An inevitable spell casted by the mystic hills of Western Ghats that has taken through lands of lush green forest cover with a lavish sprinkle of charming streams of water that has added its dose of beauty to the Queen of hills, Ooty. For years Ooty has always been playing it really hard for travelers to curate a list of tourist places to check out as there are many. Well now we got it simplified and curated a list of 8 best tourist places in Ooty to check out this summer with your family or friends.
- 1 1.Avalanche Lake
- 2 2. Ralliah Dam
- 3 3. Botanical Garden
- 4 4. Doddabetta Peak
- 5 5. Pykara waterfalls
- 6 6. Catherine Waterfalls
- 7 7. Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Ooty
- 8 8. Mudumalai tiger reserve
Starting off the list with the show stealer, Avalanche Lake. Avalanche, in every angle, would eventually sum up to be one of the most beautiful places in Ooty and also the most sought after tourist places as well.
It is located at 27kms from the center of Ooty and is widely applauded for its rustic beauty coupled with lush green range. Well the star obviously here is the lake which is adorable and pristine beauty in every way possible.
2. Ralliah Dam
The odds of seeing a raw and beautiful dam like Ralliah dam that looks like it’s straight out of a movie is unarguably zero. No we haven’t really gone overboard with that statement as Ralliah is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful looking tourist places near Ooty.
The access is restricted in the evening, citing the safety issues as this one is less connected with the main city roads. It is approximately 26kms away from Ooty and is one of the hidden gems in Ooty without a doubt.
3. Botanical Garden
Did you just feel any nostalgic wave Just hitting you right now? Well that’s possibly because of the Ooty botanical garden making it to the list of tourist places in Ooty. It’s oddly an absurd task ahead to pile up a list of places in Ooty without having the Botanical garden taking the prime spot.
The 63K+ ratings might sum it up better now as this is the most beautiful and one of the oldest well known tourist places in Ooty, hands down. With Summer around the corner, the garden is all pumped up to come back to its glorious form with people flocking in hundreds.
Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643002
4. Doddabetta Peak
Fancy some exquisite aerial shots of Ooty? Then head straight to Doddabetta peak, one of the highest peaks in Ooty at an astounding altitude of 2623 metres above. Doddabetta follows in the footsteps of Botanical garden in terms of the oldest known tourist destinations in Ooty.
The entry fee is quite cheap and there is a never ending list of shops and snack outlets near that can add up to the fun elements here. It is around 10kms away from Ooty that shows some breathtaking views of the valley amidst the melodic clouds passing through.
5. Pykara waterfalls
A pristine looking waterfall hidden on the beautiful layers in Western Ghats that adds to the mystic charms of the Ooty in a different dimension. At around 20kms from Ooty, Pykara waterfalls is under a 40 minutes drive from the center of the junction.
The view gets exquisite with a nice panoramic effect during the winter season or during heavy rainfalls while the summer falls short of the wow factor much to the traveler’s dismay indeed. But overall a stunning experience awaits at the Pykara waterfalls.
Pykara, River, Tamil Nadu 643224
6. Catherine Waterfalls
Guess it’s the season of waterfalls. Second entrant making it to the list of best tourist places in Ooty, while we are definitely not complaining especially with summer around the corner ready to unleash the rage, calls for the perfect time to include Catherine falls in the list.
Located at Kothagiri, it is around an hour drive from Ooty. The roads through the valley from Ooty to Kotagiri makes it all worthy with the chilling climate and breezy waves of fresh air. The free entrance and the waterfalls hidden in the deep valley makes up for a perfect weekend getaway.
Tamil Nadu 643201
7. Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Ooty
Remember those iconic Bollywood songs back in the 90s? Well you guessed it right, most of those were shot at Wenlock Down that is sprung across an impressive 80 acres of lush green grassland proving as a feast to the normal eyes.
The bird chirping sound amidst the tall looking trees adds to the soothing factor here which elevates the overall experience here. You can even buy the popular carrots from the fresh farms here which adds up really a charm to the expedition.
Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Hwy, Tamil Nadu 643005
8. Mudumalai tiger reserve
Just incase if you are done exploring the blissful nature of Ooty and want to explore something wild and untamed, step on the gas for a solid 2 hours to reach the harrowing roads of Mudumalai, the undisputed tiger reserve forest of Tamil Nadu that is just kilometers away from sharing its border with Karnataka.
Mudumalai has loads to offer on the table, for starters, there is the wildlife safari that’s so amusing and rustic while there are also elephant camps nearby alluring us into the world of tuskers. Apart from tuskers and tigers, there are also deers, Indian gaurs, peacocks etc.