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Wenlock Downs, Ooty Overview

Wenlock Downs is a famous picnic spot in the outskirts of Ooty. People seeking a spot to escape the polluted environment and the world of concrete often head to this attraction. At Wenlock Downs, they find a vast expanse of lush green meadow over the natural landscape with rolling mountains all covered in dense vegetation. The climate is cool, sometimes foggy and the clouds can be seen hovering over the mountains at a distance. This location is picturesque and perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Nature lovers and photographers are sure to find it delightful. Therefore, Wenlock Downs represents tourism in this part of Tamil Nadu.

The name of the attraction is derived from a British Soldier and the third Baron Wenlock, Beilby Lawley. The site covers an area of over 8000 hectares somewhere in between Ooty and Pykara. It served as a hunting ground for the Europeans and the British back in the time. The place is also referred to as the Shooting Point around Ooty as several blockbuster movies were shot amidst the scenic beauty of Wenlock Downs. People who know this often head to those locations for event photography and filmography. Several personal and public videos can be shot amidst the scenic surroundings of Wenlock Downs.

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At Wenlock Downs, people can explore the beautiful natural landscapes. The grasslands with colourful wildflowers have patches of forests filled with stunted tropical trees. These forests are also known as Shola Forests which are a characteristic feature of Wenlock Downs. They grow in the valleys of the rolling mountains in between the vast expanses of the lush green grasslands. Visitors can hike through them, go on a leisurely nature walk or go horse riding. Some would find it exciting to climb over the mountains to get a stunning view of the surroundings that include the Nilgiris and the backwaters of Pykara.

The part of Wenlock Downs at six and nine miles (distance from Ooty), in particular, are considered to be the best locations on the entire landscape. These sections have the best natural landscape and a stunning backdrop of the mountains and the skies. So, those looking for a point to make videos or capture beautiful pictures with family and friends can head to these locations. While there, one could also come across some vendors selling some local snacks. Or they can pack a lunch and have a good picnic in the meadows. The developed regions around Wenlock Downs also have some good restaurants where visitors can have a decent meal and rest for a while.

There are some more places that can be visited along with Wenlock Downs. For Example, The Hindustan Photo Films Company, the Government Sheep Farm, the Ootacamund Gymkhana Golf Club, Suraj Palace, Ooty Lake and the Kamaraj Sagar Dam. These attractions are located either in Pykara or in Ooty or they lie somewhere in between. They can be explored in a day or two depending on how long one wants to hang around at one location. Preparing an itinerary is much recommended to make the most of the trip.

How To Reach Wenlock Downs

Wenlock Downs is located between Ooty and Pykara, about 16 kilometres away, in the fringes of the Hill Station.  The best way to reach the attraction from Ooty is to either rent a taxi or board a city bus heading to Pykara. Self-owned vehicles can also be a convenient option. Those heading to Ooty have only the roadways to reach Wenlock Downs. The hill station neither has a railway station nor an airport. The closest railway junction and the nearest airstrip are both in Coimbatore. Travellers can book a cab pickup from the airport or the railway station or reach the closest bus stand to board a bus heading to Ooty/ Pykara.

The Coimbatore International Airport is located about 120 kilometres from Wenlock Downs. The route from Coimbatore, through Ooty towards Pykara, goes via Airport Road – Coimbatore IT Park Road – Vilankurichi Road – Saravanampatti Kalapatti Road – Sathi Link Road – Sathy Road/ NH 948 – Annur Avinashi Mettupalayam Road/ SH 80 – NH 181/ Ooty Main Road – NH 181/ Coonoor Road. Similarly, the travellers reaching Coimbatore Railway Junction would take the route via Old Post Office Road – Avinashi Road/ NH 948 – Ranga Gowder Street/ NH 181 – Vellaingadu Road – NH 181. The railway junction is about 110 kilometres away from Wenlock Downs.

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