20 Places to Visit in Ooty in 3 Days: 2020(Updated List)
Places to visit in Ooty in 3 days include Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, Needle View Hillpoint, Mudumalai National Park, St. Stephen’s Church, Kamraj Sagar Dam,Pykara Falls and many more.

Planning a quick escapade to the beautiful Ooty and thinking of which places to cover? Ooty is a charming and compact destination that requires around 3 days to soak in its beauty and see all the major attractions. We have created the best itinerary of the most gorgeous places to visit in Ooty in 3 days. 

Often known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Ooty is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts and is dotted with places that can be covered during a quick getaway of 3 days. Its pristine countryside outlined with lush forests and the majestic Nilgiri Mountain ranges make it one of the most popular destinations in the country.

This round-up of the best tourist places to see in Ooty for 3 days, not only includes the pristine lakes, beautiful gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, and waterfalls but also includes some of the most unique world-famous places like the Thread Garden, the toy train, and the Wax Museum. Read on to know more such places and tips for making your visit memorable. Since most of these places are quite close to each other, they are perfect to visit on a short 3-4 day sojourn. 

Places To Visit In Ooty on Day 1

01

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Also known as the Toy Train, the British-era Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the highlights of a trip to Ooty. The train, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the best way to see the spectacular Nilgiris.

This 46-kilometer long journey will take you through some of the most beautiful & lush mountain slopes, valleys, tea plantations, and misty forests. The train, running on the steepest path in Asia, passes through as many as 250 bridges and 16 tunnels, which is quite a feat in itself. 

Location: It runs between Mettupalayam to Ooty via Coonoor. 

Timing: Every day 7:10 am to 12:00 pm.

Price: First class ticket: Rs. 205 and Second Class ticket: Rs. 30.
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02

Rose Garden

Rose Garden
One of the most beautiful places to see in Ooty, the Rose Garden is an absolute delight especially for those who love flowers. There are thousands of native and exotic varieties of roses in shades of white, black, red, pink, all laid out in beautiful arches, terraces, tunnels, and designs.

There is a viewpoint ‘Nilamaadam’ from where you can see the entire garden, built strategically over a slope, in its full spectacular beauty. The best time to visit the Rose Garden, ranked amongst the top 35 Best Rose Gardens in the world, is in between March and June, which is the blooming season.  

Location: Horticulture House, Elk Hill Road, Bombay Castle, Ooty.

Timing: Every day 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Price: Adults- Rs. 30, Children- Rs. 15.
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Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake
One of the best attractions in Ooty, Ooty Lake is a serene oasis amidst the hustle-bustle of the city. The calm blue waters surrounded by thickets of eucalyptus trees and lush green mountain slopes are an absolute delight to see. Spend time relaxing and soaking in the views listening to birdsong.

There are plenty of activities around the lake to keep you engaged like horse riding, and mini train rides for children. Enjoy cruising over the waters in the rowboat or a motorboat while here. Many shops around the lake sell souvenirs and things like eucalyptus oils, snacks, and jewelry.  

Location: Nilgiri District, around 1 kilometer from Ooty bus stand.

Timing: Rs. 10 per person. 

Price: Every day 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
04

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
What used to be a vegetable farm in the 1840s for the British is now one of the most beautiful gardens in the whole of India. This lush oasis of greenery is divided into 6 sections- New Garden, Fountain Terrace, Conservatory, Lower Garden, Nurseries, and Italian Garden. Lying on the slopes of the Doddabetta Peak, it is landscaped in the form of terraces.

Enjoy walking amidst thousands of fragrant tea roses, dahlias, petunias, pansies, etc. There are also hundreds of varieties of ferns, marsh plants, orchids, cacti, and bonsai. The highlight of the garden is the 20 million-year-old trunk of a fossilised tree. The park is visited by over 10 million people from all over the world for the annual flower show held in May. 

Location: Vannarapettai, Ooty.

Timing: Every day 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Price: Adults- Rs. 30, Children- Rs. 15.
05

Needle View Hillpoint

Needle View Hillpoint
As the name suggests, this is one of the most unique vantage points in Ooty to let you savour panoramic views of the lofty Nilgiri mountain ranges, lush valleys, and vast green meadows. Famous for catching striking sunrise and sunset, it is also a popular trekking spot due to its interesting cone-shaped landscape jutting out of a hill.

This is one of the best places to visit in Ooty in 3 days when you want to escape the usual humdrum of the city and surround yourself with splendid scenery and much-needed quietude. 

Location: Ooty Main Road, NH 67, Ooty.

Timing: Accessible at all times.

Price: No entry fee. 
06

Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai National Park
Located strategically between Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, Mudumalai National Park is the first Biosphere Reserve in India. Covered in tall Elephant Grass, the park has exotic varieties of trees like Rosewood, Mahogany, Teak, etc. The wildlife here includes tigers, panthers, barking deer, Malabar giant squirrel, hyenas, etc.

