Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Ooty, the 'Queen of Hills' is probably one of the most visited hill stations in India. From Bollywood to honeymooning couples, there is an undying charm to the picturesque hill station that still enchants travellers.
Nestled in the Nilgiri Hills, Ooty, with its pleasant weather, always beckons travellers to come back for more. We have a list of experiences that you should not miss when you are in Ooty.
Ooty Lake – You can enjoy the full tourist experience in the heart of Ooty, at Ooty Lake. Get on a boat and pedal across the 2.75 KM lake and regale in the passing scenery of eucalyptus forests and winding roads. Enjoy a horse ride around the lake and munch on some hot 'bhutta' corn!
Avalanche Lake - For a more serene lake experience you must visit the lovely Avalanche Lake, located about 30KM from Ooty. The expansive lake surrounded by rolling hills is perfect for a day picnic; what's more, you can even fish in the lake here. All you need is a fishing license from the Fishery Department located near the Ooty Bus Stand.
Hang Gliding - This will give adventure seekers a big rush! Hang gliding is an adventure sport whereby the pilot flies a hang glider. This activity is undertaken only during the clear weather months from March to May by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department. Most hotels in Ooty will be able to guide you for this activity.
Trekking to Doddabetta - Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak in the region and a fantastic trek which can be undertaken by even beginners who are used to regular physical activity. The trek route through eucalyptus forests, rolling grasslands, shola forests and tiny ponds just makes it a complete visual treat for trekkers.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway - A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway was built by the British in 1908. This unique little toy train runs a distance of 26kms, around 208 curves, 16 tunnels and across 250 bridges! Add to that the mountain scenery and the picturesque towns dotting the journey; you couldn't spend 4 hours in a better way in Ooty.
These are some of the things and places you just cannot miss on your trip to Ooty but if you have more time on hand, do visit the Botanical Gardens, Tribal Museum, Tea Factory, Rose Gardens and enjoy an evening sampling the chocolates and street food in the town. To ensure that you have a comfortable stay, book your rooms online with Fortune Hotels in Ooty.