Welcome to everyone’s favorite destination & India’s Switzerland “Ooty”!
Ooty, a “Queen of Hills” is one of the highly recommended travel destinations and is located 86 km north of Coimbatore & 128 km south of Mysore on the Nilgiris Blue Hills of Indian Western Ghats.
Yet another paradise from India! Ooty is one of the assets of the Indian economy contributing to GDP through tourism, agriculture, medicinal plantation, photography & film Industry Shootings. As visitors start heading towards magnificent Ooty, they share this feeling of unique sensory experiences of gradually getting lost in its mesmerizing effects of scanty mountains hills & breathtaking greeneries which are bountiful to resuscitate their soul.
A must vacation for all those who wish to retire in the arms of nature for some time and forget the world in search of heavenly relaxation. The splendid Ooty has that much power to heal anyone in quick time and its influence is such paramount that every visitor speaks about getting lost in its scenic splendor, local sights, chirping mountains birds, and beasts while enjoying fresh beans coffee, and tea made from freshly cultivated tea leaves from its in-house tea plantation.
Let’s know about all the beautiful & serene sites to visit in Ooty’s on your next vacation for a unique divine feeling:
1. Government Botanical Garden: Laid down way back in the year 1848 by Graham Mclvor in 55 hectares of land in the lower hills of Doddabetta peak, this arresting garden is full of thousands of species of fauna including medicinal plants, flowers, ferns, lilies, fountain ponds with flowers and most unique being 20 million old fossil trunk. Being administered by the Department of horticulture and maintained with hill area program funds, it is situated near another famous travel destination Udhagai Lake. Divided into sections as Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, The Conservatory, and Nurseries, this garden conserves flora & fauna of Nilgiri hills with Toda Hill (Toda Mund) which gives insights into original tribes of its habitant, The Todas.
2. Tamil Nadu’s Tourism Ooty Lake& Waterfalls: Located just 1 kilometer from Ooty bus stand, it is an artificial lake created in 1824 by John Sullivan to conserve mountain water in Ooty dam alongside and now it is being maintained by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation since 1973 to attract more tourist through House boatings, attention-grabbing parks, racecourse to witness horse racing, mini train ride, food court, cycling along the periphery of the lake.
3. The Tea Factory & Tea Museum: Being the largest tea growing belts in India, Doddabeta tea factory along with the adjacent Tea Museum is a must-visit for all tea lovers, if you want to know about the complete history of the refreshing tea world. Founded in the Year 2005 by a former member of tea board, Mr. N.K. Krishnamoorthy, it is located on 1 acre of land and this tea plantation has a production capacity of 30 tonnes of tea per month. You may visit to buy fresh green tea, cardamom tea, chocolate tea, and other strong tea which may be unknown and yet to taste till now.
4. Thunder World, Ooty: One of the best Indian amusement and theme park in India, Thunder World has entry tickets as low as Rs 10 for child & adults and Rs 450 & Rs 550 for child & adults respectively for different special combos and you enjoy different rides, rain forest, dinosaur-themed park, watch 3D movie haunted house and snow world all for adventures and fun at Ooty. It also offers a decent food court to the visitors for a complete experience altogether.
5. St. Stephen’s Church: Most visited St. Stephen Church is the main tourist attraction of Ooty and was built way back in 1829 by then Governor of Madras, Stephen Rumbold Lushington who felt the need for the church exclusively for British. The structure still stands tall and it is one of the earliest churches you will find in Nilgiris to relieve ancient times. It has the famous painting Last Supper, the crucifixion of Christ, St. Mary holding Baby Jesus and a unique bell to ring made as four hammers-like structures tied on inverted v-shaped n planks using wires.
6. Eik Hill Murugan Temple: Located at Eik hills in Ooty, this is one of the sixth sacred abodes of Murugan, greatly visited for seeking blessings from an ancient deity of South India,” Lord Murugan”. Leaving everyone with a serene and divine experience, the huge idol of Lord Murugan is considered charismatic & hugely patronized by every visitor. The sacred and religious sites to visit for once in a lifetime experience, you would feel holy, blessed & serene worshipping the Idol.
7. Stone House Government Museum: Enjoying the legacy of the “first house” to be constructed in Ooty, it is the most ancient monument and is administered by Government Art College, Ooty. Though officially the house of Principal of Art College, some of its parts are still made open for visitors from Monday to Sunday (between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.) to explore extinguishing yet conserved flora, fauna, ancient antiques and artifacts discovered from different archaeological sites of Nilgiri hills.
8. Thread Garden: Located just opposite the Ooty Lake, it is a rare artificial garden full of flowers, plants, and trees uniquely made with thread, canvas & wires all along. Designed by Mr. Antony Joseph, a professor by profession with his highly skilled workers, this never dining garden is made using the “Four-Dimensional Hand-Wound” technique, completely handcraft, and had taken almost fifteen years to create such masterpiece. One of the most creative sites in Ooty to take pictures along, it costs as low as Rs 10 for kids and as high as Rs. 30 for adults. Not to forget additional charges are also applicable if want to take pictures or shoot video inside this highly creative garden.
9. Pykara Waterfalls: A must visit natural sites at Pykara river, Pykara waterfalls are 19 kilometers away from Ooty and considered as the most scarred by their tribals” The Todas”. To turn it into a tourist spot, the tourist department has built forest rest house, well-protected Boat House, reservoir and Dams for a spectacular view. The electricity board to has constructed the Pykara Ultimate Stage Hydro Electric Plant (PUSHES) which generates 60 Megawatts of hydraulic power and has an underground powerhouse. A great place to treat yourself.
10. Tiger Hills: Located just 6 kilometers from Ooty city and can be reached within 20 minutes, try this place for a relaxing stay to see the sunrise from its hilltop to get an amazing view. The tiger hills have a freshwater reservoir and caves at the top and enjoyed heavily by trekkers as climbing it early in the morning to see a magnificent rise of Sun is an awesome feeling and favorable from a health point of view.
Also, when you visit this hill station, don’t forget to carry an umbrella, a hat, slipper, trekking shoes, hot water flask, some woolen clothes as you may find misty clouds and drizzling rain over you anytime in Ooty.
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Let’s Go Ooty this time, All selfies welcome!!