Children’s Park :
A lovely Children’s park is in the Eastern end of the lake. The lawn and the budding flowers over looking the lake water and grass filled ground will tempt every child to enjoy the atmosphere and make them play joyfully. The view of
St.Thomas Church, the moving mountain railway from the railway station, the boating and rowing, the rare horse race etc. are the unique scenes in this garden.
Dodda Betta (Tourist Spots Around Ooty):
The eminent range of heights which runs North-South in the middle of the plateau, reaches its highest point at Doddabetta at about 8kms East-Southeast from Ooty. Its height is 2636 meters. Doddabetta is the highest peak of the Nilgiris District. The Snow down hill (2530m), the Club hill (2448m) and the Elk hill (2466m) along with the Doddabetta, form among themselves the impressive Udhagamandalam Valley.
It is about 17 kms from Ooty bus stand and an ecologically rich forestry spot. There is an Electricity Board winch which carries staff from Glenmorgan view point to power house at Singara. All the 4 kms of the winch travel passes through undisturbed sholas and wildlife habitat.
A forested and grassy area,
partially home to a golf course.
History collections, coins,
sculptures, bronzes and anthropological
exhibits. A good collection of tribal materials
of The Nilgiris are also on display. 10 to 1
p.m. & 2 to 5 p.m. Located at Bali House, 70,
Mysore Road, Udagamandalam - 643 001.
Horse Racing :
The Race Course is situated in
the heart of the city. Running area about 2.4 km
long and is one of the famous race courses in
India. It is a very popular sport during the
summer months of April, May and June.
beautiful journey by the Nilgiri
mountain toy train promises to give you
a really memorable experience.
Travelling at a maximum speed of 33 km
per hour, the train passes through 16
tunnels, forest-clad hills and lush
green tea-plantations, and rumbles
across tall girder bridges. The fresh
clean air and the breathtaking views are
not to be forgotten easily. Also
sometimes called the Queen of Indian
Hill Stations, this little hill resort
in Tamilnadu nestles about 2,600m above
sea level and has a pleasant climate all
the year round. The journey up begins at
Mettupalayam and covers the distance of
46 kms in 4 hours. Mettupalayam is one
of the railway mainlines to Chennai and
Coimbatore, 90 kms away, is a major
Kalhatty Water Falls (Tourist Spots Around
It is about 13 kms from
Ooty on the Ooty-Mysore road via the Kalhatty
Ghats. Best time to visit this falls is
September to November. The fall is about 40 m
high. This is among the Best Places for
Ketti Valley View :
Located on the road to Coonoor, which is considered to be the second
largest Valley in the World. This idyllic spot
is a cluster of tiny villages that extended to
the plains of Coimbatore and Mysore plateau.
Lake - Boat House :
This lake known famously as “Ooty
Lake”. The lake was constructed in 1823-1825 by
Mr. John Sullivan, the first collector of Ooty.
A wide range of Boats like Pedal Boat, Row Boat,
Aqua Bike etc. are available. Dancing Cars, Mini
Train are added attractions here. This Boat
house is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Tourism
Development Corporation. Entrance Fees Rs.5,
Camera Rs.10, Video Camera Rs.100. Ph :
0423-2444053. Lake Park Jolly World : It is
located at the Lake Boat House.
Mukkurthi National Park (Tourist Spots
Located on the
high altitudes of the Nilgiris, This park is
also a part of Nilgiri Bio-sphere reserve and
situated 40 km from Ooty. Trekking routes exist
from Parsan valley, Portimund, Pykara etc.
Parsons Valley Reservoir (Tourist
Spots Around Ooty):
This is the
primary water source for the town and is mainly
in a reserved forest and is thus largely
off-limits to visitors.
Pine Forest :
Ooty and Thalakunda. This tourist destination
known as pine forest (locally also known as
pinus forest) was once featured in the Tamil
movie song “Deena”. It is a small downhill
region where pine trees are arranged in an
Pykara (Tourist Spots
The Pykara is the largest river
in the District. The Pykara river rises at
Mukurthi peak. It passes through hilly tract,
generally keeping to North and turns to West
after reaching the Plateau’s edge. It gets down
majestically in a series of cascades; and the
last two falls of 55 meters and 61 meters are
known as Pykara falls. They are at about 20 kms
from Ooty. A wonderful boat house is maintained
at Pykara Dam by the TTDC.
Tea Plantations :
are present at a lower altitude and attract a
large number of tourists by their picturuesque
Tiger Hill :
East of Ooty town on the
lower lap of Doddabetta peak lies the
picturesque spot of Tiger Hill. A trek of about
3 kms leads to the spot where is also situated
one of the drinking-water reservoirs in the
Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural
history - Anaikatty
Salim Ali Center for ornithology
and natural history (SACON) is a national
institution devoted to the cause of conservation
of India's Biodiversity with focus on birds.
SACON is situated in the surrounding of
Anaikatty, 24 kms north - west of coimbatore
city, with in the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. It
is a centre of excellence funded by Govt. of
India. It conducts research in Ornithology
covering all aspects of related biodiversity &
St. Stephen’s Church
This one of the oldest churches
in the town, it architecture is essentially old
style with tall spires. It is located near the
District Court house building.
Stone House :
This was the first “Pukka” house
in Ooty, built by John Sullivan. It is situated
inside the premises of the Government Arts
Wenlock Downs :
A vast expanse of
understanding landscape offering Gymkhana Club,
the Government Sheep Farm and Hindustan Photo
Films Company besides pleasure of long stroll on
Western Catchment :
It is about 20 Kms/12 Mile
from Parsons Valley. It consists of Rolling
Grassy downs interspersed with temperature
sholas occupying depression and valleys. The
landscape is extremely picturesque.
Wax Museum :
Housed at a prominent 130 year old bungalow on Ooty - Coonoor Road (Near Aawin milk), this museum displays
life-size look-alike wax statues of famous people. Wax statue
making involves computerised digital imaging techniques,
traditional and conventional sculpting and molding
methodologies. Depending upon the complexity, the cost of making
a wax statue varies between Rs.3 lakhs - 15 lakhs. The statues
are made by a business man / Engineer Shreeji Bhaskaran as a
hobby. He is also famous for making the wax statues of “The Last
Supper” (22 feet in length and 500 kgs of wax) which was
unveiled and blessed at the Art Gallery of the SE Cathedral
(World Heritage building) in Old Goa by His Eminence Cardinal
Paul Poupard, the President, Council for Inter religious
Dialogue at the Vatican on 20th November 2006. This museum was
inaugurated by Sri. Santosh K.Misra, Collector, Nilgirs district
in March 2007. The museum has become “A must see” of Ooty.
Timings 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. Ph : 9486632233. Entrance
fee Rs. 20. No ticket for children below 10 years.
The diverse landscape of Ooty offers an
opportunity to explore number of
adventure sports and recreational
activities, including hang gliding.
Located around 20 km from Ooty,
Kalahatty in the mountain ranges of
Nilgiris is a world-class site for hang
gliding. This adventure sport involves
hanging suspended by a harness from a
large type of kite that is known as hang
glider. Kalahatty has a launch area that
can be reached by a jeep. From March to
May, hang gliding training courses are
organised in Ooty.