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  • Places to visit in Ooty include Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Emerald Lake, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Kalhatty Waterfalls, Kamraj Sagar Dam. Mudumalai National Park, Stone House, Pykara Waterfalls, Doddabetta Peak, St. Stephen’s Church, The Tea Factory and the Tea Museum and many others. 

    Revive yourself with an eventful vacation by thronging to the heart-winning tourist places to visit in Ooty, which is also known as the Queen of Hill Stations in South India.

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    Fancy the breathtaking views from a mountain top? Often find yourself dreaming about getting lost in the beauty of nature? Udhagamandalam, or Ooty as it is fondly called, is the Queen of hill stations and boasts of rich diversity. While there are many tourist places in Ooty, it is impossible to cover all of them on a short trip. If you are planning to visit this stunning hill station, you should know what lies ahead.

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    There are a few places to visit in Ooty like  Emerald Lake, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden are a must include in your itinerary. All these tourist attractions in Ooty promise to give you a unique experience. Whether you’re a nature lover or an adventure junkie, Ooty has something to offer. Chill by the lakeside or go boating at Lake Park to feel the cool breeze of this city. If history interests you, then visit the Government Museum for its unique collection.
  • Must Visit Place in Ooty

  • 01Nilgiri Mountain Railway

    Nilgiri Mountain Railway

    World Heritage Site also is known as The Toy Train, built by the British, is an unparalleled activity to experience in our list of the best places to visit in Ooty. A journey in the toy train gives its passengers a lifetime experience as the ride offers you the captivating landscapes, dense forests, a flowing river and the sun shining beautifully over them.

    It is the steepest track in Asia and as the train takes you to the higher altitudes, you will experience how treasured Nilgiri is. You're going to witness a whole lot of panoramas on the ride. The 5 hours long Journey to Ooty is the time you won't regret spending on this 46 Km track as it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

    The one-way journey starts from Mettupalayam 

    Timings: 7:10 am, and from Ooty at 3 pm

    The ticket, costing INR 205, can be booked from the IRCTC website.

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  • 02Rose Garden

    Rose Garden

    Who does not love roses? Lying in the heart of Ooty, this garden will not fail in taking your heart away. Located on the slopes of Elk Hills, it has a wide variety of roses and other flowers which not only attracts tourists but also botany students. It is known by multiple names like Centenary Rose Park, the Jayalalithaa Rose Garden and the Nootranju Roja Poonga. The stretched lush area offers a great place for a family picnic.

    Being maintained by Horticulture Department it is also famous for the flower show during which the most number of flowers are grown here. Do not forget to buy a bouquet from here on your next visit to Ooty!

    Location: Horticulture House, Bombay Castle

    Timings: 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM

    Rs. 20 per person

  • 03Ooty Lake

    Ooty Lake

    A lake, artificially constructed just for the fishing purpose has now become one of the most popular tourist places in Ooty which has scenic views in every direction you see. It is a place you just cannot miss on your trip to Ooty. Also, the famous summer festival organised here in which the boat races and other such games attract the crowd.

    There is also a boathouse, boating in it is the favourite thing of tourists. You can always spend peaceful and quality time here with your close people. Plus you can do cycling here by taking a cycle on rent. If you want to take something with you from here, there're shops selling shawls and other stuff you might like

    Location: The Nilgiris

    Timings: 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM

    Charges: Rs. 10 for Indians, Rs. 560 for foreigners

  • 04Botanical Garden

    Botanical Garden

    One of the most popular places to visit in Ooty, Botanical Garden is one place where you will find a unique collection of flowers, trees and ferns. The garden is divided into three horticultural sections that is spread across an area of 55 acres and embellished with lush green lawns and artificial ponds. 

     There are more than 600 species of plants and flowers cultivated here. Thus, this place is a haven for nature and plant lovers. Botanical Garden is also famous for sightseeing, nature walks, photography, and flower and plant exhibition. It takes about 3 hours to finish a tour of its premises


    Timings: 07:00 AM to 06:30 PM

     Rs. 30 per person  ( Extra Rs. 50 For Camera)

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  • 05Needle View Hillpoint

    Needle View Hillpoint

    Also famous by the name of Oosi Malai, it’s one of the preferred places to visit in Ooty if you are planning a picnic with your loved ones or simply want to spend some time in the lap of nature. Away from the hustle and bustle of city-life, Needle View Hill Point serves as an ideal place to calm your soul.

    You can climb up the rocks and get a panoramic view of the splendid scenery spread here. The cool breeze and the setting sun will make the whole experience more pleasant. It will bring out the romantic in you and make you fall in love with nature if you aren’t already.

    Location: Gudalur

    Timings: From 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM every day.

    No Entry Fee

  • 06Mudumalai National Park

    Mudumalai National Park

    It has been declared as a tiger reserve thereby increasing its importance and making it a must in the best places to visit in Ooty if you are a wildlife enthusiast. To see around, you can either use your own vehicle or hire one. You can enjoy the shades of nature from Needle Rock View Point and Frog Hill View Point.

    There’s a Spice garden to visit and also Chanadanmalai Temple to satisfy you spiritually. If you love treks, this place won’t disappoint you in the least. You’d be offered to go on jungle safari and elephant safari. You’re strongly recommended to take it.

