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Ooty Lake

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Ideal Time: 1-2 hrs

Timings:

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Entry Fee:

INR 10,
Camera: INR 20
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Ooty Lake, Ooty Overview

Ooty Lake lies at a distance of approximately 2 km from Ooty city in the district Nilgiris. The beautiful lake is spread over an area of 65 acres, and its foundation was laid down by John Sullivan who was the collector of Coimbatore in 1824. The Lake is surrounded by Eucalyptus trees and greenery all around. One can also spot numerous streams coming out through the hills. This is a perfect place to capture for people who are genuinely interested in photography. The lake is filled with beautiful water birds with the exotic Nilgiri mountain ranges in the background.

Ooty Lake is pretty fun as well activity-filled place. One can hire paddle boats, rowing boats and motor boats from the boathouse here. There is a mini train too for kids to hop on and take a quick tour of the lake. Boat races, as well as other events, are also organized here for two days in May. Since there are a lot of visitors during weekends, it is advisable to visit the lake during weekdays. The romantic song 'Dil Deewana' from Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989) too was shot here along with a few scenes of Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani (2009).

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There is a boat house which is linked to the Ooty Lake and opened by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation. The main attraction of the lake is boating, and numerous visitors come here to enjoy these boating rides. Boating facilities including paddle boats, motor boats and row boats are offered here at the boathouse. A garden, a mini train and an amusement park are present in here too. Some other attractive features of the boathouse include a canteen which is again run by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and pony rides offered in front of the boathouse.

Boating charges:

2 seater rowboat for 30 minutes: INR 180
4 seater pedal boat for 30 minutes: INR 200
8 eater motorboat for 20 minutes: INR 450
2 seater pedal boat for 30 minutes: INR 60

There are numerous things for one to do when visiting Ooty Lake such as-

Pay a visit to the Wax Museum:
The Wax World Museum in Ooty is a wonderful place to visit and is definitely present amongst Ooty’s must-visit places. It is situated at a distance of 2 km from Ooty city and very close to the Ooty Lake. One can enjoy and at the same time grasp a lot of information in here especially the kids who get thrilled on seeing the wax statues present inside the premises. This Museum World is located inside a 130-year old Colonial Mansion in Ooty. There are numerous look-alike wax statues of eminent personalities of Indian history, culture as well as heritage house present inside the wax museum.

Timing: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (All days of the week)
Entry Fee: INR 30 per head (Adults); INR 20 per head (Kids below 5 years)

Enjoy the horse ride:
Horse riding is one thing that is surely going to come to your mind when you visit Ooty. Horse riding in Ooty is fun and gives a different experience altogether. You are given a separate guide for the activity, or else you can also go all by yourself and have a thrilling experience. You can also get a horse ride in the Ooty Lake or the Pykara Lake.

Timing: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Monday to Friday); 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Saturday & Sunday)
Entry Fee: INR 100 per person for full round; INR 200 per person for double round; INR 400 person for a one-hour ride

Ooty Lake is an artificial lake which was built by John Sullivan in 1824. Since there were a lot of water streams, so water flowing from these streams down the mountains was blocked up to form a lake. Originally the motive behind the lake was to use it for fishing and ferries were used to travel across the lake. Gradually, it shrunk in size giving way to the development of the bus stand race course and the lake park which exist today. The lake came under the possession of the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation in the year 1973 on behalf of the Tourism Department to provide boating facilities at the lake for visiting tourists as a means of tourist attraction.

The visiting hours for Ooty Lake are from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The entry fee is INR 10 per person and INR 20 for still camera.
There is parking facility too as per the charges: INR 5 for bus, INR 3 for car, INR 2 for two-wheeler.
The mini train present for the kids costs INR 10 per head.
7D cinema, horror house as well as mirror house each costs INR 100 per head.
Dashing car, break dance and coumbus rides cost INR 50 per head.

Due to its location, Ooty Lake has a perfect climate all through the year. Winter season in Ooty is much chilly than the rest of the South India. However, the best time to visit the place is during the months of October and June as during this time, the temperature is moderate around 25 degrees Celsius and it is the best time for sightseeing. 

Ooty Lake is situated close to the railway station and the bus stand. One can hire local modes of transport to commute.

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