Best Things To Do In Coonoor And Ooty

Best Things To Do In Coonoor And Ooty

Hello readers, Welcome to the yet another exiting blog and in this post i am gonna tell you about Coonoor & Ooty. In this article you will be given a brief idea about these beautiful places and things to do as a tourist in Coonoor and Ooty.

Coonoor and Ooty are beautiful hill stations located in the state of Tamil Nadu in India and are situated at a distance of just 20 kms from each other. The area is well known for its famous Tea estates covering the slopes of majestic mountains. Ooty is situated amidst the Nilgiri Hills which actually means blue mountains and it was the summer headquarters during the British regime. The former name of Ooty was Udagamandalam.

Ooty View

Ooty is nestled at an elevation of 2240 meters and the weather is cool and pleasant throughout the year. The breathtaking view of the mountains, the greenery, the cascading waterfalls and various flora and fauna attracts many tourists from the nearby cities. It is also one of the most popular destination for Honeymooners, as the newly wedded couples look to begin their new chapter of life visiting these romantic hill stations

How To Reach Coonoor & Ooty

Coimbatore is the nearest Airport & Railway Station. Coimbatore is located at a distance of 85 kms and it takes nearly 3 hours to reach Coonoor or Ooty. You will easily get shared taxi and bus from Coimbatore. If you would like to have a comfortable journey and at your own pace then it is recommended that you book a private cab.

You also have the option to start your journey from Bangalore and club your Ooty trip with Mysore. The sector Bangalore Mysore & Ooty can be easily covered in a weeks time.

On the way to Ooty from Coimbatore

Best Time To Visit

It is one of the destination which can be planned throughout the year and is generally categorised as per following seasons

April To June (Summers) is the best time to visit Coonoor and Ooty as the weather remains cool and pleasant as compared to other parts of the country.

November to March (Winters) is a great time to enjoy the winters with cool and foggy weather covering the mountains.

If you love rains,  then you should definitely visit this place during July to September (Monsoon) season. Yes, you might not be able to enjoy the sightseeing points but the rain scenes here will have a soothing effect for your soul, to its core. Just ensure you book a hotel room with a good view.

Ooty Hills

Fog View during Monsoon

Places To See In Coonoor & Ooty

Honestly, each and every place and even a little corner situated here is blessed with special kind of beauty. Anyway, some of the major sightseeing places to see & experience in Coonoor and Ooty are as follows:

Ooty lake

Ooty Lake is located amidst the greenery of the Nilgiri mountains. It is at a distance of 2 kms from the main town of Ooty. Surrounded by the Eucalyptus trees, the beautiful carpet of green grass and various colourful flowers makes this place looks very attractive. You can try boating across the lake and enjoy peace and serenity of this place.

Ooty Lake Boating

Enjoy boating at the beautiful Ooty Lake

Ride at the Toy Train Nilgiri Mountain Railways

The toy train of Nilgiris is one the most famous attraction of Coonoor & Ooty. You must enjoy the picturesque journey of this magnificent train which covers total distance of 46 kms. It has been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The train goes through the dense forests, dark tunnels on a green and verdant slopes creating an experience to cherish for lifetime. If you don’t wish to cover the entire journey, you can take a short ride booking your tickets from Ooty Station to Coonoor Station

Toy Train

Toy Train ready to enter the tunnel

Botanical Garden In Ooty

Botanical garden is spread over an area of 54 acres and is one of the most important tourist spot in Ooty. It is located on the lower slopes of Dodabetta Peak with variety of flowers and exotic species of various plants. The Botanical garden is divided in six different sections which are trimmed and maintained very beautifully and the name of the sections are New Garden, Lower Garden, Nurseries, Italian Garden, Conservatory, and Fountain Terrace. Enjoy strolling through these parks admiring the beauty of this place which will have soothing and peaceful effect on your body, mind and soul.

Botanical Garden In Ooty

Botanical Garden Ooty

Sims Park In Coonoor

Sim’s park is one of the most famous sightseeing point in Coonoor. It is famous for thousands of varieties of trees, plants and flowers which are nicely maintained and taken care of. You can walk through this park and enjoy the beauty of the nature. There is also a small lake and a park for the kids

Enjoy View Dolphin’s Nose Head

Dolphin’s nose head is a view point located at an altitude of 1500 meter offering stunning views of the Nilgiri mountains. The St. Catherine falls and Coonoor stream is also visible from this point. It is named as Dolphin Nose Head because of the huge rock visible from here which resembles nose of a Dolphin. You must definitely visit here to enjoy the panoramic view of the hills, occasionally covered with clouds.

