Nilgiris Places of Interest


Avalanche :

A break in the words at Cairn Hill presents an Avalanche of views, Strangely enough of a Country about 25 km from Ooty known as the Avalanche. It is on the way to Upper-Bhavani from Ooty via Emerald Camp. The gorgeous scenery at every turn is an experience of wonder and delight. The rivers from the top of the hill at Avalanche give a magnificent sight of the Avalanche Valley and reservoir.
Distance from various places
Bangalore 290 kms
Chennai 539 kms
Chidambaram 401 kms
Cochin 281 kms
Coimbatore 98 kms
Coonoor 18 kms
Guruvayur 227 kms
Hogenakal 328 kms
Kanniakumari 587 kms
Kodaikanal 236 kms
Madurai 325 kms
Mudumalai 57 kms
Mysore 155 kms
Nagore 470 kms
Palani 206 kms
Pondicherry 412 kms
Rameswaram 496 kms
Salem 205 kms
Tanjore 383 kms
Thekkady 455 kms
Tirupathy 362 kms
Tirunelveli 476 kms
Tiruvandrum 498 kms
Trichy 302 kms
Tuticorin 536 kms
Vellore 461 kms
Yercaud 237 kms

Botanical Garden :

It covers an area of 22 hectares.It is a treasure house of temperate flora, consisting of flowering trees, beautiful shrubs, colourful lilies, bulbous planets, enchanting orchids, curious cacti and succulents, pleasing pteridophytes, breath taking glass house plans and charming annuals with bright colours. Entrance Fees : Adult Rs.10, Children Rs.5, Camera Rs.30, Video Camera Rs. 500. Ph : 0423-2442545.


Cairn Hill :

It is situated about 3 km on the road to Avalanche Cairn hill. It is one of the few surviving original walks. The entrance road to the hill is flanked by dense cypress trees. It is a very good picnic spot.



Toda dwellings and lifestyle :
TodasThe Todas live in small hamlets called munds. The Toda huts, of an oval, pent-shaped construction, are usually 10 feet (3 m) high, 18 feet (5.5 m) long and 9 feet (2.7 m) wide. They are built of bamboo fastened with rattan and thatched. The front and back of the hut are usually made of dressed stones (mostly granite). This unusually small entrance is a means of protection from wild animals. The front portion of the hut is decorated with the Toda art forms, a kind of rock mural painting. Thicker bamboo canes are arched to give the hut its basic bend shape. Thinner bamboo canes are tied close and parallel to each other over this frame. Dried grass is stacked over this as thatch.The forced interaction with civilisation has caused a lot of changes in the lifestyle of the Todas. The Todas used to be a pastoral people but are now increasingly venturing into agriculture and other occupations. Although many Toda have abandoned their traditional distinctive huts for concrete houses, a movement is now afoot to build tradition barrel-vaulted huts and during the last decade forty new huts have been built and many Toda sacred dairies renovated.


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.

Glenmorgen :

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.

Golf Links

A forested and grassy area, partially home to a golf course.

Government Museum:

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.


The 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 railhead.


Kalhatty Water Falls (Tourist Spots Around Ooty) :

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 Trekking.

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 Around Ooty):

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 :

Situated between 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 orderly fashion.

Pykara  (Tourist Spots Around Ooty):

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 :

Tea plantations are present at a lower altitude and attract a large number of tourists by their picturuesque nature.


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 town.

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 & natural history.

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 College.

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 quiet road.

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 :


WaxMuseumHoused 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.



Adventure sports

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.


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