Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ooty

Ooty, also known as Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam, which lies 7,349 ft above sea level in the Nilgiris, is known as the Queen of southern hill resorts of India. Situated in the Nilgiris, this famous hill station is at the junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, three southern states of India.Ooty, as it is popularly known, spreads over an area of 36 sq miles, and the temperature ranges from 25 degree celsius in summers, to near freezing in winters. It offers spectacular scenic beauty and salubrioud climate. The lush vegetation and the lavender-blue sheen of the mountains here offer a promising and peaceful rejuvenating summer.

Sightseeing at Ooty :
Botanical Gardens : Laid out in 1847, the Government Botanical Gardens is the most beautiful jewel on the crown of the "Queen of Hill Stations". There are over 650 species of plants housed in the garden. The fossil of a tree trunk believed to be 20 million years old is preserved here. The garden spread over 22 hectares possess lush green lawns, six sections comprising varieties of tree species, variety of ferns, fashioned beds, an Italian formal garden, flowering plants, house ferns, orchids and nurseries.

Ooty Lake View : The lake is another major attraction and boating is very popular here. The artificial lake, shimmering under the gentle sun is a popular site for the tourists. Pony rides are available along the road skirting of the lake.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary : Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary offers a leisurely ride on elephant-back through its forest trails, with a view of varied flora and fauna, as well as ever-changing symphonies of birdsong.

Art Gallery : It is situated about 2 km from Ooty on way to Mysore. The Art Gallery has various collections of contemporary paintings, items of tribal objects, district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamilnadu

Nasiyan Jain Temple : Nasiyan Jain Temple is located on Prithvi Raj Road and devoted to the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhdeoji. The temple is greatly revered by the Digambar sect of Jains. There is a museum alongside the temple. The construction of the temple began in 1864 and opened to the public in 1895.


Rose Garden : Home to 2500 types of roses .. Better said than seen ... Camera ticket mandatory ..But the garden is huge and has many levels


Dodabetta Peak : Its the highest peak of the Nilgiris ( 2637mts) and just 10km from Ooty city .. as viewed from Ooty , its usually covered by Mist or clouds .Best viewed in the morning , when the mist is cleared , and peak is well visible from Ooty ..Buses are available during season , but during off-season a private cab is required ..The ride through the high conifer forest is enchanting and divine .. The peak proper , gives a bird-eye views of Ooty city and nearby towns ..There is a telescope tower , holding a celestron 3 inch SCT , but its badly maintained .. don't waste your precious time seeing through it ..Instead snap Your rolls fast , because , in no matter of time the Peak goes under clouds

Best Season to Visit : Through out the year.

Reaching Ooty
Air : Coimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport. Indian Airlines has flight to Coimbatore from Bangalore, Cochin and Chennai. The Blue Mountain Express to Ooty is from Mettupalayam (47 km).

Rail : Mettupalayam at a distance of 40 kms is the nearest railhead. Ooty has its own railhead at a distance of 8 kms, which receives only toy trains.

Road : All the important towns of Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka are connected to Ooty by road.

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