Here are the top 43 tourist attractions to see in Ooty:

1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway

4.5 /5

1 kms
from city center
1 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

The Toy Train, covering a distance of total 46 km in a span of 5 hours, takes one through a truly spectacular journey filled with picturesque views enroute.

2. Ooty Lake

4.4 /5 View 10+ photos

1 kms
from city center
2 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Ooty Lake is one of the most refreshing and beautiful places to visit in Ooty. It lies at a distance of approximately 2 km from Ooty city in the green hills of the Nilgiris district. The stunning lake is spread over an area of 65 acres, and its foundation was laid down by John Sullivan who was the collector of Coimbatore in 1824. Ooty Lake is surrounded by Eucalyptus trees and greenery all around and is a great place to experience the beauty of this hill station. One can also spot numerous streams coming out through the hills. This is a perfect place to capture people who are genuinely interested in photography. The lake is filled with beautiful water birds with the exotic Nilgiri mountain ranges in the background.

3. Ooty Rose Garden

3.7 /5

2 kms
from city center
3 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Rose garden lies in the heart and soul of Ooty.The construction stays to be magnificent and there are small tunnels made wherein the roses are planted.

4. Ooty Botanical Gardens

4.3 /5

2 kms
from city center
4 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

The botanical Gardens of Ooty are one of the most sought after and famous tourist destinations in the whole of India. It is located on the hillock of Ooty which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.

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5. Thread Garden, Ooty

3.6 /5

1 kms
from city center
5 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

The thread garden at Ooty is a popular tourist spot that exhibits some of the most magnificent and exquisite collection of artificial flowers and plants, all made by the expert hands of the skilful artists by using JUST thread.

6. Emerald Lake, Ooty

4.3 /5 View 5+ photos

12 kms
from city center
6 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Emerald lake is an exquisite lake in the upper plateau region of the Nilgiri hills. It is a part of the silent valley and is beside the Red hill nature resort which is a best picnic place of the region.

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7. Trekking in Ooty

3.3 /5

0 kms
from city center
7 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Ooty, once the summer capital of the British in India, is bestowed with the bounty of nature. A favorite sport of the area, trekking has gained admiration with the tourists in the recent years.

8. Kalhatti Falls, Bellikkal

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8 kms
from city center
8 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Kalhatti falls is called as 'Bird Watcher's Paradise' as it gives you a bird point view of the whole valley. The lovely beauty and calm atmosphere of the place makes it the best for spending vacations and for short trips. (br) The lake is also a very important attraction of Bellikkal which is surrounded by lush greenery and it is the source of fresh drinking water. Elephants visit this lake frequently which becomes a great sight for the travelers. Travelers can have a long walk on the shore of the lake which will offer them a memorable experience till the end of the day.

9. Dolphin's Nose, Ooty

3.3 /5

15 kms
from city center
9 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

This is a unique natural site where a protruding rock looks like a dolphin's nose! Climbing up to the spot might require some effort, but it is totally worth it! From this point, one can catch the breathtaking view of the Catherine falls hundreds of meters below and also of the Coonoor stream meeting the Kotogiri stream.

10. Tiger Hill Ooty

3.3 /5

4 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Ooty

One of the most mesmerizing destinations in Ooty is the Tiger Hill. This exotic spot lies to the east of the hill station and towards the lower end of the Doddabetta peak.

11. Kotagiri, Coonoor

3.8 /5

17 kms
from city center
11 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

This is one of the oldest hill stations of the Nilgiris. It is a village in the middle of mind blowing tea plantations. The lush green surrounding and extremely quaint atmosphere makes Coonoor an amazing place to visit.

12. Kamraj Sagar Lake

3.3 /5

6 kms
from city center
12 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Kamraj sagar lake is a dam and is located in the suburbs of Ooty. It is located far away at a distance between the woodlands and thus make an amazing picnic spot.

13. Annamalai Temple

3.3 /5

16 kms
from city center
13 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Annamalai Temple is a situated about 20 km away from Ooty. This place has with time turned into as a famous temple of Lord Muruga, known as 7th Hill house of the lord.

14. Doddabetta Peak

3.5 /5

5 kms
from city center
14 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Dodabetta, literally translating to mean - Big Peak, is located approximately 10 km away from Ooty. It towers to a staggering height of 8650 feet or 2,623 meters above the sea level and is the highest peak in the Nilgiri Hills. A treat to the eyes, this picturesque land is indeed a great sightseeing place. Dodabetta is one of the most preferred places to visit in Ooty and is also a popular trekking destination. The summit offers an astounding view of the nearby areas which are covered with dense forests and, on clear days, one can see as far as Mysore.

