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Popular as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty (Udagamandalam) provides you an escape into the lush green areas with tall pine trees. Away from the chaotic life of metropolitan cities, Ooty is the perfect destination that actually needs no introduction. This beautiful hill station boasts of quaint bungalows and heritage buildings that reflect its colonial past. The stunning landscapes of Ooty not only appear movie-like but they also breathe a gust of fresh air into the weary travellers. You can enjoy these stunning views from the balcony of your hotel room or while sipping coffee at an Ooty restaurant with beautiful view of the Doddabetta peak. To ensure that you make the most out of your trip to the Queen of Hill Stations, we have compiled a list of must-see local attractions in Ooty.
Situated at an altitude of 2623 metres above the sea level, Doddabetta Peak is the highest point in Ooty. You can savor the panoramic views of the city and its surrounding places including highlands of Mysore and plains of Coimbatore, from this peak. The view is even more mesmerizing when the sky is clear. To help you get an even better view of the blue mountains, there is also a Telescope house at the Peak, managed by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation.
Timing: Mon-Fri :9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sat – Sun :9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entrance Fees :Rs 6 per Person (Adults), No Fees (Children below 5)
Camera Fees :Still camera Rs 10/- , Video Rs 50
Accommodation: Based on your budget, you can easily get hotel rooms ranging from INR1100 to INR 7500 near the Doddabetta Peak.
Pykara Lake and Waterfall:
Located 19 kilometers away from Ooty, Pykara is a small village in Tamil Nadu. Surrounded by Shola forest, Lake Pykara boasts of picturesque landscapes. A paradise for all the photographers, Pykara waterfalls flow through Murkurti, Pykara and Glen Morgan dams. You can go for boating in the clean water of the Pykara lake and you can also soak in the scenic beauty of this place by booking a room in the rest house situated here.
Timing: Mon-Fri :9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Sat – Sun :9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Boating Fees : Speed Boat: Rs 785, Motor Boat(8 Seater): Rs 750
Water falls Fees : Rs 5 per person
Accommodation: You can easily find pocket friendly hotel rooms as well as luxury hotel rooms around Pykara Lake and Waterfall ranging from INR 925 – INR 9800.
Tea Estate View Point:
Ooty is popular throughout the world for its beautiful tea plantations. You can go for a walk in these astoundingly beautiful tea estates and reflect on your thoughts. One of the oldest tea estates, Glenmorgan is the most popular tea plantation and is one of the famous picnic spots in Ooty. An added benefit for all the tea-lovers, every tea plantation in Ooty has its own tea factories, where you can go and buy fresh tea leaves. By booking an Ooty hotel close to these tea estates, you can spend some quality time in these aromatic tea plantations.
Timing : Mon-Fri : 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Sat – Sun : 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Entrance Fees : Tea Factory – Rs 10, Tea Museum – Rs.10 per Person (Adults), Children- Rs.3, No Fees (Children below 5 years)
Camera Fees : Camera Rs 10/-
Accommodation: From Homestays and Resorts to Hotels, plenty of stay options can be considered ranging from INR 1200 to INR 8000.
When to visit Ooty?
Although Ooty remains astounding all year round, it is recommended to plan your trip in between March and June. Experiencing beautiful summer in this time period, the temperature of Ooty doesn’t rise above 20°C, making the weather comfortable enough to walk about and participate in the daily activities. For a hassle-free stay, make your reservations in a conveniently located Ooty Hotel in advance. A centrally-located hotel is the best solution to any problem pertaining to accommodation. You can easily travel to tourist places like the Ooty Lake, Government Rose Garden and Mukurthi National Park, without wasting much time on travel. If peace is what you seek, you can simply stay in your hotel room and enjoy the magnificent view of this beautiful hill station.