The trail amidst the forest of Shola trees attracts groups of trekkers and adventurers round the year. Climbing atop the Dolphin's Nose viewpoint you can enjoy a spectacular view of the twin waterfalls gushing down the hill slope.
Lulled by soothing air at the backdrop of the Nilgiris and nestled within unsullied natural bounty, Catherine Waterfalls is worth spending your time at.
Location: Mettupalayam Road, Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu 643201
Distance from Ooty bus stand: 16 Km approx.
Height of the waterfall: 250 ft.
The place has been inhabited by the Toda settlement down the ages and it is one of the few places where you can find them in their aboriginal habitat.
You can indulge in fun activities like basking in the sun by the Pykara Lake or go for boating across the water strips formed by the waterfall. Take some warm clothing even during summer for your trip to the Pykara waterfall as the place becomes pretty chilling after sunset.
Location: Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu- 643224
Distance from Ooty bus stand: 23 Km approx. via NH 181
Height of the waterfall: 55m and 61m respectively
You can reach the bottom of the falls by negotiating a few steps across a slippery and rock strewn path. Being located at close proximity to the main road, the place attracts a huge crowd of tourists during the peak season just after monsoon when the waterfall takes in a majestic look.
It is an idyllic retreat for tourists who want to appreciate the pristine beauty of nature and spend a private vacation in her embrace.
Location: Mettupalayam Road, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Distance from the Ooty bus stand: 26 km approx.
Height of the waterfall: 180 ft.
During monsoon, the place brims with tourists and photographers all day long who want to feast their eyes on the marvelous cataract gushing down in torrents from a high altitude. The sight may lead your heart to skip a beat or two, trust us!
The region around the Kalhatti Falls is conducive for trekking and other adventure activities. So don't forget to pack your trekking gear if you have made up your mind to explore the place at its length and breadth.
Location: Sigur Ghat Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu -643001
Distance from Ooty bus stand: 13 Km approx.
Height of the waterfall: 45 meters
Located in the privately owned Kollam By Estate the Ooty waterfall offers a spectacular visual treat to the beholders as torrents of water plunges into a crater from a dizzy height formed since time immemorial.
If you want to witness the effusive plunge of the waterfall from such massive height, you need to lie on your back and peep over its edge to get a clear view of the marvelous phenomenon as hiking up to the waterfall is a perilous journey that has often lead to fatal accidents in the past.
The places of visit near the Halasana Falls are Mukurthi National Park, Karteri Falls, Mudumalai National Park, Elk Falls, Kolalambai Falls, and Kalhatti Falls.
Location: Dindigul district, Ooty, Tamil Nadu -643001
Distance from Ooty bus stand: 14 Km approx.
Height of the waterfall: 150 ft.
Being close to the bustling city Coimbatore, tourists often take a stopover at Coimbatore airport to reach their destination.
Don’t forget to stalk around the other popular tourist spots of this region viz. Avalanche Laker, Doddabetta, Droog Fort, Nilgiri Mountain Railways, Mukurthi National Park and the list goes on!
Location: Nilgiri district of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu-643001
Distance from Ooty bus stand: 46 Km approx.
Height of the waterfall: 400 ft.
The Badaga Habitations, a serenely laid out woodland area of tea and coffee plantation will take you to a different world as you hike along this region to reach up to the waterfall.
If you plan to visit Elk Falls during monsoon you can enjoy the succulent mellow orange grown in the Kookal Valley, which is one of the tastiest varieties of oranges grown in the world. There are a number of heritage cottages of the colonial era that provide plush accommodation to the lodgers.
Location: Mettupalayam Road, near Uyilathi Village, Kotagiri, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Distance from Ooty bus stand: 41 Km approx.
Height of the waterfall: 100 meters approx.
Another major attraction of the place is the Kathary Hydroelectric System located near the Katary falls which produces about 1000 KW mechanical energy from the free-flowing watercourse. It is also the first hydroelectric power project of India and a must visit spot in your Ooty trip.
Location: Adikaratti, Tamil Nadu- 643213
Distance from Ooty bus stand: 13 Km via NH 181
Height of the waterfall: 180 metres