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Blue Mountains’ of the Nilgiris,-Ooty

Doddabetta Peak Ooty

Top  29 Things to do in Ooty

 

 

Nestled within the   ‘Blue Mountains’ of the Nilgiris, Ootacumund or Ooty stands at over   2,200 metres and has all the staples of an enthralling hill station. With cool temperatures throughout the year, it ’s tempting setting amidst abundant green hills has truly earned Ooty the nickname, ‘Queen of the Hills’. Quaint bungalows and heritage buildings replicate Ooty’s colonial past and make it an ever-growing and well-liked vacation destination in southern  India.
Ooty and England had several similarities and this is often how Lord   Lytton, Viceroy of the Republic of India so compactly described Ooty to his spouse “…such   lovely   English rain, such delicious English mud.
Ooty is that the place for you to go to in South India throughout the year. With pleasant summers, it is an ideal retreat for those trying to seek shelter from the burning heat. Ooty captivates your attention right from the moment you step into the city and provides you with memories that last a lifetime.

 

1. Doddabetta Peak

Standing at an altitude of 2623 m above the ocean level, Doddabetta Peak is that the highest point in the hill station from where one can savour bird’s-eye views of Ooty and its surrounding places including highlands of Mysore and plains of Coimbatore.   simply ten kilometres away from the main town, Doddabetta Peak is thought to be one among   South India’s highest peak that’s quite well-liked amid tourists too.
Do not forget to click some unforgettable pictures here. On a clear day, the views are even more attractive.   there’s also a Telescope house (with a pair of telescopes) at the height, managed by the   Tamil Nadutouristry   Development Corporation so that the tourists will get a far better view from the top. A trek up to the peak isn’t a challenging one.   the peak is engulfed by a reserved forest area that has many species of flora and fauna.

 

2. Botanical Gardens

Botanical-Gardens-Ooty

Spread in a vicinity of twenty-two hectares of rising slopes on a hill, the well-maintained botanical Gardens are placed at an altitude of 2400 m above the ocean level.   Arranged by the Marquis of Tweedale in the year 1847, it’s one among the most traveller attractions in Ooty.
The garden is a   treasure of pretty shrubs, flowering trees and rare coloured lilies. Maintained by the   Agriculture   Department of the govt.   of   Tamil Nadu. There are well- maintained verdant lawns, a monkey’s puzzle tree, a   twenty million-year-old fossil tree,  a large variety of flowers, plants and bushes, an Italian – style garden bordering, a nonflowering plant house with a huge variety of orchids and ferns, a pool and more.
Apart from tourists, the park is widely well-liked amid students learning plant science. The garden becomes the venue of the Summer festival, which is held here once a year in may.

 

 

3. Stone House

stone-house ooty

The first bungalow in-built Ooty, Stone House was commissioned by John Sullivan (the founder of   Ooty) in the year 1822. The official residence of the Principal of the govt. Arts faculty of Ooty in the present times, it absolutely was called Kal Bangla by the Tribals from whom Sullivan had acquired the land for constructing this structure.   In the front of the cottage is a   tree, referred to as Sullivan’s oak. The design of this cottage is quite the same as a British house. The roof has a diagonal hut-like shape that’s coloured green.   The area around the cottage is roofed with lichens, pine and orchidaceous plant trees.

 

 

4. Ooty Lake

ooty-lake

Placed near the railway terminal, right behind the Central Bus Stand of Ooty. The extremely popular Ooty Lake is an L-shaped lake with a length of 2.75 kilometres and a width varied from a 100 m – 400-m.  a man-made lake.   It was established between 1823 and 1825 by John Sullivan. The mountain streams from the Ooty valley give water to the Lake. The Lake originally was stuffed up the present-day market and only ferries were used for travelling from one side to another.
As the lake shrunk- bus stand, race course and mini garden came up. The farthest end has the Boat House providing boat rides, from 9 AM to 6 PM.   There’s a Children’s Park too here that has a   toy train. From the Lake,   you’ll be able to treat your eyes to the beautiful views of the peripheral shrubs and eucalyptus trees. Right adjacent to this attraction is a deer park. native ponies are also out there outside the boathouse for you to fancy ride.

 

 

5. Fernhill Royal Palace

Fernhill Royal Palace

The erstwhile summer residence of the prince of Mysore. Fernhill Palace has currently one in all the best heritage hotels in Ooty. Replicating the structure of a Swiss house, this bungalow was constructed in the year 1844 by Capt. F. Cotton. The property spreads in fifty acres of lush land and contains nineteen spacious royal luxurious suites.

