List of 20 Places to visit in Ooty that you shouldn’t Miss

This is the most comprehensive list and guide of 20 places to visit in ooty on the internet.

Ooty tourism is flourishing and and these ooty tourist places will help you get the most out of your ooty sightseeing.​

Ooty is most preferable place for people living in Bangalore and Mumbai. It is a type of destination very people of all age group can visit and relax, be it couple, family or kids.

If you are thinking to visit tourist places in Ooty the best month would be February to December. There are total 48 tourist places to visit in Ooty.

places to visit in ooty

However, most popular of them are just 20 which we have listed below.

You can visit the places in Ooty at any time of the day, be it early morning, afternoon, evening or even in night. Major sightseeing can be done in approximately in one day but to see places to visit in Ooty that are famous you will require minimum of 2 to 3 days.

I would recommend you to go through the list we have prepared after intensive research and plan your trip to Ooty and see places to visit in Ooty accordingly.

Ooty tourist places - Top 25 places to visit in ooty

1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Toy Train)

It was built in 1908 by Britishers and is now a world heritage site. The 46 km beautiful toy train journey starts from Mettupalayam and goes through tunnels, curves, bridges and beautiful scenery and reaches Ooty in approximately 5 hours.

It goes from 300 feet to 7200 feet and this is a journey to cherish and enjoy. Try to get the seat on side to enjoy the valley and enjoy the best views on the way up.

The toy train covers the distance of 26 km and takes you through 208 curves, 16 tunnels and 250 bridges. This train has also been featured in many famous movies like Barfi, Dilse and many more.

The ticket price is just INR 24 for second class and INR 142 for first class, for one way ride.

nilgiri mountain railway

2. Ooty Lake

This is one of the most famous places to visit in Ooty. You can enjoy paddle boating, go for a picnic and enjoy the Ooty while relaxing and keeping your mind away from worries.

The opening time of this ooty lake is 8:30 am and it closes at 5:30 pm. It’s a 2.5 km long lake spread through the scenic vbeauty of Nilgiri hills.

If you want to see how this lake looks like watch Ranbir Kapoor's and Katrina Kaif's movie Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani​

The entry price of this place is just INR 5 per person.


3. Botanical Garden

Botanical garden is one of the famous Ooty tourist places spread over a huge area of 22 hectares and has more than 650 species of flowers and trees.

The major attraction of the garden is the fossil tree which is believed to be there for over 20 million years.

This tree has earned the sobriquet monkey’s puzzle tree because monkeys can’t climb this tree. Moreover, garden is located at the height of 2400 feet above the sea level.

This garden is famous for summer festivals which are held every year in the month of May. You can also see the Toda tribe settlement which can be seen at the top of this garden.

You can catch a glimpse of this garden in both Telugu and Tamil movies. They have perfectly shown the beauty of these garden. Movies like Geethanjali and ​Kilukam shows the indigenous vegetation. And how can you forget the camping scene from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai!

Enterance ticket of this garden will cost you INR 20 per person.

botanical garden

4. Fern Hill Palace

Fern Hill Palace is a heritage hotel and one of the best places to see in Ooty.It is spread on a 50 acres of land with rambling lawns, beautiful gardens, thick forests, rich and dazzling views along with lush green valleys and tea gardens.

The palace is furnished with Burmese teak and has a magnificent ballroom.

This palace was built in 1844 as a summer bungalow of Maharaja of Mysore. The structure of palace is surely going to feel like you are in bygone colonial era. The hotel ensures that you get all luxuries for a pleasant and royal stay.

If you can remember the Telugu movie Mr. Perfect, many songs were shot in this location.


5. Stone House

It is a must visit Ooty tourist place. Stone House is the first bungalow of Ooty to be built in 1822 by John Sullivan.

If you are a history buff this is definitely going to impress you a lot.

In present time, it is the Government Arts College and showcase amazing architecture besides some remains from those golden age.

stone house

6. St. Stephen's Church

This is the oldest churn in Ooty hill station. St. Stephen’s Church was built in 1829 and has stained glass windows for visual delight.

The large wooden beams which are used to construct this church are believed to be carried by elephants from a distance of 120 km from Tipu Sultan’s Palace in Mysore.

