Ooty- The Queen of hills.
A flight from Hyderabad took us to Coimbatore and we pre-booked a cab to reach Ootacamund- The queen of hills. It is nestled in the lap of Nilgiri hills and offers stunning views of the tea gardens.
Where to stay in Ooty?
Ooty is a famous hill-station of South India and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. With a spike in the tourism of this quaint town, plenty of hotels and resorts have come up. They offer modern facilities combined with warm hospitality. Sterling fern hill Ooty and Sinclairs Retreat are favorites here. You can also book a cheap hotel in Ooty situated close to the bus stand or Ooty lake.
Where to eat in Ooty?
Being a Tamil town, you will find many restaurants in Ooty such as Adayar Ananda Bhawan serving South Indian meals such as dosa, idli, and appam along with North-Indian delights. Apart from these, you can also savor thin crust pizza at Nahar’s sidewalk café. For a cup of hazelnut coffee, head to Willy’s Café.
If you ask me about the places to visit in Ooty, I would suggest you the following places: –
1. The plunge of Pykara waterfalls
2. Witness wildlife at Mudumalai National Park
3. Boating in Avalanche Lake
4. Picturesque Botanical garden
5. Ooty lake for some shopping
6. Stunning views of Western catchment
7. Pykara shooting point – Click as many pictures at this point. You will find hills, dense forest, and lush lawns here.
Tips: Hire a bike or car to roam like locals and click pictures wherever you feel like.
Even if you miss on any of the above places, don’t leave these ‘wow factor experiences’
Nilgiri Train Ride – Make your reservations well in advance to board this train from Udagamanglam to Mettupalayam. This is a distinct experience that you would not want to miss. Passing through the tunnels, over the old-age bridges, and opening up to tea gardens, this train journey is not an ordinary one.
Photography at Indiranagar Post Office
On the way to Pykara falls, you will cross this spot where you can click beautiful pictures of horses, wooden houses, and incredible beauty.
Kurinji Flowers in Kallahatti Falls
It’s a pure luck that you get to see this rare flower that blooms once in 12 years. I was lucky enough to witness these in the backyard of Taj Conoor.
While coming back from Mudumalai National Park to Ooty, don’t miss 36 hairpin bends in 40 kms that will definitely boggle your mind.
Now that you know that Ooty has a magic in it, go ahead and book your tickets to this town and take away a bunch of memories from here.