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Places to visit in Ooty

When you travel to Ooty, you will love to visit popular sightseeing tourist attraction in Ooty and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Ooty, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Ooty to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Ooty things to do can include exploring Ooty attractions and visiting the Ooty point of interest. Ooty is also one of the most famous and most visited honeymoon destinations. There are plenty of options honeymooners can do over here.

Attractions in ooty


Fernhill Palace is a bungalow that was constructed in 1844 and served as a summer outing for Maharaja of Mysore. It is a historical place, reflecting the long gone colonial history of India. Raj Bhavan of Dodabetta was also a summer retreat for the governors of Madras. Duke Buckingham (then Governor of Madras) built this building in 1877. His portrait along with other portraits of important English personality has been well kept inside this Government House. Second World War Memorial Pillar is dedicated to war heroes who sacrificed their lives in the wars of 1939 to 1945. This can be visited at Cantt Area.

The Second World War Memorial Pillar is dedicated to all the war heroes who sacrificed their lives in the wars of 1939 to 1945.


Black Thunder Theme Park is built on 65 acres of land. It is located 40 km from Ooty. Kids will enjoy different adventure rides and water games. There is a kid’s pool and an artificial volcano in the theme park that is the main attraction to kids.

Tourists can take their kids to Jolly World Children Park. It has several rides that children will absolutely love. There is also a go-kart track, which even adults can give a try! This children’s park is situated near Reflections Lake.


St. Stephen’s Church is located at the Club Road. It has been built 150 years ago and gives away the British architectural splendour. Has a beautiful interior and very serene atmosphere. Annamalai Temple, located at the Nilgiris is worth a visit. The temple may not be very big but the environment is peaceful and the surrounding views are also great. Ramakrishna Mutt in main town is a calm and serene place. It has a big hall for meditation.

Annamalai Temple is one of the things to do in Ooty, one can visit the Annamalai Temple located in the Nilgiris. The temple is known for its peaceful surroundings.


The Government Museum is situated on Mysore Road. It preserves different artifacts related to tribal culture and different art forms done by tribal people. For tourists interested in history, the Stone House (built in 1822) and its museum showcasing some relics will be a great visit. Tea lovers will take a great interest in Tea Museum, located near the tea factory of Dodabetta. Honey and Bee Museum provides information about bees, bee harvesting by tribal and honey making process.

Stone House was built in 1822, the Stone House is known for showcasing some of the greatest relics from the Indian history, making it a paradise for history lovers.


As one of the best things to do in Ooty, one can visit the Botanical Garden of Ooty. It is house to more than 650 species of flora and fauna.Maintained by theOoty tourism, these gardens are known for their unparalleled beauty and houses extensive flora and fauna.The garden spans for 22 hectares of land. Horticulturists would definitely love to visit this garden. The main attraction is a fossil tree (about 20 million years old) that rests in this Botanical Garden. Sim’s Park is another botanical garden that attracts many tourists. It is located at the Nilgiris district near Coonoor. There are different unusual varieties of plants brought from different parts of the world. Major Murray and JD Sims built this garden in 1874. The Government Rose Garden located in the centre of Ooty is a beautiful place spanning over 10 acres. Tourists come to this garden to see different varieties of blooming roses.

Sim’s Park is located in the Nilgiris district near Coonoor, Sim’s Park is known for housing a number of exotic varieties of plants and flowers, making it a popular tourist destination.

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Pine Forest located on the way to Ooty from Thalakunda in Tamil Nadu, is a great retreat for nature lovers. This forest has gained fame after many Bollywood movies have been shot here. Ooty Lake is another natural beauty in Ooty. This is a 2.5 km long water body that meanders through Nilgiris. The Pykara Waterfall is located about 20 km away from Ooty. Tourists can enjoy picnicking, speed boat rides or just brisk walking through pine forests at this beautiful spot.


As one of the places to visit in Ooty, the Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak (8,606 feet). Tourists flock to get an awesome view of Nilgiris from this point.


This double cascading falls at Coonoor drops from a height of 250 feet. A breathtaking view of this falls can be enjoyed from Dolphin’s Nose.


