Ooty is a popular hill station of Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. The place is also known as Udhagamandalam. The place is originally occupied by Todas. The hill station is popularly known as ‘the Queen of Hill stations’. Nilgiris or the Blue Mountains here is the main reason behind the popularity of Ooty. This has been declared as one of the ‘14 hotspots’ of the world because of its unique diversity.
The main tourist attractions here are:
Government Rose Garden: This is the largest rose garden in India. It is situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty town. The garden has the largest collection of roses in the country with more than 20, 000 varieties of roses.
Botanical Garden: The garden is spread over 22 hectares ascending the slopes of the hill at an elevation of 2,400 metres above sea level. Varieties of flowering trees, beautiful shrubs and rare colored lilies can be seen here. You can also find several Toda huts here which the Toda people have abandoned in the recent years. These are a most interesting representation of the ethnic architecture of South India.
Ooty Lake: This is a scenic spot to visit in Ooty. There is a Boat House at the far end of the lake where all kinds of boats are available for hire from eight in the morning to six in the evening. Boat races are conducted during the month of May here.
Deer Park: This is one of the few high altitude zoos in India. The Park is located by the Ooty Lake. You will be able to see rare deer species as well as varieties of animals and birds here.
Doddabetta Peak: The place stands at a height of around 8650 feet. The Peak offers amazing trek spots.
Pykara River: The River is about 19 kms from Ooty. This is a sacret place for the Toda people. The Pykara falls are one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ooty. The shoal trees, Toda settlements and wildlife of here are famous.
Mudumalai National Park: This is a famous Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu. The National Park is home to several wildlife and rare bird species such as the Bengal Tiger, Leopards, Indian Bison, Asiatic Elephants, etc.
Ooty Mountain Railway: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The railways were built by the British in 1908. The trains here are still powered using the traditional steam engines.
Emerald Lake: The Lake is located in midst of a reserve forest. There is a viewpoint on the dam nearby from where you can view the dam clearly.
Tribal Museum: The Museum is a part of the Tribal Research Center. By visiting the museum you can know more about the culture and the inhabitants of Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. You can see some rare artifacts and houses that belonged to the various tribes in the Nilgiris.
The best time to visit Ooty is summer season from May to June and winter season from December to February. Mettupalayam and Conoor are connected to Ooty with toy trains. The nearest domestic airport to Ooty is Coimbatore.
How about living in a home although being away from your home for enjoying your holidays in this majestic hill station? Well, this is something that only holiday homestays in Ooty can ensure! Embracing homely as well as hospitable ambiance, homestays are the locally preserved but mostly certified properties of the locals. This means you are bound to get personal care, right from the minute you step into the chosen homestay. Moreover, if you are interested in the local culture, it becomes very memorable for you to live in such accommodation because the locals make you participate in their local traditions.