The Sattal Mission Estate and Methodist Ashram was founded by E. Stanley Jones, a Christian missionary, in the year 1930. The founder was a friend of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. This ashram was built in an area that was earlier a tea estate. Earl Denman, who tried to climb Mount Everest along with Tenzing Norgay in 1947, stayed here for many years.
The St. John's Church is situated within the ashram’s complex and represents the colonial architectural style. As a ‘Vanaprastha Ashram’, it has spread Christianity in the Kumaon region.
Butterfly Museum is an important tourist attraction of Sattal, which was established by Federic Smetacek at the Jones Estate. Tourists can see around 2500 butterfly species and 1100 insect species at this museum.
Camping is organised on the banks of the lakes. Visitors can either carry the tent equipment themselves or avail the same at the campsites. Camping is organised for maximum 4 days, with sufficient arrangements for 15 families.
Trekking in the nearby snow-covered mountains is quite popular among tourists visiting the region. This place boasts of trekking routes that are suitable for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers.
Rock Climbing and Rappelling in Sattal are considered best for exploring the rocky terrains of the region. There are some pre-determined paths for rock climbing in the lower Himalayan region.
Boating is the prime attraction of Sattal, which offers tourists an opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the destination that is nestled between green woods and the towering mountain peaks of the Himalayas. Boating during the full moon is highly recommended to tourists visiting Sattal.
Mountain Biking is a popular adventure sport among tourists here. It offers an opportunity to explore the remote areas of the region. Bikers can enjoy cross country, downhill, freeride, and trials, besides street riding, in Sattal.