1. Avalanche Lake and Reserve:
The Avalance Reserve is 25kms from Ooty. The mountains have over 2700 species of flowering plants and countless species of ferns, lichens, mosses, flowerless plants. Sholas are patches of stunted evergreen tropical and subtropical moist broad leaf forest found in valleys amid rolling grassland in the higher mountain regions.
Wild Animals like the tiger, leopard, Nilgiri thar, sloth bear, barking deer etc can be found in the Sholas. The Forest Department organizes jeep tours into these forests. Private vehicles are not allowed in this area because of the Forest Department’s efforts to stop the rampant deforestation happening in the hills.