From boarding the Nilgiri toy train to the early morning trek: the 10 best things to do in Ooty – CNBCTV18 | Dauktion


Doddabetta peak offers stunning sunrise views that are not to be missed.

Planning a trip to the hills where you can blow off steam and lose yourself in the scenic beauty? Do you want an intimate or fun trip that will soothe your soul while getting your adrenaline pumping? Look no further. In this article, you will read about top 10 top 10 fun things to do in Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

Find accommodation with a great view

An important part of your trip to Ooty would be your stay, and as such, it’s important to choose one with stunning views, amenities, and food. Visit here to find resorts that offer stunning views. Hilltop resorts are good choices, but those overlooking the valley are a feast for the eyes. There’s nothing more comforting than waking up to a dreamy morning to fog and clouds playing hide-and-seek with the sun and hills. Standing on a balcony, contemplating the scenic beauty and enjoying a hot cup of Nilgiri tea sounds like the perfect way to recharge your batteries.

nature walk

If you like to take in the beauty of a place slowly, then a nature walk in Ooty is a must. Pack your water bottles and camera for the trip and you’re all set. Start early morning or late afternoon as all tourist spots close at 6pm and it gets dark after 5pm. Walking through the cement and mud streets, you will see lush green patches, steep bends, hairpin bends and unique flowers, carrots, tea and beans growing in the plantations all over the hills. With the cool air caressing you every now and then, coupled with a serene and beautiful backdrop, you are sure to lose yourself in its splendor.

adventure games

There is an adventure park near the Ooty town bus station that caters to those who love the adrenaline rush. It offers Rock Climbing, Ziplining, Sky Bridge (rope walking), Sky Cycle (Ziplining Clubbed with Biking) just to name a few. Hill station adventure games will get you pumped and energized like no other. It is best done with an open mind and the right guidance, and it leaves you with a lighter heart and happiness.

waterfall hike

Ooty has numerous waterfalls for every swimmer. However, tourists are not allowed to bathe in any waterfalls. But that doesn’t have to stop you from having fun. The famous Pykara Falls, about 19 miles from the center, has an amazing hike that leads to a gushing, avalanche-like waterfall. Catherine Falls and Katary Falls also offer an easy hike and stunning views.

Visit to a tea plantation

The tea gardens/plantations are a must see whenever you are in Ooty. If you hire a local guide, they may be able to arrange a visit to a plantation and the tea factory. What is the best? At the end of the tour you will have a hot cup of tea to drink: one of the finest teas, sourced, processed and brewed especially for you! If you are a lover of the drink, you will love the variety and taste of Nilgiri tea.

Early morning sunrise hike

Doddabetta peak offers stunning sunrise views that are not to be missed. Talk to your accommodation manager or travel agent and ask to arrange a jeep or car for the early morning drive. It is unsafe to walk from the hotel to the bottom of the hill after dark. You can start from your stay around 4.30/5am, reach the base of Doddabetta and go up near the summit. Once you are only a few kilometers/meters from the summit, you can dismount and hike. When you arrive at the summit, a golden surprise awaits you.


About 2 km from the Ooty bus station is a lake surrounded by valleys, deep forests and shrubs. The best time for boating is in the evening, in a two-person pedal boat or a multi-person open motorboat. A 3 km ride, a ride almost to heavenly heaven, the breathtaking view, the tranquility of the place and the clear water will be a core memory that you will cherish for a long time.

Walk through picturesque gardens

This is a common tourist spot in Ooty and a must-see when visiting for the first time. Ooty boasts of its beautiful botanical gardens, rose gardens and flower shows with hundreds of varieties of flowers everywhere that are aesthetically cared for and cared for.

shopping for chocolate

Another major attraction at Ooty is its homemade chocolates. The markets and almost all tourist places have collections of quality homemade chocolates of different types, combinations and flavors that offer a blissful treat for chocoholics.

The Nilgiri Toy Train!

Last, but not least, every child’s dream in Tamil Nadu: the toy train! The toy train that runs between Mettupalayam and Coonoor is a ride through heaven to say the least. With an approximately 3.5-hour journey, you can experience all the prime scenery aboard the train as you traverse deep forests, waterfalls, steep hills and dense bushes. A cloudy day coupled with a toy train ride can make you fall in love with the place many times over.

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