Best Places to Visit in Ooty

If it’s a peaceful yet fun-filled summer break you are after, make your way to the ‘Queen of Hills’, Ooty that will serve up all the vacation vibes you’ve been desperately craving. 

Offering everything from refreshing greenery and rejuvenating climate to picture-perfect natural landscapes and family-friendly activities, Ooty is arguably an unmissable holiday destination in South India to visit with your loved ones.

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Before you plan your Ooty Trip, check out our list of the Best Places to Visit in Ooty

Doddabetta Peak

Soul-stirring views await you at Doddabetta Peak. Perched at an impressive 2,623 meters (8,652 feet) above sea level, it is the highest peak in the Nilgiri Mountains.

Doddabetta Peak at Ooty

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If you love trekking, you’ll definitely fall in love with Doddabetta Peak. One can relish the stunning sceneries, chilly winds, verdant forests, and picture-postcard view of Ooty Hill Station from atop this majestic peak. Indeed a must-visit on your Ooty trip.

Ooty Lake

Bond with your family through fun-filled water sports activities at Ooty Lake. A boat ride along the scenic Ooty Lake back dropped by picturesque Nilgiris is an absolute must.

Boathouse at Ooty Lake

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You can opt for motor, paddle, or rowing boats. Besides boating, there is more fun in store at Ooty Lake like an amusement park, toy train rides, horse rides, flea markets, and food courts. Spread across 65 acres, Ooty Lake is an artificial lake which is formed during the British Raj in 1824.

Tea Museum

Ooty Tea Museum is a wonderful place to spend some time learning all about the evolution of tea and the various stages of tea processing. You can also taste some incredible varieties of teas from all across the world here. Sprawling across 1 acre, Ooty Tea Museum is surrounded by aromatic tea estates and majestic Nilgiri Mountains. Definitely a must-visit for all tea lovers.

Emerald Lake

To relax and unwind away from the chaotic world, Emerald Lake in Ooty is the perfect place. More serenity awaits at Emerald Lake and you can enjoy a leisurely time in the vicinity of pristine nature with your family and loved ones.

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The glittering green tea plantations and lush Nilgiri Hills surrounding add to the beauty of the Lake. The sunrise and sunset view from here is just out of the world and not to be missed.

Ooty Botanical Gardens

Ooty Botanical Gardens is one of the best places to visit in Ooty. Spread across 55 acres, showcasing many exotic as well as indigenous species of herbs, shrubs, bonsai, and trees, Ooty Botanical Gardens leave you spellbound.

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It’s a visual fiesta for those who love trees and flowers. The picturesque setting and worry-free & calming ambience make it a perfect place to escape the hectic woes of life and enjoy a lovely family outing.

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake is one of the most-loved tourist spots in Ooty. The gorgeous lake with its clear blue waters amid the lush greenery and vibrant flowers mesmerizes every visitor. The stunning location serves as a perfect backdrop for a peaceful fishing session, exciting trekking, unforgettable camping and clicking amazing pictures. The waterfalls cascading down the nearby mountains further add to the beauty of this already alluring lake.

Mudumalai National Park

When in Ooty, you cannot miss Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s an exceptionally captivating place to spend some quality time in nature and indulge in wildlife spotting. Established in 1940, it is counted as the first wildlife sanctuary in South India.

A scenic view of a female elephant walking with its baby elephant in Mudumalai National Park

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Settled amidst the lush Nilgiri Hills, the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary provides shelter to numerous endangered species like the Indian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Indian Leopard, Indian Giant Squirrel, Panthers, and a wide variety of birds, fishes, and reptiles among others. The Oscar-winning Indian Documentary “The Elephant Whisperers” was filmed here, in the century-old Theppakadu Elephant Camp located deep inside the Mudumalai National Park. 

Ooty Toy Train

Ooty Toy Train Ride is one of the most thrilling and delightful things to do in OotyOoty Toy Train aka Nilgiri Mountain Railway covers a distance of a total of 46 km in 5 hours and takes you on a truly spectacular journey filled with jaw-dropping views en route.

Ooty Toy Train

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Built by the British in 1908, this 1,000 mm meter gauge railway was awarded and given heritage status by UNESCO in 2005. If you are in Ooty, a toy train ride should definitely be on your priority list.

Rose Garden

Rose Garden is an enchanting place to visit in Ooty. Sprawling across 4 hectares of land, this spectacular garden proudly presents more than 20000 varieties of roses. You can even spot black and green roses here.

Rose Garden in Ooty

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One can spend hours here soaking in the beauty of the gorgeous flowers. The mesmerizing Ooty Rose Garden not only promises a visual treat but also serves as a beautiful backdrop for photography.

Mukurthi National Park 

Blessed with rich nature, enthralling scenic beauty, and astonishing landscapes brimming with a stunning array of exotic and enticing flora and fauna, Mukurthi National Park promises a memorable experience for visitors. The heavenly trekking trails and jungle adventures are an added delight. The treasured Nilgiri Tahr, Asian Elephant, and Bengal Tiger are the main wildlife celebrities of Mukurthi National Park

Pykara Falls and Pykara Lake

Pykara Falls and Pykara Lake is an ideal spots for a relaxing outing in Ooty. They are known for its exquisite charm and endearing beauty. Boating, Hiking to the spectacular Pykara Falls, and Boathouse stay are the highlights.

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The beautiful Pykara Lake, guarded by a lush green cover of dense Shola forests and the spectacular Pykara Falls, cascading its way through multiple layers on the rocky bed amidst the backdrop of a lush green forest, provides an excellent photogenic spot for your perfect Instagram post.

 St. Stephen’s Church

Visit St. Stephen’s Church to admire amazing colonial architecture. Built during the British era, it is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris. The stunning St. Stephen’s Church in Ooty features painted window glasses, plaques of the colonial era, and wooden elephants procured from the palace of Tipu Sultan. If you are a fan of architecture, make sure you include St. Stephen’s Church in your Ooty itinerary.

Wax World Museum

Wax World Museum is a fascinating place to visit with kids in Ooty. The Museum showcases life-like wax statues of famous Indian personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, and many more. Replicas of local people, their lifestyles, and typical rural households are also displayed here.

Thread Garden

Ooty Thread Garden is a one-of-a-kind garden in the world that showcases plants, flowers, leaves, and buds, all made of threads. The incredible artefacts of this garden are made using a rare and distinctive technique called “Four-Dimensional Hand Wound Embroidery”.

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Everything in the Ooty Thread Garden was handwoven by the workers over 12 years, creating a masterful work of art. Do not miss visiting the Thread Garden on your Ooty trip.

Elk Hill Lord Murugan Temple

Elk Hill Murugan Temple is an incredibly spectacular and awe-inspiringly divine place to visit in Ooty. The life-size golden statue of Lord Murugan is the show stopper at Elk Hill Murugan Temple. It resembles the Lord Murugan statue at the Batu Caves in Malaysia. The beautiful temple is perched atop a small hill named Elk Hill and is enveloped in immense lushness, offering astounding panoramic vistas.

A divine view of Elk Hill Lord Murugan Temple in Ooty

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With summer vacation on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to plan an Ooty Trip with your loved ones. Make sure you consider our list of Best Places to Visit in Ooty to make your trip worthwhile and unforgettable.

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