Pine forest Timing & Entrance Fees

Forest 6:00am to 6:00pm No fees 12 Tips

Timing: Mon-Fri: Any Time, Sat - Sun: Any Time

Fees: No Fees

Camera Fees: No Fees

Things to do: Watching scenic views of the Forest

Places nearbyPykara lake (14km), 6th Mile (05km), 9th Mile (09km), Golf course (9.6km), Mudumalai (53 km)

Entry fees last updated on 11/29/2016


The Pine Forest spans between the locales of Ooty and Thalakunda adding a scenic canvas to the valleys and the vast landscapes of the Nilgiris. A weekend excursion from Ooty to Thalakunda is one of the leisure activities to indulge in as the en route experience is sure to leave you spell bounded with jaw dropping sights.
The Pine Forest spans over a small downhill region and are arranged in a natural orderly fashion that is indeed spectacular to look at. Buses are available from the Ooty bus Stand to Thalakunda or alternatively you can get into a bus that travels to Mysore but do let the Bus Conductor know that you need to get down next to the Pine Forest area that falls en route to Mysore.
The Pine Forest features an evergreen and resinous collection of trees that grows between 3 to 80 meters tall while a majority of them tower between 15 and 45 meters tall. Of the many species of Pine Trees, the smallest ones are the Siberian Dwarf Pine and Potosi Pinyon whereas the tallest one is an 81.79-meter towering Pine trees species named Ponderosa Pine mostly found around the Rogue River in Southern Oregon amidst the Siskiyou National Forest.
As you enter the Pine Forest near Ooty, you will notice these towering poles of Pine Trees dressed with thick and scaly features while a few are thin and feature flaking barks. The branches imitate a fake swirl that produces a very tight spiral twist with a tapered effect that looks like a ring of branches arising from one point. This spiral twist of growing branches, cone scales and needles shaped leaves are arranged in typical ratios of the Fibonacci number system, strange but true whereas the infant spring shoots, referred to as ‘candles’ are seen covered in off white and brownish bud scales. Initially these bud scales point upward but later transform into green leaves and spreads outward from the bark of the Pine Trees. These Candle-like spring shoots assist foresters to evaluate the soil fertility and well-being of the Pine Forest trees.
The Pine Forest is long-lived with almost all trees arriving at hundred to even a thousand years old while a few even cross the thousand mark reaching the age of 4,000 as well.

Situated between Ooty and Thalakunda, this tourist destination is featured in many movies. It is a small downhill region where pine trees are arranged in an orderly fashion. The waters of Kamaraj-Sagar Dam are visible from the bottom of the hill.

12 Reviews and Tips

2/2/2018 2:30:49 AM

Pine forest is one of the favourite shooting locations for movies. Must visit if you love admiring nature & it is the most beautiful place for photography.

10/5/2017 10:11:22 PM

If you are a nature freak then it is the must place to visit in Ooty. Your energy level should be high to climb up, upon climbing half you will get a good view, take photos with your loved ones in this peaceful place and this place is blessed with scenic beauty. You can sit and relax with your partner or friends and spend some time over here. If you want you can go for horse riding also.

8/21/2017 3:17:08 AM

Pine Forest is a nice scenic place and apt for photo shootings and takes selfies. There is a beautiful lake with an amazing view at the end of the forest. Recommended for youngsters and photo junkies.

3/9/2017 10:37:00 PM

Pine forest is a famous shooting spot located between Ooty and Thalaikundah. It is the best place for nature lovers and photographers.Many popular Hindi movies had shot here.

2/6/2017 2:54:05 AM

Pine forest is a very beautiful scenic place to visit in Ooty. The hills, vegetation, streams and beautiful lake-like reservoir will definitely makes you to feel like you are in a paradise. Many Hindi films has been shot here.One of the must place to visit during your Ooty trip.

1/24/2017 1:00:19 AM

Pine forest is a nice place for photography lovers.One can click more snaps by roaming around the trees.But beware of monkeys.Horse riding is available, the charge will be Rs 120/per person.You can also get instant photos for Rs 50.

7/12/2016 12:08:36 AM

Pine forest with its enchanting beauty is a popular destination for film shoots. You can get into the bus that travels to Mysore or by taking a bus from Ooty Bus stand you can reach this spot. Kamaraj dam, 6th mile and 9th mile the renowned tourist spots are near to this pine forests. When you head downhill you can see the beautiful lake which adds extra beauty to this place.

3/4/2016 1:06:49 AM

Pine forest is an awesome picnic spot to visit in Ooty. It offers with peace and tranquility surroundings.There are many Bollywood movies had been shot here.This Pine Forest is located between Ooty and Thalakundha.

2/5/2016 1:49:15 AM

Pine forest is one of the unique picnic spots to visit in Ooty.Famous Hindi movie Raaz and tamil song Sollamal Thottu Sellum Thendral was shotted in this forest.For nature lovers and photographic lovers, it is the best place to enjoy in Ooty and it is also one of the nice relaxing places to spend a time with family and friends.Peace and tranquility surrounding made this place more beautiful.

12/19/2015 10:41:40 PM

This is not a pine forest! It is a Eucalyptus forest (Gum trees from Australia)

11/24/2015 12:39:52 AM

Pine forest is a good tourist spot in Ooty,Many movies are shot here.It is the best place for a nature lovers and photography lovers.You can get fresh honey being sold outside the forest.You can enjoy visiting a part of the forest as only part of the forest is opened for the visitors.

11/17/2015 10:56:08 PM

Pine forest is a renowned tourist spot which is known for a number of years. It's a famous shooting spot as well. From pine forest, you can access the bank of reservoirs but it is the little slope and steep. Those who find difficult to walk through the slopes can avail the horse ride which is available at that place.

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