Nilgiri Mountain Railway:
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway built by the British in 1908 is a World Heritage Site. It’s a 46-kilometre beautiful toy train journey that starts from Mettupalayam and goes through tunnels, curves, bridges and beautiful scenery to reach Ooty in five hours. From 300 feet to 7200 feet, the Ooty toy train is easily a ride to admire. Here’s a tip – try to sit on the side that looks out in to the valley for the best views on the way up.
Elk Hill Murugan Temple:
Ooty like every other city in Tamil Nadu is home to some elegant temple architecture. Elk Hill Murugan Temple placed on Elk Hill is set amidst picturesque settings. This is a temple dedicated to Lord Murgan, the revered warrior god. Thaipusam is a famous religious festival that is celebrated in January–February to honour Lord Murugan. Kavadi Attam, a dance performed by the devotees is the highlight of this event conducted at the Elk Hill Murugan Temple.
A beautiful botanical garden placed in Coonoor in the Nilgiris district, Sim’s Park is a famous visitor appeal. Developed in 1874 by JD Sims and Major Murray, Sim’s Park is home to a variety of unusual species of plants, which have been brought here from different parts of the world.The park extends over a sprawling 12-acre land and is beautifully landscaped. Sim’s Park also hosts the annual fruit and vegetable show, which is held in the month of May every year and is a good time to visit the park.
The Government Rose Garden placed in the heart of Ooty is one of the largest rose gardens in India and also a famous tourist appeal. The beautiful garden is spread across 10 acres of land and houses some of the largest compilations of roses in the country including miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, floribunda, ramblers, black and green roses and many other unique varieties. The Rose Garden is not only a delight for the eyes and the senses but also a must-visit for those interested in horticulture.
Ooty Botanical Garden, advance over a colossal area of 22 hectares and with more than 650 species of flowers and trees, is a grower joy. The aspect of the garden is a trace tree that is regard to be 20 million years old. Another appeal here is the Toda tribe arrangement towards the top of the garden. Be privy in to the lifestyle and culture of this tribe during your holiday. The lawns and pathways are bordered with vibrant flowering bushes and ferns making for a pictorial setting. The swirling mists and the cool weather only add to the charm!
Doddabetta Peak at an elevation of 8,606 feet is the highest point of South India. Start the 2-mile (3-kilometer) ascendance of Doddabetta Mountain along rocky, winding paths that lead into open fields. Your journey will pass long, grassy slopes lined with rows of ferns and sub-alpine herbs that fill the fresh air with rich aromas. Be alert to spot colorful rhododendrons dotted among the greenery. As you approach the peak you will notice that it holds a slightly curved flat surface. This means that there are plenty of places to sit and relax in the sun after the journey up.
Pykara is a well- known getaway set at an area of 21 km from Ooty. Pykara is an appealing center with a spouting river which has a dam and a power plant.Because of the dam, the backwater designs a big lake which is called Pykara Lake. At the end of the dam, the river falls from a height which is known as Pykara Falls. This is how Pykara becomes the perfect picnic spot. The appeal is set amid lush greenery and exciting sights which allures people from different corners of the world.
A must-vacation for all tea lovers, Tea Museum, placed adjoining to the Dodabetta Tea Factory in Ooty is a flopping 1-acre area ringed by tea plantations amidst the elegant Nilgiri Mountains. Learn all about the change of tea at the museum where you will find three broad sectors on the past of tea - Origins of World Tea, Tea History in India and Evolution of Tea in the Nilgiris. Don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop where you can buy a variety of tea leaves, souvenir cups, plates and more.
Dolphin’s Nose is a viewpoint situated more than 1,000 feet above sea level. It is a popular tourist spot located in Coonoor and offers breathtaking views, especially of the magnificent Catherine Falls. Dolphin’s Nose is a unique rock formation and its peak resembles a dolphin’s nose from where it gets its name. The drive up to Dolphin’s Nose is quite spectacular and one can also enjoy wonderful views of tea plantations on the way and from the peak. Which is placed a relatively short distance away opposite of the Dolphin’s Nose. Best parts of spot are the hairpin turns and tea plantations on the way.
Kodaikanal Lake, a man-made lake, is situated in the Kodaikanal city of Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu. Considered as one of the most popular geographic landmarks and tourist attractions, this lake is located at a distance of 3 km from the bus stand. Perched at an elevation of 2,285 m above sea level, this lake is star shaped.Enclosing an area of around 60 acres, the lake has an average depth of 3 m. The lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hentry Levinge, who was the collector of Madurai. He came to this place after his retirement and converted this marshy land with several streams of lake.
Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal:
Coaker's Walk, discovered in 1872, has been named after Lt. Coaker. Situated at a distance of 1 km from the lake of Kodaikanal, this place is known for its long winding paths, forests and flowers present. Situated on the southern slopes of this beautiful hill station, Coaker's Walk is a paradise for nature lovers. Travellers visiting this place are mandatory to purchase a ticket for entering Coaker's Walk. The major attraction of this place is the Telescope House that offers beautiful view of valley and its nearby towns. The ideal time to make a visit to Coaker's Walk is before 2:30 in the afternoon. This is because after 2:30 pm, the mist starts setting all over by the late afternoon.
The place turned out to be a popular holiday destination and now lures multitudes of visitors to it from all over. The Pine Forest was cultivated by one Mr Bryant in Kodaikanal in 1906 with the idea of having a timber forest for valuable wood. Kodaikanal brings respite to visitors from the heat of the adjoining cities with its pleasant climate throughout the year. This hill station, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, is 2000 metres above sea level, set in the Ghat section of granite cliffs which are completely covered with Pine forests, waterfalls and lakes and grassy slopes. The star-shaped lake is a man-made one and the town is situated around it.
Kurinji Andavar Temple:
Dedicated to Lord Muruga, the God of Hills as per the Tamil literature, visitors visiting this temple can enjoy beautiful view of Vaigai dam and Palani hills. Kurinji Temple, located at a distance of around 5 km from the bus station, is also known as Kurinji Andavar Temple. In addition, this temple is also a venue for summer festival, which is celebrated in the month of May every year. In Tamil Language, Kurinji means hilly region, while the word Andavar refers to God. During this festival, tourists flock the temple so as to seek the blessings of Lord Muruga.
At this botanical garden, every year in the month of May, an annual flower and vegetable show is organised. Bryant Park, a botanical garden, is located on the eastern side of 'The Lake'. Conceived and landscaped in 1980 by a British Army Officer, Glenn Bryant. In addition, it is one of the most visited attractions during the summer months. The garden also houses a glasshouse, which comprises a wide assortment of flowers, ferns and other ornamental plants.
This lake was introduced to the public by European settlers. Berijam Lake, located at a distance of 21 Kilometres from the heart of the city, the lake is one of the most popular attractions of Kodaikanal. Known for its serene beauty, the area on which the lake is present was originally a swamp, which was cleared so as to discover the lake. Surrounded by green pine population, this lake is the main source for Periyakulam Town, which is located in proximity to Kodaikanal. This lake can only be visited after obtaining the permission from the District Forest Officer, as it is not open to general public. Tourists visiting the lake can spot bison and leopard along with chirping birds.
Green Valley View :
The place is formerly well-known as Suicide Point owing to facts that it is deep, dangerous and dense. Green Valley View, located around 5.5 km from the Kodaikanal Lake, is the point from where tourists can enjoy the beautiful view of the Vaigai Dam. The main attraction of this valley is presence of plenty of monkeys. The valley is around 5,000 ft deep and the ideal time to make a visit to this valley is between 10 am and 3 pm.
A dazzling, breath-taking viewpoint of the Kodaikanal Lake, the Upper Lake View is a definite stop for the travellers and visitors to the verdure that Kodaikanal is. The star-shaped lake of Kodaikanal is a manmade one that was created in 1863 by one Sir Vere Henry Levinge. The lake has, since then, been the most popular geographic landmark of Kodaikanal. From the vantage point of the upper plateau, the panoramic view offers tourists a picturesque and dreamy view of the Kodaikanal Lake and allows for a beautiful contrast of the lake against the sullen green of the surrounding hills. The route to the Upper Lake View is about 3.2 km from the Coaker’s Walk, through to the Green Valley.
Shenbaganur Museum, situated at a distance of 5 km from Kodaikanal Lake, is also known as Flora and Fauna Museum. Established in 1895, this museum is managed by Sacred Heart College. This museum also houses an orchidarium, which has a collection of around 300 species of exotic and indigenous orchids. In addition, the museum also preserves fossils along with wide varieties of flora and fauna. Moreover, it is one of the best places to visit by those who want to gain knowledge about the traditional culture of South India.
Located on the southern escarpment of the Palani Hills, Kodaikanal, is a rock formation called Pillar Rocks: three massive rocks about 400 ft. tall, standing adjacent to each other and protruding out of the cliff face. Legend has it that the Pandavas once stopped in Kodaikanal and cooked their meals here while they stayed in this area. The caverns in between these rocks and the cliff face were formerly known as the Devil’s Kitchen, due to the visual effect of fog passing the cave, rising up and coming out of an opening that resembles a chimney. The region was a little known hiking spot prior to the 1992 Tamil movie ‘Guna’. Several scenes from the movie were shot within this Cave, and this ended up making it a famous tourist destination and later being named Guna Caves. Entry into the deeper ravines of the cave is restricted and cordoned off due to mysterious rumoured disappearances of inquisitive explorers in the recent past. The cave system can be safely seen from a distance as well. There are good trekking trails that lead to the caves and the surrounding region is covered by lush green forests and breath-taking views of the valley often covered in fog.