Cradled in the arms of the Nilgiris, also known as the “blue mountains,” Ooty is, undoubtedly, the most charming destination in the whole of South India. It is a hill station situated over 2000 meters above sea level, and presents some wonderful locales of unparalleled beauty. Then hills enveloped in clouds, the vast expanses of greenery and some typical wildlife make this place extremely attractive to tourists from all over the world.
Aptly called the “Queen of the Nilgiris,” Ooty has some exquisite bungalows and some old heritage buildings that reflect the history during the British era.
Some of the best Ooty tour packages from Coimbatore, offered by the best tour operators, will definitely cover the following must – see spots in Ooty.
The beauty of this lake, as suggested by the name, is offered by the reflection of the surrounding green mountains in the lake water. It is about 25 kilometres out of the city limits and you can have great family picnics here. The natural beauty is absolutely breath-taking.
Dodda Betta Peak
This the highest point on the Nilgiri Hills at an elevation of 2600 meters. The place is surrounded by deep forest cover, consisting of rhododendron and eucalyptus trees. There is an observatory on the top of the peak that offers some of the mind- blowing views of the valley all around.
This was historically the official residence of the ruler of Mysore. It consists of 50 acres of lush green gardens and forests of rhododendron and eucalyptus trees. The splendour and elegance of the palace is still very much visible.
St. Stephen’s Church
The church exudes beauty and sobriety. It was built in 1830 using some of the wood from Tipu Sultan’s palace in Mysore. The architecture is gothic in nature and features some of the masterpieces like the Last Supper and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ Drawn on the stained-glass windows.
Tips on Things that you must do while in Ooty
Here is a guideline on some of the things that you cannot miss doing while in Ooty.
- Take a boating trip in the Ooty Lake – The Ooty Lake is a manmade water body that forms the single most attractive tourist destination in the hill resort. You can take a highly recreational boating trip across the lake. It is a very popular activity here. You can have a choice from amongst motor boat, paddle boats or row boats. While at the middle of the lake you can take some good pictures of the surrounding greenery and the blue waters in the middle.
- Take a memorable ride in the toy train – Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005m, the toy train ride from Mettupalayam to Ooty, a distance of about 25 kilometres, can be a lifetime experience. There is a stunning assortment of 250 bridges and 16 tunnels that make the journey even more adventurous.
While on one of the Ooty tourism packages from Coimbatore, get your bookings done in advance to avoid disappointment and unnecessary worries.Tags: Ooty tour