15. Droog Fort, Coonoor

3.3 /5

16 kms
from city center
15 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Droog Fort is located in the area surrounding Coonoor. A trekkers delight, one must undertake some by foot traveling to reach this destination. This old and worn out fort is located 6,000 ft above the plains.

16. Lamb's Rock, Coonoor

3.3 /5

12 kms
from city center
16 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

A popular picnic spot in the region, this place is consistently visited by tourists. The view from this spot is spectacular and a major crowd puller! It is possible to see the Coonoor stream some 5000 feet below. This vantage point also provides you with an excellent view of the Coimbatore plains.

17. Simi's Park, Coonoor

3.3 /5

13 kms
from city center
17 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

An extremely pretty botanical garden - a rare but beautiful sight in the region - was developed back in 1874 by Mr. J.D. Sims and Major Murray. There is an annual fruit and vegetable show that is held in the park that is well attended.

18. Catherine Falls, Coonoor

3.3 /5

18 kms
from city center
18 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Catherine Falls, also known as St. Catherine's Falls, is situated in the area that surrounds Coonoor. This magnificent waterfall falls from an impressive height of 250 feet.

19. Upper Bhavani Lake

3.0 /5

109 kms
from city center
19 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

The Upper Bhavani Lake is a mesmerising and breathtaking lake that is located above the Avalanche Area in the Nilgiri Hills. This beautiful lake, which was previously ignored and consequently unexplored, is now gaining some popularity and credit for its charming beauty and picturesque scenes. 

20. Bison Valley, Bellikkal

3.2 /5

9 kms
from city center
20 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Bison Valley gained its name from the Indian bison that roams throughout this area. Splendid views of the cardamom forests and momentous possible from this beautiful valley.

21. Avalanche Lake

3.5 /5

15 kms
from city center
21 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

The Avalanche Lake in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu is a famous tourist spot. Especially renowned among nature enthusiasts and photographers, the lake is set amidst a captivating landscape which is filled with lovely flowers. The waterfalls that fall down the nearby mountains further add to the beauty of the place.

22. St Stephen's Church Ooty

3.0 /5

1 kms
from city center
22 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

The St. Stephen's Church in Ooty is indeed a marvellous and breathtaking architectural marvel located on the road to Mysore in Ooty. It is one of the earliest churches that you will find in the Nilgiris district. The structure dates back to the 19th century and was built by the British government.

23. Pykara Lake

3.5 /5

12 kms
from city center
23 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Pykara Lake has everything that a person on vacation can ask for, right from ambience and comfort to scenic beauty. Nature lovers, photographers and adventure seekers should definitely not miss out on this unique and fun-filled place.

24. Wenlock Downs

9 kms
from city center
24 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Wenlock Downs is a famous picnic spot in the outskirts of Ooty. People seeking a spot to escape the polluted environment and the world of concrete often head to this attraction. At Wenlock Downs, they find a vast expanse of lush green meadow over the natural landscape with rolling mountains all covered in dense vegetation. The climate is cool, sometimes foggy and the clouds can be seen hovering over the mountains at a distance. This location is picturesque and perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Nature lovers and photographers are sure to find it delightful. Therefore, Wenlock Downs represents tourism in this part of Tamil Nadu.

25. Thunder World

1 kms
from city center
25 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Thunder World is a themed amusement park in Ooty. Also known as Dinosaur Park, it is famous amongst the young and the old who visit to get a feel of going back into the past and experiencing illusions or witnessing the world of spirits. The park is divided into themed sections – the Jurassic Jungle, the Vortex and the Haunted House. It also consists of a 5D theatre and a Camera Museum. Every visitor would not just get to explore the amusement park, but they can also get to experience these themes in interesting ways. Plus, there are delicious snacks to enjoy in between these activities. Parents often bring their curious little thrill-seekers to Thunder World for a unique, educational and memorable experience.

