Emerald grassy slopes, eucalyptus-studded pathways and the misty clouds enhance the canvas of Ooty with immense beauty. A perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, this South Indian hill station has enough exciting elements to impress any traveller dramatically. Being impressed with its scenic opulence and salubrious weather, the colonial rulers of India first decided to beautify Ooty. That is why today’s Ooty is found dotted with remarkable remnants of British India.
Located at an altitude of 2623 meters, Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak in the Nilgiris. At the junction of Western and Eastern Ghats, it is around 10 km away from Ooty. Covered by dense sholas, this peak is trekkers favourite point. The view fro the top of the peak is absolutely mesmerising, there is a telescope house at the peak with two telescopes presenting captivating view of the valley around.
With more than 3600 varieties of rose, the Rose Garden is one of the most gorgeous places you must cover during sightseeing in Ooty. Awarded as the ‘Garden of Excellence’ by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS), this is one of the largest rose gardens in India, spread across 10 acres of land.
One of the most attractive and unique sightseeing places in Ooty are the Toda Huts. These are the residing place for the Toda people, one of the indigenous tribes of Ooty. The huts are made in the shape of a semi-barrel. These huts don’t have any windows and very low doors where one has to stoop and enter. While once you are inside the hut there is space to stand as well.
Movie buffs will easily identify this lush-green meadow surrounded by thick forests and mesmeric Nilgiris, as it has been seen in many of the Bollywood blockbusters. Locally known as ‘Shooting Medu’, this place is perfect for relaxation, picnic, and stunning views. When traveling with your family, this place should top the list.
It is one of the oldest buildings of British Empire in Ooty characterized by ancient architecture and beauty. It stores a lot of artifacts and heritage and you can also have a look at the weapons used by Nilgiri residents in ancient times. Historians, archaeologists, and art lovers would love it here.
The Emerald lake:
Lakes look enticingly beautiful in the first sunlight of a day. This lake’s situation is in the Silent Valley national park which is 20 KM away from the city of Ooty. The best thing about the lake is the emerald color of its water. The place never receives much of a crowd which makes it an excellent spot for peace lovers. They may roam around in the tea plantation part that surrounds the lake.