 

Guests will relish a comfortable stay in amidst best modern conveniences clubbed with impeccable royal hospitality.  Decorative cast iron and carved wooden bargeboards add a character to the Palace. Fir and cedar trees within the manicured gardens of the property look lovely. Inside the premises, there’s an interior court and a church too

 

 

6. Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Built by British in the year 1908, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Ooty could be a  United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization  World Heritage site.  Additionally known as the ‘Toy Train’ of Ooty,  it was operated by the Madras Railway in the starting. This railway still runs on steam locomotives and could be a major attraction, equally popular amidst youngsters as well as adults.

 

The Nilgiri railroad train during its journey covers a distance of  46 kilometres. Traversing through sixteen tunnels, 250 bridges and 208 curves. This journey is covered during a duration of around 5 hours. This route additionally consists of the steepest track in Asia. The Nilgiris toy train connects Ooty to Mettupalayam where one can treat his eyes to the hypnotic natural surroundings.

 

 

7. The Ooty Tea Factory

Ooty-tea-factory

Covering a vicinity of around one acre of land, the Ooty Tea factory lies amidst the blue hills of Nilgiris.  Located at a distance of four kilometres from the town centre. This tea factory is placed at an altitude of 1839 m above the ocean level. This factory also has a museum where one will get to grasp the origin of many varieties of tea leaves, which are used all around the world. The museum additionally offers info regarding the history of tea in India as well as its start-up within the Blue Hills.

 

Visit the processing unit where you’ll be able to learn the whole process methodology, from cutting to twisting to curling and eventually packaging. If you’re keen on tea, don’t miss this place. The tea factory of Ooty additionally features a little souvenir shop from where you’ll be able to get on interesting tea keepsakes like teacups and plates with Tea museum emblem.  you’ll be able to also get your hands on special home-cured chocolates like fruit and nut, rum and dried fruit, sugar-free chocolate, chocolate and additional.  don’t miss tasting a hot cup of tea while enjoying the stunning surroundings.

 

 

8. Avalanche Lake

Avalanche_Lake-Ooty

Around twenty-eight kilometres from the main hill city, Avalanche Lake could be a  must-visit attraction in Ooty. This lake got its name due to of an enormous avalanche (landslide) that happened in the area at the beginning of the 1800s. Mountain trekking is one of the most common activities here. The Lake was shaped naturally after this event.

 

Waterfalls streaming down from the bounding mountain provide a stunning view. The Lake, additionally called  Avalanche, is enclosed by thick forests.  During the monsoon months. One will fancy trout fishing here.  Camping at the shores is another common activity amid tourists.  Previous permission is needed from Ooty’s forest office because the lake lies in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

 

 

9. Mukurthi National Park

Mukurthi National Park

Placed on the southeastern curve of the Nilgiris plateau. The Mukurthi park is spread in an area of 79 sq.  kilometre.  A good population of the Nilgiri Tahr calls this park their home.  Other important animals are the species like Asian Elephants, Nilgiri  Old World monkey, Nilgiri marten cat and Royal  Bengal Tiger.

 

Even the vegetation seen here is sort of the same as those found within the higher altitudes of Southern India.  Apart off the Nilgiri Biosphere  Reserve.  The first International Biosphere Reserve of  India, this park could be a  United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization  World Heritage website.  Because the park was supported for the protection of Nilgiri Tahr,  it was originally called Nilgiri Tahr park.

 

 

10. Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Placed within the higher plateau region of the hills, Emerald Lake is one among the foremost well-liked attractions in Ooty, that is 26 kilometres away. Lying within the  Silent valley region, it’s placed adjacent to the Red hill nature resort. The lake is popular as a picnic spot.  Guests will spot ducks and vibrant birds here. Sunrise and sunset by the lake are unforgettable.  Abundant tea plantation surrounds the Lake.  don’t miss clicking pictures here.  Relish fishing, the bird looking and biking around the lake.

 

 

11. Kamaraj Sagar dam

kamaraj-sagar-dam

Also called Sandynalla reservoir, Kamaraj Sagar dam is a perfect spot to set up a picnic in Ooty. Amidst the lofty Nilgiris. Frequented by locals also as tourists, it’s an artificial reservoir that’s shaped quite close to the dam.  The gorgeous scenic surroundings have been captured in a number of films.

 

Savour the peace that’s spread all around. One may enjoy fishing here.  Don’t miss clicking some unforgettable pictures here. The dam is located 11 kilometres far from the Ooty bus stand.  A preferred traveller attraction in Ooty, the dam is placed in Kandala city.

