Ooty, also called Udhagamandalam, is at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. It is located in Tamil Nadu, a state in the southern part of India. It is popularly known as “Queen of hill stations” in India. This title is appropriate as it is the capital of Nilgiris (literally means “Blue mountains”) district of Tamil Nadu. Summers are really pleasant in Ooty with temperatures ranging from 24 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius. Summer festival is held in the month of May. Grasslands, mountains and tea estates make the place a treat for nature tourists.
To reach Ooty, you need to fly to Coimbatore, which is about 100 kilometers. Flights are available to Coimbatore from Bangalore and Chennai. From Coimbatore, you can hire a taxi. You can stay in Taj Savoy Hotel which is one of the best hotels in the region.
There are many places you can visit in Ooty. Botanical gardens is the main attraction. This garden covers an area of more than 20 hectares and has nearly 700 species of plants and trees. One of the main attractions here is a fossil of a tree which is supposed to be more than 20 million years old. Flower shows are held during the summer festival. It is a real treat to the eyes.
Ooty Lake is another attraction. It is about two and half kilometers long. You can go for boating or fishing. You can also enjoy a relaxed horse ride. Doddabetta (literally means big hill) is the highest point in the district. Drive to this place from Ooty is a wonderful experience. During the morning hours you can see clouds around you while you drive. It is as if you are driving in heaven!
Train ride from Kallar to Ooty is a must. You can enjoy breathtaking curves and tunnels. You can see mother nature in all her glory. Kodanadu’s view point and Lamb’s rock are other places worth a visit. Animal lovers can also visit Madumalai wildlife sanctuary, which is around 60 kilometers from Ooty. You can find Indian tigers, leopards, barking deer, elephants and many verities of birds.
As a souvenir, you can take home hand-looms, shawls, carpets or hand made antiques. Ooty is also famous for its coffee and tea. A visit to Ooty is sure to be etched in your memory for a long time. Such is the beauty of the place!