Ensconced in the lap of the Nilgiris, Ooty is rightly considered a jewel among the hill stations of South India. It has preserved its old colonial charm. As you pass through the city, you can catch a glimpse of the 18th century buildings and monuments juxtaposed with sparkling lakes and clusters of pine trees. The exquisite expanse of flora and fauna, the lush gardens, the breathtaking mountains, and the pristine lakes make Ooty a hit with everybody.
Being a favourite of people from all over the country, Ooty tends to get crowded. So if you are there and are feeling overwhelmed by the packed hotels and dense crowds at tourist spots, do not worry. There are a number of great places away from the city that will lift your spirits and rekindle your desire to explore. After visiting the usual spots like the Botanical Garden of Ooty, Rose Garden, St Stephen’s Church, Doddabetta, and so on, you might wish to try something more adventurous.
Pack your bags and get ready to explore Coonoor, a beautiful, serene hill station, located just 19 km south of Ooty. This town boasts lovely tea gardens, cascading waterfalls and a popular botanical garden. It also offers you a chance to do some trekking and observe the tribal culture of the place.
Another great option for you to look forward to is Kotagiri. Located over 1700 metres above sea level, it is essentially an agricultural town famous for its plantation farming. You can see the trademark tea plantation hills, lush meadows, mountains, and a rich variety of animal life in the forests. Must-visits include the Elk Falls and Catherine Falls, located in the vicinity.
Lying just 23 km from Ooty is the Pykara Lake, on the way to Mudumalai. It is a peaceful spot that becomes spectacularly beautiful after the monsoons. The lake brims over with water and the fast currents make the place appear alluring. There is also a dam on this lake. You can try boating here.
There is even the option of speed boating for the more adventurous. The streams move down the rocks rather than vertically into the river. So Pykara Fall is a little different in itself.
There are a number of wonderful resorts and five star hotels in Ooty. A good hotel in Ooty will cater to all your needs, and help you relax after you have been around the town.
Pretty Ooty has justifiably been a favourite of the British and Indians. Go ahead, discover its charms.