OOTY

Called the 'Queen of Hill Stations' picturesque, green Udhagamandalam better known as Ooty is the most popular hill station in the South. Located in the Western ghats at a height of 2240m, Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district where the two ghats meet. Nature has been generous with this region which is by far the most beautiful in the state. Apart from coffee andtea plantations, trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in Udhagamandalam and its environs. Summer temperature is rarely higher than 25°c with a minimum of 10°c and winter is are distinctly cooler with a high of 21°c and a low 5°c. Curiously enough, this slice of paradise remained unknown to the great southern dynasties and it took the British to discover it in the early 1800s. They were however, not the first inhabitants of this land as a tribe called Todas had been living there long before the British came, claiming that the Nilgiris had been their home since time immemorial. But the credit for modernising Udhagamandalam and making it accessible goes to the British who constructed the first railway line in the area and made it the summer capital of the Madras Presidency.

 
The Places To Visit
Site View
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Cairn hill
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Dodda Betta
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Glenmorgen
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Ketti valley view
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Tiger hill
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Wenlock downs
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Western Catchment
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Droog
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Lady Canning's Seat
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Lamb's Rock
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Wellington Staff College
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Dolphin nose
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Kodanadu View Point
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Bikkapathi reserve
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Longwood shoal
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Cherambadi
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Frog hill view
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Needle rock
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Rangasamy peak and pillar
Entertainment
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Botanical garden
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Children's Park
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Horse Racing
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Mukkurthi National Park
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Sim's Park
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Museum
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Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary
Falls / Lake
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Avalanche
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Kalhatty water falls
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Lake – Boat house
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Pykara Falls
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Bhavani(Upper)
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Laws Falls
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Katery Falls
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Elk Falls
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St Catherine falls

Ooty View point

  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 bill is flanked by dense cypress trees. It is a very good picnic spot.
 
  Dodda Betta
The eminent range of heights which runs North-South in the middle of the plateau, reaches its highest point at Doddabetta at about 8km 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 km 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 km of the winch travel passes through undisturbed sholas and wildlife habitat
 
  Ketti valley view
Located on the road to Coonoor, which is considered to he the second largest Valley in the World. This idyllic spot is a cluster of tiny villages that extend to the plains of Coimbatore and Mysore plateau.
 
  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 km leads to the spot where also situated one of the drinking Water reservoirs in the town. An almost closed cave in the vicinity is associated with religious legends
 
  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 Km 12 Mile from Parsons Valley . It consists of, Rolling Grassy downs interspersed with temperature sholas occupying depression and valleys. The landscape is extremely picturesque.
 
  Droog
17 kms from Coonoor. One has to go up to Nonsuch Estate and trek down for about 4 kms. In this spot a dilapidated fort is there which was said that Tippu Sultan used this fort as outpost. The peak stands at an elevation of about 2000metres and directly overlooks the plans.
 
  Lady Canning's seat
Lady Canning's seat is about 8 kms. from Coonoor bus stand and further along the same road as that to Lamb's Rock. It is perhaps the loveliest point in the heart of the woods. Lady Canning, the wife of the Viceroy, was found of this spot which commands a panoramic view of the numerous tea estates, Lamb's Rock, the Droog, the Lampton's Peak all could be seen one above the other and even Mettupalayam is visible at a distance.
 
  Lamb's Rock

This view point is situated within a reserve forest about 8 km from Coonoor bus stand. It is a view point from where striking panorama for ravines of Buliar and Kallar can be visited.

 
  Wellington Staff College
On the way to Coonoor from Ooty is Wellington , the military town with rows and rows of barracks. The headquarters of the Madras Regimental Centre, the Indian Army and the Defence Staff College are located here.
 
  Dolphin nose
This view point is located about 12 km from Coonoor near Tiger hills. You can get a beautiful view of the Catherine falls from here. Ideal to Visit in the morning.
 
  Kodanadu viewpoint
Kodanadu viewpoint It is about 18 kms from Kotagiri on the eastern edges of the Nilgiris. On either side of the road one can see the panoramic view of the tea estates and the view of the river Moyar is breathtaking. A watchtower is there to view the panoramic view of Rangaswamy peak and pillar. Bus services are available from Kotagiri.
 
  Bikkapathi reserve

 

Situated beyond Kookalthorai, about 10 km from Kothagiri. This very exciting forest reserve under the jurisdiction of the Forest Range Officer of Kattabettu at Kothagiri. Permission is to be obtained for a trek, which can he done only by foot from Kookalthorai or Masakal near by.

 
  Longwood shoal

 

The Longwood shola is the source of pure spakling water for the people living in Kotagiri town. This shola is an intergal part of the very fragile Nilgiri eco-system. The preservation of this shola forestic is very vital. The micro climatic conditions here contributes to making kotagiri one of the ideal climatic locations in the world. There is a very picturesque trekking path which goes through this serene shola.

 
  Cherambadi

 

35 kms. from Gudalur. It is extreme western corner which has plantations and mica mines. Sultan battery is very near.

 
  Frog hill view

 

It is 14 kms. from Gudalur on the way to Udhagamandalam-/ Gudalur road. From here one can see gigantic Frog shape of a hill view.