It has over 260 species of birds like Malabar pied hornbill, woodpeckers, Malabar whistling thrush, and peacocks. It is a beautiful sight to see herds of elephants around the Moyar River that runs through the park. Enjoy elephant safari and guided trekking & bird-watching trails here. Spend time bathing & feeding elephants at the ‘Elephant Camp’. 

Location: NH 67, Gudalur, Devarshola, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: Every day 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Price: Rs. 30 per person.
07

Camping By Tea Gardens Ooty

Camping By Tea Gardens Ooty
Imagine waking up listening to chirping birds as the soft sunshine warms you and the fragrance of tea envelops you. One of the best ways to soak in and experience the immense beauty of Ooty is to spend time outdoors in the wilderness amidst vast tea plantations on this 2-day adventure.

Taking a trail in these lush plantations is one thing and night camping in these beautiful locales takes the entire experince to another level. Learn tea farming, hike, explore the nature trails, and watch varieties of birds while here. There are plenty of indoor & outdoor games to enjoy like cards, volleyball, badminton, etc.  Round off the day as you dance, listen to music, and barbecue around a bonfire. 

Location: Doddabetta, Karrimodakku, Ooty. 

Timing: Check-in and check out: 11:00 am. 

Price: Rs. 1,800 per adult.

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St. Stephen’s Church

St. Stephen’s Church
One of the most intriguing architectural marvels in the Nilgiri district, this 19th-century Church is one of the best places to visit in Ooty in 3 days. Built as an ode for the birthday of King George IV, this building stands as a testimony to the magnificence of British-era architecture.

The interiors of the church are wooden and adorned with beautiful glass paintings. You can even see a huge painting depicting The Last Supper. Also, there is an ancient graveyard in the backyard with tombstones dating back to the 18th-century. An interesting fact is that the wood used to build this church was brought from Tipu Sultan’s palace after the British defeated him. 

Location: Near Collector’s Office, Club Road, Ooty.

Timing: Every day from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sunday service is from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. 

Price: No entry fee
09

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake
Located around 25 kilometres from Ooty, this is one of the most stunning natural attractions in the region and one of the most amazing places to visit in Ooty in 3 days. The lake gets its unique name from the fact that it was created naturally due to a landslide occurring in the 1820s. It is set in a beautiful landscape surrounded by mountains dotted with waterfalls and thousands of flowers.

There are plenty of activities that can be enjoyed here like trout fishing, trekking, rafting, horse riding, etc. The lake’s surroundings, falling in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, house animals like tigers, leopards, sloth bears, etc. One needs to take permission from the Ooty Forest Office before visiting the lake. 

Location: Nilgiri District, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: Every day 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Price: Rs. 150 per person for the forest vehicle.
10

Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill
Located near Doddabetta Peak, Tiger Hill is one of the most popular vantage points in Ooty. It offers mesmerising views of the lush green valleys full of ‘Magic Mushrooms’, flowering plains, rivers, and the majestic Nilgiri mountain ranges. A beautiful rugged trail leads to the tip of Tiger Hill where you will see a small British era cemetery.

There is even an ancient cave here, which has been the subject of various ancient myths. Also, don’t miss to see the huge freshwater reservoir that supplies water to the city. This is one of the best places to visit in Ooty in 3 days for a lovely weekend picnic and to see a magnificent sunrise and sunset, away from the noise of the city. 

Location: It is located in the foothills of Doddabetta Peak. 

Timing: Accessible at all times. 

Price: No entry fee.
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11

Thread Garden

Thread Garden
Ooty’s Thread Garden is not only one of the most unique places in the city, but also in the world. Visitors are welcomed by scores of gorgeous flowers, all made of colourful threads! This garden took over 12 years to complete and is the brainchild of Antony Joseph.

An interesting fact is that not even a single needle or machinery has been used in making these flowers. Crores of metres of naturally dyed thread have been meticulously tied over wires and cardboard shapes using the Four-Dimensional Hand-Wound Embroidery technique to create these amazing arrangements. 

Location: North Lake Road, Opposite Boat House, Kathadimattam, Ooty.

Timing: Every day 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Price: Rs. 30 per person.
12

Kamraj Sagar Dam

Kamraj Sagar Dam
Perfect for spending a relaxing day under the warm sunshine and cool breeze, Kamraj Sagar Dam is amongst the top places to visit in Ooty in 3 days. Located around 10 kilometres away from the busy city, this charming place is loved for its scenic beauty of highlands covered in lush greenery, and clear blue skies enveloped in the soft rustling sounds of water.

Don’t miss to see scores of colourful birds here. Enjoy horse riding, taking long nature walks, and trout fishing here. Don’t be surprised if you run into some celebrities here, as this place is a popular movie shooting location. 

