Ooty Toy Train: A Must Try!No Ooty vacation is complete without having a ride in the the toy train. Experiencing natural charm through this little wonder of Ooty is something that you won’t forget all your life! Read More +
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Ooty – The Queen of Hill StationsImagine being amidst the best of natural settings, trying out adventurous sports and spending some relaxed time with your loved ones all at one place. You can all these and much more at Ooty, the “Queen of Hill Station”. The hill station presents a picture of perfect vacation that we all all dream of. With mesmerising scenery, breath taking tea gardens, fine pine and eucalyptus trees along with magnificent mountains around, Ooty tour offers a refreshing setting to spend few special days of your life. Trip to Ooty makes for a complete tour package with excellent accommodation facilities, well connectivity with rest of the country along with a pleasant atmosphere.
However for a wonderful vacation, one needs not just a good destination but also an efficient tour plan. There are many aspects related to Ooty trip which need to be take care of well in advance. Ooty Travel, an important division of Holidays DNA assist tourists in planning their tour to Ooty in the best way possible. With the help of our experts we offer you with updated information on on each and everything related to the hill station varying from accommodation in Ooty to Ooty climate to places for sightseeing to sports options on the hill station, etc. We at Ooty Travel helps you in making an informed decision.
Situated at an altitude of 2286 m in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu, Ootacamund (Ooty) is also known as Udhagamandalam. The name of Ootacamund has been derived from the Toda word ‘othakal-mund’ which means ‘the house of single stone.’ Unlike many other tourist destinations, the hill station of Ooty doesn’t boast of historical connections. Although, one can connect it to Tipu Sultan because of the hideout cave which was constructed so as to extend the border of Sultan’s empire. This is apparently the only recorded historic evidence of the hill station. Not just a popular tourist destination now, the place was a popular unwinding spot even in colonial eras during British rule and was also the summer capital of the Madras Presidency along with many other small kingdoms. The land is originally a tribal area which has been occupied by the Todas and other tribes, co-existing through trade and specialization. Toda Huts, which are a major tourist attraction can be spotted easily in Ooty.
As you enter the hill station, you will be greeted with lush greenery, beautiful tea gardens, pine and eucalyptus trees and enchanting mountain. If you are thinking, the hill station has only nature to offer you, you might have to rethink. The hill station pampers its tourists with mouthwatering chocolates and local wine. Ooty’s homemade chocolates and its local wine from the vineyards makes for an interesting gifts to take back home. The hill station is famous for the “English vegetables” and “English fruits”. Vegetable and fruits such as cabbages, peaches, plums, pears are grown locally and are popular of their high quality, making for an important part of town's economy.
Ooty tourist spots present interesting options for sightseeing. Located at an altitude of more than 2,623 meters, Doddabetta Peak presents its visitors with breath taking view of the valley and area around. Ooty Lake which is in the shape of L is located in the the heart of the city and makes for a good picnic spot. Tiger Hills, located towards the lower end of the Doddabetta peak is also a beautiful place to visit. Once in Ooty, you can’t afford to miss visiting Ooty Botanical Garden. There are many more places in and around ooty that are worth visiting. Some of these are Coonoor (Dolphin's Nose, Hidden Valley, Ketty, Wellington's Golf Course, Sim's Park, Lamb's Rock, Law's Falls, Second World War Memorial Pillar), Red Hills, Bellikal (Kalhatti Falls, Bison Valley, Bellikkal Lake).
Along with sightseeing in Ooty, tourist will have various kinds of spots to engage themselves in. out of all the outdoor activities, trekking is one of the most popular. The hill station has several trekking routes varying in distance, altitudes and terrain. One can also opt for other activities such as hang-gliding, angling that includes Goad Trout, Carp and mixed water.
Toy train is an integral part of Ooty tour. Toy train that connects the hill station with Mettupalayam, makes holidaying in Ooty all the more enjoyable. Running at a speed on 33 kms per hour since 1899, the train covers a distance of 46 kms. In this close to 4 hours of the ride, the train offers travellers with long stretches of rice fields, lofty hills, 13 tunnels and 26 viaducts. It offers good photographic opportunities as well.
The climate in Ooty is mostly pleasant and thus one can plan a visit at any time of the year. However, it is advisable to avoid visiting the hill station during heavy rainy days in monsoon season. Visiting during the annual Tea and Tourism Festival is likely to enhance entire Ooty experience.
Reaching Ooty is not a difficult task. The hill station is well connected to the rest of the country. One can opt any of the three modes of transportation-roads, railways and airways based on his/her preferences and budget. The hill station of Ooty is approximately 535 km away from Chennai, 105 km away from Coimbatore, 18 km from Coonoor, 155 km away from Mysore, 187 km from Calicut, 290 km from Bangalore, 281 km from Kochi and 236 km from Kodaikanal.
