The small town of Ooty has a lot to offer visitors from the all-encompassing Doddabetta Peak to the breathtaking Catherine falls. The Fernhill Palace of the Mysore Maharaja, The Stone House, the first bungalow in Ooty and the St. Stephen’s Church all take tourists back in time to India’s colonial past with their architectural grandeur. Orchids, ferns, pine and rose gardens enthral travellers with the natural scenic beauty of Ooty and provide an atmosphere of tranquillity.
The occasional festivals and ceremonies in the town showcase the rich cultural heritage of Ooty. The summer festival arranged in May each year arranges cultural programmes, boat races and flower shows. The Tea and Tourism festival is also organised annually to showcase the varieties of teas grown in the tea estates of Ooty and for trading them.