Ooty (Udhagamandalam) attractions

Museum in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Tribal Research Centre Museum

If you're interested in the Nilgiris' tribal communities you'll love this slightly scruffy, erratically open museum, with its fascinating exhibits on Nilgiri and other Tamil Nadu tribal groups (including model huts)…
Gardens in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Botanical Gardens

Established in 1848, these pretty 22-hectare gardens are a living gallery of the Nilgiris' natural flora. Keep an eye out for a typical Toda mund (village), a fossilised tree trunk believed to be 20 million years ol…
Library in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Nilgiri Library

This quaint little haven in a crumbling, earthy-red 1867 building houses more than 30,000 books, including rare titles on the Nilgiris and hill tribes, and 19th-century British journals. Visitors can consult books i…
Church in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

St Stephen’s Church

Perched above Ooty's centre, immaculate pale-yellow St Stephen’s, built in 1829, is the Nilgiris' oldest church. It has lovely stained glass, huge wooden beams hauled by elephant from the palace of Tipu Sultan 120km…
Viewpoint in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)


About 7km east of Ooty, Doddabetta is the highest point (2633m) in the Nilgiris. On clear days, it's one of the best viewpoints around; go early for a better chance of mist-free views. Kotagiri buses will drop you a…
Gardens in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Rose Garden

With terraced lawns and over 20,000 rose bushes of more than 2000 varieties – best between May and July – the Rose Garden is a sweet place for a stroll, and has good Ooty views from its hillside location.
Church in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

St Thomas' Church

Set between trees at the eastern end of Ooty Lake, simple St Thomas' dates back to 1870.