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Ooty

 

Ooty is a hill station in South Indian state of Tamil Nadu , nearly 565 kms. fromChennai . It is a heaven place full of greenery & beauty of nature. It was a pleasant season in the months of April-May, which turns a little chilly as you move to altitudes. We took a toy train from Mettupalayam which takes 5 hours to reach Ooty. It shows the beauty of the forests, tea gardens on the hills as it takes you through them at a slow pace. 

You can come closer to the nature here. Our resort was beautifully placed on the steps of a hill which showed the tea cultivation around. As you enter the balcony, you can really get swayed away by the beauty of the climate & nature around. The places to visit are Botanical garden, a zoological park & a water park 'Black Thunder' as your retreat from the hills.

Tourist attractions

Ooty Botanical Gardens
If you are on a sightseeing tour to Ooty, you might want to visit the Government Botanical gardens which cover an area of about 22 hectares. The Gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old. The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk among greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close. 

Doddabetta peak 
The Dodabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. It is merely 10km from Ooty so you can simply grab your camera and head straight to the peak, and click amazing pictures of the valley below. Many say that on a clear day, which is honestly not that often, one can see far off areas, even the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore.

 

  • Ooty Rose gardens
  • Wax World - (Wax Museum)
  • Sims Park (Coonoor)
  • The Tea Factory
  • Boating at Pykara
  • Falls at Pykara
  • Historical Dam with Power station at Pykara
  • Hidden Valley
  • Echo Roc

    How to reach here

 

By plane
The Coimbatore airport is the closest to the hills at 3-1/2 hours by road. TheMysore airport is about 5 odd hours away from Ooty by road. The road trip is quite scenic from either airport.

By train
The hills are connected to by a nightly train. The Nilagiri Express (Train No. 2671) leaves from Chennai at night, and reaches Mettupalayam (which Indian Rail spells Metupalaiyam), a small town at the foothills of the Nilgiris early the next morning. The train The Nilgiri Mountain Railway leaves Mettupalayam at 7.10 pushed by a small steam powered historic locomotive.

The steam train takes a very scenic route, and the pace of travel will let you take in the beautiful scenery at leisure with stops at stations for the engine to take on water(the journey takes about 5-1/2 hours compared to 2 hours by road). There are other trains from Chennai to Coimbatore . The journey can be continued from Coimbatore by road, a 3-1/2 hour journey.

By Road
The Nilgiris are in Tamil Nadu , but it is quite near the borders of neighboring statesKarnataka and Kerala . The hills consequently can be reached from within Tamil Nadu by travelling up a heavily forested winding road, with many sharp hair-pin beds. The road trip from any state is quite scenic, although the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty road (i.e. the Tamil Nadu route) is the most travelled and well maintained. All roads to the Nilgiri hills are toll roads, although the tolls are quite nominal.

 

 

Important Tamilnadu Tourist Destinations