8 Best Waterfalls in Ooty - 2020 (With Photos and Reviews)
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Last Updated: 06 Sep 2020
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
Flights

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

Buses

The Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation has a fleet of buses connecting the hill station to nearby cities. With Inter-district movement of buses allowed in Tamil Nadu, this is the safest mode of travel.

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.

Waterfalls in Ooty include Catherin falls, Pykara falls, Laws falls, Kalhati falls, Halasana falls, Kolakambai waterfalls, Elk falls, and Katary falls.

Ooty, the quaint hill station of Tamil Nadu features varied natural bounty among which the waterfalls in Ooty stand out in their natural charm, settings, physical features and the number of tourists they attract around the year.

Ooty is home to some of the ravenous waterfalls of Tamil Nadu and offers a perfect getaway for domestic and overseas tourists. Although monsoon is the peak season for waterfall hiking, some of the waterfalls in Ooty attract tourists throughout the year who want to go for nature study and adventure sports.

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Most of the Ooty waterfalls offer natural hiking trails amidst the thickets of tea and coffee plantations. The drop pools formed by the falls serve as water grounds for a black panther, wild dogs, wild buffaloes, and many more wild beasts.

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You can also spot the reclusive Sambar Deer who come for a quick drink from the pool. And last but not least, these waterfalls offer great vacation sites for touring with friends or family and trust us, it will be worth your visit.

Here are some of the best waterfalls in Ooty:

01

Catherine Falls

Catherine Falls
It is one of the most hunted waterfalls in Ooty which exudes a wonderful visual treat to nature lovers and a perfect refuge to wandering souls. Catherine Falls, named after that of the wife of a British coffee planter is also known as the Gaddhehaada Falls by the local folks.

The trail amidst the forest of Shola trees attracts groups of trekkers and adventurers round the year. Climbing atop the Dolphin's Nose
viewpoint you can enjoy a spectacular view of the twin waterfalls gushing down the hill slope.

Lulled by soothing air at the backdrop of the Nilgiris and nestled within unsullied natural bounty, Catherine Waterfalls is worth spending your time at.

Location
: Mettupalayam Road, Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu 643201

Distance
from Ooty bus stand: 16 Km approx.

Height
of the waterfall: 250 ft.
02

Pykara Falls

Pykara Falls
While preparing your itineraries for your next Ooty trip, don't forget to add Pykara Falls in your bucket list. This waterfall in Ooty offers a captivating view of the surrounding nature as it originates from the cliffs of Mukurthi hill negotiates the curves and cascades down into the Pykara Lake which is a heritage site and a chosen picnic spot.

The place has been inhabited by the Toda settlement down the ages and it is one of the few places where you can find them in their aboriginal habitat.

You can indulge in fun activities like basking in the sun by the Pykara Lake or go for boating across the water strips formed by the waterfall. Take some warm clothing even during summer for your trip to the Pykara waterfall as the place becomes pretty chilling after sunset.

Location
: Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu- 643224

Distance
from Ooty bus stand: 23 Km approx. via NH 181

Height
of the waterfall: 55m and 61m respectively
03

Laws Falls

Laws Falls
It is one of the best Ooty waterfalls set amidst the lush thickets of the Coonoor forest range. The waterfall is formed by Coonoor River and is named after Col. Law, the builder of the Coonoor Ghat.

You can reach the bottom of the falls by negotiating a few steps across a slippery and rock strewn path. Being located at close proximity to the main road, the place attracts a huge crowd of tourists during the peak season just after monsoon when the waterfall takes in a majestic look.

It is an idyllic retreat for tourists who want to appreciate the pristine beauty of nature and spend a private vacation in her embrace.

Location
: Mettupalayam Road, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Distance
from the Ooty bus stand: 26 km approx.

Height
of the waterfall: 180 ft.
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04

Kalhatti Falls

Kalhatti Falls
If you are a die-hard nature lover and seek something more than mere holidaying, the Kalhatti waterfall in Ooty has to be on your agenda. The place is home to exotic flora and fauna which offers you the thrill of real wildlife adventure in the picture perfect hill stations of Tamil Nadu.

During monsoon, the place brims with tourists and photographers all day long who want to feast their eyes on the marvelous cataract gushing down in torrents from a high altitude. The sight may lead your heart to skip a beat or two, trust us!

The region around the Kalhatti Falls is conducive for trekking and other adventure activities. So don't forget to pack your trekking gear if you have made up your mind to explore the place at its length and breadth.

Location
: Sigur Ghat Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu -643001

Distance
from Ooty bus stand: 13 Km approx.

Height
of the waterfall: 45 meters
05

Halasana Falls

Halasana Falls
The Halasana Falls, also popularly known as the Oteh Kodaaru is one of the marvels of Tamil Nadu and hails as the second highest waterfall of the state.

Located in the privately owned Kollam By Estate the Ooty waterfall offers a spectacular visual treat to the beholders as torrents of water plunges into a crater from a dizzy height formed since time immemorial.

If you want to witness the effusive plunge of the waterfall from such massive height, you need to lie on your back and peep over its edge to get a clear view of the marvelous phenomenon as hiking up to the waterfall is a perilous journey that has often lead to fatal accidents in the past.

The places of visit near the Halasana Falls are Mukurthi National Park, Karteri Falls, Mudumalai National Park, Elk Falls, Kolalambai Falls, and Kalhatti Falls.

Location
: Dindigul district, Ooty, Tamil Nadu -643001

Distance from Ooty bus stand
: 14 Km approx.

