places to visit in ooty

Top 7 Places To Visit In Ooty


Amid the clamour and culture of India lie virgin places that offer a fresh lease of rejuvenation for those hankering to take a long-dreamt-of break. One such vacation hub that pleases your eyes as well as cools you with its pleasant weather is Ooty.Check out the top places that you must visit in Ooty.

1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway -

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An iconic rail route that stretches from Ooty to Mettupalyam; this is one place that must be on all travel lovers’ list. The mountain rail line had been built in 1854 but was thrown open for use only in 1899. What’s especially attractive is the wooden interiors of the coaches and the amazing sights you see along the entire track. • Fare/fees- INR 30 for second class seats; INR 205 for first class seats • Timings- 2 :00 pm-5 :35pm • Website - http://www.indianrail.gov.in/ooty.html

2. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary -

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At the intersection point of the Western and Eastern Ghats lies this national park that dates back to 1940 and sprawls over 32000 hectares. Home to panthers, tigers, peacocks and doves; the sanctuary is especially known for its Theppakudu Elephant camp. You need to take special permits from the Forest Department for trekking or taking a safari here. • Fees- INR 15/person • Timings- 9 am-5pm • Transport- Bus and Cab • Website-http://www.forests.tn.nic.in/wildbiodiversity/ws_mws.html

3. Pykara -

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The River Pykararanks as the largest in the entireNilgiridistrict and is famous for the shoals or foreststhat surround it. The river also houses a couple of waterfalls that attract tourists here in hordes. In fact; of late, this spot has been used for shooting Kollywood movies too. Plan a day here and indulge in a picnic and a stay at one of the boat houses here. • Fees- INR 175/person for boating trips • Timings- 8 :30 am to 5pm • Transport- Bus and Cab

Must Read- 8 Most Spectacular Waterfalls in India

4. Government Museum -

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Dating back to 1989, this is one heritage hub that must be visited for getting insights into the ecology, arts, sculpture and crafts of Ooty and Tamil Nadu as a whole. Best known for its amazingcollection of tribal art, the museum is a symbol of the indigenous culture. Visitors need to remember that the Museum remains closed on every Friday. • Fees- Free Entry • Timings-10 am to 1 pm; 2 am to 5 pm • Transport- Bus and Cab • Website-http://www.ooty.com/travel/otherplaces.htm

5. Raj Bhawan -

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The building is a historic icon that housed the local provincialgovernor (of Madras) during English colonial times. It dates back to 1877 and was made for the Duke of Buckingham. The locales are scenic and being located on the Doddabetta’s western slopes makes it a perfect photography hub too. • Fees- Free • Timings- 9 am to 6 pm • Transport- Bus and Cab • Website-http://www.tnrajbhavan.gov.in/history-udhagai.htm

6. Avalanche Lake -

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A natural lake that dates back to 1823, visit this for the mere fact that a landslide could have created such a natural gem! The surrounding regions are swamped with forest cover so deep that the sun rays fail to reach through it. Avalanche Lake is a camping and fishing spot but you need to take permits from the Ooty Forest Office. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. • Fees- Free Entry • Timings- 8 am to 6 pm • Transport- Bus and Cab

7. Rose Garden -

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Wrap your trip up with a visit to this hub housing 20000 rose plants—of 2241 differentvarieties. Daring back to 1919, the Garden was established to commemorate Centenary Flower Festival. The Ooty Railway Stationand Elk Hill are nearby landmarks. • Fees- INR 20/person • Timings- 8 30am to 6pm • Transport- Bus and Cab No wonder, the Queen of hill stations—Ooty, is a paradise for sightseers as well as adventure lovers; a perfect hotspot of lovers as well as for retirees.

Further Read - 15 Best Hill Stations in India

I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!"

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