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.