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Ooty: Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

 
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Ooty Weedend Getaways
| Places to see| Places Nearby | Places to Stay | Fact File |

Ooty or Udagamandalam is the queen of hills in south India. It is a popular weekend getaway and a famous hill station that witnesses continuous flow of tourists throughout the year. It is not only the beauty and ambience that attract tourists to Ooty but its salubrious climate too; perhaps one of the reasons of its being a popular hill station and a favourite among honeymooners.

While the quite and serene environs of Ooty make it an excellent place for travellers looking to relax and unwind, it is a great place for those who love exploring a hill station on foot. Its very location and scenic views of the sprawling grasslands, rolling hills covered with dense coffee and tea plantations make it a feast for the eye.

Ooty is just not about scenic beauty and coffee plantations, but the hill station is home to a number beautiful lakes, waterfalls, gardens and colonial style buildings.


Places to See

There are quite a few places in Ooty, which one can explore. An important tourist attraction in Ooty is the Stone House or the Kal Bangla. It was the first ‘pucca’ building in Ooty. The building now is the Chamber of the Principal of the Government Arts College. The building was earlier the residence of John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. John Sullivan is credited to have transformed this once quaint town into a thriving summer resort.

If roses you love, a must visit place to see thousands of roses in bloom is the Rose Garden. Winter is the ideal time to visit the garden when around more than 1000 varieties of roses are in bloom. The Rose Garden located in the heart of the town is beautifully laid out in terraces with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers. The rose garden is spread over four hectares of land. 

Botanical Gardens

The Government Botanical Gardens is another popular tourist attraction. It was founded in 1847 by the Marquis of Tweedale to promote the study of flora in and around Nilgiris. It is spread over an area of 55 acres and is now looked after by the horticulture department of the state. The gardens have over 650 species of rare plants and trees, including the 20 million year old fossilized tree. The botanical garden is also a must visit for bird watchers. Summer Festival is the highlight of the Botanical Gardens. The festival takes place in May-June.

One can also visit the ‘L’ shaped Ooty Lake, that provides boating options amidst picturesque settings. The Ooty Lake is an artificial lake that was constructed during 1823-1825 by John Sullivan. At the end of the lake there is a children's park, a deer park, a mini-garden and local ponies for joy rides.
 

Maharaja's St Stephen’s Church

St Stephen’s Church is another major landmark in Ooty. The church was built in 1820. It is a small Gothic style church that is believed to have been built with the wood brought in from Tipu Sultan's palace at Srirangapatnam. One of Ooty’s first colonial structures, the most significant feature of the St. Stephen’s Church is its gallery which is worth a visit and its Clock tower.


Places near Ooty

Doddabetta is 10 km away from Ooty. It is called ‘Big Mountain’ in the local   language. It is located at the   junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats and is Ooty’s highest mountain. Perpetually covered in mist, the Doddabetta peak surrounded by dense sholas trees offers a magnificent view of the entire area and is an amazing sunset point.

Kalhatty Falls, Ooty

There are some lovely waterfalls around Ooty. Kalhatty Falls is 13 km from away on the on the Ooty - Mysore Kalhatty Ghat road. The waterfalls presents a beautiful sight, it cascades down from a height of 122m. Not too far from the Ooty Railway station is Kandal Cross Shrine. It is a Roman Catholic Shrine, referred to as the "Calvary of Tamil Nadu". The shrine is an important pilgrimage center for the Nilgiri Catholics.


Places to Stay at Ooty

There are large number of hotels in Ooty, which provide comfortable accommodation to travellers. Hotels in Ooty range from luxury hotels to mid-price and budget hotels. Click here to check Ooty hotel reviews or hotels in Ooty

 
How to reach Ooty and Best time to go

By Air: The nearest airport is Coimbatore, 100 km away.

By Rail: The nearest broad gauge railway head is Mettupalayam, 46 km away.

By Road: Ooty is well connected by good roads from neighbouring towns. There is regular bus service from Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Cochin and other neighbouring cities to Ooty.
Check driving directions from Bangalore to Ooty

Best time to go: The best time to visit Ooty is from April to June and September to November.


About Ooty: Ooty Information & Fact File
Altitude 2240 meters
Temp
Summer 25 (Max) & 10(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 21 (Max) & 5 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go April to June, September to November
Monsoon July to September
Summer April to June
Clothing Light woolens in Summers and moderate woolens in Winters.
Nearest Airport Coimbatore – 100 km
Nearest Railway Station Coimbatore, 100 km, Nilgiri Toy Train goes right  up-to Ooty
Bus Station Ooty
Hospital & Doctor

Has a Govt. Hospital besides several private hospitals

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Botanical garden, Doddabetta, Pykara falls, Lake, Mini Garden, Rose Garden ...

   
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