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Ooty - places that you cannot miss!
Ooty is an idyllic getaway for thousands of travelers who are looking for a relaxing holiday in the hills. Comprising undulating hills, lush valleys and a number of beautiful lakes-with its scenic beauty Ooty always casts its charm on the discerning travellers.Whether you want to go on a solo trip and spend some time in solitude or steal a few moments with your significant other – Ooty is definitely the place to be. On the other hand, family vacationers can also spend a good time exploring the forest of the hill station. From lakes to mountain views to trekking trails, churches and temples—travelers and adventure seekers will be spoiled for choice.

Ooty in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka is fondly called the "Queen of hill stations".
Photo by Chaitanya Rayampally / Unsplash

Stephen Church

St. Stephen's Church is a major religious temple in Ooty, which is known for its architectural grandeur. The temple is thronged by thousands of devotees and travelers alike throughout the year. The church was constructed in the 19th century and was constructed on the occasion of the birthday of King George IV. The marvel of British architecture is clearly relevant, and the church also houses a replica of the Last Supper.

Shooting point

Acres of picturesque pastures welcome you as you head towards Shooting Point – another major tourist attraction in Ooty. The beautiful green meadows surrounded by coniferous trees have been a favorite of many film directors including prominent Bollywood figures. One can trek up to this point and the trek is somewhat mild. Shooting Point is a perfect getaway for couples and small travel groups.

Katie Valley View

Another major attraction of Ooty, KT Valley View offers some amazing views of its surrounding vistas which includes mountains and the Verdur valleys. The views of the Keti valley extend from the Mysore valleys to the Coimbatore plains. The valley offers such stunning views that it is often referred to as the Mini Switzerland of South India. Nature lovers, adventure and experience seekers can have a great time at this beautiful place.

Botanic Garden

Spread over an area of ​​22 acres on the lower slopes of Dodabetta Peak, the Government Botanical Garden of Ooty is a must visit. An array of beautiful flowers and trees will welcome you as you step into the garden. The garden has a terraced layout and is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. The garden houses nearly thousands of species of plants, shrubs, ferns, herbs and bonsai plants.

Sanctuary Avalanche

A forested wildlife sanctuary surrounded by the Nilgiri mountain ranges, Avalanche Sanctuary is a wonderful natural attraction of Ooty. The sanctuary is named after an avalanche that occurred in 1823. Filled with shola trees, rhododendrons and orchids, the natural wonder is absolutely stunning. The extension also offers some trekking options. One can trek to the surrounding hills to have a panoramic view of Ooty.

Upper Bhavani Lake

Upper Bhavani Lake is one of the major places to visit in Ooty. The picturesque beauty of this lake situated amidst deep forests and Nilgiri mountains is absolutely stunning. One has to pass through dense forest to reach Bhavani Lake and if you are lucky, you can spot some birds like peacocks, parrots and wild cats along the way.

"Oh, misty eye of the mountain below
Keep careful watch of my brothers' souls
And should the sky be filled with fire and smoke
Keep watching over Durin's sons"

Here's my shot inspired by all the fairy tale cinema I have watched. Also, I took this shot from a car moving at around 80 KMPH, hence, the motion blur in the lower right corner.
Photo by Abdullah Ahmad / Unsplash

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The Nilgiri Hill Railway is another major tourist attraction in Ooty. Opened to the public in 1908, the railway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The railway is 46 kilometers long and passes through several tunnels and several bridges. The ride is absolutely picturesque due to the surrounding rocky terrain, tea plantations, ravines and wooded hills. The ride on the Nilgiri Hill Railway is absolutely an amazing experience.

Emerald Lake

Located about 20 kilometers from the main Ooty, Emerald Lake is a hidden treasure and is a part of the Silent Valley National Park. This lesser-known gem is the perfect destination for travelers who are looking for a place away from the crazy crowds. The valleys surrounding the lake add to the beauty of the region. However, recently the area has become popular as a picnic spot.

