|Ooty Botanical Gardens||Located in Vannarapettai|
|Doddabetta peak||Just 10 kilometers from Ooty|
|Ooty Rose gardens||Situated in the heart of Ooty|
|Thread garden||Near the Ooty Lake|
|Ooty Lake||Located in Ooty of Nilgiris district|
|Avalanche||28 kilometers of Odyssey from Ooty|
|Emerald Lake||Nearly 25 km from Ooty|
|Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary||Located in Nilgiri District|
|Kalhatty water falls||13 kilometers from Ooty|
|Pykara||Mukurthi peak in Nilgiri mountain ranges|
|Glen Morgen||Located at a distance of 17 km from ooty|
|Raj Bhavan||Situated on the ridge of Western Ghats|
|The Ootacamund Club||Located quite close to the St. Stephen’s Church|
|Wax World||Situated in coonoor Road|
|Stone House||situated in the premises of Ooty Government Arts College|
|St. Stephen's Church||Located on the road to Mysore|
|Stone House||situated in the premises of Ooty Government Arts College|
|Hindustan Photo Films||Positioned about 5 kilometers from the Ooty railway station|
Ooty Botanical Gardens
Marquis of Tweed Dale, the then Governor of Madras Presidency established an English styled terraced garden at Ooty in the year 1847. This garden, renowned for its most colorful floral variety, is today known far and wide as Ooty Botanical Garden. Spread over the total area of about 22 hectares, this garden boasts of more than 1000 varieties of plants, trees and shrubs. Originally led down for the academic study of horticulture, this garden today attracts oodles of tourists from every corner of the country.
Extremely rare and exceptional species of exotic trees like paper bark tree, cork tree, and monkey puzzle tree, orchids, ferns and other plants adorn this picturesque Botanical Garden. A fossil tree which is considered to be more than 20 million years old allures the tourists to no extent. This astonishing willow botanical garden is also acclaimed for its Italian Style bordering that skirts the fringes of the garden.
Ooty Botanical Garden is blanketed over the slanting hills of beautiful Nilgiri Mountain Ranges at the elevation of about 2500 meters above sea level. Due to the slope, this garden is divided into six sections or grades namely: Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory, Fountain Terrace and Nurseries.
Horticulture Department of Tamil Nadu government is the in charge of maintaining the Ooty Botanical Gardens. The Annual summer festival which includes spring flower show, agro horticultural show, dog show and other cultural programs is the noteworthy feature of this garden that tempts tourists a great deal. This summer festival is organized during the months of April and May every year.
Doddabetta Peak nestled at the juncture of eastern and Western Ghats is the highest peak of the Nilgiri Mountain Ranges. The word Doddabetta means ‘Big Mountain’. Perched at the altitude of 2623 meters above the sea level, Doddabetta Peak offers an all-encompassing view of the meadows of Coimbatore and the headlands of Mysore. This spectacular apex of Nilgiri Mountain Ranges, Doddabetta Peak is located just 10 kilometers from Ooty. The forest department guards the entry to this terrain and you will have to pay some nominal entry fees.
At the top of this vertex, a restaurant run by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) is situated. This restaurant provides a very comfortable bed and breakfast. A telescope house is also established by TTDC at the Doddabetta Peak which offers a spectacular contour of Nilgiri hills and the transcendental array of the enclosing landscape. Witnessing the sunset from here is a real feast for your eyes. Doddabetta Peak is also the favorite terminus for the adventure seekers like hikers and trekkers.
Ooty Rose gardens
Situated in the heart of Ooty on the descending slopes of the Hill ‘Elk’, near Charring Cross at Vijayanagaram, this rose garden entices and tantalizes all the five senses of any soul. Covering the total area of approximately 10 acres, Ooty Rose Garden houses more than 17,000 varieties of rose flower. Hybrid Tea Roses, Black and Green Roses, Button Roses, Floribunda, Ramblers, etc are amongst the exceptional species of rose found in the Ooty Rose Gardens.
A special viewing tower named 'Nila Maadam’ is built in the premises of this rose garden from where the entire cajoling panorama of this Arcadia can be captured at a glance. Apart from the Ooty Botanical Gardens, Ooty Rose Gardens is also maintained by The Horticulture Department of the government of Tamilnadu
The World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) has bestowed the award of “Garden of Excellence" for the year 2006 upon the Ooty Rose Garden and has acclaimed it as the best rose garden in entire South Asia.
Thread Garden of Ooty is an abode of master craftsmanship and immeasurable creativity and a heaven for the lovers of art. A fine blend of aestheticism of artistry, grandeur of adroitness, paramount of dexterity and innovative human nature can be witnessed at the Thread Garden of Ooty.
