Church in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

St Stephen’s Church

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

Thread Garden

Your appreciation of the Thread Garden rests on your love of irony and kitsch. If that threshold is low, you’ll be disappointed. If it’s decent, you may, if you’re in a good mood, enjoy the ‘miracle’ (official descr…
Library in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Nilgiri Library

This quaint little haven in a crumbling 1867 building has more than 30,000 books, including rare titles on the Nilgiris and hill tribes and 19th-century British journals. Visitors can consult books in the reading ro…
Viewpoint in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Coaker’s Walk

Assuming it’s not cloaked in opaque mist, the views from paved Coaker’s Walk are beautiful, all the way down to the plains 2000m below (sometimes even to Madurai). The stroll takes all of five minutes.
Park in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Bryant Park

Bryant Park, landscaped and stocked by the British officer after whom it’s named, is pretty, and usually full of both tourists and canoodling couples.
in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Chettiar Park

Chettiar Park is about 1.5km uphill from town on the way to the Kurinji Andavar Temple. It is small, pretty and landscaped. It gets crowded with school groups and canoodling couples.
Park in Coonoor

Sim’s Park

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 continents, including magnolia, tree ferns, roses and camelli…
Gardens in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Botanical Gardens

Established in 1848, these pretty gardens are a living gallery of the natural flora of the Nilgiris. Look out for a fossilised tree trunk believed to be 20 million years old, and on busy days, around 20 million Indi…
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 lovely place for a stroll, and has good Ooty views from its hillside location.
Museum in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Tribal Research Centre Museum

It’s hard to say why you should love this museum more: for its decently executed exhibits on Nilgiri and Andaman tribal groups, or the decomposing corpses of badly stuffed local wildlife. Seriously, the artefacts ar…