- Ooty- Get Mesmerized by the Magic of Ooty
Nestled in the lap of the majestic Blue Mountains, at a height of 2200
meters from sea level, lay the picturesque town of Ooty or
Udhagamandalam. Located in the midst of the four high hills of
Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club hill, Ooty is popularly known as
the Queen of hill stations. The lush green valleys, the majestic hills,
the serene natural beauty and the salubrious climate make the place
worthy of this accolade. It offers tired souls a chance to rejuvenate
their spirits, beckoning one to come and embrace the tranquility and
solace of Mother Nature.
The verdant hills and beautiful valleys with numerous rivers and rivulets running in all directions offer a picture postcard view at every turn. The temperate and calm climate further heightens the attractiveness of the place, while the tea plantations offer a splendid treat to the eyes. Truly, Ooty is blessed with natures abundant bounties.
Founded by the British in the first half of the 19th century, this hill station still exudes an aura that reminds one of the days of the Raj. The British loved Ooty as it reminded them so much of England. Lord Lytton, one of the Viceroys of India described Ooty as, such beautiful English rain, such delicious English mud. The British influence is still visible here in the hand rolled cigars, home made chocolate and cheese.
- Place of Interest
The mountain train journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty is an added attraction for tourists. The line, which was granted World heritage status by UNESCO, has still not lost its charms. The train wends its way through curves, gorges, ravines and tunnels offering breathtaking views of beautiful scenery. One can notice a delicious change in scenery along the journey, from tropical vegetation in Mettupalayam to pines, eucalyptus and cypress trees in Ooty.
Built in 1847 by an English gardener, the Botanical garden sprawling over 22 hectares of rich green lawns, with a variety of rare plants is the most popular tourist attraction here. The centenary rose park, built to commemorate the centenary flower show, with its beautifully laid out terraces is another must-see for tourisrs. The Ooty Lake, an artificial lake made by the founder of Ooty, Mr. John Sullivan, is now a spot to enjoy pleasure boating facilities. A deer park is located close to this lake. The highest peak Doddabetta, is about 10 km from Ooty bus stand. St. Stephens church, the first church built in Ooty, is said to have been built from wood brought from Tipu Sultans Lal Bagh Palace in Srirangapatnam after his final defeat.
Kodanadus View Point
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
- Best Time To Visit
April to September.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport is Coimbatore (100km).
Ooty has narrow gauge railway, connected to Mettupalayam (46km). Mettupalayam is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai on broad gauge.
Ooty is well connected by road with Coimbatore (89km), and there are regular bus services to Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut and Tirupati.