Nestled in between misty mountains and cotton clouds, Ooty or Ootakamund is popularly referred to as the "Queen of the hills". The Nilgiris or the "Blue mountains" are one of the major attractions of the hill station. The striking winding roads, the hill atop gardens and miniature toy train add to the already mesmerising scenery. On a clear day with bright sunlight, the tinsel town looks as picturesque as a scenery from a colourful children?s book!
It is situated at an altitude of 2, 240 mt above sea level and is thus a delightful honeymoon spot. One can notice a marvelous change in vegetation, as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor. The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes.
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Beautiful Mountain ranges with enjoyable weather conditions throughout the year. Hand gliding, Trekking and mountain biking available for adventure enthusiasts.
Not so easily accessible by rail or air. Ooty, being a very popular hill-station of the south, it also gets crowded in peak seasons.
For couples and people who wish to spend time with loved ones. Photography enthusiasts. Nature loving and adventure seeking people.
There is no dearth of accommodations, with many hotels and inns that cater to every budget. Accommodations are no more expensive than most cities in India, and the popular Indian hotel chains have a presence here.
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Ooty is a place which can be visited throughout the year. Each season in Ooty has something different to offer and none of the seasons is too harsh for its visitors. The Nilgiri mountain railway or the Ooty Toy Train is a marvel in itself. The views of the mountains with the touch of weather make the place more likeable. Various adventure sports like Mountain biking and Hand gliding keeps the adrenaline flowing inside you and makes you feel the thrill. There are various lakes and gardens in the town to keep you engaged. Apart from the natural sightseeing options, there are other interesting man-made places as well including the Wax World Museum, Tea Museum and the St. Stephen's Church.
Ooty is an integral part of the Western Ghats and is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. To visit Ooty in the month of monsoon, you will find the forests laden with rare blooming flowers. The hill slopes covered with colourful species of plants not likely to be found anywhere else in India. A lot of pharmaceutical plants and herbs with medicinal qualities can also be found here. It also has never-ending tea gardens and grasslands. Another attraction of the hill station is its beautiful pine forests. This dense forest area is also the part where you can find a large number of exotic wild animals and reptiles, few of which are the elusive panther, the rock python, majestic cobra, and the big cats. Apart from these, a large variety of birds and insects are also found here including the flying squirrel. A quaint little toy town tucked away in the Nilgiris is a slice of a haven for a retreat in nature?s bliss. Ooty boasts of emerald hills, charming pathways, valleys blooming with flowers and the blue mountains at a distance. It also maintains its old world charm of serene grandeur and presents a picture-perfect canvas view.
Day 1: Reach Coimbatore early in the morning and get a bus or taxi to Ooty. There check into your hotel and gear up for the day. Head out straight to Avalanche lake, a natural reservoir surrounded by hills and a thin forest line, is a fun destination for trekking, camping and kayaking. It has amazing scenic beauty and natural touch. Head back to Doddabetta Peak, which presents most of the Ooty below with a marvellous sunset, which must be enjoyed with a cup of tea with your family and friends.
Day 2: Take a 2 hour govt. safari by the forest department to get to the amazing Upper Bhavani Lake, which is 20 km away from Ooty. Return to the city to visit the botanical garden, which is full of various species of plants and trees and a must visit for the nature lover and a photographer. Later visit the Wax World Museum and Dodabetta Tea Museum. Spend the evening at St. Stephen's church and the Ooty city market to know more of the culture.
Day 3: Visit the nearby Elk hill by a hired vehicle and enjoy the morning at the divine temple here. By noon be back in the city and reach the station. Cross check the Toy Train timings to Mettupalayam. If time is left, visit the nearby Murugan temple which is just at the walking distance from the station. Otherwise enjoy the 2 pm Toy Train to Mettupalayam. On the way, you would come across the most beautiful falls and bridges ever.
Ooty can be your trip through dream-like indulges of chocolate and all that's sweet. Lose yourself in the city's bakeries which serve temptations like white chocolate, strawberry chocolate, fudge, home made chocolates, buns and cakes. Equally popular here, are the tea plantations and hence a hot cup of local and exquisite varieties of tea. Another beverage to try here is the wine from the local vineyards.
Also relish North-Indian cuisines, Chinese cuisines, as well as sandwiches, pizzas and hot breads. one may also try the vegetarian South-Indian platter here with essentials like Idli, Dosa, Chutney, Vada, Sambhar, Rasam, Upma, Sweet Pongal, Payassam, Kesari.
- There are a lot of shops that deal withvarious herbal and medicinal products, though you have to be careful you get an authentic product.
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I have been to Ooty in August 2017 . The weather at that time was the best i.e cold and a little bit of rain . So we were 3 on 2 bikes from Bangalore . Before Ooty we crossed Bandipur National Park that too a beautiful place . Just after the national park is over you are greeted with hills and cold breeze . After we entered Ooty it was green everywhere with less amount of traffic . We searched for a place to stay put our bags there and left for Doddabetta peak road was not in a very good position but it was also not worst . There was a entry ticket of 20(not totally sure ) and the view from the peak was breathtaking , beautiful . Sunrays coming out from the clouds and shining over the valley . We spend around hour and half there and then left for Botanical Garden as the day was ending and we didn't have time to go someplace else . The garden is maintained pretty well with a large variety of flowers and plants . We then left for our room and rested at night and morning after taking breakfast we left for Paykra Lake and Falls . In the way we found Shooting point so we decided to take a look . And again the look was breathtaking there was a huge lake with 3 sides covered with huge trees it was totally beautiful . After that we reached Paykra Lake and it started raining so we waited and then decided to take a ride in the lake . It was very chilling with fog and rain but the view was beautiful . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hk7H1vEqPw&t=5s
A beautiful evening with a cup of tea and smooth classic mild drive me crazy. A solo trip made me high without alcohol. Ooty is always a paradise which leaves me no choice. Cool breeze, freezing cold is nothing for me to back off. Ride alone with no garbages in life. Have fun, live life.
By Rohit Shroff
My family and I are thinking of going on a road trip for a few days. How is Ooty and how are the roads up to there from bangalore?