The church is open from 10 in the morning to 1 pm and 3 o’clock to 5 pm. Furthermore, there is no entry fee to visit this monument.

st stephens church

7. Pykara Waterfall

If you are looking for places near Ooty to visit Pykara Waterfall is on the top. It is situated at a 20 km distance from Ooty and is a great picnic spot near lake, waterfall and pine trees.

It is surrounded by lush green dense forest. It also has forest rest house for your stay.

Pykara is known for its boat house which is near falls and Dam. You can have a meal and relax in the boat house. It you and your partner are adventure lover, then speedboat rides are available for you. The lake is clean and the place is not very much crowded.

Songs from famous Telugu movie Mr. Perfect were shot ​in this beautiful location.


8. Doddabetta Peak

One of the Ooty places to visit is this highest vantage point in this region. Not only this region, the peak is also considered as the most highest peak in South India.

It lies at the junction of Eastern and Western Ghats. You can see beautiful valley, plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore from this point.

Doddabetta Peak is located at a distance of 10 km from Ooty and attracts huge crowd. You can also look using the telescope atop the mountain to get better picture. You are also provided with delicious food at the TTDC Restaurant. If you want, you can also get indulged in trekking.

Remember, a ​famous song Dekha hai Pehli Baar from movie Sajan, it was filmed on this peak between the chilly weather that can warm the heart of any nature lover.

The amount that is required to be paid is INR 10 per person, food charges extra as per the menu you decide.​

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9. Elk Hill Murugan Temple

Ooty is a home to some splendid temple architecture. Elk Hill Murugan Temple situated on Elk Hill is set between scenic views. This temple is dedicated to Lord Murgan, the respected and venerated warrior God.

If you want to see the Thaipusam, one of the famous religious festival, visit this tourist place in Ooty in the month of January- February.

During festival you can also watch Kavadi Attam, a dance performed by the devotees at Elk Hill Murugan Temple.


10. Tea Museum

One of the tourist places in Ooty for tea lovers is Tea Museum.It is located adjacent to the Dodabetta Tea Factory in Ooty. The museum is speared across 1 acre area surrounded by tea plantations in between Nilgiri hills.

You can know about the evolution of tea at the museum and if you want you can also buy the quality tea from the souvenir shop located near to the museum.

The museum opens at 10 am and closes at 6 in the evening. Furthermore, the entrance fee of INR 250 per person is charged.

tea museum

11. Government Museum

Looking for some Ooty places to visit where you can have fun while learning? Go to the Government Museum located on Mysore road. It is a storehouse of interesting ruins of tribal arts and culture.

It is a great way to learn about the history of ancient India through these remains.

The museum opens at 10 in the morning to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 in evening. However, the entry fee is zero.


12. Sim's Park

It is a beautiful botanical garden located in Coonoor in the Nilgiri district. Sim’s park is one of the popular places to visit in Ooty. It was developed by JD Sims and Major Murray in 1874.

Here you can find variety of plants with unusual species.

The park has covered the area of 12 acres and is skillfully sited. Annual fruit and vegetable show is also hosted at this park in the month of May every year. It is a good time to visit this park.

Entry ticket is of INR 5 per person.


13. Lamb's Rock

Lamb’s Rock is a famous Ooty sightseeing situated at a distance of 8 km from Coonoor. The place is named after Captain Lamb who developed this place.

This place is on the way to Dolphin’s Nose. The mountain cliff next to the Lam’s Rock has a height of 5000 feet from sea level and stands out for its jagged look.

At this place you can enjoy the view of lush green forest covered with clouds. You can enjoy the nature at its best on this place as it is away from the hustle and bustle. You can also enjoy the viewpoint of Hulical ravine and Coonoor stream.

A popular tourist spot located about 8 kilometers from Coonoor, Lamb’s Rock offers spectacular views of the lush forest, Nilgiri hills and coffee and tea estates. Lamb’s Rock also makes for an excellent picnic spot and it is situated on the way to Dolphin’s Nose.

This place is best enjoyed by the couples and the best time to go is during summers as the weather is clear and view is ideal.


