Tucked in the vicinity of the Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu, Ooty sits in the lap of alluring Western Ghats calling its visitors for an experience of a lifetime. Titled as the queen of hills, Ooty snuggles enough of tea plantation, coniferous, pine, wattle trees and so much more for you to unravel.
And if that’s not enough inspiration you need to plan a trip to Ooty, then here are 13 more reasons why you must Ooty this winter.
1. Perfect weather all year round
Ooty is one place you can visit any time throughout the year. It offers pleasant weather throughout the year allowing its visitors an experience that they would never forget.
2. Get a glimpse of nature and its marvels from Dolphin’s nose
Dolphin’s nose is basically a huge rock that resembles a dolphin’s nose. The viewpoint rests at 1,000 feet and offers incredible views of mountains and waterfalls. Also, though the chilly environment is obvious at 1,000 feet, however, enough of the sun ensures it makes the trip a memorable one.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
3. Allow yourself an entertaining Nilgiri mountain toy train ride
Travelling from Ooty to Mettupalayam? Ensure you board the Nilgiri Mountain Railways toy train, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The toy train takes you through exotic locations, tunnels, bridges at a cost of just Rs. 100.
4. Trekking to Avalanche Lake
No other place is better to quench your lust for trekking and camping than the Avalanche Lake. Besides being easy to get through, the lake offers scenic mountain views and a perfect environment for a sunny camp party.
Timings: 8.00 AM to 6.00 PM
5. An adobe for golf players
The Wellington Gymkhana Golf Club at an altitude of 7,200 feet is something that would make playing your favourite sport more fun. The spot consists of 18 holes and offers beautiful blue mountains in the background.
If you wish to sit with someone for a chit-chat amidst the mountains or by the sea, do consider a spot frequently visited by birds. Ooty is visited by multiple species of birds all year round which you would never see in the hustle and bustle of the city.
7. A visit to Botanical gardens
Located at the lower slopes of Doddabetta Peak botanical gardens entertains a wide variety of flowers and plantations. The air around the garden is filled with aroma and has gardens divided into 6 separate sections thus one reason why you must visit Ooty.
8. Trek to Kalhatti Falls
Ooty has so many waterfalls to flaunts and one among those is Kalhatti falls. The waterfalls fall from a height of 40 metres and is a famous picnic and bird-watching spot in Ooty.
9. Higginbothams Book Store
The smell at the Higginbothams Book Store is more alluring than any newly bought book. The store offers some really old books that one won’t find easily. So a book. Sun. And the mountains. The weekend seems sorted.
10. History at Wax World museum
India doesn’t have many of these, however, Ooty is an exception. An artist’s gateway, the Wax World Museum in Ooty give a glimpse of rural lifestyle in wax statutes besides those of Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Ganga Dhar Tilak and more.
11. Catherine Waterfall
Watching a waterfall from above the waterfall is one of the most interesting things to do in Ooty. Even though it’s not possible to reach the foot of this waterfall, however, whatever offered will make a glorious insta picture.
12. Collect tea and tea-related souvenir
Tea museum blends the fragrance of a variety of teas. The museum helps you understand the evolution of tea and offers splendid views of the Nilgiris. The museum also has a souvenir shop where you can shop for a wide variety of tea leaves, teacups, plates etc.
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM
Entry fee: INR 250 per person
13. Honey And Bee Museum
The honey and bee museum is renowned for its collection of bees. The museum also showcases some traditional ways to extract honey from beehives. Something that unique about Ooty.