Ooty is most famous hill station of South India in Tamil Nadu, located 80 km north of Coimbatore in Nilgiri Hills. It is a popular summer destination, its natural environment attract thousands tourists. Ooty has an elevation of 2,240 mtr above sea level. Here in 1882 the rules of snooker were first drafted and codified in the “Ooty Club”. The club still have the same billiards table that was used.
Shooting of Karan Johar’s film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’also has done here in Ooty. The diverse landscape of Ooty offers an opportunity to explore number of adventure.
Kalhatty around 20 km from Ooty, is a site famous for hang gliding. Ooty town also have a Golf Course at an altitude of 7600 feet and spread over 193.56 acres.
Point of tourist attraction in Ooty
The Government rose garden situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty town. This garden has more than 20,000 varieties of roses. It is the largest collection of roses in the country where you can see unusual type of roses, green or black in colors.
Ooty Botanical Gardens- spread in 22-acre of area and well maintained garden. A flower show along with an exhibition of rare plant species held every year in May. The gardens have around a thousand species, both exotic and indigenous, of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, and herbal and bonsai plants. The garden also has a 20-million-year-old fossilised tree.
Deer Park- is located near Ooty Lake. It is one of the high altitude zoo in India. This is also a major attraction for visitors where they can see numerous species of deer and animals.
Ooty Lake- covers an area of 65 acres. The boat house established alongside the lake, which offers boating facilities to tourists, is a major tourist attraction in Ooty
Pykara falls– Pykara is a river located 19 km from Ooty that flows through a series of cascades; and the last two falls of 55 meters and 61 meters are known as Pykara falls.
Kamaraj Sagar Dam is located at a distance of 10 km from the Ooty. It is a picnic spot and a film shooting spot on the slopes of the Wenlock Downs. Emerald Lake, Avalanche Lake and Porthimund Lake are other lakes in the region.
Doddabetta is the highest peak (2,623 m) in the Nilgiris, about 10 km from Ooty. It lies at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats and surrounded by dense Sholas.
Mudumalai National Park and tiger reserve lies on the north western side of the Nilgiri Hills. Here you can see very often the herds of endangered Indian elephants, vulnerable gaur, and chital. It is a haven for Bengal tigers and Indian leopards and other threatened species. There are many critically endangered birds’ species like the Indian white-rumped vulture and the long-billed vulture.
Mukurthi National Park is spread across 80 km2 of area located in the south-eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau west of Ooty. The park was mainly created for the protection of Nilgiri tahr.
The Tribal Museum is part of the campus of Tribal Research Centre which is in 10 km from Ooty in Muthorai Palada. Here you can see rare collections of artefacts and photographs belonging to tribal groups of Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This Museum also exhibits houses belonging different tribal group.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was built by the British in 1908 and still run on steam locomotives. UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Stone House is the first bungalow constructed in Ooty. It was popular among locals as Kal Bangala by the tribals (Kal means stone in local tribal language). Today, it is the official residence for the principal of the Government Arts College, Ooty
St. Stephen’s Church- located on the Mysore road. It is one of the oldest churches build in 19th century, exclusively for the British, in Ooty. Later it made open to public in 1831.
How to reach Ooty
Air: Coimbatore is the nearest airport around 88 KM from Ooty , which offers flights to number of Indian cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai among others. You can have taxi from there.
Rail: Mettupalayam around 45 km is the nearest train station to Ooty, and it is well connected to other cities like Chennai and Coimbatore by rail. There are option of cab or bus from Mettupalayam to reach Ooty. You can also travel by toy train from Mettupalayam, ride of Toy train is itself a major tourist attraction.