The ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ is blessed with abundant natural beauty and picturesque views of the valleys, making it the perfect destination for relaxing weekend getaways. Head to these secret tourist spots in Ooty for a memorable experience. By Smrithi Suresh

Secret Tourist Spots In Ooty

1. Masinagudi

 

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Masinagudi, situated at a distance of 30 km from Ooty, is a perfect weekend destination for nature enthusiasts. Nestled amid deep green forests and beautiful waterfalls, this place provides the best wildlife safaris. Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, a nearby tourist location offers eco-tourism activities too. Here, you can flex your wildlife photography skills or go on an elephant ride. A long stretch of smooth curvy roads from Masinagudi will take you to the breezy and pristine Moyar River. Also, a boat ride in the Pykara Reservoir will give you a complete view of the town. You can bask in the sun while enjoying the view of Pykara Falls.

Distance from Ooty: 30 km

2. Avalanche Lake

 

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Surrounded by hills and lush green mountains, Avalanche Lake is one of the hidden gems near Ooty. It is bordered by a variety of beautiful flora and has a tranquil atmosphere. You can trek your way to the lakefront and indulge in some good-old fishing. You can even camp or pitch a tent to observe nature and gaze at the dense Shola forests, which envelops the lake by the sides. Forest safari is also organised here for tourists. In about six-kilometres from Avalanche Lake, you can visit the Emerald Lake too. The clear sky and deep blue water, and the tea estates and breezy climate will serve as a treat to your senses.

Distance from Ooty: 21 km

3. Wenlock Downs

 

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A meadow of grass and well-paved pathways define the Wenlock Downs, which is about 14 km from Ooty. The entire location is covered with forests of Shola and qualifies as a great place to take a peaceful stroll in. Wenlock Downs has two prominent film shooting points named — Sixth Mile and Ninth Mile, where you can click amazing pictures for your Instagram feed. The endless stretch of grassland and the breathtaking view of Pykara Lake from Wenlock Downs is supremely scenic. You can also opt for horse riding or arrange a picnic down here.

Distance from Ooty: 14 km

4. Doddabetta

 

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Doddabetta has an exquisite landscape; it is a scenic mountain peak near Ooty. If you are a fan of trekking, you can trek while soaking in the soul-stirring views. A telescope house is situated on top of the peak where you can catch a birds-eye-view of Bandipur National Park and Chamundi Hills in Karnataka. You can sit and enjoy the countryside’s relaxing ambience while witnessing the magical sunrise and sunset. Bird watching is also popular among tourists here.

Distance from Ooty: 9 km

5. Lovedale

 

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Once a colonised town, Lovedale is the ultimate getaway to the history of Ooty. It retains the influence of British cottages, mansions, and age-old churches. Trekking trails to Doddabetta is very popular here. The pleasant climate and scenery make Lovedale an ideal choice for a quick weekend getaway. You can take a ride in the toy train belonging to the Nilgiris Mountain Railway to reach other stations like Coonoor and Wellington. A visit to the famed Lawrence School and the Church of Ascension will surprise you with its beauty.

Distance from Ooty: 7.2 km

Related: Ooty Now Has Eco-Friendly Electric Bikes #SustainableTourism