    Location: It’s a 3 km journey from Gudalur; or go via the NH- 67.

    Timings: 07:00 AM – 09:00 AM and 03:00 PM – 06:00 PM

    Charges: Rs.15/person. Additional charges for camera and safari.

  • 07St. Stephen’s Church

    St. Stephen’s Church

    This place is all about a peaceful atmosphere and good vibes to heal you spiritually. Being a place of worship, it’s very calm and quiet and offers positive vibes to make you feel comfortable. The architecture is very elegant and intricate. The details will blow your mind away with its intrinsic carving, which will make you appreciate the structure.

    The Church holds within its premises an aesthetic garden with various flowers that adds more beauty and charm and further pacify the environment, allowing you some time with nature. The church also houses a cemetery in its backyard.

    Location: Club Road, Ooty.

    Timings: Open on all days except Sunday. Mass timings from 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM and from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM

    Charges: No charges Applicable

  • 08Avalanche Lake

    Avalanche Lake

    It is a naturally created lake because of a landslide and unlike the misnomer name suggests, it is a perfect place for a family outing. It is one of the mandatory places to visit in Ooty on your trip here if you are a nature lover. Although it is located 28 Km away from Ooty, the distance is worth covering as it offers an opportunity to do trout fishing, activities like trekking and camping.

    Also, you can spend the night here because everything here is perfect to pitch tents. Apart from activities nature has painted this place so well with flowers and everything beautiful.

    Location: 28 km from Ooty

    Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM

    Charges: No charges Applicable

  • 09Tiger Hill

    Tiger Hill

    Located in the beautiful city of Ooty, Tiger hill is an awe-inspiring point to have a grand view of the scenic beauty around this place. On the hill, there is a cave and a water body which adds to the beauty and gives fresh water to the people here.

    It is situated away from the chaotic atmosphere of the city and will give you peace and liberate your mind. The sunrise looks breathtakingly beautiful from here and so do sunsets. The hill allows trekking and adventurers are surely going to love it.

    Location: Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

    Timings: Avoid going in early mornings and late evenings because of fog. 

     No charges Applicable

  • 10Thread Garden

    Thread Garden

    The artful creation of plants and flowers from something as underrated as threads is totally going to amaze you. Its beauty lies in how realistic it all looks. The thread is woven magically in the shape of petals and leaves and it’s so incredible that you will be stupefied.

    The technique they adopted is called “Four Dimensional Hand Wound Embroidery”. It was done without any mechanical help which is stunning in itself. If you call yourself a lover of arts and artifacts, there is no way you can skip this beauty when you are visiting Ooty.

    Location: Ooty

    Timings: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

    Charges: Rs. 30/ person and additional charges for camera.

  • 11Kamraj Sagar Dam

    Kamraj Sagar Dam

    Ooty is full of must-visit places and Kamraj Sagar Dam is surely one of them. In the lap of Nilgiri village, the dam is has become the favourite picnic spot to go with family and friends. A quiet place surrounded by hills, there are a variety of fishes, mostly trout, in the reservoir.

    Also known as Sandynalla reservoir, this place is famous for film-shooting. You also can't resist capturing the charm of this place in your camera. This place won't take much of time but it definitely offers picturesque views to your eyes, making it one of the most serene tourist places in Ooty.

    Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway

    9 AM to 6 PM

    Charges: No charges applicable

  • 12The Tea Factory and the Tea Museum

    The Tea Factory and the Tea Museum

    Residing in the lap of appeasing Nilgiris and spreading over an area of 1 acre, it is a highly recommended place for nature lovers and especially tea lovers. The Tea Museum will let you in on the facts about tea, like, its origin, its evolution over time and other notable details that will blow your mind and you’ll never look at this refreshing beverage the same way as before.

    You’ll be intrigued by it. The Tea Factory will show you the mechanical and technical details of the entire procedure of tea making. You will get to taste it too.

    Location: Dodabetta Road, Mel Koddapmund, Ooty.

    Timings: Everyday from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM.

    Charges: Rs. 10/ person for factory visit and Rs. 10/ person for Museum visit

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  • 13Stone House

    Stone House

    It is an old building that belonged to the British-era. It tells the story of the lives and struggles of Nilgiri residents who lived during that time. You can find their weapons, coins, postal stamps, and utensils as artifacts inside the house. You can also acquire unique information about the social life and agricultural techniques that were used during that time. The place also serves as the heritage house of the bygone era. It is a boon for archaeologists, historians, and lovers of art and culture. 

    Stone House Area, Stone House, Ooty

    All days (except Monday) – 9 AM to 5 PM

    Rs. 5 for adults.

  • Other Places to Visit in Ooty

  • 14Emerald Lake

    Emerald Lake

    This pristine lake is one of the most beautiful tourist places in Ooty. Located at a distance of about 17 km from the main town, Emerald Lake offers more than its healing blue water. It is surrounded by the exquisite Nilgiri range and unexplored trails that lead to intense wilderness.

