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Etti Bali Mar 25 2015

Which are the best experiences in Ooty?

Reema Bhalla Mar 25 2015
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Here are some of the best experiences in Ooty, which is South India’s most famous and touristy hill station. You will get a heady cocktail of rolling hills, tea plantations, villages, unbridled greenery, unexpected lakes when you visit the hill station of Ooty.

1. Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake is this hill town’s most famous and lively tourist spot. The lake itself is a pleasing 2.5 km body of water, hedged by beautiful trees on the far end.

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The tourist infrastructure occupies a small patch on the northern bank. There’s a large area at the entrance with flower snack and toy sellers. Boating is the prime attraction and is great fun. The lake is large enough for one to be able to get away from crowds for the most part.

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2. Visit the Magnificent Churches

A British hill station would be incomplete without its churches. St Stephen’s Church is the oldest here. Built in 1829, this Protestant church is one of the few remaining examples of Ooty’s Anglican architecture.

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There is an interesting old cemetery adjoining the church. In short, there are loads of beautiful churches in Ooty which are worth a visit on your trip to this scenic hill station.

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3. Spend some fun moments at Wenlock Downs and the Ninth Mile

Wenlock Downs is Ooty’s most famous picnic spot, and deservedly so. Located 17 km from Ooty on the way to Pykara Falls, it is a vast stretch of pretty green grassy knolls. There’s nothing to ‘do’. People simply walk around drinking in the beauty and the mist. Pony rides are also on offer.

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On the way to Wenlock Downs lies the Ninth Mile, another picnic spot. A short but steep and slippery walk through a cluster of pine trees down from the road takes you there.

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4. Take a joyride on the Nilgiri’s Toy Train

One of the best things to do in Ooty, the Toy Train on the narrow gauge promises a scenic hilly ride and a wonderful experience. It leaves Mettupalayam at 7.10 AM and runs via Hillgrove, Coonoor, Wellington, Ketty and Lovedale to reach Ooty at noon.


5. Plan a trip to Dodda Betta

If panoramic views speak to your soul and if you want a clear picture of the mutual geography of these pretty Nilgiri beauty spots such as Ooty, Ketty, Coonoor, then you shouldn’t leave without visiting Doda Betta Peak.

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At 8,696 ft, it is the highest peak in the area, located at the juncture of the picturesque Western and Eastern Ghats. It is about 8 km from the town centre.

6. Visit the Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is also a popular tourist haunt, and offers a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers. People come here to lounge in the lawns and walk among the shady trees and plants.

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One of the oldest botanical gardens in the country, it began life in the 1840s as a vegetable garden to supply veggies to Ooty’s residents.

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7. Visit Bellikkal Town

To experience complete isolation, just 16 km from Ooty, you would do well to visit the Silver Stones Estate in Bellikkal village.At 5,500 ft, the estate is perched like a lofty eagle on the northern fringe of the smoky Nilgiri Hills. It is an unseen and relatively unexplored section of the over-exploited Nilgiris.

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8. Plan a trip to Pykara Falls and Lake

To the north of Ooty, on the way to Mudumalai, lies Pykara Waterfalls. Leaving Ooty, the road goes through a beautifully forested stretch to reach here. You need to walk half-a-kilometre from the roadhead to reach the falls.

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Pykara Lake is another 1.5 km drive away. It is located prettily amidst a shola forest and there is a snack bar run by Tamil Nadu Tourism. People come here and go boating in the large motorboats.

9. Shop till You Drop

Tea is sold all over Ooty. It is sourced from various plantations, is sold in dust, leaf, organic and white varieties, and comes in many flavours — plain, masala, elaichi, jasmine. You will also get more products that come from the plantations spread throughout the Nilgiri Hills. Aromatic oils — camphor, eucalyptus, citronella and more — for INR 80-100 for 100 ml.

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Homemade chocolates is a big industry here. They make a bewildering variety of chocolates: plain, bitter, milk, cashew, butterscotch, fruit-and-nut, which will cost Rs 40-60 for 100 gm. All these products can be found in many shops on Ooty’s Commercial Road, as well as in shops at tourist spots like Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden and Dodda Betta. In short, shopping in Ooty is a delightful experience.

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10. Delightful Culinary Options

Ooty does not have many stand alone restaurants, but many hotels have restaurants meant for walk-ins. Earl’s Secret in King’s Cliff is on the top of the list and is highly recommended, especially for Continental dishes.

Photo of Earl's Secret (from official Facebook page)

Tiffanys in The Willow Hill is good for the views and the food. They serve Indian and Continental. In the centre of the town, Nagar Hotel’s Sidewalk Café offers salads, soups, pizzas and pastas. Shinkows, opposite the Nilgiri Library, is a famous repository of non-vegetarian Chinese.

Take some time out to explore these best experiences in Ooty and bring home some aromatic memories with you. Also, check out Ooty holiday tour packages to get the best of offers on your trip here.

Irfan AR May 01 2015
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