Places to See in the Nilgiris.

Trekking Guide: If you are the adventurous type and like to go trekking you can contact Mr Sultan Mubarak 99438-33801 OR 98431-36512 Mob Address : Upper Coonoor Auto Stand, Bedford.

Nature - Watch: A setup run by Mr Bhoopathy and they organse hikes, trekking, birdwatching, wildlife watching and forest camping trips. Please call Mr Bhoopathy at +91 97869-71735. Or you could visit there website in advance for more details at cavemannilgiris@gmail.com

Bird Watching Guide: You could check with Mr. Sivalingam who is a guide for bird-watching. His mobile 94865-30021

Avalanchi with its breathtaking scenery is 28km from Ooty. Wildlife, especially ibex, can be seen in the vast stretches of undisturbed tropical forests. Avalanchi supposedly got its name from a huge landslide in 1824 when there were eight days of non-stop rain, thunder & winds. There is a hotel called Red Hills in Avalanchi and they can give you lunch if you let them know you are coming.

Botanical Gardens in Ooty. Was established over 150 years ago. It is set amidst a sprawling 55 acres and has a wide variety of plants & trees with well manicured lawns on all sides.

Doddabetta at a height of 2623 meters, it is the highest peak in the Nilgiris and in south India with breathtaking scenery all around. There is even a telescope to look through. There is a lovely scenic road that connects Kotagiri with Ooty, which branches off to Doddabetta. It is lengthier than the normal route to Ooty but since there is very little traffic on this road, it does not take much longer!

Dolphin’s Nose or Mookumalai (mooku meaning nose & malai means mountain in Tamil) is the last stop on the road connecting Lamb’s Rock & Lady Canning Seat. You go through narrow winding roads with tea bushes on either side, mist filled valleys below and bright sunshine above, to get to Dolphin’s Nose. A promontory over the Kotagiri Valley from which Catherine Falls and the Coonoor & Kotagiri streams can be seen merging to form the Bhavani River.

Hulikal Droog(huli = tiger; kal = stone; droog = fort in Kannada) is a precipitous bluff with a 4000ft drop at the very end of the range extending to Coonoor. This perpendicular drop to the Mettupalayam & Coimbatore plains is inspiring. Go through the Nonsuch Tea Estate (about 5 km from Coonoor) and you will come to the ruins of this old sixteenth century fortress said to have been used by Tippu Sultan as an outpost. Go in a group as it is quite lonely at the fort and there are bison! You may have to walk the last bit up to the fort as the road is not motorable.

Lady Canning Seat is just a little further down the road connecting Lamb’s Rock with Dolphin’s Nose. It is named for the then Viceroy’s wife who loved the place and stayed in the hotel built on the edge of the ravine in 1858. She used to ride, walk, sketch and study botany. It has beautiful views of Lamb’s Rock, Hulikal Droog and Lampton’s Peak one above the other.

Lamb's Rockwith a breathtaking view of the plains, Lamb’s Rock is believed to be named after one Captain Lamb who was instrumental in making a path to this spot. Lamb’s Rock is on the way to Dolphin’s Nose. It is approximately 6 kms from Coonoor.

Law's Falls on the road connecting Mettupalayam with Coonoor, these falls are named after Col G V Law who helped complete the ghat road and is an incredible sight to see especially after the rains.

Masinagudi & Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuaries:Masinagudi is 13 km northwest of Ooty . It has two lovely places to have lunch & a swim - Jungle Hut & Jungle Retreat. You can also go on a safari to see the wild life. You have to book ahead. Mudumalai becomes the Bandipur Sanctuary on the Karnataka border. You can book a safari from Ooty at the Tourist Office. You can almost be sure of seeing bison, elephants, peacocks, wild boar, chital, sambar, barking deer, porcupines, squirrels & of course…monkeys.

Ooty Lake a man-made lake that spans a distance of about 2 km. Boats are available on hire at the lake. There are lots of games at the adjoining amusement park.

Pykara Dam & Waterfalls is 19km from Ooty railway station. Great picnic spot. Paddle & motor boats are available.

Rallia Dam is off the Kotagiri road at Betatti. The dam’s foundation was laid in 1935 and it was inaugurated in 1941. Rallia Dam is the main source of water supply to Coonoor. It is a charming, peaceful place, quite nice for a picnic! A number of scenes from the film Roja were shot here. Sims Park in Coonoor. Set amidst 12.14 hectares of lush greenery, this park was established in 1874. The garden has over 1200 species of plants and over 200 varieties of roses.

Wellington is the cantonment area and is devoted almost entirely to the military. It is well known for its Defence Services Staff College, the only one of its kind in Asia. It is Madras Regimental Centre. The Wellington Gymkhana Club has a very interesting and challenging golf course.

Enjoy your visit and do come again!