    It is recommended to watch the sunset from this lake because it is mesmerizing in every sense of the word.  There are also many resorts and hotels located close to the lake in case you are planning a longer stay. The area around this lake is quite soothing as well. Thus, if you are tired with the bustling city noise, head over this lake and calm down your senses. 

    Emerald Village

    9 AM to 6 PM

    No entry fee.

  • 15Doddabetta Peak

    Doddabetta Peak
    A lovely spot for trekking, Doddabetta Peak is one of the major attractions in Ooty. This peak offers you breathtaking views from the top and is the highest peak in the Nilgiris. Located at an altitude of 2,623 metres, this peak lies at the junction of western and eastern ghats, around 10 kms away from Ooty.

    The rich flora and fauna around this area adds to the charm of this place and if you are interested to take a closer look, there is a telescope house with two telescopes at the peak, which offers you an opportunity to look at the lovely valley around. Adventure lovers will love this place since it offers a good trekking trail.

    Location: Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, India

    Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

    Charges: Rs 6 per person
  • 16Ooty Golf Course

    Ooty Golf Course
    The Ooty golf course is one of the most popular tourist places in Ooty where you can show your skills in golf in the lush gardens. It is also a popular place to indulge in a meal, or even stay overnight. The Ooty golf course is popular for its budget-friendly hospitality and brilliant indulgence in the game of golf.

    If you are the kind of person that likes spending time in the property that you stay at when on holiday, then this is the place you must go to. Even if you choose not to stay here overnight, a morning visit to experience a golf game is a must.

    Location: Finger Post

    Timings: May vary based on the month. Most popular in the morning.

    Charges: Rs 1000 per person
  • 17Mini Car Museum

    Mini Car Museum
    This amazing mini car museum has more than 1000 miniatures of well-loved cars like Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini, Porsche, Jaguar, Volkswagen. This museum is well-located and is like a paradise for all car lovers. Out of all the places to visit in Ooty, this is the unique attraction since all the cars actually come with individual specifications.

    If you are truly blown away by the cars, you can also buy one as a keepsake! Yes, this museum also sells miniatures, which means that your interaction with these beautiful models doesn't have to end when your trip does.

    Location: Kodappamund

    Timings: 9:30 AM - 7:30 AM

    Charges: Free
  • 18Thunder World

    Thunder World
    Looking for some fun activities to do around Ooty? Head to Thunder World, also known as Dinosaur Park, located at North Lake road, near Ooty bus stand. Famous for the Haunted House, Jurassic Jungle, Vortex ride and much more, this is one place which will be loved by kids in all age groups.

    This amusement park features a lot dinosaur models that come with light and sound effects. This place combines themes like horror, technology and history to give you a unique experience. Do not miss the Camera Museum, 5D theatre and the Rain Forest when you’re here. There’s an indoor snow room and a food court as well.

    Location: N Lake Rd, Mani Vihar, Kathadimattam, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001

    Timings: 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

    Charges: Rs10 for adults and children for entry into the park
  • 19Wax World Museum

    Wax World Museum

    Located at a distance of 2km from the main town, Wax World Museum should be on your list of places to visit in Ooty.  The museum is an art in itself. It exhibits wax figures of popular Indian personalities, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mother Teresa, APJ Abdul Kalam, and Shirdi Sai Baba.

    There is also an indoor museum, which is open for visitors all day. The museum is quite an answer to the popular Madame Tussauds Museum of London.  There are also some fine-dining restaurants nearby to have exquisite meal before or after you visit the museum. 

    Kotagiri Road 

    9.00 pm to 8.00 pm 

    Rs 20 per person

  • 20Karnataka Siri Horticulture Garden

    Karnataka Siri Horticulture Garden
    Located near other attractions in Ooty like the Thread Garden and the Rose garden, this phenomenal place is maintained by Karnataka's Horticulture department. Surrounded by the Nilgiri hills, you will actually feel like you are sitting in the lap of nature when you relax here.

    The garden is exceptionally well maintained, and the main attraction here are the 50,000 pots with diverse and beautiful varieties of flowers. Sitting in this garden truly feels like being transported to a magical place.

    Grown at Fern hill, this location is famous for the tea garden, topiary garden, flower beds, sunken garden, and many many more. You can relax here, take a walk around the beauty, or even click beautiful pictures to preserve this lovely memory.

    Location: Fern hill

    Timings: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

    Charges: Rs 30 per person
  • 21Tribal Research Centre

    Tribal Research Centre

    If you are an archeologist, architect, art enthusiast, or lover of nature, this place will bring you closer to your passion/profession/interest. One of the best places to visit in Ooty, the museum is well-maintained and exhibits prehistoric artifacts and social, cultural, economic, and religious activities of tribal community that live in South India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    The center also conducts in-depth research on the lifestyle, habits and living conditions of tribals. It also puts in a lot of work to improve their lives and make them a part of regular life. 

    Nanjanad Road, Muttorai Palada, Ooty.

      All days (except Friday and national holidays) Morning hours – 10 AM to 1 PM, Evening hours – 2 PM to 5 PM

    No entry fee

  • 22Mukurthi National Park

    Mukurthi National Park

    Located in Nilgiri, this place offers a spectacular view of varied flora and fauna. It treasures the Nilgiri Tahr and other endangered animals like the Asian Elephant and the Bengal Tiger. The park is about montane grasslands decorated with sholas lined with shrubs.

