Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Ooty and Nilgiri Hills
Ooty has hundreds to tourist spots despite the most popular Botanical gardens, Doddabetta peak and Ooty Lake. About 70 percent of travelers stick around these sites while the real treasure if Ooty lies in the many beautiful locations around the otherwise crowded city. Pykara lake and falls is a must visit place if you are planning a vacation in Ooty.
Ideally your plan to explore the must visit places in Ooty should start as soon as you reach Mettupalayam which is home to the popular theme park "The Black Thunder". If you are lucky, you can buy a ticket in Toy Train from Ooty to Mettupalayam operated by the "Nilgiri Mountain Railway", a World Heritage Site. The overbooked train journey is very hard to book but it would kick start your vacation with a memorable experience. Tickets in Ooty toy train are sold out well in advance of journey date, so it is advisable to plan your vacation accordingly.
During summer, the flower show in the “Government Rose Gardens” provides an opportunity for tourists to witness over 10,000 varieties of roses in one place. Emerald Lake located in Emerald village about 25 kilometres from Ooty town is famous for its scenic beauty. Known to locals as the silent valley, the scenic beauty surrounding the Lake is a marvelous site where you can indulge yourself in bird watching, trekking and visit the nearby tea plantations. Though the Lake is known for its fishes, tourists are prohibited from fishing.
Avalanche Lake is a popular tourist spot in Ooty. Activities in the Lake include Trout fishing, boating and trekking in the surrounding wild forest. Visiting the most sought after tourist spot in Ooty, the Upper Bhavani Dam requires permission from the Forest officials. Though you can individually approach the officials, hotel travel desk and travel agencies can make it easy for you. The pine forest surrounding the lake is a great site to spend some time in solitude. One of the hidden gem of Ooty and a World heritage site Mukurthi National Park, a protected area sometimes permits small groups for educational and research purposes. So give it a try, and who knows you might get permission as well.
En route to Pykara, at the 6th mile from Ooty town is the Shooting Spot, which is quite famous as it is featured in many Indian movies. Owing to its pine forests and grasslands it remains the most preferred photography site in Ooty.
Ooty is called the Queen of Hills. During the British rule, the hill town served as the summer capital of Madras Presidency, which also prompted them to lay down proper roads and a railway track. Since Independence, large scale development of properties took place to attract tourists from all parts of the country.
Today, the hill station is flooded by tourists during summer. Out of the many attractions in Nilgiri hills and Ooty, we have picked the Top 10 best tourist places attractions in and around Ooty and Nilgiri Hills with images.