Palani's Malaikovil (hill temple) is the most famous temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. One has to climb 650 steps to access the inner sanctum of the temple. During January, for the Taipusam, over 200,000 devotees gather at Palani. Palani is 64km from Kodai and 57km from Dindigul.
Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary
Located along the Tamil Nadu - Kerala border, the sanctuary covers about 1000sq.km. The fauna includes elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, leopard, spotted deer, bear and many species of birds. The sanctuary is open throughout the year.
Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris. It stands on a lower ridge of the main plateau at an altitude of 1839 metres. It has a milder climate than that of Ooty. Surrounding the town are many picturesque picnic spots.
The park is situated in a deep ravine on the north side of Coonoor Railway Station. The elevation of the park varies from1768 to 1798m. The natural shola with winding footpaths all over the higher slopes of the park is the most distinctive and picturesque feature of this park.
This is one of the three experimental fruit gardens in the Nilgris maintained by the Horticultural Department. The other two are Burliar and Kallar on the Coonoor - Mettupalayam ghat road. Apples, Plums, Peaches, Lemons, Apricots Pomegranates etc., are grown here for the purpose of research
Located opposite to the Sim's Park, Pasteur institute was established in 1907. It is a famous Institute doing research on rabies and developing antidotes. One of the most important projects of this Institute is the manufacture of polio vaccine.
This place is a beautiful picnic spot, situated at Coonoor-Mettupalayam Road at a distance of 7km from Coonoor. The fall originates from a height of 180 feet.
Dolphin's Nose is a viewpoint located at a distance of 10km from Coonoor.
Kotagiri is the oldest hill station in the Nilgiris. The climate of Kotagiri is one of the best in the country. Kotagiri is 28k from Ooty and 20km from Coonoor. Good Paved roads connect other regions of the state to Kotagiri.
St. Catherine's Fall, the second largest waterfall (250ft high) in the district is 8km from Kotagiri. The Elk Waterfalls is 6km away. 18km from Kotagiri at Kodanad Viewpoint, one can have a panoramic view of the plains and Mysore plateau.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (67km from Ooty)
Thickly forested and the most prominent of the wildlife sanctuaries in the state, as well as one of the most important in the southern region, Mudumalai is continuation of the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka and the Wyanad Sanctuary in Kerala. Apart from the wide range of animal and bird life, the rich fauna of this sanctuary has made Mudumalai very popular with wildlife enthusiasts. For More......
The Mukkurthi Peak and Mukkurthi National Park
Mukurthi Peak is about 40km from Ooty. The Mukurthi National Park is located on the south east corner of the Nilgiris. The area contains a viable population of Nilgiri Thar(Hamitragus hilocrius). The silent valley is located on the western side of these ranges. Fascinating feature of the Mukurthi Sanctuary is its variety and similarities to Himalayan Flora and Fauna.
Pykara is situated about 21kms on the Ooty-Mysore Road. It boasts of well-protected fenced Sholas, Toda settlements, undisturbed grassy meadows and a good wildlife habitat. The Pykara Dam, Pykara falls and the reservoir attracts many tourists. A boathouse and Restaurant is maintained by T.T.D.C.
Located at a distance of 28kms from Ooty, it is beautiful lake surrounded by a thick shola where even sunlight cannot penetrate. It is an ideal spot for fishing. One should obtain a fishing permit from the Asst. Director of Fisheries in Ooty.