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Ooty: One of the Beautiful Hill Stations in India


Bengaluru, July 11 (UITV) - Ooty is a town in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. With a rough population of 88,000, it is famous for its hill station and plantations in the western ghats of the Nilgiri hills. It is an attraction for tourists and movie shootings, famous Bollywood and other regional movies have been shot here. The official name of Ooty is Udagamandalam and is 2240 meters above sea level and has a favorable climate all around the year.  

The place has many beautiful things to visit like reserved forests, lakes, gardens, parks, historical buildings, and the tea factory. The road drive to Ooty is amazing and challenging. The place is favorable to almost all seasons, the January and February month is generally cold. The rainy season is colder along with high humidity. Overall Ooty is a beautiful place for vacations and is also preferred for honeymoon destinations by many couples.

Ooty is also a market place for agriculture and vegetables, which includes ‘English fruits’ and ‘English vegetables.’ You can also buy local chocolates and sweet candies.

Places to visit in Ooty:

1. Ooty tea factory
It is an amazing spot for the tea lovers and nature explorers that are situated mid of the blue hills of Nilgiris. If you are curious about how tea leaves processings are carried out? all answers you will get here, from plucking the tea leaves to processing to packing. Different varieties of tea leaves and history and origin of tea. Tourists are allowed to visit the farms and the factory with permission.

2. Gardens and parks
The largest rose garden of India named Government Rose Garden/Centenary Rose Park is situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Ooty at an average height of 2200 meters from the mean sea level. The garden has more than 20,000 varieties of roses of 2,800 cultivars and is regarded as among the largest collection of roses in the country. Polyanthas, Papagena, hybrid tea rose, Ramblers, miniature roses Yakimours are some of the varieties of roses found in the park.

The lush green Ooty Botanical Garden which is maintained by the Government of Tamil Nadu was laid out in 1847. In the May month of every year, a flower show along with an exhibition of rare plant species is held. The garden is filled with thousands of species of both exotic and indigenous herbs, shrubs, ferns, plants, and trees.

Deer park which was formed to house a number of species of deer is one of the highest altitude zoos in India is located on the edge of Ooty lake.

3. Reserve forests
At the junction of the Eastern and Western Ghats, there is the highest peak in the Nilgiris named Doddabetta at an altitude of 2,623 meters located about 10 km from Ooty. The nearby forests include pine forests. Wenlock Downs is a famous grassland area on the Nilgiri Hills. Mudumalai National Park and tiger reserve are the home for many endangered species.

4. Lakes and dams
Ooty lake was constructed by John Sullivan, the first collector of Ooty in 1824. It provides boating facilities to tourists and has covered an area of about 65 acres. Boat races are organized in the summer months.

Pykara is a sacrad river that rises from Mukti peak and passes through some hilly passages and has created a couple of falls known as Pykara falls of 55 meters and 61 meters. Kamaraj Sagar Dam located 10 km from Ooty is a popular picnic spot in Ooty. Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake, and Porthimund lake are the nearby lakes in Ooty.

5. Nilgiri Mountain Railway
The Nilgiri Mountain Railways was built in 1908 by the British, with the initial operation was limited till Madras Railway Station. In 2005 it was added as an extension to the World Heritage Site of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway by UNESCO. Formerly it was operated with the steam engine later it was upgraded with the diesel locomotives.

How to Reach?

1. By Airways
Coimbatore and Mysuru are the nearest airports to Ooty at a distance of 96 km and 120 km respectively. Another nearest airport is Bengaluru which about 280 km away from Ooty.

2. By Railways
Udagamandalam railway station is a terminus railway station in Ooty which is well connected with Coimbatore.

3. By Roadways
Ooty is well connected by roadways and is situated on NH 181. Daily direct buses from Mysore, Bangalore, Gudalpet, Mandya, Hassan, Malappuram, Wayanad, Calicut and Kannur are available.

By Shashikant Chaurasia