10 Topmost Places to Visit in Ooty

Ooty lies tucked away in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu surrounded by the four alluring Nilgiri hills. Ooty is nature’s beauty at its best and more so during winters when it’s lazy and misty. A hilly heaven enveloped by verdant green forests, expansive tea estates, glittering lakes and pretty gardens, Ooty has everything that makes for a desirable Holiday destination. Founded as a British Raj summer resort, it is also known as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ in India. Ooty beautifully harbours the residual feel of the colonial past.

1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway - Toy Train Ride

If you want to experience the beauty of Ooty, then you ought to take a toy train ride via Nilgiri Mountain Railway that travels between Mettupalayam to Ooty daily, covering a distance of 26 km, winding through 208 curves, 16 tunnels and crossing 250 bridges. It’s deeply refreshing to see this train chug along the lush green tea estates, dense jungles and gigantic mountains and extends a nostalgic feel like you are moving back in time. The temperature remains pleasant all year round with cool, breezy summers and chilly winters. You can visit any time of the year. But the best time to visit is between October to April.

2. Doddabetta Peak - Highest Mountain Peak

Doddabetta- translates into 'Big mountain' in the Badugu Language, and is the highest Mountain Peak in the whole of Tamil Nadu. At a distance of 10 kms from Ooty Bus, it is easy to reach. The placid lake of Pykara, amid the lush green valleys is a lovely getaway from Ooty. Here, a calm lake is surrounded by forests If you are lucky enough to have clear skies you can even see the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore.

3. Ketty Valley & Fall

The lesser explored beauty on the Ooty - Coonoor road is the stunning Ketti Valley. This is India’s 2nd largest inhabited valley, offers breathtaking views of the blue mountain hills and the surrounding greens. Due to its unusual location it’s become a hot favourite with those visiting Ooty and Coonoor. The effusive waterfall along with abundant greenery and thriving wild life together make it an idyllic setting for a refreshing and relaxing place for family picnic.

4. Ooty Boathouse

At a distance of only 1km from the Ooty Bus stand, the location of this artificial lake makes it easier to reach. The attractive multi colour boats sailing through serene waters makes a pretty sight. Pedal, motor and row boats are available as per your preference.

5. Botanical Garden

Spread over 55 acres, this beautiful garden is arranged in six sections as per the plant species and arrangements; The Lower Garden consists of a huge green lawn of special grass, fern house. New Garden houses a rose garden with many hybrid roses, flowerbeds and a few ponds. The Nurseries are created on the higher terraces and contain eight glasshouses to grow various species of cacti, orchids and other potted plants. A flower show and an exhibition of rare plant species is held every year in month of May at this garden.

6. Ooty Lake

This is one of the most beautiful locations in Ooty and is also known as the Ooty Boathouse. At a distance of only 1km from the Ooty Bus stand, the location of this artificial lake makes it easier to reach. The Lake is surrounded by the prolific greens of the Nilgiris District. Stretching over an area of 65 acres, this lake is enveloped by huge Eucalyptus trees and several streams that flow from the adjoining rocks. The attractive multi colour boats sailing through serene waters makes a pretty sight. Pedal, motor and row boats are available as per your choice to take you on a ride.

6. Wenlock Downs

This place is a visual treat due to its delightful and romantic landscapes .Being a favourite with the Indian film industry, this place has been popularly named as the Shooting Point as many Bollywood movies have been shot here due to its stunning locales. The location offers open and clear view of the Nilgiris with loads of trees, vegetation and grasslands and a resting spot to soak in the beauty of nature.

7. Pine Forest

Located between Ooty and Thalakunda, this pine forest is made up of methodically planted pines trees with some of them as high as 80 meters. The species include plenty of Siberian Dwarf, Ponderosa and Potosi Pinyon tree and you will be more enchanted when you learn that some trees are over 4000 years old. As you stroll or slowly drive down through this thick forest you will come across colourful butterflies, goats and rabbits .The chirping of the birds is so pleasant that it creates a cheerful mood.

8. Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is located near Emerald village in a region known as the Silent valley, approx 25 km from the Ooty. The name of the Lake comes from the gorgeous emerald green colour that that emerges when the sunlight reflects off a white layer of marl on the lake bed. Adventure lovers make a beeline for t is place because fun activities like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and backcountry ski during the winter can be enjoyed here.

9. The Deer Park

Nature lovers will love this place because as the name suggests, it is home to large number of deer, with different species like the Sambhar and the Cheetal. A wide variety of birds and rabbits can also been seen here.

10. Murugan Temple

Perched on top of Elk Hill and , this temple is a pilgrim for the Hindus. Set in the middle of a panoramic background this temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is a fascinating sight to see the 40 feet tall statue of Lord Murugan that stands tall outside the boundaries of the temple. The surrounding landscape is dominant with greens and usually shrouded in mist, making it even more beautiful.

How to Reach

Ooty is served by Coimbatore domestic airport, about 88 KM away. You can fly to Coimbatore from any major city/town across India and then book a Coimbatore airport taxi to travel to the hill station

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