The highest peak in the Hills of the Nilgiris(2,623 metres), this place lies at the juncture of the Eastern and the Western Ghats and definitely tops the list of Ooty tourist attractions. Located at a distance of about 10 km from the main town, it offers a beautiful view of the surrounding topography. A Telescope House managed by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation enables the tourists to get a better view.
Ooty botanical garden attracts tourists from all over the world. Flourishing, green, well maintained lawns, rare species of trees, a 20 million year old fossil tree, an Italian - style garden bordering, a variety of flowers, a range of ferns and orchids and a clear pool are some of the highlights of this garden. The "Summer Festival" held each year at the Botanical Garden during the month of May is again popular. The Flower Show is the pride of the festival.
The Pykara is the largest river in the Nilgiris District. It gushes down majestically in a series of cascades and the last two falls of 55 meters and 61 meters are known as Pykara falls. The boating here is a lot of fun, so do try it if you are in Ooty. Wenlock Downs is a vast expanse of grassy meadows on way to Pykara, is very popular with the movie makers in the country.
Rose Park is situated in the heart of Ooty less than a km from Charring Cross at Vijayanagaram. The garden has the largest collections of roses in the country (around 3000 varieties) like Hybrid Tea Roses, miniature rose, Floribunda, Ramblers, etc. It has also received the certificate of being a "Garden of Excellence" by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) in 2006.
The immaculate St Stephen’s Church, built in 1829, is the oldest church in the Nilgiris, with lovely stained glass.
Located on the Kalhatty slopes, these falls are about 100 feet high and about 13kms from Ooty. There are several wild species like panthers, sambhar, bison and wild buffaloes endemic to this region.
Avalanche Dam and Lake is located at a distance of 25 km from Ooty. Trekking is quite popular here. The nearby trout farm is the only place in India where trout fish grow. The lake is ideal for fishing and bird watching.
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