5 Things to do in Ooty

Ooty / Ootacamund, also called the queen of hill stations is a beautiful place in Tamil Nadu.  It is pleasantly cold round the year and windy!

Here are five things to check out in Ooty –

1.  View Game of Light and Shadows at Dodabetta Peak

Dodabetta Peak is the highest peak (2,623 m) in the Nilgiris, about 10 km from Ooty. It lies at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats and offers beautiful vistas of the Nilgiri Hill ranges. What’s more, you can observe clouds pass by in slow motion, casting their shadow over spans of greenery-flooded land. Dont believe me? Check out the image!

View from Dodabetta Peak
View from Dodabetta Peak

2. Spot thousands of colours blooming at Rose Garden

Government Rose Garden in Ooty is the largest rose garden in India, established in 1995! It is internationally recognised as one of top 35 rose gardens! It has hundreds of varieties of roses. There is a rose for every possible colour down here! (Black is not a colour, if you thought that :P)

Types of roses and what does it mean?
Types of roses and what does it mean?

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Layer one of Rose Gardern
Layer one of Rose Gardern

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3.  Spend time with your family boating at Ooty Lake

Ooty lake is right in the centre of the city spead over 65 acres. It isnt as clean as Pykara lake, but has more boating options. The food court at boat house is also good!

Entrance to Ooty Lake
Entrance to Ooty Lake

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4. Check various types of plants and trees at Botanical Gardens

Government Botanical garden in Ooty is one of the biggest ones I’ve seen in India. Spread over 22 hectares on lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, this garden was laid out in 1848! And has since then been maintained in a great way. The Gardens have around a thousand species, both exotic and indigenous, of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants.

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Flowers at Botanical Garden
Flowers at Botanical Garden

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5. Visit the local market!

There’s no better place for learning about a new city other than the local market. The local markets at Ooty are quite different from the ones I’ve seen in Mumbai. For first, they don’t allow the customer to pick vegetables. You have to take what the vendor gives! So rotten fruits and vegetables thus are dealt with.. Else, there are few vendors who allow the customer to pick but at almost 30% more expensive rates!! There a lot of banana shops, which  sell raw bananas. Seeing them in such abundance made me go crazy!

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Go bananas!
Go bananas!

Reaching Ooty– Nearest airport is Coimbatore. Distance from Coimbatore to Ooty is 93 km (approx 2 hrs, 30 min)

Ooty is also well connected through roads and railways. It is 535 km from Chennai, 80 km from Coimbatore, 18 km from Conoor

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