This is the highest peak in the Nilgiri region and is about 10 kilometres from the city of Udhagamandalam or Ooty. The main attraction here is the center for tourists on the peak of this hill. There is an observatory on the top floor of this tourist center and there are twin telescopes hre. From the glass paned observatory, with the help of telescopes, you get awesome views of the whole district till far away places.
Home to more than 650 species of plants and herbs, this is a prime attraction in the Queen of Hill Stations which is Ooty. There are a number of rare species of plants and herbs here along with a number of varieties of flowers. The main attraction here is the monkey's puzzle tree which has a strange shape and the name is given because even monkeys fail to climb this tree. There is also a paper bark tree and also a fossilized tree. The other sections of this garden are the Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Fountain Terrace, conservatories and fountains. The Government also organizes a check everyday via the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu. The Summer Festival is a sight to behold out here.
Located in the main hill station of the Nilgiris which is Ooty, this is a lean and large lake. People come here for site- seeing, photography or boating usually. Other than this, picnics are a common site here because spending fun time with the family amidst such natural beauty is sheer happiness. There is also a boat house here from where you can hire boats. You get an option when it comes to the type of boats. You can anything from speedboats to the normal ferry boats. The latter can usually carry about 8 persons which means the whole family can enjoy a boat trip together.
This is the prime attraction of Ooty and is an artificial lake which was constructed by John Sullivan in the year 1824. This was made by making dams run by the waters from the river which flowed down to the valley region. The main motive was to help fishermen by making fishing ferries out here. T^he lake is beautiful and is surrounded by eucalyptus trees and one one side runs a railway line too. The boathouse from where you can hire boats of all kind. This was opened by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Department and boating is the main activity near this place. During the summer season, anumber of boat races and paegentries are held here.
Nothing but a watchpoint, Dolphin's Nose is very close to Kannur or Coonoor. The adventure filled path is misty and has criss- cross routes after which you reach the final point. Also, this place is best visited early in the morning to experience the true beauty of it. The foggy mornings are the best times when you can enjoy an awesome view of the Catherene Falls from. Apart from this, the view of sunrise is picturesque too.
Originally named as the Government Rose Garden or the Jayalalitha Rose Garden after the name of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, this is a wonderful place to spend time in. This garden is spread over a hilly area and it is an extremely beautiful and romantic place. You should best visit this place during mid- summer to find the roses in full blossom. The different colours and the sweet fragrance of the flowers are just awesome. This place is perfect for spending time during the afternoons on the lush green fields of this rose garden.
Everything about this place is mesmerizing! This lake is about 30 kilometeres from Ooty and the road in between is not very smooth but the trouble taken is always worthed. Eco tours are orgsanized here by the Forest authorities and these are worth enjoying. You can also enjoy walking around the picturesque surroundings or just sit and relax.
Dodabetta Tea Museum and Factory
When we are talking about the best hill station of the nilgiri range we are always talking about Ooty or the Udhagamandalam. There are a number of mountains which are close to it and are a part of the Nilgiri Hill Range. Out of these the Doda Betta is the highest mountain and is about 10 kilometres away from Ooty. After you have finished trekking and have reached the peak of the mountain there is something very nice waiting for you. It is a visitors observatory center. This is a two- storey building and the second floor is in the form of an observatory. The whole gallery is circled with glass panes and there are placed two large telescopes. With the help of these you can take a closer look of the surrounding peaks and the amount of beauty they possess.
Another lovely place just at an hour and a halve's drive from the awesome ooty. This lake area is a part of the Emerald village which in itself is very less popular and thus never crowded whichever part of the year you choose to visit. This gem of a place is hidden in the middle of a number of mountains and you find natural beauty at its best out here. There is simply nothing much to do over here except for admiring the natural beauty or enjoying some time with your friends and family.
1. Sim’s ParkThe first place everyone’s going to tell you to visit is this botanical garden called Sim’s Park. To be honest, none of us were kicked about strolling through the gardens but we made a visit anyway. Okay, I’m the reason we end up doing these things. I can’t help it. I need to go see what everyone’s talking about for myself.If you’re interested in botany, a walk through this park might be quite delightful for you. There’s a tiny lake that people can paddle boat in and next to it, is a tiny park for the kids. You have to pay an entry fees of Rs 30 to visit the park.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
This was a railway line in the state of Tamil Naddu which was built by the British in the year 1908. The passenger railway moves along 16 tunnels, over 250 bridges and 208 curves. The main stations withing this route are the Mettupalayan, Kallar, Adderly, Hillgrove, Runnymede, Kateri, Conoor Lovedale and others.
Pykara is the name of a town and stream 19 kilometers from Ooty in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. The Pykara River is considered exceptionally hallowed by the Todas. It ascends at Mukurthi top, streams northwards, and after that swings toward the west after reaching to the edge of the plateau. The waterway courses through Murkurti, Pykara and Glenmorgan dams, and structures some portion of an imperative hydro-electric force project. The Pykara Station, pronounced as a heritage site in September 1997, set off the foundation of more hydro-electric force stations in the state. A boat house on the Pykara Reservoir is a very auspicious fascination for vacationers. The boat shelter with eatery is kept up by Tamil Nadu Tourism and Development Corporation. It comprises of a few vessels and has speedboats which are allowed in water for 20 minutes and speed boats which are considered for 10 minutes or 15 minutes sometimes.