    The area is windy and cold, giving it a mystic touch. It experiences high rainfall so you should come prepared. You can trek your way to happiness. Take a tour around and observe the details it hides. It has uncanny resemblance to the Himalayas and proves to be a soothing escape from your hectic schedule.

    Location: The Ooty-Gudalur-Mysore route is the easiest to get in.

    Timings: From 09:00AM – 05:30 PM. Closed on Tuesday.

    Charges: Rs.15/person. Rs.2 for students. Additional charges for camera.

  • 23Deer Park

    Deer Park

    This is one of the best places to visit in Ooty, if you are a wildlife enthusiast.  The park does full justice to its name as there are different varieties of deer found within its boundaries, such as Chital Deer and Sambhal Deer. However, the park is also home to a large number of wild animals, such as rabbits, hares, and birds.

    You can also go for a stroll near Ooty Lake which is located quite close to the Park. This popular site in Ooty is also home to a number of flora and fauna. There are also a large number of hotels and resorts near the Park, in case you are looking for a longer stay. 

    Near Ooty Lake

    10 AM to 5 PM

    No charges applicable

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  • 24 Ooty Boat House

     Ooty Boat House
    Located at the Ooty lake, Ooty Boathouse is one of the best attractions in Ooty. Whether you are looking to spend a silent, peaceful afternoon, or want to spice up your day with adventure, the boathouse is the perfect outing for you. You can get pictures clicked by the famous Ooty lake that looks like a true paradise.

    During the month of May, speed boating and boat pageant competitions are also organized, witnessing which is bound to elevate the element of fun in your trip. Whether you prefer motorboating with your friends, or speed boating with your loved ones- the Ooty Boat House is a must-visit destination.

    Location: Ooty Lake

    Timings: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

    Charges: Rs.15 per person
  • 25Cairn Hills

    Cairn Hills
    If you are an adventure seeker, then Cairn Hills should be on your list of places to visit in Ooty. Of the many attractions in Ooty, this one’s especially famous for the trek trail that is a calling for trekkers, nature lovers and enthusiasts. Home to innumerable species of birds, birdwatchers can rejoice in the silence of this place.

    Gentle breeze and the sound of birds chirping will create music in your heart and heal your soul. A perfect escape for anyone who wants to find some time off from their busy lives in the lap of nature. This place also houses a watchtower that lets you enjoy stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys. You can find this five kilometres away from Ooty.

    Location: Avalanche Road

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (preferred time to visit). Although, it is open 24 hrs.

    Charges: Rs 20 for adults/ 
    Rs 10 for children
  • 26Wenlock Downs

    Wenlock Downs

    On your way to Pykara, you will come across Wenlock Downs which will soothe your mind and calm yourself, which makes Wemclock Downs one of the most quaint places to visit in Ooty if you are an offbeat traveller. You should take time to see around here.

    It will satisfy the photographer in you and will be an ideal place to break your journey and rest for some time. The downs are spread over the vast area of 20,000 acres making it look endless. This land has its own stories to tell and is historically important. The Pykara backwaters form a lake which looks beautiful when seen from Wenlock Downs.

    Location: 16 km from Ooty.

    Timings: 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM 

     No charges Applicable

  • 27Droog Fort

    Droog Fort
    Another amazing place of historical importance, Droog Fort is situated at a distance of 17 kms from Coonoor near Nonsuch Estate. It is one of those tourist places in Ooty that was believed to be Tipu Sultan’s outpost. Situated at an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level, this fort offers a spectacular view from the top.

    If you are a group of friends out on a backpacking trip, then you can head to Droog Fort. You will have to trek down a couple of kms to reach this fort the Estate. This fort is now in ruins, but you can still see the boundary wall and some rooms. Sit on the edge of the cliff and soak in the beauty of the picturesque plains. 

     The Nilgiris, Ooty region, Tamil Nadu, India

    Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

    Charges: Free

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  • 28Tibetan Market

    Tibetan Market
    Like most hill stations in India, Ooty also has an absolutely amazing Tibetan market. There are a lot of places to visit in Ooty, but the Tibetan market is famous around the country because of the amazing woollen clothes that are sold here. Even though they don't necessarily entertain bargaining, you won't feel a need to bargain since the prices are already exceptionally reasonable.

    Whether you want a cap, a shawl, or even a sweater, don't think twice before going here. The attractions in Ooty don't end, and you need something warm to keep you okay while you enjoy them. You can also buy gifts for loved ones from here, as the shawls have exquisite designs and are famous for being extremely beautiful.

    Location: Near Botanical garden 

    Timings: 9.00 am to 7.30 pm 

    Charges: Depending on what you buy.
  • 29Adam’s Fountain

    Adam’s Fountain

    Established in the year 1886, it is a historical landmark made in the loving memory of a Governor who rendered his remarkable services in Ooty at that time. The fountain is pretty detailed and intricate and the beauty of it attracts the tourists.

    The night view of the fountain looks ineffable with the spring of water glowing in the dainty lights. The photographers have a special liking for this spot due to its photogenic look. If you are in Ooty, you would surely want to have a picture of you with your loved ones with the magnificent fountain in the background.

