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Elephant Camp / Theppkadu

Elephant Camp, Theppekadu, Masinagudi

Visit forest department elephant camp where around 29 pachyderms are cared for and trained. You can witness them give a thorough cleaning, followed by a pooja (offering to the deity) by the elephants themselves and culminating in feeding them. Believe it or not, each has their own diet on an everyday basis to adhere to.

Visit to Nilgiri Tea Plantations

Nilgiri Tea Plantations, Masinagudi

Like the famous Darjeeling tea, the Nilgiri Tea plantations are famous for its green leaf tea. A visit to a local tea, coffee or pepper plantation as a half day or full day trip could be organized. The trip gets all the more exciting and refreshing when one actually gets to visit a factory and observe the journey of the leaf through different processes before its end.



A day trip to Ooty, one of the many hill stations explored and discovered by the British can also fit into the agenda. It includes a visit to the renowned botanical gardens, boating on the lake, toda museum, etc Do some shopping for silver jewellery and don’t forget to leave Ooty without a bag of home made chocolates, local tea, some eucalyptus and citronella oils.

Gopalswamy Betta

Gopalswamy Betta

Many of our guests enjoy a full day excursion (with packed lunch) through the twin sanctuaries of Bandipur and Mudumalai, to Gopalswami Betta, a hill with a historic temple at its peak. Being part of the Project Tiger Reserve, one could look down on the plateau as tiger sightings have been getting increasingly more common than rare.



In the foothills of the Nilgiris adjoining Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary at the base of the mountain called Gauri Bara nestles this huge piece of privacy. ‘Gauri Bara' means `Honey Cleft' in to the Sholigas, and `Golden Rock Face' to the Kasabas. The location is a five and a half hour drive from Bangalore on the Mysore - Ooty road. It is a coffee Estate started in about 1869, coffee is still grown on the Estate, you can still see the snow-white blossom in March, and the Holly red berries in November / December. You can also see the ancient temples and alters built and still used by the local Kurumba, Irula and Toda tribals. This is also the area where Kenneth Anderson hunted Man-eaters. Though there are no Man-eaters now, if you are very lucky and happen to be in the right place at the right time you may get to see a tiger. The forest in and around the estate has a lot of Elephants, which are kept out of the Campsites by a solar powered fence. Other wise the place has its resident wildlife like leopard, bear, deer, bison, langurs, monkeys, malabar squirrel, Hyena, wild dogs, hare, and many more. It is also a bird watchers paradise and an Entomologist's haven. The location is situated on the leeward side of the Nilgiris at an altitude of 950 meters msl, in a natural scrub forest, with temperatures varying between 20o C and 35 o C.



This place was one of the oldest rubber estates in the country. Now tea, pepper and spices are grown here on a very small area and the rest of the estate has been converted into a private wildlife reserve allowing the natural vegetation to regenerate. It is on the Mettupalayam-Kotagiri ghat Road, only 90 minutes from Coimbatore and 6½ hours from Bangalore. Here you can see and experience the Nilgiris as it was intended to be by nature. The place is endowed with beautiful natural features like mountains, valleys, gorges, rocks, rock faces, caves, streams, waterfalls, meadows,swamps, forests etc. Animals like Elephants, Gaur, bear and leopard make theirs homes in the jungles here. Irula tribals live and work on the plantation. The weather is pleasant all round the year and the locale green. Situated on the windward side of the Nilgiris at an altitude of about 1000 meters msl, amid lush forests the temperatures vary between 15 o C and 27 o C.

Bird Watching

Bird Watching

This area of the Nilgiris is home to over 320 species of birds, both migratory as well as sedentary. The sholas and jungles provide perfect habitat for them all year round

Sim's Park

Sim's Park, Coonoor

The Sim's Park is spread over an area of 12 hectares and is situated in Upper Coonoor. The park it is believed has more than 1000 plant species, including many flowering plants, pines, ferns and shrubs. If you are visiting in May, then you can attend the fruit and vegetable show, which is a tradition and is held annually.