 

 

12. St Stephen’s Church

ooty-st stephen's church

One of the oldest churches within the  Nilgiris, St. Stephen’s Church was erected in the year 1829. Placed in a very picturesque location of being enclosed by lush greenery. This church has used timber, stained glasses and main beam right from the palace of Tipu Sultan. The design and carvings of the church are marvellous.  The foundation of the church was laid down on twenty-third Apr 1829 by the Governor of Madras Stephen Rumbold Lushington who felt that there was a requirement of exclusive British Church in Ooty. The date was chosen to match the birth date of King George IV. The religious ceremony of the church was done on  5 November 1830 by John Matthias Turner, Bishop of Kolkata.

 

 

13. Ooty Golf Club

ooty-golf-club

Placed at an altitude of 7000 feet above the ocean level. Ooty Golf Club spreads itself in a vicinity of 195 acres of lush green land. Owned and maintained by the sports meeting Club, it’s a must-visit attraction of Ooty if you’re a golf enthusiast.  AN  18-hole  golf course, it’s sprinkled with oak, fir, eucalyptus and bush trees. The golf course was founded by the then Secretary of the Blue Mountains lawn tennis and Cricket Club,  colonel Fane Sewell, in March 1891, with nine holes.

 

This golf club becomes the venue of a number of golf tournaments. Except on the days of tournaments, the golf club is open on all the times of the week. Well-equipped, spacious cottages and deluxe cottages are available as accommodation.

 

 

14. Pykara Lake and Waterfall

Pykara-Lake-and-Pykara

River Pykara flows from Ooty to Mysore, forming Lake Pykara in Ooty. The lake is around 21 kilometres away. Owned by Shola forest, the lake boasts of vastly stunning scenery. In the end, the river gushes down from two varied heights, one from  56 m  and the alternative from  62 m. The name given to those falls is Pykara falls, around 1.5 kilometres far from the Lake. The shores are a well-liked picnic spot, frequented by locals similarly as tourists.  Boating facility is also offered by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation.  There’s also an eating place, a ship house and a rest house.  Relish leisure walks and fun activities.

 

 

15. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Mudumalai-National-Park

Situated at a distance of simply 2.kilometrese from Ooty amid the Nilgiri hills. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over a district of 33,155 hectares. Placed on the confluence of the Western and Eastern Ghats, it’s also a well-liked  Tiger Reserve.  The first sanctuary in South  India, it was founded in 1940.

 

One of the best wildlife sanctuaries in  India. Mudumalai is home to exotic wildlife species like mouse deer, gaur,  deer, elephants, tigers, spotted deer, sloth bear, jackal, Bulbul, Brown Dove, Mynahs,  bonnet monkey and more.  With the exception of wildlife, the park ’s locality also has Mayar waterfalls and Theppakadu Elephant camp.  in this camp, there 22 elephants where elephant lovers can have a pleasant session. Trekking is another common activity here.

 

 

16. Toda Huts

Toda_Hut

Toda huts in Ooty are an illustration of the first residencies of the aboriginal folks of Ooty. These remaining citadels of the Toda folks are positioned within the botanical garden. Todas were the first residents of Ooty before it came under the rule of the  East India  Company. These huts, though no more are the homes of those folks. However, they’re a proof of fascinating ethnic architecture of the South  Asian country. These dwellings are inverted U-shaped huts that have no windows, however, a small entrance.

 

 

17. Tribal Museum

Tribal Museum

A part of the campus of the tribal research facility, the tribal museum Ooty could be a popular traveller attraction of the hill city. That showcases the culture and also the remnants of the aboriginals of  Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Island. The museum additionally features a collection of some rare artefacts that belonged to the tribes within the Nilgiris. This museum is located on Mysore Road. The timings of this museum are  10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 2:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  the govt tribal museum is simply 10 km away from the main town.  Houses of Kota, Toda, Paniya, Kurumba and Kanikaran tribes are also on show here.

 

 

18. Deer Park

Deer Park ooty

Located around km away from of the Ooty Lake,  Deer  Park is one among the most well-liked tourist attractions of Ooty.  An attractive animal park, it’s a perfect place to see flora and fauna in its natural surroundings.  Though the entire area is  21 acres, 7 acres is open for general public.  Founded in the year 1986, this park is maintained by the  Tamil Nadu Forest Department.

 

This park homes a good population of  Cervus unicolour deer species,  along with different animals and birds such as Chital, Rabbit, Hare etc.  One among the most popular life reserves in  India, it’s perched at an altitude of 2240 m above the ocean level. The park additionally includes a made collection of floral species and a number of other sorts of trees.

