Masinagudi, hiking to the mesmerizing Catherine waterfall and much more. Additionally, tourists can also enjoy family picnics and gathering in the city at places like the Emerald lake. With a number of temples and monasteries around the city, travellers and devotees can indulge in a prayers at places including Mariamma Temple too.

But wait there's more, Ooty has an amazing nightlife that serves perfectly to the young and wild travelers looking to relish a great time partying, clubbing and enjoying delicious meals. Clubs like The Valley Bar, Selbournes Bar, and Club Mahindra are great examples of the same. All in all, when it comes to adventures, Ooty is a complete package with a ton of things to do.

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    Escape into a world that is a combination of rich flora and fauna and nature-architected aesthetics. Experience the manifestations of nature in its finest representations while visiting the different destination in this tour. Go trekking up to the scenic waterfalls a...

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    About the ActivityEnjoy a jungle trip in Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu.This trip is budget friendly for students.Stay in a jungle lodge and indulge your senses among the beauty of nature. Go on a jungle safari by jeep as you explore the jungle and the flora and fau...

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    About the activity: With this day tour to Avalanche, Ooty, you will be taken around some marvellous wonders in this slice of paradise. Fascinate with the stunning beauty of magnolias, orchids and rhododendrons surrounding this beautiful lake. The Avalanche tour pro...

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    Duration: 8  hrs Ooty in itself is a complete holiday destination. But it also has some amazing neighborhood. Pykara , a small village near Ooty is a beautiful outing destination. Mesmerizing natural beauty, a huge lake and a high waterfall are the major attraction...

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    Ooty
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    About the activity: Irrespective of the reason or the season, a combined Ooty-Coonoor day tour package always proves to be the best option to get swayed along with the enchanting beauty of Mother Nature! Two of the jewels of the fascinating Nilgiri Hills; these two h...

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    Factual InformationSurrounded by the western ghats, this valley view campsite is one of its kind. With a majestic view of the mountains, you will also get to indulge in some fun activities in the lap of nature. You are in a safe and secure zone with 24/7 security in the ...

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    About the destination: Set off on an adventurous bicycle trail of three days. Pay a visit to Masanagudi, Ooty, and Coonoor. En route, set your sights on the beauty of Bandipur, Kalhatty and DoddaBetta. Cover a total of 125kms.Your journey commences on Thursday around 10p...

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    About the activity : Located about 19kms from the main land of Ooty, Pykara offers you beautiful and tranquil sights that will surely get your breath away! On your next holiday, book a good deal to experience an exciting day out at Pykara and explore the fairy tal...

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    About the activity: Get ready for an astonishing experience! Arrive during day time for this fun-filled Parsons Trek. Your 8km trekking excursion head starts from Sholur Junction which lies 11km ahead of Ooty. From here, get ready to walk through luxuriant thickets...

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Attractions

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Pykara Lake

Emerging from the Mukurthi Peak, the beautiful Pykara River transforms into gorgeous waterfalls, which ultimately forms a Pykara Lake. Guarded by a lush green cover of the Shola forests, Pykara Lake is believed to be an outcome of the dam constructed across the Mukurti River. 

The tranquillity of the green surroundings, a thick forest cover at the shores of the Pykara Lake and the tall pine trees in its backdrop gives rise to a pleasing atmosphere. In fact, you can say that the

Pykara Lake is blessed with everything that you need to make your family outing an endearing one. Irrespective of whether you are a solo traveler or a couple in love, you probably shouldn’t miss on this tourist hotspot on your Ooty tour. 

If you feel like adding some adventurous flavor to your weekend celebrations, you can simply hop at the Pykara Lake Boat House. Here, you have various motorboats and speed boats to give you a perfect boating experience.

As the captain is busy maneuvering your boat around, you can simply get candid moments of your fellow tour mates. 

Besides boating adventure, you can also hike up to the rumbling Pykara Falls. As you proceed from the Lake to the Pykara Falls, be ready to treat yourself with the melodious bird sounds and a cool breeze of air blowing in here and there.

There are paid battery car services for those who want to embrace the cascading illustration of the Pykara Falls without a hiking adventure

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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a meter-gauge railway line 1000 mm long that passes through the queenly hill station of Ooty in Tamil Nadu. The fleet of steam locomotives running on this line is aptly nicknamed ‘the Toy Train’ and is greatly popular among children. 

The train covers a total distance of 46 km over a span of 5 hours, meandering by the rolling hills, green meadows, and view of the forested slopes. Localities bob up from within the greens with their red-tiled roofs and the train stops every once in a while at quaint little hill stations. You will be waved through Mettupalayam, Kellar, Coonoor, Wellington, Lovedale, and Ootacamund on this ride, reaching the point of 4,363 ft at the maximum.

