Located in the “Blue Mountains” of Nilgiris, Ootacumund or Ooty, it is more than 2,200 meters, long and has all the basic elements of a charming mountain station. With cold temperatures throughout the year, the cosy atmosphere in the middle of green hills earned Ooty the nickname “Queen of the Hills”. The picturesque bungalows and historic buildings reflect the colonial past of Ooty and make it an increasingly popular holiday destination in South India.
Ooty experiences pleasant weather throughout the year. Its summers are generally cool with a temperature variance of 25 and 10 degrees C. The most ideal time to travel Ooty is between February to May and September to November.
Enduring journeys gets you the ultimate Ooty travel guide that combines the peace and tranquillity of a hill station with the comforts of urban life.
1. Time travel to the bygone colonial era at the Fernhill Palace built-in 1844 over 50 sprawling acres of lush gardens is a restored heritage hotel that exudes the character of the royal palace that it once was.
2. St. Stephen’s Church continues to captivate tourists with its exquisite Gothic-style architecture. The stained glass windows depicting Christ’s crucifixion and a painting of the Last Supper are the masterpieces here.
3. Take a seat by the window on the Nilgiri mountain railway while the toy train crosses tunnels, curves, bridges and beautiful landscapes to reach Ooty in five hours. Covering a 46 km stretch, the views along the trip are spectacular.
4. Enjoy a paddle ride in the stunning waters of Lake Ooty, meandering through the valleys of the Nilgiris. And while browsing, you can admire the stunning views that the hill station has to offer. Visit Emerald Lake, a picturesque picnic spot, offers breath-taking sceneries.
5. Doddabetta Peak is the highest point of South India offers a 360-degree view of the panoramic vistas.
6. Take long walks betwixt pine trees at Pykara Waterfall. Situated 20 kilometres from Ooty, the lake also offers speedboat rides for those seeking adventure.
Here are some quick getaways while in Ooty:
● If you are inquisitive about horticulture, flora, and fauna of Ooty, you can visit its Botanical Garden. Also, Rose Garden in Ooty is the largest rose garden in the country and has over 1900 varieties of roses.
● Coonoor, Kotagiri, and Mudumalai National Park are some of the nearby places you can visit while you are in Ooty.
● Shopping lovers can pick up things like traditional silver trinkets, shawls, aromatic medicinal oils, and local chocolates.
Ooty is a charming refuge for those seeking peace and serenity. The refreshing beauty and the stimulating climate contributed to the perfect escape from the city. A vacation in Ooty is guaranteed to recharge your batteries!