    Location: Charring Cross, Ooty.

    Timings: Open at all times.

     No charges Applicable

  • 30Elk Hill Murugan Temple

    Elk Hill Murugan Temple

    It is a Hindu temple located in the stunning city of Ooty. There are no charges or permissions needed as it is a place of worship. In order to see the Lord Murugan statue and go to the temple, you will have to climb 108 steps barefoot which is quite fun with family and friends.

    It will leave you with loads of memories to cherish throughout your life. This place is a dazing blend of spirituality and natural beauty which will steal your heart. It is a beautiful way to escape your busy life and hectic schedule. It will bless you with new zeal and enthusiasm. You must visit and see around here.

    Elk Hill, Ooty

    Timings: No Restrictions on timings

     No charges Applicable

  • 31Kandal Cross Shrine

    Kandal Cross Shrine

    Nestled in a quaint region, Kandal Cross is one of the must-visit tourist places in Ooty. It is a Roman Catholic Church known to fulfill all the wishes of the devotees, albeit their heart and intentions behind the wishes are pure. For this reason, it is also known as ‘Calvary of Tamil Nadu.’

    The path to this Shrine is quite captivating and the minute you lay eyes on this religious edifice, it will take your breath away with its intricate architecture. There are holy masses conducted every Friday and a holy feast is held on 3rd May every year. 


     Every day  Morning hours – 10 AM to 1 PM, Evening hours – 3 PM to 5 PM
                    Timings may vary on Sundays

    No entry fee

  • 32Lake Park

    Lake Park
    Located adjacent to Ooty lake, Lake Park can be defined in one word — beautiful. Lined with lush green trees and blooming flowers, this park is usually buzzing with tourists in the evenings. If you are looking for some relaxation and sunbathing, Lake Park is one of the best places to visit in Ooty. During the monsoon season, this park looks no less than a movie set.

    Droplets of rain on the lovely lake is sure to fill your soul with peace for a long time. There are games for entertaining kids and this makes Lake Park a one-stop destination for friends and families. Brilliant lights illuminate this park in the evenings and one can easily set up a picnic spot or luncheon here with their group.

    Opposite Railway Station, The Nilgiris, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001, India

    Open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM everyday

    Charges: Rs 500 (approx.)
  • 33Government Museum

    Government Museum
    If you are interested in cultural history and archaeology, then on your next visit to Ooty, do not forget to visit the Government museum. This is one of the best places to visit in Ooty for anyone who is interested in knowing the history of this hill station. You will be amazed at the remarkable collection of various tribal objects that date back to history.

    While Ooty is famous for it’s beautiful parks, waterfalls and gardens, this is where you will find details about how it all started. Ooty has served as home for several tribes the Government museum, located near Arts College, Stone House Area, holds responsibility of maintaining and displaying the unique collection of art, craft, sculpture and items of these tribes.

    Location: Near Arts College, Stone House Area, Stone House, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643002

    Timings: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Charges: Free
  • 34Toda Huts

    Toda Huts
    Looking for a unique experience and love doing something that is offbeat? Then you should visit the Toda Huts in Ooty. The Toda tribe is one of the indigeneous tribes of Ooty and these huts are their homes. These huts are shaped in the form of semi-barrels and they do not have any windows. You will be surprised to see these structures, due to its unique appearance.

    The doors to these huts are so low that one has to stoop or bend down to enter these huts. BUt once you enter, there is enough space for you to stand. This tribe survives on cattle herding and farming at large. These Toda Hamlets, as they are also called, can be found at a distance of 5.6 kms from the mainland of Ooty and are proof that this community still exists.

    Location: Nilgiri Mountains of Tamil Nadu

    Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Charges: Free
  • 35Bison Valley

    Bison Valley
    Bison Valley viewpoint located in Bellikkal near Ooty. It is one of the most thrilling tourist places in Ooty. It derives its name from the Indian Bison that roams by and large throughout this area. You can spot a wide variety of wildlife that inhabit the valley, from this viewpoint. You can also take walks around this valley or go mountain biking and trekking if you please.

    In your list of places to visit in Ooty, do not forget to note this down. This is one of the best attractions in Ooty for photographers, nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Private taxis are available from Ooty and Coonoor to reach Bison Valley. Do not miss out this place on your next visit.

    Location:  Belllikal, Ooty

    Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Charges: Free
  • 36Camp at Tea Gardens

    Camp at Tea Gardens
    Out of all the places to visit in Ooty and all the activities to indulge in, camping by the Tea Gardens needs to be on top of your bucket list. If you're an adventurer, you can treat yourself to a nature walk or a hiking experience over here. For the old soul in you, there are warm bonfires that you're sure to build memories around.

    And for the sports lover, there is a hoard of lively activities like badminton and volleyball. No matter what it is that you look for in a vacation, this breathtaking site has it in store for you. When you sit at the campsite, you will actually be surrounded by lush gardens that will make you feel like you are in another world altogether. If you have time for just one thing to do in Ooty, make sure it's this!

