20 Places to Visit in Ooty in One Day: 2021 (Updated List)
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Places to visit in Ooty in one day includes Nilgiri Mountain Railway Rose Garden Ooty Lake Needle View Hillpoint Tiger Hill Ooty Botanical Garden Pykara Lake Avalanche Lake, Tea Estate View Point and many other tourist attractions.

You can choose to pitch a tent or enjoy adventure camping at one of the many camping sites spread throughout the various tea gardens in Ooty. Ooty Lake is another fun place to explore within the city where you can have different boating experiences, visit the thread garden or even ride a shikara! If you are at or around the Doddabetta Peak, not only can you soak in amazing views but also take time out to visit the huge botanical gardens, stop by at the tea museum or admire the award-winning rose garden!

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 can also include a day spent at the Emerald Lake, from where you can also make a detour to the neighbouring tea plantations. Nilgiri Mountain Railways are another great way of getting yourself acquainted with the area, while visiting the bygone era through an age-old railway track!

Here is the list of best places to Visit in Ooty in one day:

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COVID-19 : OOTY is in Orange Zone
Last Updated: 08 Apr 2021
Latest Information on Travelling to OOTY?

Entry is open from all domestic states.

  • Face masks to be worn when in public
  • Mandatory to download Aarogya Setu application before travel.
  • All inter-state passengers travelling to Ooty are required to register on state website and obtain TN e-pass
  • Tourist travel is restricted in the hill station as of now. Only business travel allowed.
  • Thermal screening to be done for all passengers
  • COVID-19 test is required for passengers arriving from Maharashtra, Gujarat & Delhi. Travellers from other states can also be tested for COVID-19 at the discretion of health officials.
  • Lockdown in Ooty has been extended till 30th of September, however, there are major relaxations.
  • No lockdown on Sundays
  • Shopping malls and large stores to be fully functional
  • Tea stalls and restaurants can be open from 6 am-8 pm for dine-in. Takeaway is allowed until 9 PM.
  • All parks and playgrounds are open for sporting activities.
  • Places of worship can be open till 8 p.m.
  • Intra-district public buses have resumed services with 50% capacity.
  • 14 days of mandatory home quarantine for all passengers travelling to Tamil Nadu from other states.
  • Symptomatic passengers are required to follow Institutional Quarantine till the time COVID test results are available.
  • Business travellers returning within 48 hours are exempted from quarantine after presenting the valid return documents

The nearest airport is the Coimbatore Airport which is receiving flights from Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi.

Local Transport

Buses, taxies, autorickshaws are running normally.

The Tamil Nadu state government is ensuring the safety of travellers and residents of Ooty with major precautionary measures. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Hotels and Resorts Open to Accommodate Business/Work Travellers Updated: 06 Sep 2020

Hotels and Resorts in Ooty can take in guests who are visiting the hill station for business or work purposes. The hospitality sectors must follow all SOP’s required to curb the spread of COVID-19.Read more.

People Travelling to Ooty Are Required to Obtain and E-pass Updated: 06 Sep 2020

Travellers are required get all their documents verified and collect a manual e-pass before travelling to Ooty. For Ooty residents, the e-pass shall be auto-approved after checking all documents.Read more.

Inter-Distict Buses to Ooty Allowed from 7th of September Updated: 06 Sep 2020

Inter-district buses shall restart functions in Ooty from 7th of September. The buses shall run with 50% capacity with strict social distance guidelines. The buses shall be disinfected and people without masks shall not be allowed to travel.Read more.

Travel for tourism still restricted in Ooty. Business travel has been allowed. Updated: 06 Sep 2020

As per the guidelines of the district collector of the Nilgiris, tourist places shall be shut in Ooty for the coming month. Only travel for business and work shall be allowed.Read more.


Camping by the Tea Gardens Ooty

The rolling hills and lush, green tea gardens make up the majority of Ooty’s scenery and there is no better way to soak in the best of this green haven than by camping at one of the tea gardens. You can choose to hike up to one of the hundreds of trails.

Almost all of them offer stunning views  and you can choose to pitch a tent with prior permission. You can end your day’s hike with a picnic spread followed by a bonfire. These plantations also offer spectacular views of the night sky with undiluted views of the galaxy full of stars. If you could choose only one
place to visit in Ooty in one day, then do make the tea gardens your choice. 

