Visit Dodabetta peak which is the highest peak in the Himalays. The botanical garden which is over 50 acres of land and has some rare plants and herbs or ferns and orchids. Visit the Boat house club where boating can be done. The tea factory can also be visited which is chargable.
Conoor tour (around 60 kms)
The tour takes you to Coonoor where you can visit the Sims' park, Lamb;s rock, Dolphin nose and the tea gardens. You can also visit the miltary campus where you can see the memorabilia of the 2nd world war.
Mudumalai (120 kms) both ways
Visit the Mudhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary where one can spot wildlife by a Mazda trip or elephnt safari. It has to be booked 1 week in advance.
Pykara tour (30 kms both ways)
This tour you can take to see the Pykara boat house, Pine forest, Shooting meadow and Mini waterfall.
Spiritual tour 30 kms both ways
You can visit the nearby temples like Amman temple, Murugan temple and Vishveshwara temple.
Avalanche tour (60 kms both ways)
This tour can be done to see the Emerald dam, Porthi view, Avalanche lake and Tribal museum.
A visit to Coonoor is never complete without a visit to the tea factory. The Nilgiri teas are definitely most sought after by the real connoisseurs of tea around the world. Tea plantations came to the Nilgiris around 1830 and the first tea factory opened in 1854.
The Nilgiris are famous especially for their black tea, using the classical method of CTC or Crush, Tear and Curl. The teas here grow at altitudes ranging from 1000 m to 1800 m and are known for its fine, soft and fruity taste and for the harmony of its colours.
The Brook Lands Tea Factory is one of the oldest tea factories in India and offers a complete visit.
Visit one of the tea saloons to discover and taste the Nilgiri teas. The choice is large, starting with the famous Silver Tips (one of the most expensive teas in the world), the Organic Black tea, the Green tea, the Pekoe Tea as well as the orthodox tea. As chocolate is one of the specialties of the region, you can sample a very unique mix – found in most tea saloons – the chocolate tea. It is an original and sweet tea, a must for sampling. The city is also a favourite spot for film producers who descend upon the area fairly regularly.
A number of view points are accessible on the road from Coonoor to Udhagamandalam. The Lamb’s Rock, named after Captain Lamb who found the access to this spot that offers a dizzying view of the Burliar ravine. Another famous spot is the Dolphin’s Nose, a rock shaped like the nose of the dolphin. Both the view points offer ideal spots for contemplating nature and life.
Ooty toy train
This small train, with over 110 years of history, is a relative of the train that goes to Darjeeling, and quite like its north-eastern cousin, it moves on a terrain that is steep and full of sharp bends, offering some of the best views of beautiful landscapes.
Recognised as a World Heritage property by UNESCO, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway passes through 16 tunnels between Kollar and Udhagamandalam and the journey is replete with large waterfalls, deep gorges, dense forests, peaks and tea plantations. The train uses a manual steam locomotive.
The journey commences at 2240 m of altitude at Udhagamandalam before reaching Coonoor at 3.45 pm and reaching its final destination at 7 pm, covering a distance of 46 km to the town of Mettupalayam at barely 330 m altitude.