Location: Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Sholur, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: Every day 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Price: No entry fee. 
13

The Tea Factory and The Tea Museum

The Tea Factory and The Tea Museum
It is only just that one of India’s largest tea producing belts has an entire museum dedicated to this amazing beverage. Divided into three sections- Tea History in India, Evolution of Tea in the Nilgiris, and the Origins of World Tea, it has pictures, manuscripts, and assortments of preserved tea leaves.

The privately-owned factory here offers a tour to the visitors to let them see the journey of tea leaves from the gardens to their cups. Enjoy a steaming cup of tea as you enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Don’t miss to pick up pretty teacups, flavored teas, and homemade tea-based chocolates from the factory’s souvenir shop. 

Location: Doddabetta Road, Mel Koddapmund, Ooty.

Timing: Every day 9:00 am to 6:30 pm.

Price: Rs. 10 per person.
14

Stay In Cottages, Ooty

Stay In Cottages, Ooty
The best way to explore the beauty of Ooty is to move away from the busier parts of the city towards the more serene places. And to enjoy these places, you must spend time in a homestay that will bring you the closest to a ‘home-away-from-home’ experience.

The lush surroundings are perfect for nature walks, bird watching, and sightseeing. These homestays are beautifully built in cottage-style rooms to let you have a tranquil stay experience. Enjoy indoor games and traditional food while you luxuriate in the amazing surroundings. In the chilly evenings, enjoy a barbecue and music around a bonfire.

Location: Mount Pleasant Road, Ooty. 

Timing: Check-in: 2:00 pm and check out: noon 

Price: Rs. 1,320 per adult.

Places To Visit In Ooty on Day 3

15

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake
The name of the lake perfectly sums up the magnificent beauty of the place. The greenish-emerald coloured waters framed in lush tea plantations, thickets of forests, and mountains in the backdrop look like a sight right out of a picture postcard. You can enjoy trekking, boating, fishing, and bird watching at the Red Hill Nature Resort near the lake.

You can also take a walk amidst the fragrant tea plantations and pick up packets of tea for home from the various shops near the lake. The lake is also one of the best places to visit in Ooty for 3 days to witness a beautiful sunrise and sunset. 

Location: Silent Valley, around 25 kilometers from Ooty. 

Timing: Accessible at all times.

Price: No entry fee.
16

Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta Peak
This popular weekend escape offers an amazing array of activities for everybody to enjoy. Standing at an elevation of around 8,652 ft., this is the highest peak of the Nilgiri ranges. Whether you take a taxi to the summit or challenge yourself to trek uphill, you will be rewarded with undulated views of the surrounding natural beauty.

In fact, on a clear day, you can even look as far as Mysore & Coimbatore from the summit. The trails are full of blazing-red rhododendron flowers and you can enjoy camping, photography, and weekend picnics here. 

Location: Located in the Nilgiri Mountain ranges on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road.

Timing: Accessible at all times.

Price: No entry fee.
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Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin’s Nose
Offering breathtaking views of the natural beauty of Ooty is this uniquely shaped vantage point. With its tip shaped like the nose of a Dolphin, it offers gorgeous views of the lush valleys, lofty peaks in the Nilgiri ranges, Catherine Falls, and the vast tea plantations.

Due to its elevation of around 1,500 metres above sea level, it also offers undulated views of a spectacular mountainside sunrise and sunset. No wonder Dolphin’s Nose tops the charts when it comes to the best places to visit in Ooty for 3 days.

Location: Alwarpet, Burliyar, Tamil Nadu.

Timing: Accessible at all times.

Price: No entry fee. 
18

Pykara Falls

Pykara Falls
Pykara Falls is a major attraction in Ooty’s pristine scenic beauty. Located away from the busy city and perfect for a day’s break, a visit to these falls will whisk you into the calmness and magnificence of the water. Created by the Pykara Lake’s streams that fall from the dam of the same name, there are 2 waterfalls gushing from 55 metres and 61 metres.

With more of horizontal swishes of water, it is an amazing experience to sit beside them and listen to the rustling of water as you soak in the rich wilderness surrounded in the fresh misty air. 

Location: Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu. 

Timing: Every day 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Price: No entry fee.
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Wax World Ooty

Wax World Ooty
Ooty has its own own wax museum, which is quite popular and is one of the best places to visit in Ooty for 3 days. Very different from the usual wax museums, this is dedicated to the essence of India.  There are numerous wax figurines of people who helped the country gain its independence.

Here, an entire section is dedicated to show India’s rustic & rural way of life and scenes from a wax village set where you can see people engaged in pottery and farming,et . See the statutes of luminaries like Dr. APJ Kalam, Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Gopal Krishna Gokhale.

Besides, you can see statues of Mother Teresa, Barack Obama, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as well. 

