Ooty is one of the best hill stations in south India that is perched beautifully atop the lush green rolling hills of the Nilgiri. It is located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and much of its history dates back to the 18th century. Though traces found exhibits the period of early 12th century when Ooty was originally a tribal land inheriting with the Todas, Kotas, Badagas and Alu Kurumbas. Today Ooty is arrayed with an ambience of the colonial era amid the blue smoky haze. This mighty hill station, at an elevation of 2240 mts is not only graced by the charm of the eucalyptus trees and misty clouds but it also fetches number of tourists for its gentle ripples of the crystal clear lakes.
Dwelling with a mild climate all throughout the year, the rarest feature of the hills of Ooty is the kurunji flower, which blooms every twelve years giving the slopes a bluish tinge. Thus hues of Nilgiri hills in Ooty are often dub as ‘The Blue Mountains’. Nonetheless, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is one of the oldest mountain railways in India and also a popular attraction in Ooty. It was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and it connects Ooty to the town of Mettupalayam, at the foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains. Let’s whistle down a heritage ride on the tracks of NMR from the below Ooty travel video as shot by Akshay Deshpande.
Welcome to Ooty!!!
The very first sight that Ooty offers is the scenic beauty of its hills. The lush green wood over the hills often captures travellers with a quixotic moment. Ooty has been a favourable shooting destination for many Bollywood and South Indian regional films. The 9th Mile View Point and Shooting Range is one of the major tourist places to visit in Ooty. This place is called as "Shooting Medu". It offers a very tranquil ambience and is ideal for a picnic. Let’s have a glimpse of the ‘Shooting Medu’ from the following Ooty travel video as shot by daintellekt's channel.9th Mile View Point
Ooty is widely known for its sprawling natural beauty. The Ketti Valley view is a perfect example of this. It is the second largest valley in the world and much of it is inhabited by constellations of villages, that forms the parts of coimbatore and mysore. The major population in its vicinity is the Badagas and tribes such as the Todas, Ketti representing rural lifestyle revolving around caring for livestock and cultivation of vegetables and potatoes. Let’s have a joy train ride onto the Ketti Valley View from one of the best Ooty travel videos below.Ketti Valley View
Close to the Bus Stand as well as the Ooty Railway Station, the Ooty Lake is another major attraction for the tourists. Well… if you are arriving in Ooty by afternoon, just after a small nap …a stroll near the Ooty Lake offers you the idealistic charm and exotic ambience of the Ooty… thus an ultimate rejuvenation. The lake also offers boating facilities to tourists. Nestled amid the lush green forest, the Ooty Lake covers an area of 65 acres. Let’s have a boat ride over the Ooty Lake from this following video.Ooty Lake
The Emerald Lake and the Pykara Lake are also the prominent tourist destinations in and around Ooty. The Emerald Lake, which is approximately 25 kms from Ooty, is a part of the silent valley and is beside the Red hill nature resort which is a best picnic place of the region. The chirping birds and ducks and other swimming creatures add beauty to the place and the sun set and sun rise is also spectacular here. On the other hand the Pykara Lake is a lovely getaway from Ooty. Located in the outskirts of Ooty the Pykara Lake offers an isolated lake free from pollution and maddening crowed. Let’s take a tour of the Pykara Lake from one of the Ooty travel videos.Pykara Lake
The Government Rose Garden, Botanical Garden and Toda Huts are some of Ooty’s major attractions. The Government Rose Garden is the largest road garden in India and is situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty. The Botanical Garden have around a thousand species, both exotic and indigenous, of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants.The garden also houses a 20-million-year-old fossilized tree. Nonetheless the Toda Huts inside the Botanical Garden exhibits the traditional lifestyle of the tribal in Ooty. Let’s have look of the Botanical Garden and Toda Huts in Ooty in this below video.Toda Huts
That was the glimpse of traditional Ooty. Now coming to the colonial hues… the St. Stephen Church, Stone House, Fernhills Palace and Wax World are some of the best examples. The St. Stephen Church was commissioned in the year 1830 and is located on the Ooty-Mysore Road. Acquiring a part of land from the Todas, Sir John Sullivan started building the Stonehouse in 1822, which is the first bungalow in the mighty hill station. The Wax World is a wax museum that dates back to 1870. It houses life-size look-alike wax statues of personalities of Indian history, culture and heritage. Lastly the Fernhills Palace was once the summer palace of the Maharaja Mysore that was built in the year 1944. Today it is one of the luxury and heritage hotels in Ooty that still maintains the royal charm of the Wadiyar dynasty. This video shows the beautiful interiors of Fern Hills Royal Palace Hotel, Ooty; followed by the video of Wax World.Fernhills Palace, Ooty Wax World (Museum), Ooty
Approximately 19kms from Ooty, the Dolphin’s Nose offers a bird's eye view of Coonoor. Its vicinity is famous for its verdant environs and for a variety of wildflowers and birds. Coonoor provides a perfect setting for activities like trekking and hiking. It is also famous for its tea plantations and festivals. Let’s take a panoramic view of its vicinity from the following footage of Dolphin’s Nose.Dolphin’s Nose
The Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is also a major tourist destination in and around Ooty. It houses different species of flora and fauna, therefore a must visit for wildlife lovers. Let’s have a glance of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary below.Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Well… these are the best Ooty travel videos. Nonetheless there are many tourist destinations in Ooty such as the Dodabetta Peak, Avalanche, Glenmorgan, Mukkurthi Peak and National Park and Sims Park. Ooty also encircles many other destinations like the Bandipur National Park and Mysore, approximately 50 kms and 150 kms respectively. Coimbatore is approximately 80 kms from Ooty and is the nearest broad gauge railway station.
As Ooty has so much to offer, one can't resist visiting it again and again. So let me recommend some nice accommodation options, that will surely make your holiday a memorable experience.
The Hill Country Holiday Resort, Lovedale, which is one of the best hotels in Ooty, offers its guests not only with 4 star amenities but also with a sprawling natural beauty and tranquil ambience, being close to the Ooty Lake. It maintains 20 well appointed rooms categorized to Deluxe Cottage, Premium Suite and Deluxe Suite.
The Hotel Monarch, which is one of the budget hotels in Ooty is an ideal retreat for budget travellers that maintains 63 well-appointed rooms which includes 4 luxuriously furnished suites. The place also boasts a swimming pool, a poolside bar and the health club. Let’s check out the ambience of the Hotel Monarch from our below footage.Hotel Monarch By Swairik Das
|Distance Charts to Ooty|
|Bangalore to Ooty||265 KM||5 hrs.|
|Pondicherry to Ooty||425 KM||7 hrs.|
|Chennai to Ooty||548 KM||8 hrs.|