By rail the hill station is connected to many cities. Mettupalayam which is 47 km away from Ooty is the nearest major railway station. There are regular train services from Mettupalayam to Coimbatore and Chennai. You also have toy train from Mettupalayam and Conoor to Ooty. The hill station is on the National Highway 67 and thus connected by road to the the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka via the five main accepted Nilgiri Ghat Roads. Coimbatore which is 105 km from Ooty is the nearest airport. It is connected to other cities of the country such as Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai and Hyderabad.
Accommodation in Ooty ensures you enjoy your vacation in a hassle free way. There are umpteen number of options catering to varied kinds of needs and budget. From luxurious to budget ones, tourists have enough options to choose from. Some of these are Sedgemore Wells, Preethi Palace Hotel, Hotel Blue Bird, Sterling Holidays Fern Hill, King's Cliff, Holiday Inn Gem Park, Club Mahindra Danish Villa, Hill Country Holiday Resorts, etc.
- Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 06:34
- Written by Shaheen Ara
“Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet”
Rose Garden is the heart and soul of this amazing city of Ooty. Everything about this rose garden is just perfect. This is one of the largest rose gardens in India,situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill, Vijayanagaram of Ooty. This park was established at Ooty to Honour the centenary flower show in Botanical gardens in May 1995.
Flowers over here are arranged in a very beautifully 5 to 6 layers or curving terrace manner, covering almost four hectares. Where as you can find almost thousands of roses planted in those layers. Construction of this garden is just eye catching with so many tunnels been laid out around the garden with the rose creepers made, wherein the roses are planted in the tunnels. Neela Maadam is also featured at the slopes of the garden when one can observe the entire rose garden standing at the platform. The garden also showcases a beautiful statue of an angel amid the roses which makes the complete view an picturesque.
- Created on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 06:08
- Written by Shaheen Ara
Ooty: Ooty is one such kind of a destination which can be visited almost throughout the year. With summers quite pleasant,winters cool and talking about “Monsoon” well they are just beautiful!! Each season has its own temperature variation which are not extreme but each season brings out the best of Ooty’s charm.
Different people have different opinion about visiting Ooty. Some say april to may is the best time as its the peak season when all school have vacation and the other states are almost burning hot. You can enjoy many things here the weather, summer festival, flower show’s and boat races. But during this time ooty is generally “crowded” with tourist and school kids. Where you might find it little difficult to enjoy the nature and would miss privacy.
- Created on Monday, 31 December 2012 11:13
- Written by Ooty Travel Team
There's a reason why Ooty has been titled as the Queen of Hill Stations. We, at Ooty Planet, through our list of the top ten tourist destinations in Ooty wish to acquaint our potential tourists with the plethora of activities and sightseeing options Ooty has on offer. Browse through the list given below which will help you in deciding your itinerary, when on a vacation to Ooty:
1) Ooty Lake- Artificially formed by John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty in 1825 Ooty Lake is almost 3 kms long and usually is of topmost priority on the list of all Ooty tourists. Surrounded by lofty eucalyptus trees and shrubs, it also offers angling and fishing opportunities for visitors. It functions as a hub of entertainment for the visitors especially because of the Boat House at the far end, where all kinds of boats are available for hire.
2) Ooty Botanical Gardens- Maintained by the Horticulture Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu, Ooty Botanical Gardens house a wide variety of flowers and shrubs, both exotic and native. A rare 20 million year old fossil tree is a major attraction for the tourists to this garden.
3) Doddabetta peak- Probably the highest point in the district and situated at merely 10km from Ooty, this vantage point,through the Telescope house that is run by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, provides a panoramic view of the nearby regions.
4) Annamalai Temple- Also known as the 7th Hill house of the Lord, the Annamalai Murugan Temple is a of great importance and religious significance amongst the worshippers of Lord Muruga. It is a short scenic 20 kms drive from Ooty.
5) Nilgiri Toy Train Ride to Coonoor- Coonoor makes for a perfect day trip from Ooty and Nilgiri’s famous Toy Train is a great way to reach this charming destination.The train stops every hour so that you can easily hop in and out, or even walk along with the train.
- Created on Friday, 28 December 2012 11:53
- Written by Shaheen Ara
Well,known as the second largest Hill station in the Nilgiri Hills Coonoor has everything that can make it compete with the “Queen of the hills”-Ooty.Have u ever tried looking down the world differently? well if you wanna give a try Coonoor is the place.. looking down the world at a height of 1850 metres is enchanting amidst the scenic beauty,where the clouds are touching its peak and make the whole experience a heavenly one.This place is not only a good choice for an ideal vacation but it adds a whole lot of others things to make it more hip and happening.
Surrounded by the green lush Tea plantation the whole area looks scenic vistas!!
- Created on Friday, 21 December 2012 05:56
- Written by Ooty Travel Team
What can anyone do with thread other than stitching? Drop in at the Thread Garden and feast your eyes on a breathtaking display of artificial flowers, plants and lawns. Artificiality adds another feather in its cap as this exquisite collection made by colourful threads is entirely hand woven. And contrary to expectation, no needles are used in this process. As hard as it might be to believe, neither printing now painting has been utilized either. Located by the side of North Lake Road, opposite the Boat House in Ooty, is situated this marvel of aesthetic creation.