Ooty, also called Udhagamandalam, is one of the most visited hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Beautiful Nilgiris(blue mountains), spectacular lakes and amazing wildlife are the factors that attract most of the tourists. Here, you will find some of the best places that you should visit while exploring this South Indian hill station.
1. Ooty Lake:
Spreading over an area of approximately 65 acres, Ooty lake offers breathtaking scenic views to its visitors. The eucalyptus trees surrounding the lake adds beauty to the place. There is also a boat house that provides motor boats, paddle boats and rowing boats to tourists so that they can enjoy boating. Don’t miss the boat races and other exciting events held in May.
2. Botanical Garden:
It has over 650 species of trees and flowers, thus a great place for horticulturists. A fossil tree which is said to be 20 million years old is a center of attraction for many tourists. Here, you will also get a chance to known about the culture and lifestyle of Todas living on the eastern hill of Botanical garden.
3. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary:
Located around 31 km from Ooty, Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary or Tiger reserve allows its visitors to explore various bird and animal species including endangered Indian white-rumped vulture. There is also a Theppakadu Elephant camp where you can feed the elephants and have fun.
4. Nilgiri Mountain Railway:
The tourists have memorable experiences when they travel in this toy train running from Mettupalayam to Ooty. The train passes through approximately 15 tunnels and 250 bridges. Taking this vintage train ride is the best way to explore the natural beauty of the place. Don’t forget to click stunning pictures during this 5-hour journey.
5. Rose Garden:
One of the India’s largest rose gardens, the Government Rose garden has a huge collection of roses such as ramblers, floribunda, hybrid tea roses and miniature roses. You can locate it on slopes of Elk hill in Ooty. Viewing roses in different colors is really a treat for your eyes. So, don’t miss this fabulous place whenever you visit Ooty.
6. Doddabetta Peak:
Situated at an altitude of 2,623 metres, Doddabetta peak is one of the highest South Indian peaks. It offers outstanding views of Nilgiris. It is a perfect destination not only for nature lovers but also for trekkers. If you will climb the Doddabetta peak on a clear day, then you can enjoy impressive vistas of Mysore.