The best secret to getting the best out of a trip to Ooty India and it is this: go off season. This Ooty is a series of piquant montages: the sun lightning up one hills even as others besides remains shrouded in green velvet. Mountains ponies chomping grass by the Kerbside; the sharp fragrance of ghostly pines lining a mist laden road; acacias in bloom; the bright gold of witches' broom dotting every hill; the aroma of hot filter coffee and even hotter sambhar. Ooty provides various facilities of family recreation. Gymkhana Club has one of the best golf courses in Ooty and they conduct a golf tournament every year. Pony riding is a regular event and ponies can also be hired around the lake. Those who are interested in horse racing can enjoy horse racing during April-June.
Tourist Attractions of Ooty India
Constructed in 1847, the Government Botanical Garden is the most popular tourist spot in Ooty. The distinct yet wide spread flora n fauna includes well over 650 species of plants and the fossil of a tree trunk believed to be 20 million years old is preserved here. The garden spread over 22 hectares has lush green lawns, six sections comprising varieties of tree species, variety of ferns, fashioned beds, an Italian formal garden, flowering plants, house ferns, orchids and nurseries.
John Sullivan, the first collector and virtual founder of Ooty, constructed a 2.5 kms of artificial Lake in 1824. The artificial lake, scintillating under the soft rays of sun captivates the tourist with its un-parallel charm. Pony rides are available along the road lacing of the lake. There is a charming Lake Garden, a jetty, snack bars and pony and toy train rides on offer. This lake is today is hyacinth choking up a major portion. Tourists can visit this mini garden which is on the way to Boathouse. There is also a Children's amusement park and a snack bar.
Churches Of Ooty India
St. Stephen's built in n1829, is the oldest church in the Nilgiris. Its huge wooden beams came from palace of Tipu Sultans and Cementry contains the graves of many old-times, both British and Indian. The Kandal Church actually houses a relic of the True Cross on which Christ was crucified.
Situated about 2km from Ooty India on the Mysore road, the Art Gallery has various collections of contemporary paintings, items of tribal objects, district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamilnadu.
Located less than a km from Charring Cross, the rose garden is laid on 10 acres of land. The garden has a collection of more than 1000 varieties of roses.
There are a number of planned trek routes from Ooty . Climb up the highest peak in the Blue Mountains at 8,606 ft-Dodabetta commands the juncture of western Ghats, offering unmatched vista of Nilgiris. It is a much-frequented peak located 10km from Ooty. This highest peak in Nilgiri Range at an altitude of 2619m gives a grand view of Ooty, Gundalpet, Coonoor, Wellington and Mysore on clear days. There is a telescope that gives a closer view of them all. Welnock Downs, the most popular picnic spots, is a vast expanse of undulating landscape which used to be grounds for Ooty Hunt; now a great walk along the grassy knolls and quiet roads.
Festival fling at Ooty
Ooty has number of carnivals all through the year; The Tea and Tourism fest in January, The Taispoon in the Murugan Temple and the Bookkapuruman Mariamman fest, both in February. The Ooty Mariamman fest follows in April and May. Other festivals are Flower Festivals, Dog Shows and Flower Shows.
- The nearest airport is at Coimbatore at a distance of 88 kms. The nearest railway station is at Mettupalayam station and Ooty is a comfortable drive over the hills from Bangalore or Coimbatore.
- The best time to visit Ooty India is in April to June and September to October.
- Tourist Office: Tamil Nadu Tourist Office, Welnock Road, Ooty -643001.