26. Ketti Valley View

3 kms
from city center
26 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Located at a distance of 4 kms from the Ooty Bus Stand on the Ooty Coonoor road, Ketti Valley View is a popular vantage point in Ooty. Boasting of utter tranquility and surreal setting, the place offers mesmerising views of the resplendent valley below with gushing waterfalls, meandering streams and a flourishing wildlife. The Ketti Valley is one of the most popular valleys in the region, also known as the ‘Switzerland of the Nilgiris’ owing to its lush greenery and picturesque landscape. It is a haven for the nature lovers and also attracts a lot of photographers who come here to capture nature at its best. The vantage point also has a telescope room to enjoy a closer view of the enchanting surroundings- the valley, hills and mountains. Ketti valley is preoccupied by the Todas and the Badagas tribe who cultivate their own land and grow fresh fruits and vegetable- you can also take a walk down their orchards and meadows.

27. Cairn Hill

3 kms
from city center
27 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Situated in the hill town of Ooty, Cairn Hill is an eco- tourism and a reserved forest site which came into existence in the 1860s and sprawls over a massive area of approx 168 hectares. Considered to be the land of one of the oldest and most massive cyprus plantations in the Nilgiris, the beautiful natural hotspot is dotted with resorts and hotels offering a tranquil stay owing to its serenity, quietude and ataraxy. The highlight of the spot is a trek trail in the centre of the attraction, that is a calling for the several tourists, enthusiasts and nature lovers for its solitude and picturesque setting. Undertaking this soulful trek is one of the prime things to do at Cairn Hill. In addition to that, it has a watchtower which can let you enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Known to be a haven for birdwatchers, Cairn Hill also has bird watching facilities and jeep safari activities available for the tourists.

28. Adam's Fountain

2 kms
from city center
28 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Adam's Fountain is a gorgeous fountain situated at the Charring Cross junction in Ooty. The fountain was built in 1886 as a memorial to the then Governor of Ooty. The cost of the total construction was between INR 13,000 and INR 14,000 and was collected through public funding. It is a very important tourist landmark in the city.

29. Elk Hill Murugan Temple

2 kms
from city center
29 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Perched atop the Elk Hill in Ooty, amidst picturesque backdrop and a resplendent setting, Elk Murugan Temple is a revered Hindu temple enshrined by Lord Muruga. Besides the gorgeous landscape and astounding panoramic vistas, the hill also boasts of a rich and flourishing wildlife and bounteous nature. For the same reason, the place is considered ideal for meditation and yoga practices. In addition to the brilliant architecture of the temple, the highlight of the place is a 40 feet tall statue of Lord Muruga constructed in brick and mortar that stands tall outside the enclosures of the temple and attracts pilgrims and devotees from far and wide. In addition to that, the temple premises also have idols of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Goddess Shakthi, Nava Kanika, Navagrahas etc.

30. Wax Museum Ooty

2 kms
from city center
30 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Located at a distance of just 1 km from the Ooty Railway Station, the Ooty Wax Museum is one of the top places to visit of the place and is housed in a 130 years old charming colonial mansion. Conceptualized by an IT professional who goes by the name of Shreeji Bhaskaran; the wax museum was constructed and inaugurated by Sri. Santosh K. Mishra, Collector, Nilgiris district in March 2007. A lovely break from the nature-based tourist attractions, this one has magnificent wax statues of famous political leaders, prominent personalities and Indian Freedom Fighters. The most popular idols in the Wax Museum include Mahatma Gandhi, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Schwarzenegger and American president Obama; and social figures which include Mother Teresa and A. P. J. Abdul Kalam etc. Besides, the museum also houses full depiction of a life of a rural household. There are sites where you can see Indian potters and villagers doing pottery and farming, cultivating etc.; all carved out in wax.

31. Kandal Cross Shrine

2 kms
from city center
31 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Situated on the outskirts of Ooty, Kandal Cross Shrine is a beautiful church popularly known as the Jerusalem of the East. The church houses a life size bronze crucifix and a relic in a small glass case which is believed to be from the original cross that Christ carried. Sacred prayers are offered every Friday.

32. Stone House Ooty

2 kms
from city center
32 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Stone House in Ooty is famous for being the first bungalow in the town. Also known as Kal Bangala in Tamil, it was built in the early 19th century by John Sullivan, an Englishman, the first Collector of Udhagamandalam and the founder of the British Settlement in Ooty. The land where the stone house stands once belonged to the Toda Tribe of Udhagamandalam. When the East India Company reached Ooty back in the late 18th century, they were introduced to the Toda Tribe. Later in the 19th century, with an intention of establishing the British Settlement, John Sullivan bought a piece of land from one of the Toda families and built the house. Ever since the house has been a famous landmark and a site of historical heritage in Ooty.

