Quick Getaways near Ooty
away the small town of Coonoor a small town
has an equable climate that has made it popular
as a hill resort in its own right. The main
attraction is the Sim's Park, a small well-maintained
botanical garden that has several varieties
of plants not to be found in other hill stations.
Nose - 12 km from Coonoor, a glimpse
of the Catherine Falls can be had from
- 21 km away, situated on the Ooty
Mysore Road, Pykara boasts of fenced Shola
and Toda settlements, undisturbed grassy
meadows and also a good wildlife habitat.
- About 26 km from
Ooty is Avalanche, known after an avalanche
in the area in 1823. This is one of the best
spots for trout fishing, and rods can be hired
here from the trout hatchery.
Kotagiri - 31 km away, it is 1983 m above the sea level and has
a climatic benefit over Ooty as Kotagiri is
shielded by the Doddabetta ranges, which receives
much of its rain from northwest monsoon. You
can enjoy a pleasure ride on road flanked by
green tea beds on either side.
Peak and National Park -Mukurthi Peak
is about 40 km from Ooty. The Mukurthi National
park is located on the South Eastern corner
of the Nilgiris plateau. The area contains a
viable population of Nilfiti Thar. The Silent
Valley is located on the Western side of these
ranges. A fascinating feature of the Mukurthi
Sanctuary is its endemism and relationship with
Himalayan flora and fauna.
There & Away to Ooty
nearest airport is Coimbatore (100 km)
which is connected to Chennai, Mumbai
on the narrow gauge railway is connected
to Mettupalayam which is directly connected
to Coimbatore and Chennai on broad gauge.
is connected by good motorable road. It
is 535 km from Chennai and 89 km from
Coimbatore. There are regular bus services
connecting Udhagamandalam to Coimbatore,
Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanniyakumari,
Mysore, Palghat, Calicut and Tirupathi.
Around in Ooty
It's best to walk around Ooty, especially if
you're there in the tourist season. The weather
is just perfect for nature walks. Autos are
available but you have to negotiate a great
deal. There are taxis available too which run