Doddabetta, Karrimodakku, Ooty

11:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Rs. 1,800 per person


Adventure Camping at Ooty

If a quiet picnic spread with gentle music playing in the background as the sky changes colours in front of you is not your thing, worry not! Adventure camping will offer you all the beauty of a camp but filled with many thrills!

Adventure camping in Ooty offers a day packed with hiking, nature trails, ATV rides and trampolines where you can truly experience the spirit of adventure. It also has a host of fun outdoor sports like badminton, volleyball, frisbee, archery, etc. If you want to unwind after a day packed with sporting activities, you can sit back and have a go at board games or go for bird watching! 

The campsite is 4 km away from Ooty and can be easily reached by road.

11:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Rs. 1,350 per person


Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the best experiences to be had when in Ooty and must be on your list of places to visit in Ooty in one day! Established in the year 1899 by the British, this toy train with wooden carriages and large windows is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The train runs between  Mettupalayam to Udagamandalam in Ooty, on a track which is believed to be the steepest in entire Asia! The route stretches for 46 kilometres and passes several old tunnels, goes over hundreds of bridges and offers spectacular views of the surroundings, from the rocky Nilgiri hills, ravines, tea plantations to the thick forests.

Rajeev Gandhi Circle, Mysore - Ooty Rd, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001

2:00 PM - 5:35 PM

Starts at Rs. 30 for adults and Rs 15 for children

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Rose Garden

When looking for places in Ooty to visit in one day, then this international award-winning rose garden must be included in your itinerary.  Established in the year 1995, the garden is one amongst the 35 in the world to have received the honour of getting a ‘Garden of Excellence Award.’

Situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty town, the garden is spread across 10 acres of land. Sitting at an altitude of 2,200 metres, it has an ideal climate to support a wide variety of roses. Today, the garden holds one of the largest rose collections in the country with more than 20,000 varieties of roses and 2,800 cultivars. 

Horticulture House, Elk Hill Rd, Bombay Castle, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001

7:30 AM - 6:30 PM 

Rs. 3o for adults, Rs. 15 for children

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Ooty Lake

Ooty lake also known by the name of Boat House is an artificial lake situated in the heart of the hill town. You can easily reach it by walking or by road since it is located at a distance of a mere 1 kilometres from the city’s bus stand. Surrounded by groves of Eucalyptus trees, the lake offers a quaint, resting place to escape the bustle of the city.

On one edge of the lake is a railway line which runs parallel to the shore and if you are lucky, you can spot the train hooting past the waterbody. Boating in the lake is a major attraction amongst city dwellers and tourists alike. When here, you can spend your time paddle boating, row boating or motor boating. It also has a garden, an amusement park and a toy train, which make it the perfect family
place to visit in Ooty in one day.

No. 2, North Lake Road, Udagamandalam, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM 

Free entry


Needle View Hillpoint

The Needle View Hillpoint is one of the most stunning Ooty places to visit in one day if you love going to lesser-explored natural havens. Situated on the Ooty- Mysore route, this hill point offers excellent hiking options through heavily forested trails.

The focal point of the scenery is a cone-shaped rock which makes for a dramatic landscape. You can choose to start the trek as soon as the sun comes up and enjoy a whole day of hiking, bird-watching and picnicking before returning to the base. Since the area is less-frequented and the forest is home to many wild animals, it is advisable to return before it gets too dark. 

Ooty Main Road, NH67, Tamil Nadu 643212

Daily; 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM



Tiger Hill

Tiger Hill offers opportunities to view the beautiful peaks and tea gardens of Ooty from an equally beautiful vantage point. Situated at the lower part of the Doddabetta Peak, the point is easily accessible by people of all ages and therefore is a popular spot for picnics and photography.

Right at the top, you will find a natural cave and a reservoir which supplies clean water to the entire hill station. Since it is located at a distance of a mere 6 kilometres from the city centre, you can easily reach it within twenty minutes and do not have to dedicate the whole day to the trek. When here, you can enjoy scenic sunsets and sunrises and stroll around the Tiger Hill Cemetery which has graves dating back to the British era.

Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643002

Open all-day


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Ooty Botanical Garden

For all the nature-lovers looking for Ooty places to visit in one day, a trip to the Ooty Botanical Gardens is a must! Spread over 55 acres, these gardens date back to 1848 when they were laid out by the Marquis of Tweedle. Lying in the lower slopes of the Doddabetta National Park, these gardens are divided into different sections and have a terraced layout.

When here, you can witness the expansive spread of around a thousand species of plants, some of them exclusive to the park in the entire country. Some of the highlights of the garden include flowering plants, Lily ponds, flower beds, ferns laid out in Italian fashion, several potted plants and medicinal herbs. Right in the middle of the gardens is a fossilized tree which is believed to be around 20 million years old! 

Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643002

Daily; 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM 

Rs. 30 per adult, Rs. 15 per child


Pykara Lake

Situated 19 kilometres from the town of Ooty, Pykara is a small village with an abundance of natural beauty. Pykara is visited by many tourists for its stunning scenery which encompasses a river, several waterfalls and a lake which offers several boating opportunities.

Amongst all the
places to visit in Ooty in one day, this is the most rewarding in terms of the scenery that it offers. The turquoise blue water, an abundance of wildlife and freshly prepared local food, come together to make it an excellent getaway. The surrounding forested hills and the river provide several photo-taking opportunities and if you are visiting with your family, you can also enjoy a picnic spread. 

Pykara Lake, Tamil Nadu 

Daily; 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM 

Rs. 10 per person

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Avalanche Lake

Nestled in the midst of a quaint section of the Nilgiris, the Avalanche Lake is situated at a distance of approximately 28 kilometres from the Ooty City Centre. The lake is an important tourist spot in the area and is usually considered one of the best places in Ooty to visit in one day.

The rolling hills are usually covered in flowering plants lie magnolias, orchids and rhododendrons. Visitors can follow these breathtakingly beautiful trails along the lakeshore towards the forests. When spending a day at the lake, many of the tourists also choose to go trout fishing or spend the night camping. The place has an established trout hatchery which provides all the fishing gear and it also has dedicated campsite to pitch a tent. Other activities like trekking, rafting, hiking, etc. can also be enjoyed.

Avalanche Lake, Tamil Nadu 

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Rs. 150 for the mandatory forest vehicle ride


Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta Peak is the highest mountain peak not only in Ooty but in the entire Nilgiri Mountain Range. Standing tall at a height of 8,652 feet above sea level, a hike to the top is one of the most physically challenging things you can do in Ooty.

If you are looking for places in Ooty to visit in one day and do not want to waste your time hiking, then you can enjoy a car ride to the top. This peak has road access and therefore the summit can be enjoyed by people of all ages and physical fitness. At the top, you will find unparalleled 360-degree views of the mountains and also a telescope house. 

Location: Doddabetta Peak, Tamil Nadu 643002

Timings: Daily; 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Price: Rs. 6 per person for adults
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Tea Estate View Point

Ooty is known for its delicious tea and rolling, green hills and its tea estates are what give it this particular character. You can choose to dive right into the heart of the town by visiting the Tea Estate View Point. At this viewpoint, you can spend your time soaking in the magnificent views or get a ticket to the Tea Factory and the Tea Museum.

Here, you can enjoy a trek amongst the tea plants, learn more about tea production and processing and get to know about the history of tea in the region. Apart from all these fun activities, you can also participate in tea tasting and sample some of the most famous and delicious blends that originate from the region.
Location: Doddabetta Peak, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643002

Timings: Daily; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Price: Rs. 10 per person

Honeymoon Boat House

If you are looking to make the most of your time and want to know more about convenient Ooty places to visit in one day, then a visit to the Honeymoon Boat House is a must on your list. Located not far from the Ooty Boat House, this relatively new boathouse is a much quieter but all the more romantic place to enjoy boat rides, especially for couples.

You can choose to ride pedal boats, rowboats and motorboats when at the boathouse, but the specialty of this place is its Kashmir-inspired Shikaras. You can ride these small boats and enjoy the surrounding scenery in peace.  