This popular tourist attraction in Ooty is situated at a distance of 8 km from Coonoor. Some great views of the surrounding tea estates and Nilgiri Hills can be savoured from this point. It is good spot for outdoor picnicking.


Situated at the Snowdown Road in Ooty, this place is gifted with some stunning natural views. The Cauliflower Hills, nearby mountain falls and the Bhavani Amman Temple are some of the attractions of this lake region. It’s very clean and serene.


Another entry in the places to visit in Ooty list, Dolphin’s Nose is a popular vista point in Ooty (1,000 feet above sea level) is located in Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. A wonderful view of Catherine Falls can be enjoyed from here. The rock formation of this viewpoint resembles a dolphin’s nose and hence got the name.


The Tribal Research Centre in Ooty, provides knowledge about tribal art, culture and their tradition. Tourists can see the various artifacts, Toda huts and souvenirs that are well kept at this center. Tourists can visit the Holy Trinity Church, which is 150 years old. It has a very peaceful and quiet atmosphere for worship. To see different arts, crafts and sculptural works of Tamil Nadu, tourists can visit to the Government Museum of Ooty, situated at the Mysore Road, at a distance of 2 km from Udhagamandalam.

Activities in ooty

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For adventure lovers, there are quite a number of activities to take part in. Hang gliding courses and events are organized in Ooty. The Tamil Nadu government organizes it between March and May. Prior booking is required. Mountain biking is also a much loved adventure activity through the mountain trails of Ooty. Tourists have to pay for each lap of biking. There are many trekking locations in here. Spotting wild animals like Nilgiri tahr, macaque and Nilgiri langur is added bonus of trekking in the mountains of Ooty.

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Many resorts in Ooty organize yoga sessions. Yoga is good for mind, body and soul. To relax tourists can attend some of the yoga sessions and Ayurvedic treatments for wellness. This beautiful scenic place is ideal for practicing yoga. Beside this, angling is another way to relax in this hill station. There are many lakes, which encourage fishing.

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Nature loving tourists can go to Ooty Lake and enjoy its beauty or take a boat ride. There are many other lakeside tourist spots in Ooty like Avalanche Lake, Pykarak Lake and Bellikkal Lake. Botanical Garden is another haven for nature enthusiasts. A variety of plants can be seen here. To savour the surrounding scenic natural views tourists can go up to different viewpoints like Mukurti Peak, Doddabetta Peak, Dolphin’s Nose, Lamb’s Rock and many more such places for the same. 

Food in ooty


Some of the best restaurants in Ooty are Blue Hills Restaurant (Indian food), Glyngarth Villa Restaurant (Chinese food), Hotel Pankaj Bhojanalaya (Vegetarian meals), Hyderabadi Biryani House (Biriyani) and Domino’s Pizza (Italian pizza). 


Tourists at hill station of Ooty can try out a variety of cuisines offered at the local restaurants. The local dishes of Ooty resemble the regular Tamil Nadu cuisine consisting of idly, rice, sambar, dhosa, vada, uttappam and coffee. Tourists can try out the local cuisine along with Chinese, Continental, Italian, American and other vegetarian meals on the menu.

Shopping in ooty


Tibetan Market is a very old and popular flea market in Ooty. This market is especially known for selling different varieties of woollen clothing at cheap rates. It is located right at the opposite of Botanical Garden’s entrance. 


Some well known departmental stores are Shivani Stores, Suraj Home Needs, Mahalakhmi Stores, Saji Provision Store and Mohan Departmental Store catering to all kinds of food and grocery needs. At the Club Road, there is a fantastic shop named Green Shop that sells fresh fruit and vegetables. The organic strawberries and avocadoes are highly bought by tourists visiting this hill station. For fresh packs of tea tourists can go to Dodabetta Tea Factory store. Higginbothams is one of the very oldest bookstores in Ooty. It is located at the Commissioner’s Road in the Town Center.


The Shopping Center in Ooty is a popular street market that can be visited at the Commercial Road. A good number of local vendors come and set up their stalls to sell souvenirs and other handcrafted items. The handmade tribal knick-knacks make great gift items.

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