Exaggeration is often shocking but shock is something required to feel alive and lively. Ooty hill station is the kind of pleasant jolt individuals need to break away the rut of life with the oomph factor the place is surrounded with rubbing off the same glory to its name as well. After all, leaving an impression is not a child's game and this place excels in doing that and passing the exam in flying colors.
Be it Doddabetta Peak or the panoramic views tourists do not seem to take their eyes off, or the nearby Pykara Lake and its summoning peace for once waking the spirits to Nature desired activity, or the taste of homemade chocolates that lingers long after the Ooty holidays are over, the place never ceases to make its presence felt. And all this remains a milder peek inside the world that this small hill city of Tamil Nadu holds within. This is what happens when Nature exaggerates in a way ensuring everyone does see the place once in his lifetime.
Ooty tourism is a consolidated picture made of ninety-five parts Nature in Nilgiri hills, Ketti Valley, Pine Forests, and five parts Human in Golf Course, Mariamman Temple, Stone house, etc but every things that falls in the purview of eyes takes to another world of exhileration. Such is the charm of the place.
Would you have recognized it is Ooty being talked about if it were replaced by Udhagamandalam, Ootacamund or Udhagai in the above paragraphs, perhaps no. There are more such minor facts that do help understanding the place better like-
The maximum height it flaunts is 2,240 m which gives it the pleasant weather tourist brag about after returning home.
The history of the place has much more value than visitors or residents really know to acknowledge.
Tipu Sultan first recognized what a place like this can really unfold before the British presence highlighted the 'summer' importance of such a place in tropical land like India living its trademark imprints in architecture like the rest of India.
Take plunge into the unknown water and be sure of finding pearls of tourism during Ooty travel and exploring it a notch more than others.
With the tribal, royal and British history working hand in hand with Nature conspiring to provoke traveler, explorer, adventurer and photographer in an individual enough that he decides to come here, missing the hot spots of Ooty is highly unlikely. Here comes the mind boggling list of what touring Ooty could awaken the tourist even in most insipid of souls.
Places of Worship
Murugan Temple - On the Elk hill, amidst the picturesque scenery with Nature in backdrop is a Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. Thaipudam festival held in the month of January and February ensures the crowd of devotees and bystanders caught in mesmerize.
Mariamman Temple - Located near the Ooty Market, this temple is dedicated to a local deity- goddess of rain. The art work on the temple is admirable.
Holy Trinity Church - Said to be among the oldest, this church holds special place in the hearts of locals as well as to the people who decide to come here out of curiosity as a traveler.
There are other centers of worship respective to the all the religions like Sacred Heart Church, St. George Church, St Stephen's Church, Kandal Church, Muniswara Temple, Jain Temple, Venkateshwara Perumal Temple, and more.
Lakes in and around Ooty
Hills and Peaks
Park and gardens
Raj Bhawan - It is a historical monument which got constructed during the British rule and stands as the testimony of those days.
Fern Hill Palace - Fern Hill is at some distance from Ooty but not so much that one has to be away on road for long to each here. The history that breathes in the fort can be felt to be reaching out to the visitors and make its presence impossible to shrug off. Now a heritage hotel, the fort can be a nice break from routine.
Arranomore Palace - A Government Guest house as of now, the palace once belonged to Maharaja of Jodhpur and also called as Tamizahagam.
Government Museum - Year 1989 saw the foundation of this museum on Mysore road which takes visitors and curiosity-hit individuals on a tour to better know the tribes that resided the regions and their way of life.
Honey and Bee Museum - All one would want to ever know about bees and honey they produce along with the ways tribal people go about honey farming. Children can have good learning opportunity away from their text books.
Wax World - Want to see all the most of the Indian celebrities gathered under one roof? This is the place to be at any time of the year and the wish would be granted, sort of. The wax look-alikes of famous personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, etc could be found here.
Places around Ooty
If even after going through the tourists spots mentioned above one is left with ample amount of time these are the places to be considered including in an Ooty travel package-
Kotagiri- If one wants to be safeguarded by the harassing impact of south west mountain that can ruin a road trip or sightseeing day in Ooty, this place can be a great escape with Doddabetta mountain range few 22 Km away.
Avalanche- This village at 26 Km from Ooty is best known for trekking, fishing and of course the lushness that is characteristic of mountains. The lake, the dam and trout farm makes the holiday something more than memorable.
Coonoor- Famed for Nilgiri Tea, the hill station is second after Ooty with many tourist attractions like Sim's Park.
Things to do
With so long a list of tourist attractions for Ooty holidays, there is hardly any need left to reiterate as to what all could be done. However, just for a recap with few more additions, here is what Ooty has in store for tourists to do and enjoy. Start with trekking to various places in and around the hill city, followed by taking educational tours in Museums, coffee/ tea-testing, wildlife viewing, boating and fishing opportunities in various lakes along with enjoying with picnics with friends and family.
Moreover, adventurers can also take a different route for cycling, biking or mountain biking and feel the jerks of mountainous terrain. Moreover, there is a site for hand gliding for a true adrenaline rush.
Accommodations are the places from where the fun of tourism actually begins and that makes the place really important on any kind of travel journey. For hotels in Ooty, one can chose among Lakeview Hotel, Welbeck Residency, Fern Hill, Fairstay Holiday Resort, Tamil Nadu Hotel, Vinayaga Inn, The Willow Hill, Sherlock, Sapphire Grand Hotel, Highland Hotel, Club Mahindra Derby Green, etc.
Starting with the monsoon season during the months of June to September going to the winters with temperature dropping to 5°C in November to January and finally reaching the pleasant-all-around of summers maintaining 15° to 20°C between March to May, Ooty is a place worthy of a visit.
Best time to visit
As happens with ever place with natural prominence, the best time decided to pay a visit remains attached to the personal inclinations. Summers, for example, are good for sightseeing and if tourists is total stranger with the place. Winters, on the other hand, are invitation for honeymooners and party-animals during Christmas and New Year. Monsoons, last but not least, are enjoyed more by those who want to see a places washed in the freshness brought by rain.
So, which season do you see fit, even when most of the people give five star rating to months from October to June?
How to reach
Air - Nearest airport is the Coimbatore, only 105 Km away from Ooty, so rest of the route can be covered by hired taxi.
Rail - Nearest railway station to Ooty is Mettupalayam, only 47 Km away served routinely by Coimbatore and Chennai. Other stations are Kozhikode, Coonoor and Mysore.
Road - Ooty is well connected by road and various buses from different southern cities routinely serve the route.