Ooty or the ‘queen of the hills’ as known to all, is a time favoured shooting spot, a quick weekend getaway hill station from Bangalore, Chennai. Ooty is famous for the cold climate, mist at your feet, the clean, soothing fresh air, the ban on plastic bags, and those lovely little bakeries shop that dish out the best stuff. Strangely, they are not used by Ooty Tourism in promotions of any sort.
Ooty to Bangalore distance is 280 km, and it takes about 6.5 hours to reach there. We took state-run BMTC Volvo bus from Bangalore to Ooty. Located in Tamilnadu state, Ooty is a beautiful hill station atop Nilgiri hills. Situated at an altitude of about approx. 2500 meters, Ooty the queen of hills with its lush green and soothing scenic beauty, lofty & attractive mountains, the vast expanse of tea estates is a favoured tourist spot. Coupled with the cool climate, Ooty is an ideal destination for people seeking to while away sometime close to nature.
Well, wherever you’re coming from, here’s of a list of places to see in Ooty that you absolutely cannot miss. If you are in around Ooty and looking for bungalow stay to check out the the best cottages in Ooty
Ooty Botanical garden
The Botanical garden houses around a thousand species of exotic, fresh indigenous & new plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and different bonsai plants. There we learned that there is preserved fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 15 million years old. The Botanical Gardens host the annual summer flower festival; with this regard, the best time to visit Ooty is in May.
Dodabetta- highest point in Ooty
At a height of 2637 meters, dodabetta is the highest point in the Nilgiri district. It is also the second highest peak in the Nilgiris after Anaimudi. It translates into the ‘big mountain’. There is muddy road access right up to the peak, but we suggest climbing on foot to enjoy the impressive landscape. There is a science observatory at the top with two telescopes for tourists to enjoy the magnificent views.
Pykara is the name of the village and the river that eventually gives rise to the Pykara falls. The fall is beautiful and maintained place by the government. The pleasant boat ride in the lake is refreshing. The waterfall visit and the walk are highly recommended. Good family outing.
Dolphin’s Nose- Connor, Ooty
The tip and view of the peak resembles a Dolphin’s Nose and hence the name. Dolphin’s Nose is in Connor. There is the spectacular view to the left and right with the actual peak well over 1,000 feet above sea level. The view from Dolphin’s Nose is simply stunning with the Catherine Falls and its continuing streams several thousand meters below. The adventurous hairpin bends and tea plantations on the way are quite spectacular too.
Ooty should be on top of the list for the traveller looking out for the refreshing and relaxing holiday, for more detail read the feature on our other travelogues in India.