Ooty, “The Queen of Hill Stations” or “The Queen of the Nilgiris” is a short word for “Ootacamund” is the anglicised name of “Udhagamandalam.” Nestled amidst the misty Nilgiris or the “Blue Mountains” in Tamil Nadu and cotton clouds, Ooty has emerged as a very popular destination in India. Situated at an altitude of 2,240m above the sea level, Ooty is a delightful spot with lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and tea estates. Ooty’s homemade chocolates and local wine make interesting gifts to take back home. Ooty offers a very pleasant weather and you can visit any time of the year. However, it is advised to avoid visiting this place during monsoon time due to heavy rainfall. Travelling to Ooty during annual tea and tourism festivals will make the experience richer. Along with Ooty sightseeing, this place offers many adventurous sports to indulge in like trekking, paragliding, angling and more. The winding roads, the hilltop gardens, miniature toy train, mesmerising sceneries make the tinsel town of Ooty look very colourful especially on bright. Clear and sunny days.
Weaving amidst the forest and dark tunnels, the Toy Train moves with sharp bends in the misty and the foggy hill station and is one of the key attractions. This spectacular Nilgiri Mountain Railway is declared as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The 46km of beautiful toy train journey connects Mettupalayam and Ooty.
This beautiful lake is spread over an area of 65 acres and is surrounded by colourful foliage and the Nilgiri hills. One can spot many beautiful water birds and this place provides many fun-filled activities like paddle boating and the toy train to travel around the park. Many Bollywood movies have been shot here.
Sprawling over a large area, this place has a huge and varied collection of the exotic and indigenous vegetation of floras and is an endearing sight. Lying on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak, this garden will surprise all with its’ stunning colourful beauty.
This lies in the heart and soul of Ooty. This Rose Garden conducts the best flower show and has the highest number of rose production in the garden. The roses grown in this garden hold high market value and are exquisite. Imagine how beautiful a place it is ornamented with various coloured roses all around!
At the altitude of 8,606 ft is the highest point of South India. Located 10km away from Ooty, this place has pulled in a huge crowd of travellers. The panoramic vistas of the Nilgiris are breathtaking.
Built in the year 1844, this was the summer bungalow of the Maharaja of Mysore. The grandeur of this place will take you to the bygone days.
A must visit place for history buffs. This was one of the oldest bungalow built by John Sullivan in 1822. Today it has turned into Government Art College and displays architectural excellence and some great relics.
Built in the year 1829, it is the oldest in this region. The colourfully stained glass windows are a visual delight. It is said that the large wooden beams decorated were originally carried by elephants at a distance of 120km from Tipu Sultan’s Palace at Mysore.
Storehouse of relics of Tribal art and culture, this museum on the Mysore road is a great insight into the history.
20km away from Ooty, is this wonderful spot. With the lake, pine trees and waterfall, it is a natural splendour. Adventurous activities are also available here.
The list does not end here. There are many other spots under Ooty sightseeing which deserves to be mentioned like Avalanche Lake and Sanctuary, Thread Garden, Shooting Point, Emerald Lake for more. You can obviously visit them too if you have plenty of time still left in your hand. But the above mentioned 10 spots are a must-see and will be etched in your heart and mind forever.
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