14. Dolphin's Nose

One of the popular places to visit in Coonoor is Dolphin’s Nose, which is 1000 feet above sea level. It offers spectacular views espically of Catherine falls.

There are canyons on both side of the Dolphin’s Nose. These water streams are tributaries of Bhavani River. On a clear day you can get view of St. Catherine Falls from the top of this place.

If you love games, Dolphin’s Nose is the best place in Ooty to play outdoor games which may include boating, horse riding and many more.

This is one such ooty india points of interest places that you must visit.​

dolphins nose patrika

15. MRC Golf Club

The Golf Club of Ooty is situated at the height of 7200 meters from the sea level and is extended over the area of 195 acres.

The Club is took care by GymKhana Club and is one of the sure places to visit in Ooty.

It has various types of beautiful and green trees which includes rhododendron, oak, aromatic eucalyptus, and fir.


16. Pine Forest

A famous place to visit in Ooty. Pine forest is situated between Ooty and Thalakunda, and this place has been features in numerous Hindi movies.

The long pine trees are arranged in small downhill area and this gives a mesmerizing view along with peaceful and calm environment.

By now you must be wondering that is this location ever been seen in any film? Recall the cycle ride of Ranbir Kapoor with Ileana D'Cruz fro Barfi, it's been shot in this forest.

The trees that are located downhill tend to touch the sky and can mesmerize the vistiors while they come here.

You can also see a popular picnic spot in Ooty from this place, which goes by the name Kamaraj-Sagar Dam.


17. Rose Garden

The rose garden in Ooty is one of the country’s largest rose garden and attracts many tourists. This makes it one of the sure shot places to visit in Ooty. The garden is spread over the area of 10 acres and has some of the largest collection of roses including miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, floribunda, ramblers, black and green roses and many other exclusive varieties.

The rose garden is not only smoothening and peace giving but also good if you are interested in horticulture.

The entry fees is INR 20, INR 30 extra for still camera and INR 75 for video camera.​

rose garden nilgiris

18. 6th Mile

As the name suggest, 6th mile is located at a distance of 6 miles from Ooty city centre and you can visit this place on your way to Pykara.

It is known as the shooting spot and offers you great scenic beauty with lush green forests.

This place has been featured in many Hindi movies too.

Make sure you add this to your list of visiting places in ooty.​


19. Catherine Waterfall

Catherine waterfalls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Coonoor and this makes this waterfall to be included in the places to visit in Ooty. It is located near Kotagiri, 10 km away from Coonoor. The name of this waterfall is based on the Catherine Cocburn, the wife of M.D. Cocburn, a pioneer coffee planter inn Kotagiri.

It is locally known as Gaddhehaada Halla and falls from the height of 250 ft and continues to flow in Kallar River. When you go for a visit to this falss, the journey is amazing and soothing too. You have to cross pine forest and lush green tea gardens of Nilgiri Hills and this makes the journey unforgettable.

There are various trekking trails from the base of falls to the Longwood Shola forest. However, you must get prior permission before taking it.


20. Kamaraj Sagar Lake

Kamar Sagar lake is a Dam located at 10 km away from Ooty. A must places to visit in Ooty as it is good for picnic. It offers you various beautiful sceneries surrounded by lush green forest. The lake and also the Dam have been featured in numerous Hindi films. If you love fishing this is a right place.


Final Thoughts:

Ooty is one of the most renowned destinations in India. It is a perfect place to enjoy your vacations and spend few days near mother earth. Before planning your trip to Ooty, you must properly know the places to visit in Ooty and also decide your budget. If you are visiting Ooty during winters, you can even see snowfall and get unforgettable experience in your life.

Ooty is blessed with the beauty and charm from mother earth, which makes the place feel like heaven. You can also get indulged in various activities like enjoy the ride in Toy train, trekking, hiking, cycling and many other activities. You can also opt from variety of boats and take pleasure in boating with your family and partner.

You can also take home chocolates, medicinal oils and high quality of tea from this place while returning.

About the Author Rahul Sharma

Hi all, i am Rahul Sharma – Digital Marketer, Tech-lover, Entrepreneur, Traveler, Blogger, Foodie and blah blah blah :D. The purpose of bestplacesindia it to give 100% accurate and reliable information on travel related queries in india

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