Thread Garden is an artificial garden where the plants and the flowers are not real but all of them are woven into the semblance of natural flowers by thread. And the additional feature of this marvel of art is that, the weaving is done only by hands without using any needles. For undertaking this innovative experiment, the artists of Thread Garden developed a new technology of Hand wound embroidery. Consistent endeavors of 50 women artists for 12 long years today mesmerize thousands of tourists and art enthusiasts. More than 6 million meters of thread was used in this classic creation of masterwork of art.
The Thread Garden even sells these artistic plants and flowers. It’s just that when you take these thread plants home, you will have to take good care of them and not let the threads be exposed to the sunlight. The trip to Ooty can never be complete without visiting this eighth wonder of the world.
The official founder of ‘Ooty’, John Sullivan constructed an artificial lake in the year 1824 which today is popular by the name of ‘Ooty Lake’. The original lake built by John Sullivan was larger in size and enveloped most of the market area, the race course and the bus stand today. Later, the size of the lake was reduced to its current stature of 4 square kilometers. Until 1973, the Ooty Lake was mainly used for fishing when it was handed over to TTDC to be developed as a tourist destination.
Eucalyptus groves embroidering the outskirts of the lake add to its artistry and create a very scenic panorama. A mini garden, an amusement park and the mini train adjacent to the lake multiply the loftiness of the vicinity and delight both kids and adults. Boating is the major attraction here and myriads of tourists alight here to enjoy drifting in the serene waters of the Ooty Lake.
A 28 kilometers of Odyssey from Ooty reaches you to the paradise on the earth – Avalanche. Located quite close to the Emerald Lake, Avalanche is a very scenic place that promises a delightful time of your life. A climb to the peak of Avalanche hill will offer you the breath taking and rectifying vista of magnificent surrounding valley. At several spots in the valley of Avalanche, the woods are so thick and dense that the sunlight can’t penetrate it and it gives a feel of night even during a proper sunny day. A wide range of variety birds dwell in the Avalanche forest which makes it a perfect destination for those who love bird watching. Avalanche is an enchantment personified in its real sense.
Emerald Lake, located nearly 25 km from Ooty is a premium marvel of nature and an additional bonus for the lovers of nature and beauty. Situated at the highland planes of Nilgiri Hills, Emerald Lake is one of the must visit picnic spots near Ooty. The picturesque circumferential valley embellished with an astounding vista created by the amalgamation of colors at dusk and dawn make this place a wonderful get away.
‘The Red Hill Nature Resort’ is a famous nature resort located facing the glittering Emerald Lake that provides a luxurious bed and delicious breakfast to the visitors. Housed in a 125 years old building, this resort carries an air of past aura and grandeur. The surrounding tea gardens and the sparkling waters of the lake augment the beauty of the plateau. Emerald Lake also offers the fun activities like fishing and bird watching and adventure sports like trekking and mountain biking. This is a perfect get away in the lap of Mother Nature. .
Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, the most incandescent jewel in the casket of Nilgiri district and a pride of Ooty is situated at the juncture of three states: Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka, where the Eastern and Western ghats intersect. Situated at the altitude of 1140 meters, this sanctuary covers the vast area of 321 sq. kilometers. It is approximately 36 km from Ooty via Kalhatti. Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is regarded to be one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries of India and Tamilnadu Government has announced it as an official ‘Tiger Reserve’.
This wildlife sanctuary is characterized by dissimilar geographical features like tropical evergreen forest, moist teak forest, wet lands blanketed with swamps, and grass lands. Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary sheltering a various species of fauna offers an adventure based sight seeing.
Wild animals like tiger, leopard, panther, wild dog, elephants, wild boar, sloth bear, porcupine, hyena, jackal, langur, bonnet macaque, mouse deer, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, rodent, flying squirrel, etc reside in this wildlife sanctuary in their natural habitat. At present, 48 tigers are protected in this tiger reserve. Along with all other animals, these tigers too stroll freely in the sanctuary.
Approximately 227 varieties of bird species dwell here. They include fairy blue birds, jungle fowls, hornbills, minivets and many others. Reptile species like Python, snakes, flying lizard, monitor lizard, and many more are found in this wildlife sanctuary. Other than that, 110 species of insects, 62 species of carnivores, and 12 species of omnivores inhabit this sanctuary.
Other than that, Mayor Waterfalls, Theppakad Elephant Camp and Ombetta Swamp are additional attractions of Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. TTDC has set up a rest house and a youth hostel in the sanctuary where tourists and adventure seekers can lodge. The sanctuary can be visited from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Kalhatty water falls
13 kilometers from Ooty on the Ooty – Mysore road you will come across a marvel of nature - Kalhatty Water Falls. The vivid charisma of the waterfalls, the thickets canvassing the surrounding landscape and the trekking and hiking opportunities offered here render this place a popular tourist attraction. Kalhatty Water Falls are located at the altitude of 2000 meters and the water comes down cascading from the height of 36 meters.
