1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, commonly known as the Toy Train in Ooty, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the popular hill town of Ooty. The Toy Train travels 46 kilometers in 5 hours and offers breathtaking views along the way. The Nilgiri Mountain Train will take you on a beautiful journey up and down the green and beautiful slopes, weaving through woods, dark curving tunnels, sharp turns, as well as mist and fog. The train ride through the breathtaking mountains is made even more memorable by the dazzling sunlight above and the dreamy misting. Apart from providing a magnificent experience, the trip’s distinctiveness comes in the fact that the rail system is Asia’s highest and well worth experiencing.
Address: Mountain Railway, Rajiv Gandhi Circle, Near Mysore Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643003
Nearby Attractions: Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Pykara Lake, Pykara Falls, Upper Bhavani Lake, Doddabetta Peak.
2. Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake is situated in Emerald Village, approximately 20-22 kilometers from Ooty’s main city, and is part of the Nilgiris District’s Silent Valley National Park. It is one of the unknown areas of the South Indian hill station that has yet to be intruded upon by the crowds of tourists who come to the area every year. For nature enthusiasts, Emerald Lake is an excellent place in Ooty. Tourists come to see the beautiful splendor of the lake, as well as the beautiful Nilgiri slopes and tea plantations surrounding it. It’s a photographer’s paradise because the beautiful scenery provides the perfect subject and composition.
Timing: 6.00 AM to 5.00 PM
Address: Emerald Village, The Nilgiris, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 623704
Nearby Attractions: Yoho National Park, Takakkaw Falls, Natural Bridge
3. Hidden Valley
Coonoor is known as the Hidden Valley, it is a golf course located just outside of Wellington. The majority of tourists are unfamiliar with this location because it requires a hike through lush green and dense forests to reach it. As a result, there is no direct common route to this area. In the visitor’s eyes, the panorama of some of the most stunning mountains, along with the sight of vegetation, forms a lovely picture of the landscape. The beautiful surroundings and relaxing atmosphere will provide you with a relaxing trip and a great deal of pleasure in your soul. For hikers and wildlife enthusiasts, it is a great treat.
Timing: Open 24/7
Address: Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, 643102
Nearby Attractions: MRC View Point (1km), Wellington Lake(1km), Sim’s Park(9km), Tea Museum Coonoor(15km)
4. Lamb’s Rock
Lamb’s Rock, also named Echo Rock, is a viewpoint within a reserve forest about 8 kilometers from the Coonoor Bus Stand. Watch out for a sheer drop of several hundred meters with a breathtaking view of broad forest areas all the way to the plains of Coimbatore. The trees turn brightly colored between January and March. A large forest reserve is located beneath the rock. A Hullical ravine with the Coonoor river is on the right. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and can be reached on the route to Dolphin’s Nose or the Seat.
Timing: 8.30 AM to 6.30 AM
Address: Lamb’s Rock, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, 643101
Nearby Attractions: Lady Canning’s Seat, Dolphin Nose, Rallia Dam, Sim’s Park
5. Pykara Lake and Falls
Pykara Lake is the result of the river’s dam and power plant. The river tumbles down the rocks a few hundred meters north of the lake to form the famous Pykara Falls. The nearby Boat Club adds to the attractiveness of this little panoramic tourist complex among the hills. Most Kollywood or Tamil film directors have shot movie scenes and songs around this beautiful lake. In this area, the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) operates a boathouse, rest house, and restaurant. For thrilling trips on the lake, speedboats and motorboats can be rented. The boathouse is a wonderful spot to chill, relax, and eat delicious food.
Timing: Mon-Fri :9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sat – Sun :9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Address: Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, 643224
Nearby Attractions: Mudumalai(29km), 6thMile(12km), 9thMile(9 km), Bison valley (10km)
6. Rose Garden
The Government Rose Garden is India’s largest rose garden. It is located at a distance of 2200 meters on the slopes of Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram, Ootytown. This garden now contains over 20,000 rose varieties and 2,800 cultivars. It has one of India’s largest rose collections.
You could also discover really rare exotic roses, as well as roses in unique colors like black and green. The setting sun and the abundance of roses all around you provide the ideal setting for a romantic evening with your important one. The only one we can suggest is don’t miss out on this occasion.
Timing: 8.30 AM to 6.00 PM
Address: Bombay Kist, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 643001
Nearby Attractions: Doddabetta(8.1km), Botanical Garden (1.9km), Ooty Lake (3.9km), Thread Garden (3.9km), Thunder World (2.4 km)
7. Botanical Gardens
One of Ooty’s most popular tourist attractions is the Government Botanical Gardens. The well-organized, well-maintained botanical gardens are another for any visitor destination in Ooty. They are the Lower Garden, which has a fern house with 127 species of ferns; the New Garden, which has a rose with a lot of natural floral carpets and natural ponds; the Italian Garden, which was placed out by Italian Warriors from the First World War; the Music school, that has many groups of flowering plants; If you have to be in Ooty during that time, you need to see the Flower Show, which is held as part of the Summer Festival.
Timing: Mon-Fri:9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Address: Nilgiris, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 643001
Nearby Attractions: Doddabetta (6.7km), Rose garden (2.2km), Ooty lake (4.0km), Thread Garden (4.0km), Thunder world (2.6 km)
8. Tea Factory
For a tea lover, hardly anything equals a visit to a tea estate including tea tasting sessions. Highfield Tea Estate, about 2 kilometers northeast of Upper Coonoor, is a 50-year-old tea factory with the aroma of freshly brewed tea of exquisite types streaming through the atmosphere all day.
The tea estate tours are designed to be study tours for tea enthusiasts who get to see the tea processing in person. Because the estate is surrounded by eucalyptus trees, there is a unique tour to learn about eucalyptus oil extraction. Visitors can purchase flavored tea packs and other goodies from a little tourist shop.
Timing: Mon-Fri : 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Sat – Sun : 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Address: Dolphin’s Nose Rd, Alwarpet, Burliyar, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, 643103
Nearby Attractions: Doddabetta (4km), Botanical Garden(3.5km), Rose Garden (4.5km), Ooty Lake (7km), Thunder World (6.3km)