Dolphin Nose head view Point

View point Dolphin Nose Head

Visit Tea Museum

Tea Museum near the Dodabetta Tea Factory is located amidst the tea gardens processing some the finest quality of teas from the Nilgiri ranges. You can learn the insights of tea making, the history and the entire process from harvesting to packaging. You can purchase variety of flavoured teas and herbal oil from the store located inside the premises.

Tea Estate

Tea plantation around the Tea museum

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake is a stunning place located 28 kms from Ooty. The lake was formed due to landslide in the year 1800 and hence got its name as Avalanche. The lake attracts nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts who love trekking and camping. Personally speaking this is my favourite place in this location.

Avalanche Lake Ooty

View of the Avalanche Lake

Lambs Rock

Lambs Rock is located at a distance of 8 kms from Coonoor. It is famous for exquisite view of the mountains, Coimbatore plains, Tea & Coffee estates. It is also known as suicide point. Enjoy the greenery and nature while walking to the top. Don’t forget to try eating the noodles while enjoying the view.

Dodabetta Peak

Dodabetta is the highest point of the Nilgiri Mountains rising at a height of 2637 meters which means Big Hill in Kannada language. It is located at a distance of 10 kms from Ooty and offers an astonishing view of the nearby areas covered with dense forests. It is one of the best sightseeing point offering the best view of the Nilgiri Hills.

Dodabetta Peak

Can you see the Ooty town from Dodabetta Peak?

Shopping in Coonoor & Ooty

Ooty offers lots of options for shopping and you can purchase variety of products including winter wears and good quality woollen clothes from the market. The Tibetan market near the Botanical garden sells colourful shawls, stoles, embroidery clothes and jewelleries. You can Grab some fresh spices like cumin, turmeric, pepper, nutmeg etc from Upper Bazaar Road. Do not forget to purchase the local Tea, herbal oil, fruit jellies, fruit cheese, chocolates and honey.

Where to eat in Coonoor & Ooty?

Cafe Diem Coonoor: It is a wonderful restaurant with amazing ambience. It is a vegetarians restaurant serving some exotic cuisines including Mediterranean French and Italian cuisines. Cafe Diem serves varieties of homemade pastas, pizzas, risotto soups, salads and desserts. Please ensure you reserve your table before visiting as this place is usually full.

The Culinarium Coonoor: It is an European cafe situated on the main highway between Coonoor and Ooty. One must try Pastas, Pot cooked pie, meat lasagne and goulash. They serve some exotic ice creams and varieties of breads and pastries. You can also enjoy alcoholic  drinks here.

Place To Bee- Ooty: Place to bee is situated close to the boathouse where you can enjoy variety of soups, appetizers and desserts. It is said that you visit to Ooty is incomplete without visiting this restaurant.

Hyderabad Biryani House Ooty: Located near Wellback Residency hotel, this little restaurant is paradise for the non veg lovers. It serves variety of Veg, Chicken and mutton biryanis along with Kebabs and curries. The view from the restaurant is equally amazing.

Home made Chocolates from Ooty

Home made Chocolates of Ooty

Conclusion

So, in this blog you were given a good, brief idea about these beautiful destinations. I hope you enjoyed reading the post about things to do in Coonoor and Ooty. I request you to please leave your feedback and suggestions in the comment box. You can contact me for any assistance, If you are planning to visit Coonoor and Ooty.

 

Places To Visit In Mussoorie- An Ultimate Travel Guide

Places To Visit In Mussoorie- An Ultimate Travel Guide

Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations in India which is located at a distance of 290 kilometers from Delhi. As soon as you arrive here, you will instantly realise why it has been nicknamed as “The Queen of the Hills”. It is situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand at an elevation above 6500 feet. This post will guide you about the activities you must experience and places to visit in Mussoorie.

The hill station is blessed with picturesque landscapes with a backdrop of Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas. The weather remains cool, calm and pleasant throughout the year and experiences snowfalls in winters. Mussoorie was very popular amongst the Britishers and the lovely colonial architecture marks the witness of their presence in the past.

How To Reach Mussoorie

Mussoorie can be easily reached from Dehradun and is the nearest Airport,  Railway Station and Bus Stand. Once you reach Dehradun you can hire private cab, shared taxi or bus to reach Mussoorie.

Flight:  The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest Airport to reach Mussoori. It is located at a distance of just 34 kilometers from Mussoorie.

Train: Dehradun railway station is connected to all the major cities in India. You can book your tickets from the official IRCTC website. If you don’t find a direct train from your town then you can break your journey from Delhi.

Road: Mussoorie is well connected by road from Delhi. You can hire a cab directly from Delhi or even enjoy self-drive which takes nearly 7 hours time to reach Mussoorie. The upcoming Delhi- Dehradun Expressway will make it easier and convenient as the duration will be reduced to less than 4 hours.

