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Welcome to Ooty

Ooty

                                                                                                                           Ooty – A green heaven on earth

Picturesque locales and historic sites define Ooty as one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the country. The added attraction of trying out adventurous sports in the cool climate of the hill station enhances the charm of the place.

The landscape of Ooty is peppered with eucalyptus, conifers and pine trees. The lush green tea and coffee plantations offer a refreshing sight. Its clear lakes, colourful gardens and waterfalls add colour to the blanket of greenery covering the place. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Ooty thrives in a serene atmosphere where life remains enveloped by the incredible beauty of nature.

The architectural landscape of Ooty exhibits a British colonial feel. Many of the famous structures of the hill station were built during the British rule and so, the old world charm still exists there. The town centre of Ooty is a busy place where beauty takes a back seat and life adopts an active rhythm. But as one proceeds towards the quieter and greener areas, the splendid beauty of Ooty unfolds to mesmerize the beholder. 

Information & Facts

Activities

 

The quaint hill station of Ooty offers the opportunity to enjoy several activities that can make your trip a memorable affair. Here are a few activities that you must try:

·         Visit a tea estate and watch how the tea leaves are plucked

·         Embark on a trekking trip and mountain biking to satisfy the adventure lover in you

·         The lakes in Ooty are the ideal spots to try your hand at angling and fishing

·         Enjoy a boat ride in the Pykara dam and lake

·         Check out the Toda hamlets that are built in a unique shape

·         Experience horse riding in Ooty either by yourself or with the help of a guide

·         Take a ride in the famous toy train to enjoy the fantastic scenery stretched along the way

 

Climate

March to May: Summer months with temperature ranging from 12 °C to 30 °C

June to September: Monsoon brings heavy rainfall 

November to January: Winter months with temperature ranging from 5 °C to 23 °C

Best time to visit Ooty is during the summer months of April to June. 

Getting Around

Tourist cabs, auto rickshaws, taxis and public buses are available in plenty. The public bus routes connect most of the important places in Ooty. 

Kids Attractions

The lush green hill station of Ooty has a lot to offer to the young travellers to keep them engaged and entertained. Some of the kids-friendly attractions in Ooty are:

·         Jolly World Children Park

·         Ooty Lake

·         Botanical Gardens

·         Toy Train ride from Ooty to Mettupalayam and back

·         Pykara Falls

·         Deer Park

 

Language

Tamil is the native language of the hill station. The main languages spoken in Ooty are:

·         Tamil

·         English

·         Kannada

·         Malayalam

·         Badaga

Money

Indian Rupee

Night Life

There is not much to do during the night, but there are a few places where you can go and enjoy the night including:

·         Selbournes Bar at Selbourne Road:This multi cuisine bar is a small but well-decorated place  where you can relax with a few drinks

·         The Valley Bar at Sheddon Road: A good place to enjoy some fine wine and music

Restaurants

Ooty has many restaurants that serve a variety of dishes to suit the diverse taste buds of tourists. Some of the popular restaurants in Ooty are:

·         Shinkow’s at Commissioner Road: If you love Chinese, Shinkow’s is the place to visit in Ooty

·         Earl’s Secret at Havelock Road

·         Nahar’s Sidewalk Café at Charing Cross:A must-try place for Italian fare like wood-fired pizzas, pies and pastas

·         Curry And Rice at Ferrnhills Post Nilgiris: It is renowned for its Anglo-Indian recipes and royal dishes from the kitchens of the Wodeyars, the Mysore royal family

·         Blue Mountain Restaurant near Market Road – A popular place to enjoy a sumptuous meal of special biryani and chicken gravy

Shopping

SHOPPING

The hill station is known for its home-made chocolates, honey, aromatic tea leaves, Eucalyptus oil, fruits, local handicrafts, Toda silver jewellery, embroidered Toda shawls, and woollen items. Some of the best places to shop in Ooty are:

·         Main Bazaar offers everything, from handicrafts to paintings and from varieties of tea to local clothes.

·         Visit Commercial Road to shop around for warm clothes

·         Tibetan Market is the place where you can buy woollen clothes at a good bargain price

·         Head over to Higginbothams if you love books. It is the most renowned and oldest bookshop in Ooty

 

Sightseeing

Some of the main sightseeing options in Ooty are:

·         Government Museum: A place that has a nice collection of tribal objects, and sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu.

·         Stone House: It is a landmark house that is famous for being the first bungalow to be constructed in Ooty.

·         Government Rose Garden: This is the largest rose garden in India and boasts of more than 20, 000 varieties of roses.

·         St. Stephen’s Church: One of the oldest churches in this region, it is renowned for its architectural beauty

·         Wax World: This wax museum houses life-size look-alike wax statues of various personalities of India

·         Doddabetta Peak: It is the highest peak in the Nilgiri Hills. A telescope house is situated at the peak and a look through it offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape 

·         Kalhatti Falls: This is a sparkling waterfall with a height of 120 feet. It is a great picnic spot that is quite popular among tourists

·         Pine Forest: It is a remarkable forest of pine trees arranged in an orderly manner. This famous tourist spot has featured in several movies.

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