Udhagamandalam or Ooty is the headquarters of the Nilgiri district and is popularly known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations'. This hot tourist spot is laden with beautiful sites to savor. Some of the chief attractions are as below:
A gamut of regionally exclusive and ornamental plants find place in
this garden. The Botanical garden is also the venue for the Flower Show
held in May every year. It also houses a fossil tree trunk 20 million
St. Stephen's Church
The St. Stephen's Church, located on the Mysore road, near the
Collectorate, is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris. Built in
1829, the church has a fine pew with a raised chancel. There are
stained-glass paintings on the Eastern side as well as behind the
chancel. The glass paintings portray Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms
and the crucifixion of Christ among others. On the Western wall, above
the paneled doorways, is a large life-like painting of the Last Supper.
Plan your tour to the Government Museum on Mysore road. Be a witness to
a host of tribal artifacts, district's ecological details and
representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamilnadu.
You can opt for a joy boat ride on this artificial lake. The lake
garden has toy trains for complete recreation. Constructed in 1824 by
Major John Sullivan, the then the Collector of Coimbatore, the lake is a
hot picnic spot among the tourists.
Ketty Valley View
Located on the road to Coonoor, this idyllic spot is a cluster of tiny
Villages that extend to the plains of Coimbatore and Mysore plateau.
About 25 km from Ooty is the picturesque Glenmorgan, which is famous
for its tea estate. A captivating lake at the foot of this estate
constitutes the fore bay for the Pykra powerhouse that is above 3 km
down the hills at Singara. Glenmorgan and Singara are a tourist delight.
There are about ten Todas (tribal) settlement in the vicinity.
10 Km from Korakundah and about 20 Km from Avalanchi, Upper Bhavani has
some of the best sholas like the Thar Shola enroute. The area is a rich
and undisturbed wildlife habitat. You can enjoy trekking from
Bangithappal via Sispara to Silent Valley.
Lying at the junction of Western & Eastern Ghats, Doddabetta is the
highest peak (2623 meters) in the Nilgiri's, about 10 km from Ooty. You
can view the cosmos and surrounding through a telescope house run by
You can also enjoy a myriad of tourists' hunts, which include, Kalhatty
Water Falls, Wenlock Downs, Elk Hills and Snowden Peak and relish your
visit to this enticingly beautiful region of Ooty.