Dehradun Railway Station

Dehradun Railway Station

Places To Visit In Mussoorie & Things To Do

Mussoorie is an enchanting hill station which offers various options for sightseeing and activities for its visitors. The following are activities and places to visit in Mussoorie.

Take a Rope Way To Gun Hill

Gun Hill is the second highest summit in Mussoorie. It offers spectacular view of the entire hill station and the surrounding Himalayan ranges of Doon Valley & Garhwal. It is located at a distance of 400 from Mall Road. You can take the Cable Car to reach the top and enjoy the bird’s eyes view of the entire town. It was named as Gun Hill during the pre-independence period because of the presence of gunfire on these hills. The gun was fired during the day to enable people to adjust their watches.

The cost for the round trip is INR 75 per person and timings are as follows:

  • 10 am to 6 pm in peak winter season during snow (December & January)
  • 8 am to 10 pm in Summer peak season ( May to July & October)
  • 10 am to 7 pm in moderate season (November to April & August to September
Ropeway Mussoorie

Ropeway Gunhill Point best place to visit in Mussoorie

Bathing at Kempty Falls in Mussoorie

Kempty is a lovely waterfall with water cascading from a height of 12 m which looks extremely beautiful. Your trip to Mussoorie is incomplete without visiting this splendid place. You are free to jump inside the large pool under the waterfalls and enjoy swimming  beautiful. Make sure you are not visiting this place during the peak hours or weekends because it gets crowded at times. The Kempty Falls is located at a distance of 15 kms and is one of the best places to visit in Mussoorie.

Places to visit in Mussoorie Kempty Falls

Kempty Falls 

Telescopic View from Lal Tibba

Lal Tibba is the highest point located on the top of Depot Hill in Landour at a distance of 6 kms from Mussoorie. Lal Tibba is considered  as one of the most spectacular viewpoint in the entire Mussoorie. The name Lal Tibba means Red Hill and is situated at an elevation of 7160 feet. The telescopes installed here showcases the view of the magnificent Neelkanth Peak, Kedarnath Peak & Banderpoonch mountain ranges which rises up to 19600 Feet.

Lal Tibba Places to visit in Mussoorie

Amazing sight from Lal Tibba

Relax At The Lake Mist

The Mist Lake is one of the most beautiful and serene picnic spot in the entire Mussoorie. The emerald waters are surrounded by dense green forests, waterfalls and the panoramic view of mountains.  Sitting by the lake side, you will find yourself in the lap of nature with serenity and peace all around you.

Lake Mist

The Serene and Beautiful Lake Mist

Nag Tibba Trek

The best part of Nag Tibba is that it is not very famous amongst the tourists. So it is less crowded compared to other sightseeing places. This trekking trail is quite thrilling which leads you to climb above 10000 feet. Once you reach to the top, you will find yourself amidst the snow-clad mountains and serene beauty all around.  You are advised to book this trek with local trek organizers or travel agents as they will escort you along with group and also provide necessary equipments that are useful for trekking.

Base Camp At Nag Tibba

Hiking in Nature at Benong Wildlife Sanctuary

Benong Wildlife Sanctuary, which is famous for the rare & endangered species of mountain quails and other birds and animals, The sanctuary is a part of Rajaji National Park and is located at a distance of 12 km from Mussoorie. It is home to the red-billed blue magpie, white-capped water redstart, deer and leopards. This place is a paradise for the nature-loving people and it can only be explored by walking & hiking. So I suggest you be prepared for the same. It also offers a spectacular view of Bandarpoonch and Chaukhamba mountains.

Places to visit in Mussoorie Wildlife Sanctuary

Mussoorie Wildlife Sanctuary

Adventure Activities in Mussoorie

The Queen Of Hills, Mussoorie offers many adventurous escapes.  You can go for Trekking & Hiking at Nag Tibba, Bhadraj temple & forest, Dodital and Has Ki Dun Trek. Similarly there are sites for Skywalk Ziplines Rock climbing & Rapelling, Paragliding & Roller skating.

Strolling, Eating & Shopping At The Mall Road

The Mall Road of Mussoorie is the most popular shopping place located in the heart of Mussoorie. The colonial style houses and buildings along with the lamp post and benches makes the entire street looks very beautiful. It will keep reminding you about their presence over the past. You can shop around with plenty of local items like ceramic vases, lamps, British furniture and local handicrafts. One can also shop the local jewelleries, jamawah shawls gifts and antiques.

You will also find many eateries and restaurants serving various cuisines at the Mall Road. One should definitely visit Kalsang friends Corner, serving amazing Tibetan & Chinese food. Casa Mia bakery is famous for exotic pastries, frozen drinks and desserts.

Places to visit in Mussoorie for shopping Mall Road

Ornaments, Jewellery shop at Mall Road