There are a number of pitch-dark tunnels to cross through, sharp bends along the mountains, thickly forested stretches, and a wide panorama of verdant meadow highlands to enjoy from your window seat. 
It is not just the brilliant picturesque quality of this dream-like rail journey that makes it so special, but also the fact that the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is part of India’s heritage. The tracks were laid down by the British Indian administration in the year 1908.

Also, the trains use locomotives from over 50 and 80 years back-- the specimens of the oldest x-class locomotives still in use. UNESCO declared the railway as a World Heritage Site in 2005, extending it to the greater heritage site of Mountain Railways of India.

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Mukurthi National Park

When you are in Ooty, you must visit the Mukurthi National Park, which is one of the most beautiful places in an already beautiful hill station. Situated in the western part of the Nilgiri Plateau in the Western Ghats, this national park is one of Ooty’s greatest pride. The park was established in 2001, on 12th December, and is spread over an area of 78.46 square kilometres.

Due to its vast reserve of fauna and flora, this site has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 2012. The majority of the landscape in the reserve is covered with shrubs and mountainous grasslands. The area in the National Park which are at an elevation and experience high rainfall are covered with sholas and lush green tropical grasslands.

The Mukurthi National Park is famous for its protected reserves of endangered wildlife consisting of animals like the Asian elephant and the Royal Bengal Tiger.However, despite the residence of many endangered animal and plant species, the main purpose of the Nation Park is the protection of the Nilgiri Tahr, a species of mountain mammals that are exclusive to only this part of the country.

The Mukurthi National Park is a highly protected area and under the strict surveillance of Tamil Nadu Department of Forestry, who conduct strict anti-poaching programmes in the area. In fact, you will need prior permission from the Department of Forestry to access certain parts of the National Forest.

Even though tourism is not much encouraged in the reserve, the Forest Department occasionally allows and conducts animal conservation and nature awareness programmes to encourage the general public to take an interest in the endangered species and local wildlife.

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Rose Garden

Spread in an enormous 4 acres of Land the transfixing Rose Garden is a delicately instrumented estate encapsulated with bewitching landscapes, lush green tropics, a spread of varied flowers and much more. Divided into 5 terrace structures, the garden homes one of the greatest collections of Rose species including miniature rose, hybrid tea rose, ramblers, and floribunda.

The site of these roses are a delight to witness and can simply be counted as once in a lifetime experience. Visitors from across the county visit the Garden and it is said to be amongst the most popular tourist spots in all of Ooty. The Rose Garden is found at an incline on the hills of Elk which adds to the shimmering beauty of the place and helps visitors with an extravagant view. 

The tourists, as well as localites, enjoy a number of activities here in the garden. From a relaxing picnic with the family, photography in the alluring gardens, there is a lot to do at the Garden. What entices the travelers even more towards the garden is it’s well-maintained ambiance. Clean, loiter free and serene, the garden comes off as a breathe of fresh air away from the clustered city life.

All in all, if you are looking for a new place to discover this weekend or you are a tourist visiting Ooty for the first time, visiting the enthric Rose Garden has to be on your bucket list. Don’t forget to charge your camera because you will be clicking tens of candids. 

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Traveller Tales From Ooty

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Mighara Hulangamuwa

15 October 2019

It was a truly amazing experience for me and my friend. We reached the place before the check in time but still without a hesitation the staff managed to accommodate us in our tent leaving us enough ti...

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Santhosh

17 April 2019

Great place to watch nature in fullest. The view from the top will amaze you. it was a memorable experience for the group. just the trek was tiring but it was worth it. there were small streams and wat...

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Mighara Hulangamuwa

09 October 2019

Truly an amazing experience. Beautiful campsite, friendly and helpful staff, calming surrounding. A must try for all kinds of thrill seekers, adventure hunters, friends, family or anyone simply looking...

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Priya Khan

28 November 2015

This was such a fun trek. Firstly, it was all easy peasy and not much of a challenging or tiring ones. Plus, it was a day trek that was neither too short nor too long. If you are planning to have a tre

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Sanchit Singh

22 September 2019

"it was a nice stay.. location was gud.. and their staff was friendly and supportive.."

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Manisha Rajput

09 June 2019

"very good experience ,staff so good morning everyone Dilip,Raja ,Shiva had the best and soothing experience.Thank you thrillophilia"

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Chandru Babu

27 October 2019

We had an excellent stay at Aventura fern hill with thrillophilia. The hosts were really kind and generous. The guy with spectacles over there is very kind and humble. He is the best host I have ever s...

