Ooty is the city in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It is the queen of hill station and the capital of Nilgiri. It is the best tourist destination place, especially as a honeymoon destination. It is famous for Lofty Mountain, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes.
This is located in the Western Ghats zone at an altitude of 2240 mtrs. It is the headquarters of the Nilgiri District, where the two mountain ranges meet.Ooty nestles in an amphitheatre created by four majestic hills- Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club Hill. These hills are part of the Nilgiri ranges that are really the meeting point for the Western and Eastern Ghats. But why the ‘blue’ mountains-one would naturally wonder at the name. Do rest assured, when the lavender-blue flowers of the famous Strobilanthes cover the hills in floral profusion, it would be tome to stop wondering, for it is these funnel-shaped blossoms that are the reason for the name.
The great charm of Ooty is not so much the specific tourist destination; it is, in fact, the long walks that it offers. Anywhere you go, the serenity of the Nilgiris will be all around you. Specially the strategic points from where one could either see Ooty or the view all around, like Snowdon, Ketty Valley, the Wenlock Downs and, of course, Doddabetta. Further, one could hire a horse either near the boathouse or the Savoy-for a slightly more exhilarating excursion in and around town.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway- The queen of Hill stations, Nilgiris toy train connects Ooty to Mettupalayam, at the foot of the Nilgiri. The construction of this line was a big challenge as the terrain is rather tricky. The train itself is a charming blue and cream with wooden coaches and large windows.
Doddabetta Peak- it is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. On the 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 Lake- From just behind the central Bus Stand the famous Ooty Lake stretches, in an irregular “L” shape. This lake was artificially formed by John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty. The lake which breached thrice, completely emptying itself, originally extended up to the present day market and ferries were used to get across one side to the other.
St. Stephen’s Church- St. Stephen’s Church is prime tourist attraction in Ooty situated on the Ooty-Mysore Road. It is a Gothic Church and is best known for its formidable and stunning colonial architecture seen only in Ooty and a few other places in India.
Best time to Visit
All season is perfect for Ooty. A wonderful hill destination, Ooty remains largely pleasant for most of the part of the year. In summer season (March to June), plays host for a number of tourist activities and attraction. The Monsoon in Ooty begins in July and continues till September. The rainfall is usually high and can render sightseeing and other tourist activities difficult, although, the town gets beautifully transferred into an abode of freshness and greenery. In month of October brings in the onset of winter season and the season lasts till February. This is one of the best times to enjoy the real charm of Ooty with cool temperature and delightful weather. This is the principle honeymoon season in the town as many couples could be seen enjoying the beautiful ambience.
How to Reach
By Air- the nearest airport to Reach Ooty is Coimbatore which is located at a distance of 100 km. The domestic airport is well connected to many important cities like Chennai, Madurai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
By Rail- the nearest railway connected to Ooty is Mettupalayam railway station, located 40 km away. Taxis and cabs are available from the station to take you to the uphill journey to Ooty.
By Road- the exotic hill station connects well linked to may important south India cities. There are regular and efficient bus services from Madurai, Bangalore, Mysore, Kanyakumari, Chennai as well as many other cities in Kerala.