Udhagamandalam, or Ooty, is the perfect amalgam of serenity and the never ending hustle bustle of an Indian town. While the town may be a little too overwhelming for certain vacationers, it also has pockets that exude the charm of tranquillity and peacefulness. The lovely scenery, quaint and welcoming environment and a blend of modernisation and tradition, Ooty – rightly labelled as the “Queen of Hill Stations” – has charmed local and foreign travellers alike.
Principally established in the 19th century by the British as the headquarters of the Madras government, as Lonely Planet notes, Ooty has undergone significant development in the decades since. Nevertheless, with its miles and miles of natural beauty spread out like a magnificent carpet doesn’t fail to impress its tourists. Be it the high and lofty mountains, sweeping grasslands or exquisite tea plantations stretching till the eyes can see, Ooty is a favourite hill station for all kinds of vacationers – nature lovers looking to explore, honeymooners seeking private and alone time and photography enthusiasts on the lookout for picturesque scenery.
WHERE TO GO:
There are a plethora of places one can visit in the beautiful town that is Ooty, a few of which have been listed on TourMyIndia.com.
Not far from Ooty – 10 kilometres to be precise – is the mighty Doddabetta Peak. Known to be one of the best and most visited tourist attractions, it offers a breathtaking view of the valleys below; serving as an ideal spot for nature lovers. A trek along the lofty mountain on a clear day also offers a view of Mysore and Coimbatore. The Government Botanical Garden, located on the lower slopes of Doddabetta Peak, is another spot that has over the years become a favourite among vacationers. With its founding dating back to 1848, it houses a wide collection of floral species. Rose Garden, boasting a wide array of kinds of roses, is located around 3 to 4 kilometres from Doddabetta Peak and offers a chance to view a variety of colours of the flowers that TourMyIndia.com notes can’t be seen in other parts of the country. The Ooty Lake rounds up the majestic scenic delight of Ooty. Vacationers can either take a boat ride in the serene water, or take a walk along the lakeside. Next to the lake is the amusement park, where kids can indulge in activities like mini train rides.
WHERE TO STAY:
Spending a holiday in the mesmerising mountainside, nestled in a beautiful envelope with a spectacular view of the Nilgiri Hills, is everything that a holiday in Ooty warrants. Keeping this in mind, Sterling Holidays Fern Hill has been built to incorporate a perfect blend of sophistication and serenity. As the best resort in Ooty, it offers a range of activities guests and members can indulge in, including a play area, clubhouse, and opportunities to engage in adventure activities.
The best time to visit Ooty is during the winter season, when the temperature ranges from 5 degrees to 23 degrees Celsius. This season, which starts from November and lasts till January, is an ideal time for nature lovers to revel in the scenic beauty the town has to offer. Summers begin from the month of March, and the change in temperature is only slight; the temperature hovers in the range of 12 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius. Monsoons witness heavy rainfall.
HOW TO REACH:
Ooty can be reached by air, bus or rail. The closest airport is the Coimbatore International Airport, beyond which one can take a roughly two and a half hour drive by hiring a cab. Private and state transportation services offer buses and cabs from several nearby towns and cities like Coonoor, Coimbatore, Palakkad, and Udumalaipettai. Ooty has its own railway station, the Ooty railway station, which is well connected to major cities in Tamil Nadu.
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