Lake Rd, Westmere, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643006

Timings: Open all-day 

Rs. 30 per adult

Thread Garden

The Thread Garden in Ooty is one of the most unique tourist places to visit in the region. It gets its name from the fact that it is a garden made up entirely of thread. This garden showcases around 150 species of realistic-looking flowers and plants, all made out of a technique known as ‘four-dimensional hand-wound embroidery.’

The garden sits right opposite the lake boathouse and enjoys a great reputation amongst both locals and visitors. The garden is the brainchild of a former professor by the name of Mr. Antony Joseph. He, along with his team of supremely talented women, created this magnificent handiwork exhibit which utilises 60 million metres of thread in 400 different colours to give them a realistic look.  

Location: Opp. Boat House, N Lake Rd, Kathadimattam, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM 

Rs. 30 per person


Kamraj Sagar Dam

Kamraj Sagar Dam, also known as the Sandynallah Reservoir, is located at a convenient distance of about 10 kilometers from the Ooty Bus Stand. It is a popular picnic spot and a shooting location for tourists and locals alike. What makes it a definite Ooty place to visit in one day is its proximity to the city center and its stunning natural beauty.

When here, you can try your hand at trout fishing, spend your time spotting a variety of birds as they come to the reservoir for food or go into the slopes of Wenlock Downs to enjoy nature trails. The place is particularly busy during the winter months as the mist settles on the water making for breathtaking scenery with the towering mountains in the backdrop. 

Location: Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Sholur, Tamil Nadu 643005

Daily; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Rs. 5 per person

Tea Factory & Museum

The Tea Factory and Tea Museum make up the perfect day out option for all tea lovers, when in Ooty. You can spend your day at the museum finding out about the history of tea growing in the region and get a peek into the different manufacturing processes involved in tea-making.

The museum and the factory are situated in a picturesque spot, offering 360-degree views of the lush, green Nilgiri hills. Other opportunities offered by the Tea Estate include tea tasting tours and walks into the surrounding tea gardens where you get to sample some of the finest blends. 

Doddabetta Road, Mel Koddapmund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643002

Daily; 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Rs. 10 per person

Stone House

Stone House is symbolic of the rich cultural history of Ooty and dates back centuries, right back to 1822 when its construction began. Stone House was the first bungalow which was constructed in Ooty and was known by the name of Kal Bangala or Stone Bungalow by the tribals, right from its inception.

This magnificent bungalow has stood the test of time and today is an excellent piece of Indian Heritage. These days, it is used as the official residence for the Principal of Government Arts College in Ooty. Built by John Sullivan, the place was acquired for a mere Re. 1 for an acre, at the time of its construction. 

Location: Government Arts College near Churchill Road in Ooty

Open all-day


Emerald Lake

If you are willing to travel 25 kilometers away from the town of Ooty, you will get to a small village by the name of Emerald Village. This place is home to its namesake lake, the Emerald Lake. People visit the lake to witness some dramatic sunsets and sunrises and to spend some time amidst nature.

The lake is home to a variety of fish and therefore attracts a plethora of birds, also making it a haven for bird watchers. When here, you can spend time venturing into the neighbouring tea plantations and also indulge yourself by buying the different tea products on offer. 

Location: Emerald Lake, Silent Valley, Tamil Nadu

Timings: Open all-day

Price: Free entry

Toda Hamlet

A visit to the Toda Hamlet is a great way of experiencing what the land which is known by the name of Ooty today, looked like two centuries ago! Before Ooty was on any maps and before it became this well-known tourist town, attracting people from all parts of the world, it was home to the Toda community.

You can spend your day in Ooty exploring one of the Toda Hamlets that are sprinkled in some remote parts of the land. These simple, tribal people live in small groups, with usually ten or so huts in one hamlet. The Toda huts are usually built in a semi-barrel shape, without windows and you might have to bend to enter the hut. The tribe’s lives revolve around their livestock and dairy products usually form the only source of livelihood.  

Location: Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 643002, India

Timings: Daily; 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Price: Free

Thunder World

If you are travelling with young kids to Ooty, then you need to take time out for a trip to Thunder World. This themed amusement park is also known by the name of Dinosaur Park because of the many dinosaur-themed sculptures sprinkled throughout the place.