    Location: Karrimodakku

    Timings: 24 hours of functional

    Charges: Rs.1800 per person
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  • 37Annamalai Temple

    Annamalai Temple

     Located at a distance of 20 km from the main city, Annamalai Temple is built in reverence of Lord Murugan.  The temple is set amidst lush green lawns. The place is also laden with silver oak trees and tea estates, and thus, is a serene site to visit.

    The temple is one of the lesser popular tourist places in Ooty, and thus, not many people know about it. It is looked after by an aged man. It also has an ashram for people and marginalized people. A ritual of ‘Anna-Dana’ takes place in the temple during ‘Nakshatra’ and ‘Karthigai’ days of every month, where food is distributed among poor people.

    Location: Kil Kundha Post, The Nilgiris

    Timings: Everyday  Morning hours – 5 AM to 12 PM,  Evening hours –4 PM to 9 PM

    Charges: No Entry Fees

  • 38Ketti Valley View

    Ketti Valley View

    Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, in the Nilgiris district, Ketti is the second largest valley in the world. A heaven for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts, Ketti Valley is also known as the ‘Switzerland of the Nilgiris.’

    Some of the popular places to visit near the valley are Ooty Lake, Rose Garden, Doddabetta, and Thunder World.  The valley is smeared with lush green hillside, prolific tea estates and dense forests, making it a quaint place to visit and explore. 

    Ooty-Coonoor Road

    Everyday at Anytime

    Charges: No Entry Fees

  • 39Parsons Valley Reservoir

    Parsons Valley Reservoir

     If there is one word to describe Parsons Valley, it’s wild. This valley is not for weak-hearted since it is home to a variety of tigers, panthers, and other wild animals. One also needs to acquire a permit from the Forest Department.

    Parsons Valley Reservoir is part of Parsons Valley, which is largely a forest area, and a part of Mukurthi National Park. The area surrounding the reservoir is truly magnificent in every sense of the word. If you are lover of strolls amidst vibrant nature, then do visit this place.

    Location: Ooty Taluk, Nilgiris

    Timings:  Every day – 10 AM to 5 PM

    Charges: No Entry fees

  • 40Ooty Coffee House

    Ooty Coffee House
    Since Ooty is in Tamil Nadu, any visit to the amazing state would be incomplete without indulging in delicious south Indian food- and the Ooty Coffee House offers just that. With delicacies ranging from dosas and idlis to mouth-watering vada, this old and revered coffee house will take care of the foodie in you.

    Whether you go to it in the morning for breakfast or in the evening for a snack, you will always get the freshest of food. The coffee house is actually located in the main market, making it extremely easy to find. It is loved by locals and tourists alike. The fact that this amazing coffee house has stood the test of time is proof enough of why it needs to be on your list!

    Location: Commercial Road

    Timings: 8 am to 10:30 pm

    Charges: Rs.300 for two people
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  • 41Kalhatty Waterfalls

    Kalhatty Waterfalls

    About 14 km from Ooty, Kalhasti waterfall is another name for this place. It lies in Kalhatty village, water graciously descends down from a height of 120-122 feet.  You're going to spot a wide variety of hill birds. Wildlife here includes Panthers, Bisons, Wild Buffaloes, Wild Dogs, Spotted Deers, Sambars and monkeys.

    Also, it is a house of various spices like cinnamon, cloves, rosemary, sandalwood, pepper and rosewood. It is also one of the perfect places for trekking in Ooty. Kalhatty Hills are going to a lot to your beautiful memories from Ooty.

    Location: Ooty-Mysore Road

    Timings: 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM

    Charges: No Entry Fees

  • 42Pykara Waterfalls

    Pykara Waterfalls

    Sacred to the Todas, the river of Pykara running along the village of Pykara is a beautiful place to be at. You are given the luxury to spend some time here in the boathouse or forest rest house. They make for an ideal holiday package for you, taking you to the most attractive places to visit in Ooty.

    It will be spiritually uplifting to be here. The clean meadows and interesting animals are a major attraction. The Pykara waterfalls will leave you spell-bound and you will leave only to come back again. The food served here is absolutely delicious. Photographers will love it here.

    Location: Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu.

    Timings: Open all days from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM

    Charges: Rs. 175/ person for boating.

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  • 43Halashana Waterfalls

    Halashana Waterfalls
    Popularly known as Oteh Kodaaru in Tamil, Halashana waterfalls is easily one of the best attractions in Ooty. If you are someone who loves looking at cascading waterfalls then this one will thrill you. Located in Dindigul, this waterfall plunges down from a height of 150 feet above sea level. The high velocity of water flow has created a natural crater at the base.

    This waterfall is located inside the private property of Kollamuby Estate and tourists are required to take prior permission to visit this. To get the perfect view of this waterfall that is one of the best tourist places in Ooty, one should lie flat on their back. This also ensures safety since the water comes down at great speed.

    Location: The Nilgiris near the cities of both Ooty and Coonoor

    Timings: There are no restrictions on timings


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  • 44Katary Falls

    Katary Falls

    It is a breath taking place and will have you enchanted by its beauty and charm. It is situated around 10 km away from Coonoor and is the third largest waterfall in the blue hills of Nilgiris. To go near the waterfall, you need to take special permission from the Defence.