 

19. Pine Forest

Pine-Forest

Featured in a number of Bollywood movies like Saajan, Sadma, Deewana, Dil and Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. The pine forest of Ooty has endowed the lush and serene surroundings. Sandwiched between Ooty and Thalakunda. This forest offers you an opportunity to spend some peaceful moments along with your beloved ones. The high pine trees form a beautiful sight. These forests expand over a small downhill area and also the orderly fashion in which the trees are organized, the sight looks pretty.  vibrant birds and butterflies will be noticed flying freely.

 

 

20. Kalhatti Falls

Kalhatti Falls

Located at a distance of about  14 km from the hill city of  Tamil Nadu. Kalhatti Falls is one among the most effective waterfalls in Ooty. Placed on the Ooty to Mysore Road or Sigur ghat Road, the waterfall gushes down from a height of 1200 feet. The falls are close to  Kalhatti village after that one needs to cover a distance of two miles on foot.  Throughout the monsoon season, the waterfall cascades down in its full vigour. The place is additionally well-liked for activities like a bird looking, hiking, and trekking.  Don’t forget to click pictures.

 

 

21. Elk Hill Murugan Temple

Elk Hill Murugan Temple

Dedicated to warrior god-Lord Murugan. Elk Hill Murugan temple in Ooty could be a duplicate of Batu Caves in  Malaysia.  Simply outside the temple, there’s a 40-feet sculpture of the Lord in a standing pose.  Its created from brick and cement.  One among the most revered temples in Ooty, it additionally has idols of Lord Shiva, Lord  Ganesha,  goddess  Sakti, Nava Kanikas and Navagraha Sanithanams.

 

Placed on the elk hill, this temple is encircled by large scenic beauty.  Every year in the month of  January, the temple becomes the venue of Thaipusam festival. That is well known in the honour of the Lord. A special dance form, Kavadi Attam is performed on these days. Milk in brass vessels is offered to the Lord Murugan on these days.

 

 

22. Dolphin’s Nose

DolphPin’s Nose Ooty

Just ten km away from the Ooty hill station in Coonoor, Dolphin’s Nose is a popular view-point of the region that gives a beautiful view of the Catherine Falls. This viewpoint is perched at an altitude of over a thousand feet above the ocean level.  the point of view has been named so,  as the unique rock formation resembles the form of the nose of a dolphin. Sunset and Sunrise views from here are unforgettable.  while planning towards Dolphin’s Nose from Ooty, Lamb’s nose is another viewpoint that comes in the way. The road journey is a very stunning one however with hairpin turns. Treat your eyes to the beautiful views of the lush plantations.

 

 

23. Lamb’s Rock

Lamb-Rock

One of the best traveller attractions close to Ooty, Lamb’s Rock is a well-liked viewpoint on the slopes of the Nilgiris in Coorg. Treat your eyes to the beautiful views of the coffee estates, spiral ravines, tea estates and also the plains of Coimbatore. Named after Captain Lamb, the then collector, this viewpoint is one the way to  Dolphin’s nose.

 

The viewpoint is perched on an elevation of 5000 feet above the ocean level amidst lush surroundings. The drive from Ooty to the Lamb’s Rock could be a hypnotic one with beautiful sights. Trekking is another well-liked activity here. Do click unforgettable pictures.

 

 

24. Shopping in Ooty

 

shopping-ooty

The hill city of Ooty is a  nice place to enjoys shopping if not something really unusual.  Market Road is one amongst the best places to buy where there are a variety of government retailers, Kashmiri retailers and Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan.

 

Ooty sells some wonderful tea. You cannot only get your hands on all types of tea however before shopping for you can even taste them. The local’s farmers additionally sell special organic and honey product.  Other fashionable things include handmade chocolates, aromatic oils, fresh spices, and cheese product. Toda handicrafts, Toda jewellery, and Toda shawls are must-buys.

 

25. Trekking in Ooty

Trekking in Ooty

Trekking in Ooty is an unforgettable activity as you’ll also spot some predatory animal species also. Hiring a guide would be a decent plan.  apart from  Ooty, trekking enthusiasts also can set their base at Kotagiri or Coonoor. Treat your eyes to the gorgeous surroundings, let the contemporary air brush past your face while you cover fantastic treks that are mystically hiding in the  Nilgiris.  the best time to relish trekking in Ooty is April to may and Sep to Nov. Nilgiris green lake trek, Ooty Scottish trails and Mukurthi Trek are a number of the popular trek routes in Ooty.