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Maninder Singh

22 September 2019

"it was a great experience. such a lovely guides and group..????????"

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Menka Butt

05 August 2019

The location is best in Ooty, the place was breathtaking We are delighted to have to able to come to this camping. We have done the hiking and visit the tea plantation It is a fantastic place with the ...

What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Ooty

  • Q. What are the top things to do in Ooty?

    1. Camping - Enveloped in the epicenter of mesmerizing tropics and hills, Avalanche Hills is perfect for camping. 
    2. Clubbing - Dance, music and a whole lot of fun, places like Club Mahindra and Selbournes Bar is a must-visit for party lovers. 
    3. Tea Museum - With a variety of tea and learning how it's made, tea lovers will find themselves at home here. 
    4. Ooty Festival - The city hosts an extravagant spread of festivals embedded with the competitions, cultural events and more during the summertime. 
    5. SightSeeing at Doddabetta - Established at an escalation of 8606 feet above sea level, Doddabetta hosts a glorious landscape. It can simply be one of the best things to do in Ooty. 

  • Q. What are the places I can visit in Ooty in 2 days?

    Revive yourself and discover famous places of Ooty in 2 days. Explore more:

    1. Ooty Lake - Known for Cycling and Boating
    2. Wenlock Downs - Known for Golfing, hiking, and trekking
    3. Kamraj Sagar Dam - Known for fishing, boating and bird watching
    4. Pykara Falls- Height: 55m and 61m respectively
    5. Doddabetta Peak - Known for trekking
    6. The Emerald Lake - Known for trekking and mountain-biking

  • Q. Which are the best camping places in Ooty?
  • Q. Where can I find places to stay in Ooty within Rs 2000?
  • Q. How many days should one stay in Ooty?

    A minimum of 3 days is required to explore the encapsulating beauty of the Ooty city. You can dedicate your 1st day to the beautiful terrains at Dolphin's Nose, Doddabetta and Pykara followed by exploring the nightlife of Ooty. Spend your next day exploring the city and discovering various places like the Tea museum followed by some shopping and camping at night. 

  • Q. What are the things to do at night in Ooty?

    1.Clubbing - The city hosts an array of clubs including Selboranes Bar and Club Mahindra which you can visit at night. 
    2. Camping - Places like the Avalanche point serve as the perfect spot for camping. 
    3. Shopping and Street Food - You can also enjoy some good old fashioned shopping on the streets of Ooty followed by scrumptious street food

  • Q. Is Ooty safe at night?

    Yes, Ooty is safe at night. The localities are polite and helpful towards tourists. Additionally, with a variety of clubs and restaurants open, Ooty's nightlife is also very happening and travellers can choose to enjoy that too. Local travel options are also available till late at night. 

  • Q. What are the top adventurous things to do in Ooty?

    Top adventurous things to do in Ooty include:

    1. Trekking at Glemorang - About 16 km away from the main city the trek can be enjoyed by beginners as well as experienced trekkers. 
    2. Camping - Spending a night amidst the wild can be simply put as an adventurous dream. 
    3. River Bathing - You can also enjoy a chilling bath in the crystal rivers of Masinagudi. 
    4. Enjoying a Soothing Walk - Places like the Pine forest host the perfect spot for a calm relaxing walk in the midst of alpine trees and tropics. 
    5. Praying - Enjoy a comforting prayer at Mariamman Temple. 

  • Q. Is Ooty worth visiting?

    Yes, with a spread of activities including camping, sightseeing and clubbing Ooty is the perfect destination for holidaymakers. From the beautiful toy train ride amidst the tropics to bathing in the calm rivers, the city hosts some very rare and exciting experience worth exploring. There are many more things to do in Ooty like trekkingthat the city is highly appreciated. 

  • Q. Can we cover Ooty in one day?

    Yes, if you spend less time at each location you could cover Ooty in a day. However, if you truly want to discover Ooty you would need at least two days. 

  • Q. How can I travel locally in Ooty?

    Bus service and auto-rickshaw service both are available for tourists throughout the day. They run throughout the city so getting from one place to another within the city should not be a problem.

  • Q. Where can I try the local cuisine of Ooty?

    There are some restaurants that serve as the perfect spot to fill your gut with some awesome tabular food. These include:

    1. Earl's Secret
    2. Place To Bee
    3. Ooty Coffee House
    4. Cliff Top International Cuisine
    5. Darjeeling Fast Food

  • Q. What is the best time to visit Ooty?

    The best time to visit ooty is between October and June. The temperature is low with foggy mists and chilling air making it perfect to enjoy various activities.