    Once you have it, you can go close to this mystical fall and experience its magical view from up close. You can reach there by trekking which is fun and quite photoshoots. It can give you some mind blowing photographs to make your friends swoon over.


    It is recommended to visit during afternoons. 

     No charges Applicable

  • 45Elk Falls

    Elk Falls

    There are many words to describe the beauty of Elk Falls, such as magnificent, beautiful, mesmerizing, and breathtaking, but none can do justice to how majestic it looks to a naked eye. Apart from its rambling water, these falls offer a grand view of the Echoing Valley of Kookal.

    The fall is also known for a European house, called Kannerimukku, which was constructed by a British collector who went by the name Sullivan. The house was built in 1819 and is known to be the first British construction in Tamil Nadu. Other attractions near the fall are green tea estates, coffee plantations, and Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar.

    Location: Uyillatti village in Kotagiri, Nilgiris District.


    No Entry Fees.

  • 46Laws Falls

    Laws Falls

    One of the most popular tourist locations near Ooty, Laws Falls speak of charm and beauty in every sense of the word. These enchanting falls ramble down from a height of approximately 180 ft. and create a splendid pool that travelers must jump into at least once.

    The fall is named after the late Colonel Fall who discovered these falls and also constructed the popular Coonoor Ghat on the banks of Coonoor River. Some of the popular nearby attractions of the falls include Sims Park, Lamb's Rock, Dolphin Nose, and Catherine Falls. These falls are truly splendorous.

    Mettupalayam Road, Coonoor

     Every day – 9 AM to 6.30 PM

    No Entry Fees

  • 47Catherine Falls

    Catherine Falls
    Catherine Falls, one of the famous tourist places in Ooty, is a double-cascading waterfall situated in Kotagiri, on the Mettupalayam highway branching off at Aravenu. It is Nilgiris ' second biggest waterfall and one of Ooty's finest waterfalls. As Geddhehaada Halla stream, River Kallar goes down the rocks to form the Catherine Falls.

    Encircled by lovely trees and tea plantations, Catherine Falls can be seen from the top of Dolphin's Nose in all its glory, which is the only place to fully see the waterfall. For about 2-3 kms you need to hike to achieve the path leading to this waterfall. But you're not going to complain because this is one of the best places to visit in Ooty and it will leave you with amazing views of tea gardens and vast greenery.

    Location: Kotagiri, The Nilgiris District

    Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

    Charges: Free

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  • 48Sim’s Park

    Sim’s Park

    A park-cum-botanical garden surrounded by beautiful creepers, plants, flowers, and shrubs, Sim’s Park is abundant in nature. Established in 1847, the park is more than a 100-year old.  Some of the most popular plants and trees of the park include Queensland Karry Pine, the Bead Tree, and Handsome Ornamental Tree.

    The park is sprawled across an area of 12 hectares and is divided into 4 main sections, namely, small Lily Pond, boating area, rose garden, and flowering plants area. The highlight of this park is its Annual Fruit and Vegetables Show, which is a two-day event exhibiting a variety of exotic fruits and vegetables.

    Location: Attadi, Coonoor

     Everyday,  9 AM to 6 PM

    Charges: No Entry Fees

  • 49Upper Bhavani Lake

    Upper Bhavani Lake

    Known for its exquisite beauty and breathtaking landscapes, Upper Bhavani Lake is a lesser-explored part of Ooty. Visitors require a permit from the Forest Department before entering the lake area. Even so, nobody is allowed to touch the water of this pristine lake. Perhaps this is why Upper Bhavani is still flawless in its appearance.

    One can reach this lake via an adventurous car ride from Ooty that offers stunning views of nearby tourist attractions, such as Avalanche Hydel Power, Cauliflower, Bhavani Amman Temple, and backwater of Upper Bhavani.  For anyone who is looking for solace and peace, visit this rejuvenating place.

    Garden Road, The Nilgiris

    Everyday – 10.30 AM to 3 PM

    No Entry Charge

  • 50Dolphin’s Nose

    Dolphin’s Nose

    It is the go-to place for nature lovers. The panoramic view it gives you is unquestionably beautiful. Adventure lovers and photographers would love it here, adding an adventurous blend to the places to visit in Ooty. The vast scenery decorated with Catherine Falls, Nilgiri Hills and lots of greenery is purely spectacular.

    You are offered a telescope to have a better experience of the beauty spread in front of you. It is mesmerizing. Coonoor tea served here will energize you. March to May is the best time to visit as it gets extremely cold in winters. One thing is guaranteed; this mystical place is going to leave you awestruck.

    Location: Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.

    Timings: Visit during the day to avoid fog blocking the view.

     No charges Applicable

  • 51Lamb’s Rock

    Lamb’s Rock

    Surrounded with tranquil views and stunning landscapes, Lamb’s Rock is the perfect place to witness the sunrise and sunsets.  Lamb’s Rock is elegantly perched on Dolphin’s Nose. One needs to cover an interesting trek to reach at the top of the Rock but it comes with a prize—the majestic views of the valley that cannot be seen from anywhere else in the region.

    Soak in the glorious views of the valley as you sip in the indigenous Nilgiri tea with cool breeze kissing your face and calming your senses. Trek to Lamb’s Rock is truly rejuvenating.