Location: Vannarapettai, SH-15, Kotagiri Coonoor Road, Ooty.

Timing: Every day 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Price: Rs. 30 per person.
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. 

Location: Bangi Thabal Guest House Road, Padavayal, Kerala 678582. 

Timings: Wednesday to Monday (9:00 am – 5:30 pm)

Entry Fee: INR 15 for adults, INR 10 for children and INR 2 for students. An additional fee of INR 25 is charged for still cameras and INR 150 is charged for video cameras.

Elevation: 8,625 feet or 2,629 meters above sea level

Distance from Ooty city center: 167.5 km by road.
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15 October 2019
Excellent
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 time to explore the beautiful surrounding and embark on our own adventure. The surrounding area was not even close to what we expected.. the beauty and the calming sound of nature itself is enough to make you forget all your troubles and the busy life. We were visiting ooty for the first time and we came across this out of nowhere and booked it right away and when we reached the place the next day we realized it was more than what we had expected for such a cheap price. The tents are comfortable and the staff is really kind and helpful which is a major plus point. This is a must try for all kinds of thrill seekers, adventure hunters, friends, family or simply anyone who is looking to get away from the busy life And escape into serenity.
17 April 2019
Excellent
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 waterfall allover and a perfect place to enjoy with my friends. also, a night stay was very refreshing away from the city. do this trek i am sure you will all love it like i did.
09 October 2019
Excellent
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 to get away from the busy life and escape into serenity.
28 November 2015
Excellent
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 trek with family, then this is the right one.
22 September 2019
Excellent
"it was a nice stay.. location was gud.. and their staff was friendly and supportive.."
26 March 2020
Excellent
The Kotagiri Trek by Thrillophilia had everything that I wanted from a trek. You can see the thrillophilia reviews about this trek and they were all true. As a solo traveller who thrives on budget tours and tries to enjoy different places as much as possible, this trek to Kotagiri was a major tick on my bucket list. From adventurous forest trails to walking alongside ice-cold river paths, it is safe to say that not just me, but everyone in the trekking group enjoyed this trek a lot. The support staff, guide and even the whole process (from the booking to the post-trek service) was an organised one, thanks Thrillophilia. The most enjoyable experience for me was sleeping in the cosy tents on the sleeping beds and gorging on the yummy food. With this trekking tour by Thrillophilia, they have surely gained a permanent customer who is going to keep coming back to them to go for more such exciting and adventurous tours.
16 March 2020
Excellent
My wife and I love to go on different treks whenever we get the time. This time, we were looking to go on a trek somewhere near home. Thanks to Thrillophilia, we found out about the Kotagiri Trek, which seemed perfect to us. With over 20 percent discount and such affordable rates, the trek also included accommodation, food and a guide. This was nothing short of a sweet deal for us! Soon after we decided to do the booking, we were surprised to find out how easy and smooth the entire process actually was. Everything, right from the booking procedure, to the mode of payment was easy and without any issues. Thrillophilia even made sure that we were taken care of during the Kotagiri trek in Ooty, which not many people look after. It is due to them that not only we could enjoy such an amazing trek, but also capture the sights of such beautiful waterfalls and tea estates, that too near our home.
02 March 2020
Excellent
"accommodation was awesome, manager and the staff were simply superb and kind. must go place\n\nthanks for the gloves"
13 January 2020
Excellent
A great experience. The Driver was very good at his job. He knew the route and landmarks well. he was helpful and provided all the information that we asked. Car was comfortable and well maintained. Overall we enjoyed the trip very much. Thanx a ton for wonderful experience
21 December 2019
Excellent
It was such a beautiful experience we had a lot of fun exploring the beautiful Ooty. It was overwhelming to be in the lap of nature, Thanks Thrillophilia for wonderful time.

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  1. Which are famous waterfalls in Ooty?

    The top 10 magnificent waterfalls in Ooty that are not to be missed: 

    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.
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  3. What is the best time to visit Ooty?

    Ooty, because of its location in the Nilgiri ranges, enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. The best time to visit the place is between October and June when the temperatures range around 25°C. The days are pleasant, perfect for sightseeing and being outdoors, and the nights are cool and comfortable.
  4. What can I see in Ooty?

    Ooty’s natural beauty offers an amazing range of things to see and experiences to enjoy. Right from its museums to lakes, waterfalls, National Parks, and viewpoints, there is something for everybody. Some of the best things to see are:
    -Emerald Lake
    -Tiger Hill
    -Doddabetta Peak
    -Tea Factory and Museum
    -Pykara Falls
    -Botanical Gardens
    -St. Stephen’s Church
  5. Is Ooty safe now?

    Ooty is a safe place for travellers. The locals are friendly and helpful & there’s plenty of security. The weather, while its pleasant throughout the year, becomes a little precarious during the monsoons. The place receives heavy rain, which make the roads & trails wet and slippery.

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