Ooty offers plenty of activities to entertain all age groups from kids to elderly and their interests like ride on a Toy train, Adventurous Trekking to the boating in the lake.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway:
Nilgiri Mountain Railway is built by the British in 1908. The Train operates between Mettupalayam and Ooty covering 42 Km approximately with108 curves, 16 tunnels and 250 bridges along the route. In July 2005, UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as a World Heritage Site. Hop into this train to view the scenic vistas of the Nilgiri Mountains.
British Colonial era churches:
Ooty has several churches built by the British like St Stephens, Trinity, and Union. Of all the churches St Stephen’s, backs the 19th century is the oldest church in the Nilgiris district. It has lovely stained glass, with huge wooden beams slabs. Next to the church you will find the cemetery with headstones commemorating many Brits lived in ooty.
Botanical Gardens of ooty established in 1848, cover an area of around 55 acres, and lie on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak. The garden has a terraced layout and divided into several sections. It houses, both exotic and indigenous of plants, shrubs, ferns. In the centre of the Gardens lie a fossilized tree trunk estimated to be 20 million years old. Every year in the month of May Government of Tamil Nadu organizes the annual flower show to showcase different varieties of flowers witnessed by thousands of visitors.
Boating in the Ooty Lake:
Ooty Lake was constructed in 1824 by John Sullivan,the first collector of Ooty which covers an area of 65 acres. The lake was formed by damming the mountain streams flowing down the Ooty valley. The Boat house established alongside the lake offers boating facilities to visitors, is a major tourist attraction in Ooty. During summer season boat races and boat pageantry are organized for two days at the lake.
Upper Bhavani Lake:
Upper Bhavani is a beautiful blue-green lake perched inside the deep forest of Nilgiri. It is around 24 kms downhill from ooty town. There is a huge dam on this lake, which is the major source of water for the nearby regions. This is the ideal way to reach the Mukurthi National Park which has the wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 70 sq. km and is home to Nilgiri Tahr, sambhar, giant squirrels, leopards, tigers, jungle cats, wild dogs and jackals, among others. If you are the wild-life lover then this is the ideal place to visit.