Ooty Tour Package
Ooty Tour Package
Ooty is now called Queen of the Hills, having usurped the coveted spot from former reigning queen Kashmir, Paradise on earth. Ooty is short for Ootacamund and is a very popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills in south India. The town is very well connected to rest of India by road and rail and its historic sites and natural beauty attract a very large number of tourists each year.
Ooty is at a height of 2,240 meters above sea level. The word Nilgiri means Blue Mountains. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots and is a popular honeymoon and family getaway. Lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees greet the visitors en route to Ooty. It has plenty of interesting spots like Botanical Gardens, Lakes, Boat houses, Water falls, film shooting spots, Wildlife Sanctuary, Tea estates and lots more.
A unique fun experience is to travel in the famous toy train of Ooty, enjoying the heavenly beauty all around. If you're lucky you might spot deer, wild buffaloes, rabbits and rare bird species. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway toy train is a highlight of a visit to Ooty.
The Government Rose Garden is a must visit. It is the largest rose garden in India, situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty town, at an altitude of 2200 meters. This garden has more than 20,000 varieties of roses! The collection includes Hybrid Tea Roses, Miniature Roses, Polyanthas, Papagena, Floribunda, Ramblers, Yakimour and roses of unusual colors like black and green!
The Botanical Gardens is another major attraction. The 22 acre (89,000 square meters) Gardens were laid out in 1847 and are lush green and very well maintained. A flower show cum exhibition of rare plant species is held every May. The Gardens have about a thousand species, both exotic and indigenous, of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbs and bonsai plants. The garden has a 20 million year old fossilized tree!
Ooty Lake covers an area of 65 acres. The 1824 Boat house established alongside the lake, offers boating facilities to tourists and is a major tourist draw. The lake is set among groves of Eucalyptus trees with a railway line running along one bank. In summers, boat races and boat pageantry are organized for two days at the lake.
You can visit the Tea estates in and around Ooty - get to know how tea leaves are plucked and even visit a tea factory to understand how tea leaves are processed to produce tea dust ; also visit the Mudumalai forest sanctuary two hours from Ooty.
The "6th mile" and the "9th mile" out on the Pykar road (road to Mysore) is popular for movie shoots, a calm and peaceful area, lush green with small streams.
A special attraction is Wax World in Ooty - a wax museum housing life size wax statues of important personalities from Indian history, culture and heritage, all housed in a 142 year old bungalow.
The Ooty Golf Course is set at an altitude of 7600 feet and is owned by the Gymkhana club, extending over 193.56 acres and comprising 18 holes.
St. Stephen's Church, located on the road to Mysore in Ooty, is one of the oldest churches, dating back to 1829.
The Tribal Museum is part of the Tribal Research Centre (10 km from Ooty town) - home to rare artifacts and photographs of tribal groups of Tamil Nadu and Andaman Nicobar Islands. There are a few Toda huts on the hills above the Botanical Gardens, where the Todas tribal community still dwells. Efforts are on to preserve the traditional barrel vaulted huts and many Toda sacred dairies have been renovated.
Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak (2,623 m) in the Nilgiris, about 10 km from Ooty offering beautiful vistas of Nilgiri Hill ranges. One gets a panoramic view of the landscape through the TTDC telescope. TTDC restaurant caters to the needs of tourists.
Pykara river is located 19 km from Ooty and is considered very sacred by the Todas. The Pykara river rises at Mukurthi peak and passes through hilly tract. The river has a dam and power plant. The river flows through a series of cascades and the last two falls of 55 meters and 61 meters are known as Pykara Falls, a major attraction of Ooty. There is a forest rest House at Pykara, a boat house by the Pykara falls and the Dam is an added attraction.
Kamaraj Sagar Dam is located 10 km from Ooty bus stand. It is a picnic spot and film shooting spot on the slopes of Wenlock Downs. Tourist activities nearby the dam include fishing and studying nature and environment.
Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve of which some areas have been earmarked for tourism.
The Mudumalai National Park, a declared Tiger Reserve, lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills. Mudumalai, which means 'first hills', is one of the first wildlife sanctuaries established in India. Here one can spot herds of endangered Indian elephants, vulnerable Gaur and Chital. The sanctuary is a haven for Bengal Tigers and Indian Leopards and other threatened species. There are at least 266 species of birds including critically endangered species like the Indian White-rumped Vulture and the long-billed vulture.
Mukurthi National Park is a 78.46 sq km protected area located in the south-east corner of the Nilgiris Plateau west of Ooty. The park was created to protect its Keystone species, the Nilgiri Tahr. The park is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India's first International Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000 sq km), including all of Mukurthi National Park, is under consideration by UNESCO for selection as a World Heritage Site.
The diverse landscape of Ooty offers a number of adventure sports and recreational activities including hang gliding. Located around 20 km from Ooty, Kalahatty is a world-class site for hang gliding. This adventure sport involves hanging suspended by a harness from a large type of kite that is known as hang glider. Kalahatty has a launch area that can be reached by a jeep. From March to May, hang gliding training courses are organized in Ooty.