Lamb's Rock

Lamb's Rock, Coonoor

Lamb's Rock is another vantage point that is ideal for taking pictures and is a wonderful picnic spot. It is merely 9 kms. From Coonoor and is known for the splendid views it offers of the plains of Coimbatore and the tea states in the surrounding areas.

Dolphin's Nose

Dolphin's Nose, Coonoor

It is about 12 kms. from Coonoor bus stand situated near Tiger Hills. It is unique rock of tremendous proportions, jutting out of the face of hill side in the formation which its name suggests. The view here is extremely grand and well repays the exertion of getting there. Left and right are great ravines; on the one side is seen an excellent view of the magnificent St. Catherine's Falls with their stream continuing several thousand meters below, while on the other, the familiar Coonoor stream meets the stream from Kotagiri. They together tribute to the great Bhavani river. In fact, we are meters away from the Nose opposite to it and separated in between by the deep valley that is covered with the beautiful greenery and mash of tree tops.

Law's Falls

Law's Falls, Coonoor

The Law's falls which is named after Col. Law, who traced and mainly constructed the new Coonoor ghat, is a pretty cascade on the Coonoor river near its junction with the Mettupalayam Ghat road. A little lower down the torrent is crossed by the ghat road over it. The falls is about 5 kilometres below Coonoor at the junction of Coonoor and Kateri rivers on the Coonoor - Mettupalayam road.

It is one of the prettiest places in the district and it attracts many visitors. the Law's falls is a paradise for naturalists, is very wild and rocky.

The Droog

The Droog, Coonoor

17 kms. from Coonoor. One has to go up to Nonsuch Estate and trek down for about 4 kms. There is a dilapidated fort of which it was said that Tippu Sultan used this fort as an outpost. The peak stands at an elevation of about 2,000 mts. and directly overlooks the plains.

Lady Canning's Seat

Lady Canning Seat, Coonoor

Laddy Canning's Seat is about 8 Kms. from Coonoor bus stand and further along the same road as that to Lamb's Rock. It is perhaps the loveliest point in the heart of the woods. Lady Canning, wife of the Viceroy was fond of this spot, which commands a panoramic view of the numerous tea estates, Lamb's Rock, the Droog, the Lampton's Peak all could be seen one above the other and even Mettupalayam is visible at a distance.

Pasteur Institute

Pasteur Institute, Coonoor

This famous institute for research on Rabies was established in 1907. One important project of this Institute is the manufacture of POLIO VACCINE. It is situated near Sim’s park.


Wellington, Coonoor

This town is located on the Coonoor - Ooty road about 10 kms before Ooty (about 10 Kms from Coonoor). It is the headquarters of the Indian Defence Services Staff College and also the headquarters of the 250 year old Madras regiment, which is the oldest regiment in the Indian Army.

Pomological Station

This model experimental fruit orchard is located very near to the Sim’s park. It is maintained by the Horticultural department.

Kattery Falls

About 5 Km from Coonoor on the Kendala road, this is one of the highest falls in the Nilgiris. But view from the spot is magnificent.

Tourist attractions in and around Coonoor


Kotagiri, Coonoor

East of Ooty, is a little village of Kotagiri, which is about 23 kms from the popular hill station. Kotagiri is the oldest one of the three hill stations in the Nilgiris. It is not as popular as the other two, Ooty and Coonoor, yet it is said that it probably has the most pleasant weather among the three of them. It is a beautiful hill resort that has wonderful tea estates and is definitely worth a visit.

Kodanadu's View Point

Kodanadu, Coonoor

Kodanadu is about 16kms from Kotagiri, and is situated on the eastern edge of the Nilgiri range. It is a great vantage point that offers a breathtaking view of the Moyar river and the tea estates. There is a watchtower here that offers a view of the Rangasamy peak.

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens, Ooty

The picturesque gardens that are maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 hectares. The Gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old. The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk among greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close.

If you are in Ooty in the month of May, then you can also be a part of the summer festival, which is held here annually. The festival holds flower shows and various cultural programs showcasing the talent of the locals and the renowned artists.

