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Verdant hills draped by mist, weather that calls for a sweater, dewy tea plantations and a mouthwatering sampling of chocolate and cheese. It is no wonder that Udhagamandalam, better known as Ooty, is called the Queen of Indian hill-stations.

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Stand Tall
The highest point of the Nilgiris at 2,633 metres, the Doddabetta Peak offers glorious views of Ooty and its surroundings on a clear day. You can either hike up the steep slopes or make the drive up
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Tribal Research Centre Museum
Open :10:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Tribal Research Centre Museum showcases the indigenous tribes of the Nilgiris and the Andamans. The lives and traditions of communities like the Todas and Kurumbas are detailed through photgraphs and artefacts.
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Shop For A Cause
Browse through a range of incredible tribal crafts and organic produce at Green Shop. A fair-trade store, all the items are produced by the indigenous tribespeople.
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Bandipur National Park
Bandipur is one of the premier Tiger Reserves in the country along with the adjoining Nagarhole National Park. Once the private hunting ground of the Maharajas of Mysore, the park also harbors Indian elephants, spotted deer, gaurs (bison), antelopes and numerous other native species. There is a ban on traffic from 9 pm to 6 am of dusk to dawn to help bring down the death rate of wildlife.
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Mudumalai National Park
It is considered to be meeting point of the three southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Situated in the Nilgiri forest, Mudumalai is known for its wildlife sanctuary which is one of the richest sanctuaries of Southern India The protected area is home to several endangered and vulner able species including Indian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Gaur and Indian Leopard. There are at least 266 species of birds in the sanctuary.
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Avalanche Lake
Avalanche Lake was formed naturally in the year 1823 due to a massive landslide and therefore is named as Avalanche Lake. Small waterfalls falling down from the encircling mountains creates a picture perfect ambience. The surrounding forests are so dense that even sunlight cannot penetrate through them. The lake is surrounded by a rolling landscape with blooming flowers like Magnolias, Orchids and Rhododendrons
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Visit To Tribal Village
The tribes constitutes half of the Nilgiris population. The Todas, the Badagas, the Kurumbas, the Irulas and the Kotas are the original inhabitants of the Nilgiris. While the towns in the district presented a secular look, the people in the villages largely followed the tribal life styles. The visit focuses on the customs, traditions and the culture of TODA tribe as they presented an interesting insight into the lives in Nilgiris Hills.
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Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
Open :9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Specialising in handmade chocolates made from pure cocoa, Modern Stores, known locally as Moddy’s, is probably the best place in town to pick up chocolates from. It has over a hundred varieties to choose from, in flavours like cranberry, Irish cream, mint and more.
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Stop And Smell The Roses
Marvel at the staggering variety of roses at the award-winning Rose Garden. This garden has two thousand varieties of roses that bloom on over twenty thousand bushes. Walk along the fragrant, terraced slopes, taking in the colours – you will even find black roses here!
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Pykara Lake
It has everything that a person on vacation can ask for, right from ambience, fresh clean water, comfort to scenic beauty. Nature lovers, photographers and adventure seekers never miss out on this unique and fun-filled place. The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) also runs a boathouse, family boats and speedboats can be hired to enjoy exciting rides in the lake.
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Nilgiris Mountain Railway - TOY TRAIN
The 46 kms long railway line was first opened in 1899 by the British to connect the hilly Ooty with Mettupalayam on the plains. The exciting toy train journey takes visitors through several tunnels, bridges, forests, waterfalls, tea estates and forested hills. It has small blue wooden bogies with large windows and crosses almost 250 bridges and 15 tunnels. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2005. To book tickets: http://www.irctc.co.in
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St Stephens Church
A breathtaking architectural marvel built in the colonial times. The structure dates back to 1829 and was built by the British government. The date of the commencement of construction was cleverly chosen to coincide with the birthday of King George IV. The fabulous pale-yellow building of the St Stephen’s Church bears testimony to the geniuses of British architecture that existed during those times. This grandeur is also reflected in the painting of 'The Last Supper' that can be found in the Church. Various attractions that appeal to visitors and tourists in the church include pretty stained glass windows that depict a myriad of different scenes, such as Mother Mary holding Jesus in her arms.
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Ooty Lake and Boat House
Artificial Lake constructed by John Sullivan in 1824, surrounded by beautiful eucalyptus tree with a railway line running alongside. It was constructed in the year 1824 by John Sullivan, then Collector of Coimbatore. The lake is skirted by tall Eucalyptus trees while its waters are fed by streams that meander through the hills. Those who have a keen interest in photography can surely get some amazing clicks of water birds along with the beautiful Nilgiris mountain ranges in the backdrop.
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Treat Yourself To Tea
The Nilgiris, carpeted in lush tea plantations, are reputed for their tea. You will find an ample selection of teas of all types – from dust to leaf, and black, green and white are available. You will also find a multitude of flavours, both classic and innovative.
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Dolphin's Nose
Dolphin's Nose is essentially a huge rock that resembles the nose of a dolphin. There are ravines on either side of Dolphin's Nose, including St. Catherine Falls and Coonoor stream meeting the Kotagiri stream. These water bodies are tributaries of the Bhavani River. On a bright sunny day, visitors can get a glimpse of St. Catherine Falls from the top of Dolphin's Nose. Dolphin's Nose is ideal for outdoor games, like boating and horse riding, as well as picnics.
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Lambs Rock
The Lamb's Rock is on the way to Dolphin's Nose, another viewpoint in Coonoor. The mountain cliff around Lamb's Rock stands at a height of 5000 feet above sea level and stand out for its jagged look. Lamb's Rock provides a panoramic view of Coonoor and one can enjoy the sight of green lush forests covered by clouds. The drive to Lamb's rock in itself is memorable. Nature is best enjoyed at Lamb's Rock as it is located away from the hustle and bustle.
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Float Along Tranquil Waters
Open :9:00 AM-6:00 PM
A boat ride across the calm waters of Ooty Lake is a delightful experience for both families and couples. Catch a beautiful sunset from the water, or delight in the moment as the early morning mist rises, and take in the gorgeous views in front of you.
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Government Botanical Gardens
The picturesque Government Botanical Gardens sprawls over the lower slopes of the Dodabetta Peak. With over a thousand species of exotic and indigenous plants and flowers, and a fossilised tree trunk said to be twenty million years old, a walk here is immensely enjoyable.
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