The park is divided into different segments, namely Jurassic Jungle, the Vortex and the Haunted House. It also has a 5D theatre and a Camera Museum where you can learn more about the history of the device. The pack also has several eateries and snack joints to enjoy fresh food when you get hungry. 

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

Daily; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Rs. 10

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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 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
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
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.
"accommodation was awesome, manager and the staff were simply superb and kind. must go place\n\nthanks for the gloves"
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 trek with family, then this is the right one.
30 October 2020
We literally had the best time ever! This was our last trip before the world went into lockdown and we are so grateful & thankful to Thrillophilia and most importantly our cab uncle who went out of the way to show us the beauty of Coonor & Ooty! He was so welcoming towards our requests and very considerate. Thankyou Thrillophilia for giving us the best memories.
I booked this tour and it was amazing and all the places mentioned were covered. Everything was excellent including the staff and the people managing the trip. Thanks and cheers.
I visited Ooty with my friends. we took thrillophilia Ooty Coorg Package. It was an amazing trip everything war perfectly planned by the team, the stay was comfortable, the meals provided were very delicious. Thanks to thrillophilia. Looking ahead for visiting again.
We recently went to Kodaikanal and Ooty, and it was a fun experience. Both the cities are so beautiful with greenery everywhere, The rose garden in Ooty is so beautiful and the fragrance of roses is so captivating. We even explored and enjoyed a lot at the waterfalls and the view from Dolphin’s Nose was breathtaking. The entire trip was so well planned, the stays were comfortable, the driver was humble, Thanks for the memorable experience.
No words can describe the serenity and tranquility that you get to see in Ooty, it is worth your money. It was a great trip. Really satisfied with all the planning and stay booking done by the Thrillophilia team

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  1. Which are the best camping tours available in Ooty?

  2. Which are the budget friendly stays around Ooty under Rs 2000?

  3. What can we do in Ooty for one day?

    Ooty offers a plethora of experiences that can be had in a single day. These are

    - Partake in Adventure Camping
    You can pitch a tent and spend an evening under the stars at an adventure camp. The adventure part begins in the day time where you get to enjoy rafting, trekking, hiking, ATV biking and much more!

    - Visit the Rose Garden
    Ooty’s award-winning rose garden is one place you cannot afford to miss. Home to hundreds of varieties of roses, this garden is finely manicured and spread over neat terraces that cover acres of land.

    - Spend time at the Tea Factory & Museum
    You can submerge yourself completely in Ooty’s tea culture by visiting the Tea Factory and Tea Museum. The museum is a great place to learn more about Ooty’s history and the factory offers you a glimpse into the manufacturing part of the tea growing process.

    - Go to the Toda Hamlet
    The Toda tribal community has been a part of the Ooty landscape before the Britishers established it as a hill station. These people live in their old ways, in traditional homes, rearing their cattle in small hamlets. You can take time out to visit one of these to get a glimpse of their culture.

    - Stand at the Needle View Hillpoint
    Ooty has several hill points and Needle View is one of them. You can spend your time enjoying the stunning scenery of the surrounding Nilgiri Hills, choose to camp or watch a sunset or a sunrise from this viewpoint.
  4. Can we cover Ooty in one day?

    There are a lot of things that you can cover in Ooty in a single day but you definitely cannot visit all of them in 24 hours. You can surely create an itinerary which covers the things that you are most interested in and since many of the attractions are clustered together, you can tick many off your list in one go!
  5. How many days we can stay in Ooty?

    You can easily spend 3-4 days discovering the different things Ooty has on offer. From spending your time hiking and camping to paying a visit to the tea plantations, factories and museums, there is a lot to do in Ooty!
  6. What is special in Ooty?

    Ooty is largely known for its scenic beauty and tea plantations. You can spend your time here visiting the different tea plantations, going to different viewpoints or picnicking by quaint lakes.
  7. What is famous to buy in Ooty?

    When in Ooty, you can definitely buy dry food for gifting like tea and chocolate or even gourmet cheese! Handicrafts are also big in Ooty and you can dedicate your time buying different souvenirs and trinkets as memorabilia.