Ootacamund, popularly known as Ooty is a hill station along the Western Ghats of India. Located at an altitude of 2240m, Ooty is also known as Udhagamandalam and called as the “Queen of Hill Stations”.
Ooty is highly abundant in vegetation and tea, coffee plantation. Besides tea and coffee plantation, it is also adorned with mountains, lakes, gardens, forests. Ooty has been blessed generously when it comes to natural beauty and this is the reason why it is considered as the most beautiful place in the state. The place has a pleasant weather all year round making it the perfect getaway destination during the summer.
Also named as the Blue Mountains owing to the indigo cover of the beautiful Kurinji flower, which blooms once in every 12 years, on the slopes of the Nilgiris, which looks absolutely spectacular.
For tourists, the adventure starts even before you have entered the town of Ooty. The toy train, Nilgiri Mountain Railway connecting Mettupalayam is a heritage route that offers excitement every minute. The uphill journey crosses bridges, tunnels and maneuvers beautiful curves.
As one reaches Ooty, it offers a delight for every horticulturist, Ooty has diverse flora and fauna, even rare species. Ooty Botanical Garden and Rose Garden are the main attractions in town for admiring nature’s beauty. Its beautiful and unique bio-diversity has earned Ooty a spot among the top hotspots of the world.
The place offers absolute treat not only to nature lovers but also to the art lovers.Some of theplaces for art lovers in the city are Fernhill Bungalow, Government House and Arts College, St. Stephens’s Church, Ooty Club. People who love historical places and monuments must visit the Stone House, which is the first bungalow of Ooty built by John Sullivan in 1822. There are numerous beautiful monuments with colonial era impressions.As the town was built by John Sullivan during the colonial era,some of the colonial buildings and architecture can be seen in some parts of the town,which truly is a marvel.
Some Major Tourist Attractions:
Ooty Botanical Garden, spread over an area of 22 hectares and with more than 650 species of flowers and trees, is a delight and is one of the best tourist attraction places, attracting visitors not only from India but globally as well. The fossil tree which is believed to be 20 million years old is the major highlight of this garden.
If you are looking for a perfect picnic spot, than it can’t get better than the Ooty Lake. Ooty Lake is an L shaped lake stretching to about 2.75km in length.The lake is also popular for boating. During summers, boat races are organized for two days, which attracts numerous visitors. The Emerald Lake and Pykara waterfall are also a major tourist delight. The Pykara Waterfall, which is situated 20 kilometers away from Ooty offers a great picnic spot amidst lake, pine trees and the waterfall. Pykara is a perfect destination for adventure lovers.
Ooty is an awesome destination and has something to offer in all seasons; be it winter, summer or autumn. The season between April to June and September to November, however is the ideal time to visit and explore the beauty of the place.
So, if you want to breathe in the fresh air and looking a perfect holiday then Ooty is the place for you which will mesmerize you with all its natural and scenic beauty.