The rout that will reach you to these waterfalls passes via Kalhatty Ghats. This road is enriched with extremely spectacular scenery and elegant natural beauty on both the sides. The Kalhatty waterfalls are seasonal and come to life only during the months between September and November. To reach the waterfalls you can board a bus from Ooty, but the bus will reach you only up to Kalhatty Village. The next two miles to your marvelous destination will have to be covered on foot.
Pykara River, the largest river of the Nilgiri district is held in tremendous esteem by Todas – the natives of this region. As the Ganges is to the Indians, Pykara is to the Todas. Pykara River initiates from Mukurthi peak in Nilgiri mountain ranges, turns north, passes through the hills and then turns west after reaching the edge of the Plateau. From the edge of the Nilgiri, Pykara River majestically drops down creating the imperial waterfalls known as Pykara Waterfalls. One of the drops is of 55 meters and the other is of 61 meters. Pykara falls and Pykara dam are situated just 20 kilometers from Ooty on Ooty – Mysore road.
Another beautiful place positioned at the same location is Pykara Lake. This lake surrounded by an exuberant green valley makes a favorite picnic spot. Boating in the Pykara Lake is the delight everybody is mad after. The boat house near the Pykara Lake is run by TTDC. The Toda huts, dark meadows and wildlife sighted here magnify the glory of this tourist’s destination. A luxurious stay is provided by the forest rest house set up near the Pykara Lake.
Glen Morgen, very popular for its tea plantations and eucalyptus hacienda, is the oldest tea estate of Ooty. Located Just 25 km away, Glen Morgen is a leading tourist destination around Ooty. Breathe taking views of surrounding valley, spangling waters of the lake lying at the foothills and the thrilling venture of Glen Morgan and Singara visits make up a memorable experience of your life. A guest house originally set up for the officers now serves the tourists that arrive here.
Raj Bhavan, a monument that stands basking in the glory of the historical heritage of Ooty, is situated on the ridge of Western Ghats on the outskirts of the town. Raj Bhavan served as the summer palace of the Governor of Madras when he used to visit Ooty to get a refuge from the biting sun and to enjoy the pleasant chill. This magnanimous architecture was constructed in the year 1877 by The Duke of Buckingham when he served as the Governor of Madras.
Raj Bhavan is a big mansion built overlooking the Botanical Gardens of Ooty. Painted in halcyon cream, the walls of the building is adorned with the portraits and paintings of the great Queen Victoria, George the fifth, the Duke of Buckingham, the British Governors, their ladies, and many other eminent celebrities of that era. Sir Arthur Havelock added a Ballroom to this mansion in 1900 and electric connection was provided to the building in the year 1904.
Magnifying the grandeur and beauty of the Villa, a well maintained garden is cultivated around the Raj Bhavan. Presently, this government building is occasionally used as a rest house when the Governor of Tamilnadu pays a visit to Ooty during summer. The Raj Bhavan is a perpetual memorandum of the majestic amplitude and eminent glory of the olden days of Ooty during the British Raj.
The Ootacamund Club
Located quite close to the St. Stephen’s Church and about a kilometer away from the Ooty railway station, the Ootacamund Club is considered to be one of the foremost clubs in Tamilnadu. This structure, built in 1831- 32 by Sir W. William Rumbold was originally constructed to house a hotel. But presently it serves as a club building. As the legend goes, the game of snooker was invented at this Ootacamund Club.
Wax world is a private wax museum set up in a 142 years old house. This museum houses wax statues of different celebrities from Indian culture, heritage and history. As the museum suffers from lack of funds, the tourists are requested to pay a visit. The entry fees being the only source of income, one must help in the preservation of history by paying a visit and contributing a little.
Built by John Sullivan, the Stone House was the first house of Ooty that was properly planned and constructed. The Stone house is situated in the premises of Ooty Government Arts College in old Ooty. Currently this house contains various government offices.
St. Stephen's Church
A significant landmark in the township of Ooty and amongst the oldest churches of this regency, St. Stephen’s Church is another feather in the hat of Ooty tourism. Apart from its religious credit, this church is renowned for its splendid architecture. The architecture of St. Stephen’s Church differs from that of other churches built during the same period. St. Stephen’s Church is built in wood, similar to that used in the construction of the palace of Tipu Sultan. Stained glass used in the composition renders a prominently gothic air to the structural style.
Hindustan Photo Films
Hindustan Photo Films, shortly known as HPF is a chief public enterprise and a major industrial unit of Ooty district. Positioned about 5 kilometers from the Ooty railway station, HPF is covers a prodigious area of more than 300 acres. The entire process of camera film production can be observed in this plant.
Inaugurated by Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India in 1967, HPF presently works in the field of production of Indu roll films. Other than that, they also manufacture Industrial X – ray films, Indu X – ray films, Indu aero graphic, Indu Bromide paper, Laser recording films, CAT films, Space photography films, direct print paper and many film processing chemicals.
Indu X – ray films of HPF are acclaimed as one of the best X – ray films all round the world. HPF uses latest technology in making the films used for different photography purposes and maintains international standards.