Height of the waterfall
: 150 ft.
06

Kolakambai Waterfalls

Kolakambai Waterfalls
The continuous flow of the cataract down the Kolakambai Hills of the Nilgiri mountain range makes it a must visit place for the day- trippers and trekkers. The trail to the highest waterfall in Ooty is absolutely stunning with diverse biota and offers a perfect setting for adventure pursuits like trekking, hiking, and biking.

Being close to the bustling city Coimbatore, tourists often take a stopover at Coimbatore airport to reach their destination.

Don’t forget to stalk around the other popular tourist spots of this region viz. Avalanche Laker, Doddabetta, Droog Fort, Nilgiri Mountain Railways, Mukurthi National Park and the list goes on!

Location
: Nilgiri district of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu-643001

Distance from Ooty bus stand
: 46 Km approx.

Height of the waterfall
: 400 ft.
07

Elk Falls

Elk Falls
Located about 7 Km from Kotagiri in the midst of the idyllic Echoing Valley of the south Nilgiri district the waterfall is worth your visit at any time of the year let alone during monsoon when it emanates a celestial charm of its very presence.

The Badaga Habitations, a serenely laid out woodland area of tea and coffee plantation will take you to a different world as you hike along this region to reach up to the waterfall.

If you plan to visit Elk Falls during monsoon you can enjoy the succulent mellow orange grown in the Kookal Valley, which is one of the tastiest varieties of oranges grown in the world. There are a number of heritage cottages of the colonial era that provide plush accommodation to the lodgers.

Location
: Mettupalayam Road, near Uyilathi Village, Kotagiri, Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Distance from Ooty bus stand
: 41 Km approx.

Height of the waterfall
: 100 meters approx.
08

Katary Falls

Katary Falls
It is one of the most visited waterfalls in Ooty and the third largest of the Nilgiris. Being located at close proximity to the picture perfect hill station of Coonoor, the waterfall takes up a spectacular view of an endless cascade bridging the earth with the sky during monsoon.

Another major attraction of the place is the Kathary Hydroelectric System located near the Katary falls which produces about 1000 KW mechanical energy from the free-flowing watercourse. It is also the first hydroelectric power project of India and a must visit spot in your Ooty trip.

Location
: Adikaratti, Tamil Nadu- 643213

Distance from Ooty bus stand:
13 Km via NH 181

Height of the waterfall
: 180 metres
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  2. Which are the top camping sites in Ooty?

  3. Which are the famous tourist spots in Ooty?

    Ooty, also known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations' has a plethora of tourist spots. Here is a list of the best places to visit in Ooty:

    1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway (It is the steepest track in Asia and as the train takes you to the higher altitudes, you will experience how treasured Nilgiri is)
    2. Rose Garden (Located on the slopes of Elk Hills, it has a wide variety of roses and other flowers)
    3. Ooty Lake (A lake, artificially constructed just for the fishing purpose has now become one of the most popular tourist places in Ooty)
    4. Needle View Hillpoint (You can climb up the rocks and get a panoramic view of the splendid scenery spread here)
    5. 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)
  4. What are the places I can visit in Ooty in 2 days?

    Places to visit in Ooty in 2 days comprises of  the Ooty Lake, Wenlock Downs, Pykara Falls, Kolakambai Falls, Rose Gardens, Tea Factory, and Doddabetta Peak in two days if you plan well. You must take up an ideal tour package inclusive of the places you wish to visit and activities you wish to indulge in as per your preference.
  5. Is Ooty worth visiting?

    Yes, every bit of Ooty is worth the last penny you spend to visit it. Known as the Switzerland of India, Ooty is considered as the Queen of Hill Stations. Laden with picturesque flora and fauna, enormous temples commingled with ancient artistic creativity, English-style retreats, botanical gardens, scintillating waterfalls, and calming lakes, Ooty is a place you cannot miss out.
  6. Which is the highest waterfall in Ooty?

    Cascading from a height of 400 feet, the Kolakombai Falls is the highest waterfall in Ooty. Witness the breathtaking sight of the loads of water cataract down the Kolakombai Hills. Ideal for trekking, biking and hiking, the trail to the top of this waterfall is one of the most popular things to do among the adventure seekers.
  7. What is the best time to visit Ooty?

    The winter season is considered the best time to visit Ooty as the weather becomes quite pleasant at this time as compared to the other parts of South India. Starting from October to June, Ooty experiences flocks of tourists from all over the globe as the temperature oscillates around 25 degrees Celsius, making it ideal for sightseeing and travelling.
  8. How do you get to Catherine falls in Ooty?

    Catherine Falls is located at Kotagiri which is around 36 Km away from Ooty. The place is well-connected to the roadways via the Kotagiri-Mettupalayam Road, therefore it is absolutely convenient to reach by a personal vehicle, cab or bus.
  9. What is Ooty famous for?

    Ooty is famous for its waterfalls, Botanical Gardens, bustling markets, striking lakes, and the most prominent Tea factories. The panoramic view of the gleaming Nilgiri Mountain Range, clear skies and an array of tourist locations make this place a popular retreat among the tourists.
  10. Where can I go shopping in Ooty?

    You can head to Charing Cross, Tibetan Road, Ooty Lake, Main Bazaar, or Commercial Street, to satiate your shopping cravings. From winter clothing to locally produced tea, fruit cheese, essential oils, chocolates, and handicrafts, the markets in Ooty brim with goods that would certainly lure the interest of a shopaholic.
  11. What is there to do in Ooty at night?

    There are a lot of things to do in Ooty at night as the setting sun adds more glitters and jitters to this mesmerising destination. Get a whiff of a happening nightlife in Ooty as you enjoy an adventure laden Jeep safari amidst the wild, explore the surreal valleys, stargaze by the calming lakes, go for an outdoor dinner with your beloved or enjoy a campfire with music all through the night.