33. Government Museum

2 kms
from city center
33 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

The Government Museum in Ooty was built in 1989 to maintain and promote the culture of Ooty in the form of exhibits and information. The attraction houses an extensive collection of the culture, history, the tribes, tribal objects, sculptures, paintings, handicrafts, nature and the ecology of Udhagamandalam. The museum was established to keep the fundamental values of the Nilgiri District and the people alive and educated everyone about them. It forms an important source of knowledge from this part of Tamil Nadu. It is a good attraction for family outings too. Children and grown-ups, everyone, can learn about the culture and understand its importance and relevance.

34. Pykara Falls

12 kms
from city center
34 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Situated at a distance of 23 kms from Ooty, Pykara Falls is a beautiful waterfall cascading down at a height of 55 m and 61 m in multiple layers. Especially popular among young couples and honeymooners, the waterfall is a pure visual delight.

35. Children's Park

1 kms
from city center
35 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Children's' Park in Ooty is one of the most prominent and popular parks of the city. Blanketted in a lush green grassy carpet, the park has several rides and swings for children. In addition to that, the park also facilitates boating, rowing and horse riding etc as recreational activities.

36. Lake Park Ooty

2 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Ooty

Lake Park in Ooty is situated adjacent to the Ooty Lake. Adorned with vibrant flowers and a glossy green carpet, the park is a hot spot for leisure evenings and sunbathing. It also has dinosaur statues and entertaining games for kids.

37. Katari Falls

9 kms
from city center
37 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Known to be the third highest waterfalls in the Nilgiris, the mesmerising Katari Falls is situated at Adikarratti in Ooty, 10 kms from Coonoor. Boasting of a magnificent height of 180 m, the silvery water gushing down to form a pool at the base is also a popular picnic spot in the region. It was the site of India’s first hydroelectric power project, which is also known as the Katary Hydroelectric system. The power plant harnessed 1000 KW of power from the mechanical energy of the falling water. The hydro electric power station is also a tourist attraction and attracts several tourists to the place. The waterfalls especially look ravishing during the rainy season when the water cascades in all its glory amidst lush green woods enveloped in mighty mountains.

38. Halashana Falls

1 kms
from city center
38 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

The very beautiful and mesmerising Halashana Waterfalls are located in the Nilgiris near the cities of both Ooty and Coonoor. The silvery water falls down a height of 150 feet above the sea level. The area around the falls is owned by a private estate.

39. Tea Factory

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places to visit in Ooty

Ooty Tea Factory or Tea Museum is situated on the Doddabetta Road in Ooty. Surrounded by emerald green tea plantations, the museum takes you on a tour of tea evolution from the origin to the present. It has a variety of preserved tea leaves on display. It also has an adjacent souvenir shop where you can try and buy various kinds of tea leaves.

40. Shopping in Ooty

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places to visit in Ooty

When in the hill town, market browsing for traditional homemade chocolates is one of the top things to do in Ooty. You can try and buy these at the Main Bazaar. Besides that, you can shop for apparels and woollen clothes at the Tibetan Market and spices at the Upper Bazaar Road.

41. Honey & Bee Museum

41 out of 43
places to visit in Ooty

Honey & Bee Museum is situated on the Sargan Villa Club Road in Ooty and aims to provide in depth knowledge about the anatomy of a bee and the manufacture of honey from its nascent stage. The tour is a very informative one. And while the other things are common to most hill stations, a tour in this museum is unique and among the most unique things to do in Ooty.

42. Ooty Flower Show

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places to visit in Ooty

The Ooty Flower Show is an annual event which is held in the Ooty Botanical Gardens. Often referred to as ‘The Showstopper of the South’, the Ooty Flower Show has been successfully setting the bar to grasp the global trends in floriculture for the past 123 years. Their main aim remains to exhibit a rich and varied heritage of flora. This annual event is organised by the Department of Horticulture and Plantation Crop under the Government of Tamil Nadu and had drawn over 3 lakh visitors to the globally renowned Botanical Gardens of Udagamandalam (Ooty) in 2018. Several different species of beautiful flowers, indigenous and exotic are displayed here. The elaborate arrangements add to the beauty of the floral exhibits and serve as a visual treat to gardening aficionados. Apart from flaunting their flora prowess, the Flower Show also focuses on creating awareness among the gardening and farming community by hosting garden competitions before the start of the show.

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