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Sights to See

Ooty Lake
This artificial lake was created John Sullivan, the first District Collector of Udhagamandalam, in 1824. Boating is a popular recreation; it begins around 8 am and ends at 6 pm every day. Paddle, oar or motorised boats are available; you can even hire a boatman who’ll take you around. A mini-garden and a toy train ride are other attractions near by.

Botanical Gardens
Spread over 55 acres, the Garden is home to several rare species of trees such as the cork tree (the only of its kind in India), the paper bark tree and monkey puzzle tree. Also found here are the remnants of a fossilised tree – estimated to be some 20 million years old! The Garden is best known for its Annual Flower Show, which is usually held in May. Best time to visit: April, May, September.

Rose Garden

The Rose Garden was setup in 1995 to commemorate the 100th Flower Show of the Botanical Garden. It has the largest collection of roses in the country with over 2,500 varieties.

Government Museum
The Museum is located on the Mysore Road and items on display include tribal objects, ecological details of the district and a miscellany of the sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu.

Doddabetta Peak
This is the highest peak in the Nilgiris at 2,623 m above sea level and is located about 10 km from Udhagamandalam. It lies near the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats. There are two powerful telescopes installed her so that people can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding areas.

Wenlock Downs
A vast expanse of undulating landscape as far as the eyes can see! The Gymkhana Club, the Government Sheep Farm and the Hindustan Photo Films Factory are all located here. If you enjoy walking, you’ll love to walk down these quiet, winding roads.

Snowden Peak
This is located on the Kothagiri Road and provides a picturesque view of Mysore Plateau.

Elk Hills: You can get a panoramic view of Udhagamandalam and the Lovedale Valley from here.

Kalhatty Falls (13 km): These waterfalls are located on the Ooty-Mysore Road. The best time to visit is mid-May to mid-December

Western Catchment: This is located about 20 km away from Parsons valley. Rolling grassy downs stretch far into the distance, only to be broken now and then by temperate sholas.

Glenmorgan (17 km): The novelty of this place is its electrically operated winch which carries the staff of the Electricity Board from the Glenmorgan viewing point to the powerhouse at Singara. Prior permission of the Electricity Board authorities should be obtained to visit the viewing point.

Ketty Valley: This view point is located 7 kms from Udhagamandalam on the Ooty Coonoor Road. There is a panoramic view of about 14 villages belonging to the Badagas from here. The Ketty Valley is one of the largest valleys in the world and extends from the plains of Coimbatore to the Mysore Plateau.

Pykara Lake and Falls (21 km): Pykara Lake is situated close to Pykara Dam, an impressive engineering feat. Pykara Falls are a favourite of picnickers who throng the place on holidays and weekends. The falls are located close to the Pykara Dam.

Needle Rock: This location is unique because it offers a 360 degree view of the landscape below. You can make out the contours of Gudalur town and Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctuary below.

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