 
  Needle rock

 

Needle Rock : It is 8 km. on the way to Ooty Gudalur road, this view point gives you a 360 degree view. The sunset from here on clear days is guaranteed to take your breath away. A panaromic view of the Mudumalai Wild life Sanctuary and Gudalur town far below is a visual treat from this view point

 
  Rangasamy peak and pillar

 

It is 20 km from Kothagiri, (via: KilKotagiri). The Conical peak exudes an exhilarating view of the wild yet harmonious semblance of the country lying around. Topping 1785 m above MSL, the site is crucially sacred to the ‘Irulas'. North by west to the peak is a huge detached pillar of rock rising abruptly on all sides to a height of about 400-ft and is unclaimbable

Ooty Entertainment
  Botanical garden

 

This garden was laid out in 1847 by the Marquis of Tweedale and is spread over 55 acres. Lush green well maintained lawns, rare tree species (like the cork tree which is probably the only such tree in India, the paper bark tree and the monkey puzzle tree - monkeys cannot climb this tree), a 20 million year old fossilized tree, an Italian-style garden bordering a clear pool, a vast variety of flowering bushes and plants in myriad hues (exotic and ornamental), fern house with a vast range of ferns and orchids, are some of the many highlights of this garden. A flower show along with an exhibition of rare plant species is held every year in the month of May at this garden. The Garden is maintained by the Horticulture Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu and has a very wide variety of plants that include different types of roses, imported shrubs, rare flowering plants etc.

 
  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.

 
  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.

 
  Mukkurthi National Park

 

Located on the high altitudes of the Nilgiris, interspersed with temperate sholas. This park is also a part of Nilgiri Bio-sphere reserve and situated 40 km from Udhagamandalam. Trekking routes exist from Parsan valley, Portimund, Pykara etc. Trout fishing is recommended in the rivers and lakes of Mukurthi. Best Season: February to May, September to November. Wildlife Warden, Mahalingam buildings, Coonoor Road , Udhayagari-643001.

 
  Sim's Park

 

It is the tipper Coonoor on the Kothagiri road. It consists well - kept lawns, Ornamental flower-beds, various species of plants ferns and trees etc., Fruits and vegetable show is held during May evciy i year. Entrance Fees: Adult Rs. 5, Children Rs. 2, Camera Rs. 25, Video Camera Rs. 500.

 
  Museum

 

The Government Museum At Ooty The government museum, Mysore Road , Ooty has items of tribal objects, district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. It was set up in 1989, with a view to provide education benefits to the residing and visiting population of Nilgiris district. Tourist Information Admission: Free Timings: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Closed On: Fridays, Second Saturdays and National Holidays Ooty. This museum is under the control of the curator of museums. The museum has a varied collection of objectives related to the nilgiri district. It exhibits timber, kurinji flower, butterflies, wood carving, rock, etc. It also has a collection of the stone sculptures, bronze works, model of Toda hut and coins. A small museum, it has tribal bric-a-brac, and the arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu.

 
  Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary

 

Mudumalai is the home of about 25 tigers, 700 wild elephants, leopards, panthers, 1,000 gaur (Indian bison), bears, bonnet monkeys, horned antelopes, flying squirrels, hyenas and eagles. As the animals are quite elusive, you will need a combination of luck, patient and a good eye to see anything. There are also reptiles, such as pythons and big monitor lizards, and many species of birds. The park is 320 sq km. The vegetation varies from forest to grassland and swamps. There are over 200 species of birds in the park. The best time to come is January to June. It rains very heavy here in October and November. Sometimes the park is closed in April or May because of bushfires. The headquarters of the park is the village of Theppakadu in the middle of the park. Mudumalai is 60km from Ooty (2½ hr drive) and 100km from Mysore . The bus to Mudumalai usually takes the Sighur Ghat Road , which has beautiful views.

Ooty Lake/Falls

  Avalanche

 

Destiny is a functioning vegetable and dairy farm, located at Avalanche, 20 km from Ooty. Destiny"s 120 acres border the lakes formed by the reservoirs of the Emerald and Avalanche dams. It"s a perfect location for a holiday get-away. Destiny provides the opportunity to visit a farm and dairy, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, boating, fishing, horse riding, open Jeep rides and trekking. Accommodation includes 18 cabin-style rooms. The rooms are wood-floored and the deluxe rooms have functional fireplace. The large, classy dining area serves Indian, Chinese & Continental buffet

 
  Kalhatty water falls

 

It is about 13 km from Ooty on the Ooty 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.

 
  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 ran 01 Boats like Pedal Boat Row Boat Aqua Bike etc are available and 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.lO, Video Camera Rs.100.

 
  Pykara Falls

 

The Pykara is the largest river in the District. It is considered very sacred by the Todas. 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 km from Ooty. A wonderful boat house is maintained at Pykara Dam by the TTDC.

 
  Bhavani(Upper)

 

It is about 60 km from Ooty, 10 km from Korakundah and about 20 km from Avalanche. This is Naturalist's paradise. The area is rich with undisturbed wild habitat. From Bhangithappal via Sispera one can trek to Silent Valley .

 
  Laws Falls

 

7kms from Coonoor, set inside the Coonoor forest range with vast stretches of undisturbed sholas, the Laws falls is a paradise for naturalists. The water fall is very wild and rocky.

 
  Katery Falls

 

Katery Falls : A diversion from Coonoor on the Kundah Road about 1 km from kendala Village . Water from the Katery dam flows as a falls. This is one of the highest falls in the Nilgiris.

 
  Elk Falls

 

It is 7 km from Kothagiri and situated below Uyilatti village. The road passes through serenely laid out Badaga habitations. Enroute at the Kannerimukku village is found the first European house in the Nilgiris built by Collector Sullivan in the year l8l9. The two stroy house is now ruined. Though the water is full only in the wet months, the site is always worth a visit. It commands towards the north, an exquisite view of the valley of Kookal , one known for its famous oranges

 
  St Catherine falls

 

From Dolphin's Nose of Coonoor one can have a magnificent view of St. Catherine Waterfall, which is about 250 feet in height. But it can be reached from Kotagiri 8 kms away. To reach the top of the hills tourists should take a diversion at Aravenu on the Kotagiri-Mettupalayam road.

 

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