hill stations in India Ooty is very popular hill station in tourists. This place is also a place of visit in the summer season for its chill climate. Udagamandalam, Ooty Hill Station is also known as the “Queen of Hills”. It is located at the tri junction of Tamilnadu, kerala and Karnataka. It is at 7500 feet above the sea level and finds its location in the Nilgris (also called as Blue Mountain. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres.
Nilgris is a beautiful mountain range which is a part of Western Ghats. Totally there are three places to visit namely Kothagiri, Coonoor and Ooty. Among these three Ooty is given the primal importance because of its scenic Beauty and excellent climate conditions. Nilgris is oldest than the Great Himalayas. Like Icing on a cake ooty adds Pride to this mountain Range.
How to reach Ooty Hill Station:
Coimbatore 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport.
Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway, connected to Mettupalayam 47 km, which is directly connected to and Chennai. The famous toy train connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor.
A good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty with all major towns and cities. There are regular bus services to and from Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and other important destinations in South India. Ooty is also well connected with major cities of Kerala and Karnataka.
Ooty Places To Visit:
Gardens to visit in Ooty Hill Station
Botanical Gardens:most popular hill stations of India. They sprawl over 50-acre and lie on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak, which is the highest point in Ooty hill station. Marquis of Tweeddale established these gardens in the year 1848.
The gardens are formally laid out with lily ponds, and there are clipped bushes in the form of elephants, with raised trunks. One can find a thousand different species of plants including some thirty types of eucalyptus in these gardens. There is also a fossilised tree trunk, which is said to be 20 million years old. Towards the eastern part of the garden there is a wooden house made of logs known as "Toda Mund", which provides an excellent view.
Mini Garden:Mini garden is also situated on the way to the boathouse where the children amusement park is housed. A snack bar is also available. Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation Limited maintains these gardens.
Rose Garden is situated about 3 to 4-km away from Charring Cross. They are spread over an area of 10 acres of land with 2000 variety of roses. Rose Gardens lie on the way to the boathouse.
Children’s park:At the eastern end of the lake we find a children’s park. Already the climate and natural green carpet, adding pride to ooty, this children’s park is also an important place. The Green atmosphere, the St.Thomas church view and the moving railway from the mountain would definitely attract any child and will make them enjoy so much. There are really Good entertainment inside this park. Rowing, Boating and Horse riding are they. A park filled with fun, really.
The Thread Garden:This place is an amazing collection of flowers. But, differently these are not Natural flowers but completely made out of Threads. Because of this reason the name has been given as the thread Garden. The power of man kind could be seen when we visit this place. Without machines a hundred percent handcraft beauties are created. people say it took twelve years to create this fantasy. The difference between Natural and woven thread flowers could not be found easily. To that extent the perfection is seen.
Attractions in Ooty Hill Station:
St Stephens Church:
Situated in the hilly area on Club Road, St Stephens Church is said to be the oldest in the Nilgiris. The church was built in 1829 and consecrated in 1830. The beam of the church was taken from the palace of Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatnam. The cemetery close by houses the grave of John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty.
Government Museum:The government museum, Mysore Road, Ooty has items of tribal objects, district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. It was set up in 1989, with a view to provide education benefits to the residing and visiting population of Nilgiris district.
At a distance of 1-km from the Lake there is a Deer Park, which is worth visiting.
Hindustan Photo Films:The Hindustan Photo Films, one of the major industrial units of the district, is located about 5-km away from Ooty railway station over a sprawling area of over 300 acres, near the Ooty golf-links on the Ooty- Mysore road.
Ooty Places To Visit - Falls & Lakes In Ooty Hill Station
Located at a distance of 25 km from ooty. A place that should not be missed. A dam called Canada dam is seen here. An exotic experience of mountain trekking could be realized in this place. Green valleys around Avalanche and a top view or Hawk’s view, By which the Beauty of a large area of udagamnadalam could be seen are important ones. A nice hunt for photographic Beauties. A Williamwordsworth sleeping in every one’s inner mind would definitely waked up in view of this place.
Kalhatty water falls:This water falls could be seen in ooty mysore route at a distance of 13 km from ooty. The road runs via the Kalhatty Ghats. As the waterfalls come from a steeper mountain, this place is best for mountain trekking. But falls could be seen in a particular season from September to November. The height of this falls is 40 m .A very nice place to enjoy.
Ketti Valley View:
Situated on the coonoor Road This valley is the second largest valley in the world. This region is a seen with larger constellations of villages, that forms the parts of coimbatore and mysore. An exclusive spot in ooty.
Boat House Lake:Even though the name of this lake is boat House Lake, people use to call this lake as ooty lake. The British ruler called john Sullivan has constructed this beautiful lake in the years 1823-1825. He was the first collector of udagmandalm. To enjoy the riding in this lake there are various types of aquatic vehicles including pedal Boats, Row boats and aqua bikes. Not only the watersports but, things like Dancing cars and Mini Trains are the perks given to the Tourists. Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation takes charge for maintaining this Boat house lake. A place called Lake Park jolly world is also located in this Boat house lake. A Pleasant and pleasing feeling could be realized by visiting this place.
This is the name of a river in this district. It is believed to be the largest in the place. The old Tribals called Todas Believed this River as a Holy one and they were worshipping this river in days of yore. It arises at the peak called mukurthi. The entire passage of this river is through the hills a large. Taking a North Direction this river turns west atlast when it reaches the edge of this plateau. When Pykara River runs down the plateau two Beautiful falls ranging from 55 m to 60 m are seen. These Two falls are called pykara falls. Like, the Boat houses in Ooty Lake a Boat house is also present here maintained by the Tamilnadu Tourism development corporation.
Bangalore to Ooty
Road distance between Bangalore to Ooty is approximately 252 kms via Mysore.
Bangalore to Ooty Road Route:
Road condition between Bangalore to Ooty is good enough to travel.
Ooty Hotels - Ooty Resorts
Below are some well known hotels & resorts in Ooty:
- Vinayaga Inn
- Nalapad Residency
- Hotel Lakeview
- The Willow Hill
- Hotel Kluney Manor
- Fernhill Palace (ITC Welcom Group)
- Nahar Nilgiris Hotel
- Hotel Villa Park
- Hotel Kings Cliff
- Hotel Preethi Classic Towers
- Hotel Khems
- Nahar Residency Hotel
- Sterling Days Inn Fern Hill
- Fortune Hotel Sullivan Court
- Holiday Inn Gem Park
- Hotel Gate
- Hotel Darshan
- Hotel Destiny
- Hotel Preethi Palace
- Hotel Sherlock
- Meadows Residency
- Savoy Hotel
- Velan Hotel Ritz
- Hotel Blue Hill International
- Hotel Sarkar Palace
- Hotel Silver Oak
- Hotel Sinclairs
- Sunshine Inn
- Howard Johnson The Monarch Hotel
- Orchid Inn
- Regency Villas (ITC Welcom Group)
- Riga Residency
- Blue Valley Resort
- Sagar Holiday Resort
- Kurumba Village Resort
- Glyngarth Villa Resort
- Hill Country Holiday Resort
- MGM Hillworth Resort
- Safari Land Resort