Tribal Research Centre Museum

Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

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) and its fantastic artefacts (like the skulls of buffalo sacrificed at Toda funerals). Detailed English-language descriptions are good. It's just southwest of Muthorai Palada (M Palada), 10km southwest of Ooty en route to Avalanche and served by frequent buses.

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Nearby Ooty (Udhagamandalam) attractions

1. St Thomas' Church

3.25 MILES

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

2. Nilgiri Library

4.08 MILES

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,…

3. Rose Garden

4.15 MILES

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,…

4. St Stephen’s Church

4.24 MILES

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…

5. Botanical Gardens

4.77 MILES

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…

6. Doddabetta

5.52 MILES

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…

7. Sim’s Park

9.42 MILES

Upper Coonoor's 12-hectare Sim’s Park, established in 1874, is a peaceful oasis of sloping manicured lawns with more than 1000 plant species from several…

8. Highfield Tea Estate

9.61 MILES

Over 50 years old, this estate (2km northeast of upper Coonoor) is one of the few working Nilgiri tea factories open to visitors. Guides jump in quickly,…