Ooty Hill Station India

 

 

Attractions in Ooty

 

Botanical Garden - A variety of exotic and ornamental plants adorn this garden which is the venue for the Flower show held in May every year. There is a 20 million years old fossil tree trunk in the midst of the garden.

Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake - Conceived in 1824 by John Sullivan, the lake spreads over 4 sq km and is a much preferred haunt of picnickers. It was formed artificially by John Sullivan. Over time, the lake has shrunk in size giving place to the present racecourse, bus stand, mini garden and some part from the mini garden. You can take a boat ride here, or laze around in the boathouse (which also sports a restaurant). Nearby is a children's garden whose toy train is the star attraction with kids. Pony rides are quite popular here.

St. Stephen’s Church - This is believed to be the first church in Ooty. Built in 1829 in the Gothic style, this is also the oldest church in the Nilgiris. The huge wooden beams here were hauled by elephants from Tipu's Sultan's palace in Srirangapatnam.

Stone House - This House was the first stone structure to be built in Udhagamandalam. It housed the residence of John Sullivan and was originally known as Kal Bangla or the Stone House.

Government Museum - The Government Museum, Mysore Road, Udhagamandalam contains tribal objects, the district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu.

Raj Bhavan - Built in 1877, the Government House, now the Raj Bhavan, is superbly positioned on the Dodabetta Ridge to the south-east of Ooty and is approached through the Botanical Gardens. The grounds are very well maintained and open to visitors.


Quick Getaways near Ooty


Coonoor - 17 kms 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.

Dolphin’s Nose - 12 km from Coonoor, a glimpse of the Catherine Falls can be had from here.

Pykara - 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.

Dolphin’s Nose near Ooty
Avalanche - 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.

Mukurthi 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.

Getting There & Away to Ooty

Flights to Ooty
The nearest airport is Coimbatore (100 km) which is connected to Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Trains to Ooty
Udhagamandalam on the narrow gauge railway is connected to Mettupalayam which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai on broad gauge.
Car and Bus Service to Ooty
Udhagamandalam 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.

Getting 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 on meters.
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