Ooty, officially known as Ootacamund, is a small hill town located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Redacted amidst the dazzlingly beautiful Nilgiri hills, Ooty is a unique landscape filled with numerous natural wonderments. This gorgeous hill resort draws tourists of all natures â€“ from adventure enthusiast to peace seekers and honeymooners to nature lovers, who come here to feel the touch of Mother Nature. Its fresh & floral air can perk you up, the tranquil lakes & gardens can solace your imaginations, and lofty hills & tropical forests can accelerate your heartbeat. And if thatâ€™s not enough, its comely hill resorts and first-rated hotels can leave you spellbound. In fact, Ooty makes one of the most sought after holiday destinations, offering the visitors relaxation and luxury.
Ooty lies at an altitude of 2286m, and is fondly dubbed as the â€˜Queen of Hill Stationsâ€™. It covers an area of 26 sq km surrounded by beautiful landscapes, tea plantations, forest reserves and national parks. There are many tourist spots in/around Ooty which are worth visiting during your Ooty tour. Find some of them detailed below.
This picturesque lake has long been the place to visit in Ooty. Itâ€™s an artificial lake, established in 1824, yet offers verdant natural beauty to leave the visitors enchanted. Here you can enjoy a unique tranquility amidst scenic vistas. However, some fun-filled activities like boating, fishing and horse riding can also be dug into.
This place is really like a heaven. Close your eyes and flick your camera anywhere in this garden, it will be a beautiful picture for sure. Covering an area of 22 hectares and located at an altitude of 2,400m, â€˜Botanic Gardensâ€™ contains a wide variety of trees, flowers and orchids to explore. Visit to see a unique fossilized tree that is believed be 20 million years old. Moreover, the garden hosts a â€˜flower showâ€™ in the month of May to entice the visitors.
Art Gallery: Lalit Kala Academy
If youâ€™re an art-lover, you will surely love this place. Located around 2km away from Ooty, on the main Mysore road, this art academy has a superb collection of contemporary paintings and sculptures in India. So, take some time from your sightseeing tour, come explore the architectural beauty at this academy.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
It was the first wildlife sanctuary in south India. With 321 sq km area filled with varied landscapes including slopes, waterfalls, dense forests and ravines, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its amazing wildlife. The sanctuary has many species of wild animals and birds which are living in their natural habitats. You can see Langurs, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, elephants, gaurs, and deer doing their natural activities.
Apart from that, some other attractions of Ooty tour are the Government Museum, the Rose Garden, the Stone House and Kalhatty Falls which draw plenty of tourists annually. To help you in planning your Ooty tour, several companies provide tailor-made Ooty packages online. You can visit their online addresses, and choose an Ooty package to suit your requirements and budget.
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Article Added on Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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