Take a nature walk alone or with a local guide, breathe the fresh mountain mist air, be with nature and take in all its glory, hear the sounds of nature, you may also see Malabar squirrels, barking deer, bison and so many species of birds both migratory and sedentary. You could walk the meandering mountain paths, the forest roads or the tea plantations, or just stroll around anywhere serenity awaits you.
Trekking: for the more adventurous we could organize a local guide to escort you up hillocks , across rocky streams, or along the perimeter of the reserve forests, or take you off the regular beaten tracks to the nearby beauty spots. A good pair of walking shoes and the needed weather protection accessories will make this a pleasant experience. Need two days notice to book a suitable local guide.
Hike up to the nearby beauty spots with packed lunch or go up a mountain see the panoramic views it offers, or hike off the beaten tracks from the main thorough fares and visit scenic locations, villages and farm stead's and rural communities and experience the tradition culture and the heritage of the nilgiris. Or just make this a family picnic.
Nilgiri mountain railway (nilgiri toy train) The most ideal way to begin your holiday in the hill resort would be to take the train journey to set pace for a leisurely, stress free holiday. Children, parents, and grandparents will thoroughly enjoy themselves as the train goes up hill, and down valley through panoramic landscapes, across bridges and through tunnels. Huffing and puffing the train clings to the mountain sides, taking sharp curves you get to see nature at its best. Ensure you get a window seat and don't miss out on anything.
De-Rock islocated 6 kms off the world heritage Coonoor railway station so you could make as many number of visits and also enables you take the trains to Ooty or Mettupalayam or both to make the best of your stay and also carry home a memorable journey on the UNESCO declared World heritage site… the Nilgiri mountain railway.
Coonoor is known for the verdant tea plantations. A visit to a tea factory is a worth while to gain and experience first hand the harvesting of the tea bushes on the hill slopes, the processing of the leaves, and taste the famous nilgiri tea. You could have a guided tour of the processing units and also buy your favourite teas. You could also visit the tea museum if you wish to indulge further and learn more about tea and its history. The annual tea and tourism festival attracts crowds in large numbers. During the festival tea lovers from all over the world converge
There is the coonoor circuit that covers the famous beauty spots of Coonoor like Lambs rock, Dolphins nose, lady canning seat, Catherine falls, laws falls, sims park, and surrounding areas. Here you see nature at its best, could take some time off at each of the destinations for relaxation, photography etc.
The Ooty circuit would cover botanical gardens, doddabetta peak, boat house, rose garden, etc., There are many tourist attractions and one could choose the destinations to suit your schedule , for the more serious then the alternate nilgiri routes to the far off destinations of un spoilt beauty, the wilderness awaits you The kotagiri circuit would take you to the view point of kodanadu, and surrounding areas. Organised tours to the bandipur and mudumalai sanctuaries, and other tourist destinations are available through tour operators.
Just about anything available in the cities can be had at Ooty with the added attraction of leisurely shopping. Exclusive Nilgiri products including Nilgiri tea, fruits, natural oils like Eucalyptus, Toda embroideries, plant nurseries are easily available in the town. Co-operative Super Market and Municipal Market are some of the best places for shopping fruits and general groceries. Kairali of Kerala Handicrafts and Poompuhar of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts have their showrooms near to Super Market Buildings on Charring Cross. Nilgiris is also known for its fine confectionery, and delicious home made chocolates.