Ooty

Ooty

Ooty, the queen of Nilgiris is one of the most beautiful tourist locations in India. It is a hill station located 80 KM north of Coimbathore in Tamilnadu State. It is situated at an altitude of 2240 meters above the sea level. The land of picturesque picnic spot and had been a popular summer and weekend tourist sport for travelers. There are plenty of scenic tourist spots like Botanical Gardens, Waterfalls, Wild life sanctuary, Lakes, Tea estates and many more. November to February is the best time to visit Ooty. During this time , the frosty wind enters the town but the overall day temperature is cool and good for sightseeing.  Many Honeymoon couples visit Ooty during the winter season. Sometimes, the temperature would go below 5 degree Celsius too. Mansoon in Ooty is mindblowing with an average rainfall of 140 cm, most of which is received during south-west monsoon. The maximum and minimum temperatures are 28 °C and 0 °C respectively. You can enquire the best Honeymoon packages now


Places to visit in Ooty


Toy Train

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is built by the British Government in 1908. In July 2005, UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. It’s a 46-kilometre beautiful toy train journey that starts from Mettupalayam and goes through tunnels, curves, bridges and beautiful scenery to reach Ooty in five hours. We recommend every travelers must experience the journey once in a life time. From 300 feet to 7200 feet, the Ooty toy train is definitely a ride to cherish, the heavenly beauty splashed abundantly all over the place. Sometimes you can spot Deers, Bisons, Rabbits, and endangered species of birds all along the way.
Train Timings: From Metupalayam at 0700 Hrs and Ooty at 1500 Hrs

Government Botanical Garden 

The Government Botanical Garden is one of the beautiful botanical garden in the country. It is located in Udhagamandalam, near Coimbatore(Ooty), Tamil Nadu state, India laid out in 1848. The Garden is located on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak, covers an area of around 22 hectares and is separated into several sections. It ascends the slopes of the hill at an elevation of 2250–2500 meters above Mean Sea Level. The climate is the one traveler enjoying a lot.

Ooty Lake

Ooty lake is one of the beautiful scenic place, a traveler should not miss in Ooty. It covers an area of 65 acres. The Boat house situated in the lake, which offers boating facilities to tourists, is a major tourist attraction in Ooty. It is an artificial lake constructed by John Sullivan, in 1824. This lake is a very good example of rain water harvesting. The water flowing down mountain stream in the Ooty valley was dammed to form the lake. On three occasions the lake became empty when it breached its bund. The lake was originally projected to be used for fishing with ferries being used to travel across the lake. Gradually the lake giving space for development purpose like bus stand, Lake Park, race course etc hence shrunk from its original size, but still it is one of the best honeymoon destinations in South India. The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation took the possession of lake in 1973, for providing boating facilities as a tourist attraction

Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills with a hight of 2,637 metres (8,650 feet). A distance of 9 km from Ooty the peak is surrounded by reserved forest, on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, South India. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the top. It is the fourth highest peak in South India next to Anamudi, Mannamalai and Meesapulimala. The peaks Hecuba (2375 m), Kattadadu (2418 m) and Kulkudi (2439 m) are the three closely linked Peak in the west of the Doddabetta range near to Udagamandalam.
There is a telescope house at the top of Doddabetta with two telescopes available for the public. It was opened on June 18, 1983 and is run by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). The average number of viewers in 2010-2011 was 5500 per day in season and 1400 per day in the off season.

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake is another beautiful tourist destination in Nilgiris district. The lake is surrounded by a rolling scenic landscape with blooming flowers like orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Travelers can walk beside the lake through winding paths and enjoy the romantic beauty around the lake. Tourists visiting the lake can also engage themselves in Trout fishing which is unique at that place. An established trout hatchery near the lake, where visitors can get fishing rods and other fishing accessories required for trout fishing. Visitors can terrain tents near the lake where in they can use the lake as camp site. Other tourist activities in the area include rafting across the lake and trekking the nearby hill stations like Upper Bhavani where there are thick forests, flora and fauna, and untouched wild habitats

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is located 25 kilometers away from Ooty town in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu. The lake is an important tourist and picnic spot in the region. It is famous for a variety of fresh water fish and birds in the locale. The scenic sun rise and sun set view from the lake is an inimitable experience for the travelers. Visitors can by tea products from the surrounding tea plantations.

Pykara Lake

Another picturesque location near Ooty is Pykara. Pykara is the name of a village and river 19 kilometres (12 mi) from Ooty. The river Pykara is considered very holy by the Todas tribes. The Toda people are a small rural tribal community who live on the isolated Nilgiri plateau. The river starts from Mukurthi peak, flows northwards, and then turns to the west after reaching the edge of the plateau. The river flows through Pykara, Murkurti and Glenmorgan dams, and forms part of an important hydro-electric power project.
The river flows over a series of waterfalls, the last two of 55 metres (180 ft) and 61 metres (200 ft) being known as Pykara Falls. The falls are approximately 6 kilometres (4 mi) from the bridge on the main road. A boat house on the Pykara reservoir is an added attraction for tourists. The main attractions are Toda settlement, good wildlife habitat, large grassy meadows, Pykara Dam, and waterfalls.
The dam is near the main Ooty–Gudalur road and includes one of the oldest power station in South India, the Pykara station still functions, generating about 60 megawatts. The first unit of 6.65 MW was commissioned in October 1932.[3] Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar, Diwan of Travancore, worked with the British regime in 1920s and 1930s in the setting up of the Pykara project.
The Pykara Station, declared as a heritage plant in September 1997, triggered the establishment of more hydro-electric power stations in the state. Today, the Nilgiris district alone boasts hydro-electric stations with an aggregate installed capacity of 837 MW. Five decades after establishment of the old plant, the Electricity Board (EB) authorities came up with a plan for the Pykara Ultimate Stage Hydro Electric Plant (PUSHEP), containing three units of 50 MW each. The construction of an underground powerhouse, 17 tunnels and the hydraulic head of 1,039 metres (3,409 ft) are the special features of the new plant. According to the EB, the hydraulic head is the highest in Asia. The access to the powerhouse is a tunnel 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) long.

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