Ooty Lake

Lake, Ooty

If you love the outdoors, Ooty lake is a must see for you. It was built in 1825 and is about 2.5 km long. Visitors to this lake can go for boating on the lake or enjoy their favorite outdoor activity of fishing. If the latter really appeals to you then remember to get fishing permission before you head to buy baits!

Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta Peak, Ooty

The Dodabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. It is merely 10 kms from Ooty so you can simply grab your camera and head straight to the peak, and click amazing pictures of the valley below. Many say that on a clear day, which is honestly not that often, one can see far off areas, even the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore.

Rose Gardens

Rose Gardens, Ooty

Rose Park is situated in the heart of Ooty town and it is located less than a km from Charring Cross at Vijayanagaram. 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 varieties of roses like Hybrid Tea Roses, miniature rose, Floribunda, Ramblers, roses of unusual colors like black, green and many more varieties of roses that will captivate your senses.

The Rose varieties planted in this park were assembled from different sources. The ‘Nila Maadam’ is located in a spot from where viewers can see the entire rose garden. This garden is maintained by Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. It has also received the certificate as "Garden of Excellence" by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS). in 2006. So far, 15 rose gardens in different parts of the world have been awarded the “Garden of Excellence' certificates and presented with plaques.

Mini Garden

Mini Gardens, Ooty

Mini Garden situated on the way to the boathouse. There is also a Children's amusement park. A Toy train and a snack bar are also available. Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation Limited maintains it.

Pykara Waterfalls

Pykara Waterfalls, Ooty

The Pykara is the largest river in the Nilgiris District. It is located about 20 kms from Ooty on the Ooty-Mysore road, It is considered very sacred by the Todas. The Pykara river rises at Mukurthi peak. It passes through hilly tract, generally keeping to North and turns to West after reaching the Plateau's edge. It gets down majestically in a series of cascades and the last two falls of 55 meters and 61 meters are known as Pykara falls.

A wonderful boat house is maintained at Pykara Dam by the TTDC.

Boating on the Pykara lake is enjoyable. Variety of Boats and a restaurant is also available. Wenlock Downs, a vast Expanse of grassy meadow on way to Pykara, is a favorite picnic location and is very popular with the movie makers of this country.


Avalanche, Ooty

Avalanche lies 28 km from Ooty. Unlike its name, which conjures up images of destruction and devastation, the place is a nature lover's paradise. It is a lake, which is ideal for fishing, though one has to obtain permission before hand. It is also the perfect place to enjoy bird watching and a quiet afternoon.


Kotagiri, Ooty

East of Ooty, is a little village of Kotagiri, which is about 28 kms from the popular hill station. Kotagiri is the oldest one of the three hill stations in the Nilgiris. It is not as popular as the other two, Ooty and Coonoor, yet it is said that it probably has the most pleasant weather among the three of them. It is a beautiful hill resort that has wonderful tea estates and is definitely worth a visit.

Kodanadu's View Point

Kodanadu's View Point, Ooty

Kodanadu is about 16kms from Kotagiri, and is situated on the eastern edge of the Nilgiri range. It is a great vantage point that offers a breathtaking view of the Moyar river and the tea estates. There is a watchtower here that offers a view of the Rangasamy peak.


Mukurthi, Ooty

About 36 km from Ooty is Mukurthi. Here you can take a look at the imposing Mukurthi peak. According to the Todas, the indigenous people of this locale, the souls of the dead move on to the next world from this very sacred place. It is an interesting place for the skeptics as the flora and fauna of this pace bears a striking resemblance to that found in Himalayan region. You can also visit the Mukurthi lake which is close to the peak and is worth a closer look.

Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Ooty

The Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 67kms from Ooty. If you are in town for a couple of days, then a visit to the Wildlife sanctuary would be a great way to spend a day. The Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of very rich flora and fauna, and is home to many endangered species. Though tigers and Leopards are only seen by the fortunate few, elephants, giant squirrels, samba, chital, barking deer and flying squirrels are a common sight. The Sanctuary is also a great place to see many kinds of birds, including colorful parakeets, black woodpecker, Malabar trogon and crested hawk eagle. If you have children with you or you yourself are simply fond of the majestic elephants then, you might like to visit the elephant camp within the sanctuary, Theppakkadu.