Trekking in Ooty is one of the much sought after activities that tourists look up to during their visit. Being bestowed with the bounty of nature, Ooty offers various altitudes, terrain, and distances that comprise of a trek route to the Nilgiris. Ooty gives a trekker various routes which one can take and head towards the peak. The coffee plantations, orange grooves, tea gardens and pine trees make for the ideal Ooty trekking routes.
With peaks at an average of 2300 meters and the most frequented base camp at Parsons Valley, there are ripe opportunities for tent camping in Ooty. There are various trails for novices, intermediary, and advance level explorers that vary in terms of distance, difficulty, terrain, and altitude, offering trekkers with infinite possibilities and combinations.
Ooty forms the perfect base for a number of exciting treks, some long and some short. There are several treks which differ in distance, heights and landscape. some of the best trekking places in Ooty include Parson's Peak, Porthimund-Mukurthi National Park, Pandiar Hills, Pykara Falls, and Mudumalai National Park that collectively present a long trek, offering keen trekkers to the most beautiful and unexplored parts of the Nilgiris. With each trail creating and commanding its own individual landscape, there are myriad opportunities for one day trekking in Ooty along with multiple day treks. While setting out for long expeditions, trekkers should look forward to an expert Ooty trekking guide. Some of the best trekking places in Ooty are -
Doddabetta Peak – The highest in the Nilgiris, Dodabetta peak is surrounded by a reserved forest area. The attractions of this mountain are its forests, vegetation, and shrubs. Doddabetta has a unique flattened curve at its peak. The trek up to the top is not that challenging and has a Telescope house at the top which provides stunning views.
Parson's Peak- This trekking route is indeed adventurous and offers splendid views with a night halt at Porthimund village.
Mukurthi Peak – Trekking through the wild of Mukurthi offers an ethereal experience. the beautiful Mukurthi Lake and golden brown hill tops, misty grassland, and the reflection of the surrounding hill peaks on the water. Other famous hills such as Vavulmala and Vellarimala can be seen with Chembra behind a veil of cloud cover in the far distance. Avalanche Hills and the evergreen forests of Nilambur can also be spotted here.
Sengutraian peak – Here, trekking will be amidst tea fields and some forest area as trekkers cross some streams along the way.
Glenmorgan – Glenmorgan trek in Ooty takes trekkers through luxurious thickets of Eucalyptus and other attractions, offering magnificent beauty of the Nilgiris from the top.
Kotagiri-Elk Falls, Ooty-Avalanche-Emerald, and Dolphin's Nose are other popular treks in Ooty. Droog Lamb's Rock and Lady Canning's seat are two most scenic places while trekking Nilgiris from Coonoor.