 

 

26. Boating Ride in Ooty

Boat Ride in Ooty

Boating in Ooty on the placid waters of Lake Pykara and Ooty Lake is one among the popular things to do amongst tourists. Variety of boat types like pedal boats and motor boats are out there for you to decide on from.  Relish cruising, savour the tranquillity and admire the lush beauty around you. The timings  of cruising in are from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

 

 

27. Horse Riding in Ooty

Horse Riding in Ooty

If you wish to ride on a horse’s back, Ooty is that the best place to relish horse riding. The fantastic mountainous terrains of this serene hill city are going to be charmers.  The cost of horse riding for per person is somewhere between  INR  50-150. North Lake Road is the best place to relish a horse ride.  you can choose a long ride or a short one.

 

 

28. Tea and Tourism Festival

Tea and Tourism Festival

Organized by the Tamil Nadu touristry Department and Ministry of tourism in the month of  January, the annual Tea and tourism festival attracts guests from all around in vast numbers. As you enter the venue, a wonderful mixture of aromas fills your nostrils. There are packed samples too so that you can taste and take them home.

 

 

29. Flower Show in Ooty

Flower Show in Ooty

A major hit amidst locals as well as tourists, Flower show in Ooty is organized once a year during the month of may. Organized at the govt botanical garden, this event showcases many kinds of flowers from all around the world.  the primary flower show here was organized way back in the year 1896.

 

Over a hundred and fifty cut flower varieties, over fifty types of potted plants, temperate and tropical fruits as well as a vegetable are showcased by the competitors. The prime attractions of flower show of Ooty are Vegetable carvings, Bonsai, floral decorations, Indian and Japanese flower arrangements, Flower Rangoli and Cut flower stalls.

 

 

 

What special to  eat in  Ooty

  1. Handmade-Chocolate: Handmade-Chocolate is a  sweet and well-liked indulgence in Ooty.  sold by weight,  choose between a wide selection of domestically made chocolates from King Star Confectioners or trendy Stores in the city.
  2. Tea: while in Ooty, your alternative beverage will most likely be a hot cup of tea.  made using domestically grown tea,  varieties of tea out there include green, spice and black. A tea sampler from Nilgiri Tea makes for great gifts!
  3. Varkey:  an  Ooty special, Varkey is a  kind of snack made from wheat, butter and sugar.  usually served with tea,  you can realize freshly made Varkey at any bakery in Ooty.

 

 

 

Best Time  to visit  Ooty

Because of its cool climate, the hill station of Ooty sees traveller traffic throughout the year.

  1. May to September: These are the summer months in Ooty and temperatures hover around 25C,  offering much-needed respite from the warmth of the plains. Ooty also experiences light rainfall in may,  which infuses fresh life into the flora and fauna of the Nilgiris Hills.
  2. October to February: These are the winter months in Ooty and temperatures dip considerably. The daytime high is around 16C  and can go all the way down to  3C. The morning fog makes way for bright sunshine on most days!

 

 

How to reach Ooty:

 

  1. By Air:  the closest airport to Ooty is in Coimbatore, which under a hundred kilometres away. The drive from Coimbatore-Airport to Ooty ’s city centre approximately takes up to four hours.
  2. By Road: Ooty is accessible by road and makes for a great drive from Bengaluru (295 kilometres), Kozikhode (185 kilometres) and other close cities like Coonoor and Kotagiri. Public state buses and private taxis ply from nearby towns and cities in Karnataka and Kerala.
  3. By Train: The charming Nilgiris Mountain Railway runs between Mettupalayam and Ooty. The ascent takes about four hours with postcard views accompanying you throughout.

 

 

 

What to Pack:

 

  1. Woollens and a heat jacket are required at some point of the year in Ooty. The days are comparatively hotter, the nights are breezy and cold.
  2. An umbrella or raincoat to shield you from the rain. You don’t wish to be caught by surprise during a sudden drizzle.
  3. Motion sickness medication is suggested for those who are vulnerable to sickness on winding roads.  whether reaching to Ooty by road or train, the curves can be a stomach churner for a few.
  4. Ooty is a  charming hill escape for those looking for peace and serenity. It’s refreshing beauty and refreshing climate makes for the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the town.  a vacation in Ooty is guaranteed to recharge your batteries!

 

Was this post useful? Do leave a comment. If you have already been to Ooty, leave a  comment on your experience and suggestions if you have got any.

 

You can also Read my Blog on Leh-Ladakh tour.

 

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