    Everyday –8.30 AM to 6.30 PM

    No Entry Fees


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  • Q. Where can I find places to stay in Ooty within Rs 2000?
  • Q. Which are the best camping tours available 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. Check out for more details.

    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. How many waterfalls are there in Ooty?

    There are more than 10 Beautiful waterfalls in Ooty. Check out to Know more

    1. Catherine Falls - Height: 250 ft.
    2. Pykara Falls - Height: 55m and 61m respectively
    3. Laws Falls - Height: 180 ft.
    4. Kalhatti Falls - Height: 45 meters
    5. Halasana Falls - Height: 150 ft.

  • Q. How can I spend 3 days in Ooty?

    You can spend 3 days in Ooty easily, as it offers a hoard of activities to indulge in, places to explore, and food to feast on. No matter what it is that you're looking for to rejuvenate, you are bound to find it in Ooty.

    The tourist places in Ooty are lush with plenty of things to see, and hence you should always have time to explore these places to the core. With a well-planned itinerary, you can make the most of this breathtaking hill station, and you can take back memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

    Here’s a condensed itinerary for a 3-day wholesome trip in Ooty:

    Day 1:
    - Visit the beautiful Pykara Lake and enjoy a stay in a Boathouse.
    - The enchanting Pykara falls are a must-see here.
    - Visit the Kamraj Sagar Dam and the dense green Pine Tree Forest.
    - Enjoy the Eden-like expansive beauty of the Wenlock Downs.

    Day 2:
    - Travel up to the glorious Doddabetta Peak
    - Find serenity in the Ooty Botanical Garden.
    - The aromatic Coonoor Tea Estate is also a popular scenic spot.
    - The panoramic view from Dolphin’s nose is not something to be missed on your second day in Ooty.

    Day 3:
    - Begin your last day with
    - Visit the Wax World in Ooty
    - Take a tour to the Stone House.
    - Visit the magnificent Rose Garden
    - Finish your trip at dazzling Ooty Lake.

  • Q. Is Ooty worth visiting?

    Absolutely! Ooty is the 'Queen of hill stations' for a reason. The romance in the air and serene ambience will make you understand why it is called India's most popular honeymoon destination. The plethora of activities available over here like paragliding and trekking make it a loved vacation spot for families. No matter what the nature of your trip, you’ll definitely love visiting this place.

  • Q. Is Ooty a good place to visit?

    How do you describe the word ‘good’? If your idea of good is a gorgeous view with places to see, things to do and experiences to have, then Ooty is a lot more than just ‘good’. The Nilgiri hills will take your breath away, and the pleasant climate all year round will make you wish you could stay for longer. The lakes and dams will win your heart, and the waterfalls will make sure that you feel like you're at the top of the world.

  • Q. Is Coorg better than Ooty?

    Both Ooty and Coorg are amazing destinations, but there is a reason why Ooty is called the ‘Queen of hill stations’. The attractions in Ooty are actually more budget-friendly than Coorg. If you’re an adventurous person who loves sightseeing, Ooty is perfect because it is such a popular tourist hub that there are tailor-made packages and experiences that are easier to find and indulge in. Ooty is absolutely the better choice if you want a convenient, relaxing vacation.

  • Q. Why is Ooty famous?

    Ooty is famous for a lot of reasons. The places to visit in Ooty like museums, parks, and reserves actually contribute to its fame. The tea gardens are bliss in its own, with diverse varieties of tea plantation that will make you feel excited to take home a few of them for a refreshing cup of tea. Ooty also is very famous as a honeymoon destination, with a large number of couples coming here every year to celebrate their love.

  • Q. What can I buy in Ooty?

    If you love shopping, you’ll love Ooty. Like most hill stations, Ooty has an amazing

    1. Tibetan market where you can get gorgeous clothes for amazing prices.
    2. Ooty also has an amazing chocolate industry, and you are bound to gravitate towards chocolates, fudges, truffles, marshmallows, and pastries while you are here.
    3. If you are a tea lover, you can also buy different kinds of tea in Ooty to take back a little bit of the destination with you when your vacation ends.

    Don't forget to take back some as souvenirs for your loved ones!

  • Q. What can we do in Ooty at night?

    Ooty actually has an amazing nightlife- but it may be a little different from what you are used to indulging in in your city. The activities that will keep you entertained here as the sun goes down are:

    1. Jeep rides 
    2. Bonfires
    3. Outdoor dinners

    You can sing old songs sitting around the bonfire with a hot cup of coffee or tea in your hands or you can have a romantic outdoor dinner under the beautiful night sky. If you are the adventurous kind, late-night jeep rides might just be your next big night adventure in Ooty!

  • Q. Is Kodaikanal better than Ooty?

    Kodaikanal and Ooty are both amazing locations, but if you are looking for an active holiday where you have lots of places to see, explore, and build memories in, then Ooty is your pick. The tourist places in Ooty are a lot more structured and sorted, and regular camping, hiking, and birdwatching activities are available.

    Kodaikanal is more suitable if your sole purpose of the vacation is to reconnect with nature but if you are looking for a complete rejuvenation, then Ooty is the perfect place for you.