Top things to do

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 in…
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)…
Italian in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Place to Bee

Brush up on Nilgiri-bee facts over meals at this arty, fairy-lit restaurant tucked inside the Keystone Foundation's little Bee Museum. It might sound bizarre, but the concept works, ingredients are locally sourced, …
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…
Multicuisine in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Earl's Secret

You get a taste of everything at this elegant heritage-hotel restaurant up above Ooty. Half glassed-in conservatory, half tables scattered across Raj-era lounges with roaring winter fires, it does beautifully prepar…
Multicuisine in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Savoy

All wood walls, intimate lighting, live piano and plush orange velvets, the Savoy's candle-lit dining room dishes up fabulous contemporary Continental, Indian and pan-Asian cuisine – including all-day breakfasts, yu…
Indian in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Adyar Ananda Bhavan

This sparkly new Ooty favourite is constantly crammed with locals and tourists filling up on delicious, swiftly delivered South Indian staples (dosas, vadas, idlis), North Indian classics (try the paneer tikka), fre…
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…
Handicrafts in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Green Shop

Run by Kotagiri's Keystone Foundation, this fair-trade, organic-oriented shop sells gorgeous tribal crafts and clothes (including Toda embroidery) and wild honey harvested by local indigenous farmers.
Chinese in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Shinkow’s Chinese Restaurant

Shinkow’s is an Ooty institution. The simple but tasty chicken, pork, beef, seafood, veg, noodle and rice dishes are reliably good and quick to arrive at your chequer-print table.