Beautiful Hill Stations In India - Ooty

Ooty is a beautiful tourist destination nestled in the Nilgiris hills in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. Ooty's full name is Udagamandalam. It is also known as the Queen of Hills. It is located 86 km north of Coimbatore and 128 km south of Mysore. Ooty is a very popular tourist destination which is visited by a large number of tourists from all over the country as well as abroad. For your information, let us know that winter in Ooty is colder than the rest of South India. Therefore, tourists should visit here with essential goods and warm clothes.

Ooty, the queen of hill stations, where grasslands, soothing environments, cool weather and a wide range of sightseeing places to visit. Each tourist attraction in Ooty gets a unique and vibrant experience.


TOURIST PLACES IN OOTY


NILGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, built by the British in 1908, is a World Heritage Site. It is a 46 km beautiful toy train journey that starts from Mettupalayam and reaches Ooty in about five hours through many tunnels, bridges and beautiful plains. The journey from 300 feet to 7200 feet high toy train is definitely thrilling.


OOTY LAKE

Ooty Lake is a popular destination for picnic, paddle boating and to enjoy Ooty comfortably. Built in 1825, the lake is 2.5 kilometers long and passes through the Nilgiri Hills. Let me tell you that a song of Salman Khan's film Main Pyar Kiya was shot here. There are some shops around the district, which sell various items locally.


DODDABETTA PEAK

Doddabetta peak is the highest point in South India at an altitude of 8,606 feet. Located at a distance of 10 km from Ooty, a large number of tourists gather to see this peak. You can see breathtaking views of the Nilgiris from here. The top of the peak is absolutely mesmerizing, the telescope house at the summit has two telescopes that offer a panoramic view of the surrounding valley. . The rich flora and fauna here add to the overall charm of Doddabetta Peak.


MURUGAN TEMPLE

Like other cities in Tamil Nadu, Ooty also has some magnificent temples. The Murugan Temple situated on Elk Hill is one such grand temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The Kavadi Attam dance performed by the devotees of God in this temple is the main attraction here.


PYKARA FALLS

Situated 20 km from Ooty, the Pykara Falls is a spectacular picnic spot surrounded by pine trees. This place is also famous for photography. You can enjoy a speedboat ride in this lake and take long walks among the pine trees. There is a boat house and there is also a restaurant near the waterfall, where you can enjoy snacks, while enjoying the ancient streams of water. Beauty makes you spellbound. The surrounding area is also popular for Toda settlements.


OOTY BOTANICAL GARDEN

Ooty Botanical Garden is a horticultural area with more than 650 species of flowers and trees spread over a vast area of 22 hectares. The main attraction of the park is a fossil tree, which is 20 million years old. Apart from this, Toda tribe also lives in this garden. You can see their lifestyle and culture here. The flower show organized here is a major attraction as a part of the Ooty Summer Festival. Another popular attraction of the Botanical Garden is the Fossil Tree Trunk which is said to be about 20 million years old. Various types of plants are worth seeing here.


STONE HOUSE 

The Stone House is the first Ooty bungalow built in 1822 by John Sullivan. It is now the Government Arts College in Ooty and displays amazing architecture and some great relics. Many tourists visit this place to get a glimpse of this bungalow.


KALHATTI WATERFALL

About 13 km from Ooty, on the Ooty-Mysore road, Kalhatti waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you will see on the Ooty trip. This waterfall can be reached through a 2-mile trek from the village of Kalhatti. It is believed that the great Hindu saint Agastya (Agastya) once lived here. With it's rich avian fauna (avian fauna), it is also frequently visited by bird watchers. It's scenic beauty mesmerises you during your trip to Ooty.


MUKURTHI NATIONAL PARK

A part of the Nilgiri Bio Reserve, Mukurthi National Park offers a panoramic view for everyone amidst its captivating natural beauty and rich nature. Spread over 80 square km, this national park flows through various rivers, which adds to the overall charm of the place. Many animals and birds can be seen around these sources of water. A few watch towers are also located inside the national park. It is also a popular place for trekking for those visiting Ooty.


ROSE GARDEN

The Rose Garden is another popular place to visit in Ooty. Created by the Tamil Nadu government, the garden is spread over 4 hectares of land and proudly presents more than 20 thousand varieties of roses. A well-built garden, it also claims to have won the Garden of Excellence Award for South Asia from the World Federation of Rose Societies. The Ooty Rose Garden presents the unique beauty of roses and an ideal backdrop for photography.


Although tourists come to Ooty throughout the year, but between April to June and September to November is considered the ideal time to visit here. In the month of March to June, where it is hot all over India, the temperature of Ooty does not increase more than 20 ° C and there is no problem in visiting Ooty during the day. It receives heavy rainfall from July to September, due to which tourists come less. Whereas, due to winter between October and February, the temperature here is less than 5 degree Celsius.


HOW TO REACH


BY AIR
The nearest airport to Ooty is Coimbatore Airport which is about 85 km from Ooty. This hill station is connected to the rest of the country through an extensive network of flights. Airlines like Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet have regular flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kozhikode, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. Tourists from abroad can also come to Ooty at Bangalore's Kempegowda International Airport. Ooty is 310 km from Bangalore and taxis and buses are easily available from both airports to Ooty.


BY TRAIN
The nearest railway station of Ooty is Mettupalyam which is 40 km from Ooty. The station receives many trains from nearby cities such as Chennai, Coimbatore, Mysore and Bangalore. After reaching the railway station, you can reach Ooty by private taxi or bus from here. Apart from this, you can also reach Ooty by toy train passing through the Nilgiris Mountains, thick forests and dark tunnels. Though this journey is extremely slow and time consuming, This experience is quite thrilling.


BY ROAD
Roads and national highways of many states are well connected to Ooty. Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation (TNSTC) buses and some private transport ply from cities like Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore etc. to Ooty. Apart from this, many luxury buses also run from Bangalore, which takes about 7 to 8 hours to reach Ooty.

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