Ooty, often known as the queen of hill, has many tourist attractions. The most striking feature of this hill town and definitely a major tourist attraction is its scenic beauty. The misty mountains and the green valleys is a paradise on earth. Besides the natural splendor there are a number of Ooty tourist attractions, these include:
HOW TO REACH
The nearest airport to Ooty is located in Coimbatore. The hill station is at a distance of about 98 kilometers from the Coimbatore Airport. The airport is connected to Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Cochin by Indian Airlines flights. In order to reach Ooty from the airport, one has to hire a taxi or a bus to reach Ooty.
The hill station of Ooty has a railway station of its own. It is called the Udhagamandalam railway station and can be reached by The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (a.k.a. Toy Train) from Mettupalayam. Though the toy train isn’t very fast but the scenic beauty of this route attracts many tourists. Mettupalayam is the nearest major railway station to Ooty. One can also hire a private taxi to reach Ooty here. The distance of Ooty from Mettupalayam is about 52 km.
Ooty is also connected to all the nearby towns and cities by good roads. The hill station connects to various other important cities of South India like Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, etc. The road to Ooty from Coimbatore is popular for its scenic beauty. As Ooty is located on NH 67 several tourist buses and taxis commute here without any hassle.
WHAT TO SEE
The Botanical Gardens are one of the primary Ooty tourist attractions. Covering an area of about 50 acres, this garden covers the slopes of the Doddabetta peak in Ooty.
The highest peak in the Hills of the Nilgiris, this place lies at the point of the Eastern and the Western Ghats and is definitely tops the list of Ooty tourist attractions.
Set up in the year 1989, this museum is an Ooty tourist attraction specifically for its collection of tribal objects and artifacts.
Hindustan Photo Films:-
This one of the most important Industrial units in Ooty. Spread over an area of about 300 acres, the Hindustan Photo Films is located at a distance of 5 Kilometers from the Railway station of Ooty.
Kamraj Sagar Lake:-
Kamraj Sagar Lake is actually a dam which is located in the outskirts of Ooty. The woods and the greenery in this place, makes it a great picnic spot. The water is extremely cold and one can also have a good fishing experience in the place as fishing industry has flourished quite a lot in this region.
Kandal Cross is a Roman Catholic Church. It is well known for making the wishes of people come true. The church is recognized for curing the ill and blessing the people making it a big pilgrim place where prayers are offered on every Friday evening.
This is a view point in Ooty from where one can get beautiful views of the vast lush green tea estates. It makes an excellent picnic spot. Named after Captain Lamb who tried to open a path to that point, the Lamb’s rock is an uneven cliff which drops down to the jungle below.
Ooty Golf course:-
The golf course is located at the Old Pykara Road and has an elevation of 7200 ft. In 1891, Colonel Fane Sewell established this golf course which sprawls over an area of over 193 acres. The golf course has a full course of 18 holes. Playing golf at this altitude is completely different experience.
The Lake in Ooty the center of tourist attraction. The lake adds an extra measure of glamour to the hill station. It covers an area of 65 acres and was constructed by John Sullivan in 1824. The Boat house alongside the lake offers boating facilities to tourists. In summers, boat races and pageantry are organized at the lake.
Rose garden is located on the slopes of Elk Hill. The over four hectares of land has got five terrace farming. The garden has over 2800 species of roses. The department of Horticulture does the maintenance of the garden. It is one of the best gardens in South Asia.
St Stephens Church:-
The oldest Church in the Nilgiri, St Stephen Church is located near the house of John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty. The Gothic structure still preserves its Victorian ambiance. The entire church is wonderfully built out of wood, its carvings and has stained glass windows giving it a different lure altogether.
The tea factory in Ooty showcases the art of tea making and there is also a tour facility available inside the tea processing factory. It is more like a museum and one will gain knowledge on the process of tea making and quality. It is located on the Doddabetta Road.
Shopping in Ooty would be a nice experience for the passionate shopper. Although the region does not have any specialty handicraft of its own, there are many other things for shopping in Ooty.
On the slopes of the great Nilgiri range, the region grows some of the best qualities of coffee and tea in India. The sprawling plantations and the heady smell are feast to senses. You may choose to buy some coffee or tea while shopping in Ooty.
Hand made chocolates are also popular items for shopping in Ooty. Also pick up aromatic oils and spices while shopping in Ooty.
Ooty has many restaurants; most of them serve different cuisines from all over the world. Don’t forget to try the hill station’s famous baked goods like buns, cakes as well as home-made chocolates. The place is famous for tea, so don’t forget to have some fresh tea.