Avalanche Lake

Another popular tourist destination in the Nilgiri mountain ranges, Avalanche Lake offers amazing views of nature. Situated a little away from the main Ooty city centre, the surrounding areas of the lake make for a perfect camping spot. Many beautiful flowers like rhododendrons, magnolias and more are in bloom in the surrounding valleys. Travelers wishing to camp at the site can also take a tent with them.

Pykara Lake

Among the many lakes in Ooty, the Pykara Lake is a popular tourist attraction and offers majestic views of the surrounding nature. Nestled amidst lush green valleys and deep forests, spending a few hours at Pykara Lake will fill you with utter bliss. There is a boat house located near the Pykara Dam which includes a rest house and restaurant where tourists can choose to relax.

Pykara Falls

Coming down at full speed from a great height, the Pykara Falls is an amazing sight to behold. Adventure seekers and nature lovers can have a wonderful time here as it is considered to be one of the best waterfalls in Ooty. It falls in two sections with heights of 55 m and 61 m through several layers on a rocky bed. The waterfall plunging into the forest is surely a treat for the eyes.

Rose Garden

The Rose Garden is a major attraction of Ooty, which is visited by thousands of travelers throughout the year. Spread over an area of ​​10 acres, this garden is one of the largest rose gardens in India. Arranged in curved terraces, the rose garden features over a hundred varieties of roses including miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, ramblers and more. Many species of roses were brought from many parts of the world including Australia.

Thunder world

A popular amusement park, Thunder World is a major tourist destination in Ooty that attracts thousands of travelers throughout the year. Often referred to as the Dinosaur Park, Thunder World features models of several species of dinosaurs. Needless to say, the park is very much liked by the kids. Alternatively, the use of sound and technology has made the park unique of its kind in Ooty.

Indian hill roads can sometimes look right out of a dream.
Photo by Shyam / Unsplash

Toy Train

Ooty Toy Train is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the hill station. Built a century ago, the narrow-gauge railway runs from Metupalayam to Coonoor and is one of the most majestic train journeys in the southern parts of the country. Because of its popularity and uniqueness, the toy train has been rated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Doddabetta Peak

The highest point of Ooty and the highest point of the Nilgiri Mountains- Doddabetta Peak is also the most popular tourist attraction in the region. Once at the point, discover vast fields of rhododendrons and many other herbs as you go to discover the peak and its surroundings. Visit the Telescope Tower to see the skyline of Ooty and the extensive forests of Bandipur National Park.

Murugan Temple

Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this temple is situated on the Elk Hill. The biggest attraction here is the 42 feet tall golden colored idol of Lord Murugan which is equally awe-inspiring. Since it is located on the Elk Mountains, the area offers amazing views of the surrounding scenery.

Ooty Lake

One of the many water bodies in the region, Ooty Lake is a major attraction that attracts many tourists throughout the year. The huge artificial lake was created in 1824 by a European named John Sullivan. Spread over an area of ​​65 acres, this lake is very popular as a boating spot. Needless to say that every year many tourists are attracted towards this place. Surrounded by eucalyptus trees - the natural beauty of the tree increases even more.

Mudumalai National Park

Amidst the hills and mountains, Ooty also has some hidden treasures like the Mudumalai National Park which has a substantial percentage of flora and fauna. Situated on the north-western side of the Nilgiri Mountains, Mudumalai National Park is a must visit while visiting Ooty. Also declared a Tiger Reserve, the park is home to a large number of royal Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, wild cats, panther cats, sambar deer, chital deer, vultures, reptiles, lizards, vipers and many more. read more

Tea Garden
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Thread Garden

A popular tourist destination, Thread Garden is a paradise for those who love flowers and have a creative turn of mind. This garden is an innovative and wonderful aesthetic creation of artificial garden of flowers and plants woven with threads. Interestingly, no needles were used in this procedure. The artificially embroidered flower garden model using self-developed techniques and hand woven embroidery has taken 12 years to complete and is the effort of 50 female artists.

These are the places you should definitely visit on your next trip to Ooty. Ooty stays one of the most premium destinations in India due to its beauty and culture. Ooty is one of the most photogenic places in India, if you are planning a vacation to Ooty you should check out Travographer and book yourself an amazing photoshoot.

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