Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Ooty - The Queen of Hill Stations

Ooty (or Udhagamandalam) is a beautiful hill station located in the famous Nilgiri Hills in the South-Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is rightly called the 'Queen of Hill Stations'. It is located at a height of 2,240 mts above sea level. 

The town is famous for numerous tea estates. Apart from these, other major attractions are towering mountains, dense forests and sprawling grasslands. 

Ooty has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The temperature ranges from -2 degrees in winters to 25 degrees celsius in summers. However, the nights in ooty are extremely chilly during most of the months. You must carry heavy woollens in winter and light woollen in summer.

Ooty is well-connected by road to Chennai (Capital of Tamil Nadu), Coimbatore, Coonoor, Mysore, Kozhikode, Bangalore, Kochi and Kodaikanal. Many tourists combine the trip to Ooty with Kodaikanal and Coimbatore too. You can also travel by car.

Ooty is also connected by good rail line to the cities. However, it doesn't have an Airport. The nearest airports are Chennai, Coimbatore and Bangalore. You can arrive in these cities by flight and then travel to Ooty via road while capturing the picturesque beauty on the way. 

Attractions in Ooty:

There are a lot of places to enjoy in Ooty. Some of these are:

1) Rose Garden

2) Botanical Gardens

3) Ooty Lake

4) Emerald Lake

5) Avalanche Lake

6) Porthimund Lake

7) Upper Bhavani

8) Stone House

9) Toda Huts

10) Ooty Mountain Railway

11) St. Stephen's Church

12) Wax World

13) Tribal Museum

14) Deer Park

15) Doddabetta Peak

16) Pykara River

17) Pine forest

18) Wenlock Downs (grassland area)

19) Kamaraj Sagar Dam

20) Mudumalai National Park

21) Mukurthi National Park

22) Needle Hill viewpoint

23) Frog Hill Viewpoint

24) Parsons Valley Reservoir

25) Annamalai Temple

26) Tea Factory

27) Echo Rock

Do in Ooty

1) Hiking and long walks

2) Buy homemade chocolates and local tea

3) Golfing

4) Horse Back Riding

5) Boating

Ooty is rightly called a Traveller's Paradise. Come here to freshen up for the year. 

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Pragya Banerjee
MBA (Finance); 8 years of work experience