This is a century old park which was built and opened in the year 1874 by Mr. Sim and Mr. Murray. This is also a botanical garden with a number of rare and exotic species of flowering trees. There is a tree inside this park which is said to be more than 200 years old and a special mention in this field. Also, there is a rose garden and a number of terraces with a variety of flower plantations on them. Apart from the flowers and ornamental plants, what is famous here are the abundance of the evergreen Shola Trees. This park forms a part of the Nilgiri Hills.
More popularly known as the Shooting Point, this is one of the best places to visit in Ooty. It is known as the Shooting Point because of the number of Indian films shot here. The lush green meadows and the walking trails here are apt for enjoying lazy walks. Try not to come during the peak season as this place will be overcrowded all the time during these months. During the other times you can get the best experience out here amidst the most peaceful surroundings. The exceptional view of the Nilgiri atmosphere is the main thing which attracts most of the tourists here.
Bangalore is such a good place. It is kind of center to execute all kind trips. Off-road, hilly, forest etc, everything is just very near. I just wait for long weekends so that I can mark those places on my calendar “one more done” ! Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra and Maharashtra each and every place with their own attractions. Valpari forest, ooty’s 36 hair pin bends, NH4; a clean green open highway, wayanad; jungle hi jungle and never ending list...this place is blessed for people who love to explore who love to travel.
Coonoor Railway Station
Early in the morning, we reached Coonoor station to catch an early morning train to Ooty, on the famous Nilgiri mountain Railway, which is part of UNESCO world heritage sites in India. We bought unreserved tickets @ Rs. 5 per head and in about 15 minutes, the whole compartment filled up. The 1 hour long journey from Coonoor to Ooty was filled with unending vistas of tea gardens, narrow gorges and brooks gushing along. This is definitely the best way to get to Ooty from Coonoor.
Kodanad View Point
The drive to Kodanad view point (18 km from Kotagiri) is very comfortable with the tiny villages on the way. These are old villages set up for tribes with unique colorful houses which offer a picture postcard view. There is also a famous Todas tribal hut/temple on the way.Kodanad was home to late Jayalatha, AIADMK chief and CM of Tamil Nadu. She owned much of the tea estates here, ensuring the infrastructure is excellent with smooth wide roads, hedged with flowering plants.
An apt place for a peaceful getaway or some quiet moments with nature. The lake is large and is located in ooty which is in itself known as the best hill station over here. It is not a very popular tourist attraction mainly because it is hidden amidst a number of trees which form a forest. The scenic beauty that you find here is better han many other places in Ooty which you have visited many times. The advantage for it still being unknown to many is that you can spend peaceful time and the place is still very clean and unexploited completely.
Pykara Lake Boating
It’s an hour of travel from the centre town of ooty and the roads aren’t in perfect shape. When you are here don't forget to take speed motor boat ride. This is one of the least visited spots in Ooty, maybe because of the distance from the city but it’s just Awesome and a MUST - VISIT spot.
The Tea Factory and The Tea Museum
Then we headed towards Tea factory which was walking distance from our hotel . Only fragrance inside the factory was of tea , tea and tea. There was a guided tour in the factory and we saw entire process of how tea is being prepared from tea leaves. It was worth watching . We purchased some home made chocolates and few varieties of tea . Then in the evening explored local market.
Catherine Water Falls
We took a taxi for a half-day tour to the nearby attractions- Kodanad View Point, Catherine Falls, John Sullivan Memorial and Todas tribal hut. As if often the case, the journey and the views that you get on the ride are far more memorable than the actual viewpoints, so we made a point to keep looking wide-eyed all through and stop wherever the view was too good to pass.
Known as the Tamil Nadu Tea Corporation Limited, this was a government initiative taken in the year 1968. The main aim was to grow something with the help of the experts. The experts in the sense the Sri Lankans who have a natural knack in tea growing which has helped everyone a lot in this project. TANTEA is now the largest producers of black and clonal tea in India and the products have also reached the overseas market now. TANTEA is now one of the major industries of tamil Nadu and the extensive stretches of plantations are a visual treat.
Next morning we went downhill towards the main market of Ooty . Luckily we spot a shop which gave bikes/scooty on rent and charged 400 bucks per day for bike. Its better to opt for this option to explore the city as local cabs/auto drivers would ask for a way too high price . Proper quilted jacket is needed if you wanna go for bike ride at this time as weather was too cold. I was enjoying the chilly ride thoroughly .
Catherine Water Falls Road
5. Catherine FallsYou can catch a glimpse of the Falls from the view points or while driving along the winding roads. But you can also go right up to the waterfalls and possibly take a dip in/under them. I wouldn’t know because while we did go on what they said was a 1km trek to the falls, we didn’t quite get to the falls. What we did get was a glimpse of the white foam of the gushing water amidst the thick green trees after the sun begun descending for the day.
Government Rose Garden
After spending great time over here we headed towards rose garden . There were variety of multicolored roses . We thought of trying out some local food . In one of the small restaurant we tried idli sambhar and dosa with some peculiar kind of chutney and just loved it . Please do try local cuisine in any small restaurant .It was already evening by this time and temperature was dropping more as it was monsoon season so we went back to hotel and played some indoor games over there .