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OOTY, the "Queen of hill stations" is the  capital of Nilgiri district. It is one of the Best tourist resorts and is called as "Blue Mountains". It is a land of dreams and a picturesque hill station. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 meters, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 meters.

This famous hill station is at the junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, three southern states of India. British founded this hill resort which seemed them as their summer headquarters. Before that time, the area was inhabited by Todas. These tribal people still inhabit the area, but only around 3000 remain.

What was once a getaway from the steamy summers of the plains for the British elite of the Madras Presidency is now a hill station that caters to weekend holidaymakers from all over the South of India and honeymooners from across the country.


Botanical Garden
A gamut of regionally exclusive and ornamental plants find place in this garden. The Botanical garden is also the venue for the Flower Show held in May every year. It also houses a fossil tree trunk 20 million years old.

Government Museum
Plan your tour to the Government Museum on Mysore road. Be a witness to a host of tribal artifacts, district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamilnadu.

St. Stephen's ChurchSt. Stephen's Church
The St. Stephen's Church, located on the Mysore road, near the Collectorate, is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris. Built in 1829, the church has a fine pew with a raised chancel. There are stained-glass paintings on the Eastern side as well as behind the chancel. The glass paintings portray Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms and the crucifixion of Christ among others. On the Western wall, above the paneled doorways, is a large life-like painting of the Last Supper.

Hassan Lake
You can opt for a joy boat ride on this artificial lake. The lake garden has toy trains for complete recreation. Constructed in 1824 by Major John Sullivan, the then the Collector of Coimbatore, the lake is a hot picnic spot among the tourists.

Ketty Valley View
Located on the road to Coonoor, this idyllic spot is a cluster of tiny Villages that extend to the plains of Coimbatore and Mysore plateau.

Dodabetta PeakDodabetta Peak


The Dodabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Hassan. It is merely 10kms from Hassan so you can simply grab your camera and head straight to the peak, and click amazing pictures of he valley below. Many say that on a clear day, which is honestly not that often, one can see far off areas, even the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore.

Lamb's Rock

Lamb's Rock is another vantage point that is ideal for taking pictures and is a wonderful picnic spot. It is merely 9kms. From Coonoor and is known for the splendid views it offers of the plains of Coimbatore and the tea states in the surrounding areas.


By Air - The nearest airport from Hassan is Coimbatore (100kms). The domestic airport is connected to major airports in India, like: Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore.

By Rail - Hassan has a railway station of its own which is connected by meter gauge tracks to Mettupalayam, which is turn connected to Coimbatore and Chennai.

By Road - The nearest airport from Hassan is Coimbatore (100kms). The domestic airport is connected to major airports in India, like: Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore.


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