Declared as a world heritage site. Was built in 1908, and has rack and pinion system of Tracks, where apart from the traditional 2 tracks, there is a middle track with Teeth, so the Gear in the locomotive fits into these teeth on the track, and prevents the Train to slip in steep gradients.
one of the highest Peaks in South India at 8642 feet, one can get a birds ee view of the entire valleys of the region. There is also a telescope house run by TTDC
Here you can get to know entire history of Tea, and also see how the green leaves, are processed, and packed. You can taste the tea, and can even buy factory fresh Tea of different varieties.
This garden was laid out in 1847 by the Marquis of Tweedale and is spread over 55 acres. Lush green well maintained lawns, rare tree species (like the cork tree which is probably the only such tree in India, the paper bark tree and the monkey puzzle tree - monkeys cannot climb this tree), a 20 million year old fossilized tree.
From just behind the Main Bus Stand (also near the Railway station) the famous Ooty Lake stretches, in an irregular 'L' shape, for about two kilometres in length and varrying distances in width. At the far end is the Boat House where all kinds of boats are available for hire from eight in the morning to six in the evening. During summer seasons, in May, boat races and boat pageantry are organised on two days at the lake which draw huge crowds.
The rose garden is laid on 10 acres of land. This garden has been beautifully laid out in terraces with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers. Today this garden has the largest collections of roses in the country, around 3000 roses varieties of roses like Hybrid Tea Roses, miniature rose, Floribunda, Ramblers, roses of unusual colours like black, green and many more varieties of roses that will captivate your senses.
The Pykara river has a dam and power plant. There is a breathtaking scenery. The falls, about 6 km from the bridge on the main road, are best in July, but they are also worth visiting from August to December. There is a forest rest House at Pykara.
As the name suggests this is the main Market area of Ooty, which still has its Colonial charm, with outdoor cafes, and homemade Chocolate and other souvenir shops, the ideal place to hang out in evenings. At the starting of the Commercial street is the Charring Cross Fountain, built by the Britishers, in memory of the then Governor, it has beautifull figurines, and majestic fountain, with music in the evenings.
Lamb's rock is an excellent picnic spot near Coonoor. It is a point on the way to Dolphin's Nose. It was named after the man Captain Lamb who tried in earnest to open a path to that particular point. With such a view, no wonder this man put forth such a valiant effort to reach the point. The rock is a jagged cliff that drops down several hundred feet to the lush jungle below.
Dolphin's Nose is an enormous rock formation that is entirely unique. The protruding rock formation looks exactly like what it is named after, a dolphin's nose. The view from here is awesome. There are gigantic ravines found both to the left and right of Dolphin's Nose.
Sim's Park is an unusual botanical garden that was developed back in 1874 by Mr. J.D. Sims and Major Murray. Naturally occurring trees, shrubs and creepers, are in the park as are many unusual species of plants that have been brought in from a variety of places around the world.