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Ooty, in Tamilnadu is a popular tourist destination for anyone who is looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind. Ooty is located in the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of 2240 meters above sea level.
It is the wonder Paradise of Southern India from nature walks in Gardens to the blue mountains it has a lot to offer. It was once the summer capital of Madras Presidency under the British and then it was regarded as India’s Switzerland.
Ooty is blessed from nature in terms of local sightseeing flora and fauna. Ooty is also famous for its homegrown world-famous tea and coffee beverages Ooty is also referred to as the Queen of Hills as it forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
UNESCO has also declared it as the World Heritage site of the Western Ghats. The vegetation here, nature, the people around here make it a special place to visit.
It is not only famous among friends and families but it is becoming a new popular destination among couples and honeymooners. One of the most famous things about Ooty is its trip on the toy train which lets you enjoy the views of the beautiful hill station.
The Nilgiri Railways is considered to be one of the steepest tracks of Asia and also one of the best tracks of Asia. Not only Ooty is famous for its Hills but also it has a mesmerizing environment and very cool and breezy weather
Places to visit in Ooty
Ooty tea factory
The Ooty tea point is near the doddabetta peak which is worth visiting you can see the tea plantation across the slopes and you can walk down the trails. there is a tea factory nearby where you can see the tea production going on.
You can do trekking here, see tea processing activities, and also tea shopping and tea testing. Ooty tea factory is the charm of Ooty tourism.
Botanical Garden in Ooty is one of the most famous places to visit in Ooty. It is spread over 55 acres of land into five different sections. In the summers there is a festival of flower show which is another major attraction here. There are a wide variety of plants which are shown here. There are 650 species of trees here in the botanical garden and you can get a chance to pay a visit to todas who were original tribes of Ooty. The botanical garden is another famous place in list of Ooty tourism.
With over 17000 Rose plants and close to 1900 varieties of roses Rose Garden is one of the most tourist-friendly and frequently visited tourist places. The rose garden is maintained by the government of Tamilnadu and the garden is spread across 4 sectors. This place is so well maintained that it has won the garden of excellence award for South Asia from the World Federation of Rose societies.
The Bird Sanctuary is located 2 kilometers away from City. It is a national park and well known for the tiger reserve century. The waterfalls and the bird sanctuary is worth to visit. You can spot here peacocks, grey junglefowl, and other water birds. Due to its serene environment, the bird sanctuary remains in the list of best of Ooty tourism.
Ooty lake is spread over an area of 65 acres. It is the main attraction of Ooty here you can hire Boats from Pedal to motor both are available. Not only boating is famous here in Ooty Lake you can also do cycling by the side of the lake. There are few shops located around the lake. Overall the experience around the Ooty Lake makes it an interesting journey.
Another famous lake which is in Ooty is the avalanche lake which is located 28 km from here. If you are doing a tour then this is a must-visit.
This lake beautifully around the lush green mountains. It is interesting to know that this lake was created around 1800 due to a massive landslide and hence it got its name Avalanche lake.
This place is also famous for its real flora and fauna. Also, this place is famous for camping, trekking, and rafting which makes it the best destination in the list of Ooty tourism.
The highest peak in the Nilgiri mountains is the doddabetta peak which is at an altitude of 2600m. It is at the junction of Western and Eastern Ghats and is 10 kilometers away from Ooty. This peak is a blessing for trekkers who come here to Trek around near the doddabetta peak. From here you can view the panoramic views of the Eastern and Western Ghats and telescope provided by Tamilnadu tourism Corporation to watch The Hills of Chamundi Hills. This peak is another best place in the list of Ooty tourism.
Other Places to visit in Best of Ooty tourism
- kalhatty waterfalls
- needle view hillpoint
- Ooty toy train
- pykara waterfalls
- Saint Stephen’s Church
Best time to visit Ooty
Ooty being this wonderful destination it remains accessible through the whole part of the year. But different seasons bring different attributes to Ooty tourism
The summer season from March to June can be attributed as pleasant although days can be somewhat hot it remains Cooler than the rest part of southern India. The festivals here like summer festival and shows like flowers and fruits shows all are very interesting for visitors.
The temperature varies from 16 to 22 degrees Celsius in summers. mostly people enjoy being here in summer due to a cooler temperature than the rest of India and engaging cultural programs.
Monsoon brings coldness and breeziness in the atmosphere of Ooty. There is a new freshness that is transferred across the town. The greenery around the Ooty is best seen in the monsoon season. You can feel calm and please in the weather of Ooty in the monsoon season.
The most chilling season of the year is the Winter season. It starts from the last of November to February.
This place remains fairly cold and the weather is also very delightful in the winter season. You can expect the weather to be down up to 5 degrees Celsius.
How To reach Ooty
The nearest railway station is the Mettupalayam railway station which is 40 kilometers from Ooty. This station connects a lot of important destinations like Chennai-Bangalore. From here you can book taxis and cabs for Ooty and also you can board The Heritage train the Nilgiri mountain train from here.
Buses from major cities like Bangalore and Chennai are very well connected with other parts to Ooty. Southern India’s both private and government buses Run efficiently here at regular intervals
The nearest airport to reach Ooty is Coimbatore which is around a hundred kilometers. The domestic airport is connected to Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and the nearest international airport is Bangalore airport which is around 300 kilometers from here. Bangalore is connected to locations like Delhi and Mumbai. From Coimbatore Airport you can take taxi cabs and buses which are available for Ooty.
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