Usually referred to as the Queen of Hill Stations, Ooty (Udhagamandalam), is a pretty little town filled with beautiful lakes, lofty mountains and sliding grasslands. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level surrounded with forest area and beautiful tea gardens. A huge number of tourists are attracted to the Tea and Tourism Festival that takes place in this region. Here’s a list of the top 6 things you should do during your visit in Ooty.

1. The Nilgiri Toy Train Ride

The Nilgiri Toy Train Ride is a fairy-tale like ride that will enthrall you with captivating views. This mountain railway is the only one that functions every day in South India.

The Nilgiri Toy Train Ride Ooty

The Nilgiri Toy Train Ride, Ooty - Source: MyTripKarma Blog

2. Pykara Lake & Waterfall

Pykara Waterfall is situated 20 kilometers from Ooty. Several movies have been shot at this scenic lake. There is a bridge in the premises that allow for great photos.

You can also have a wonderful half an hour boating experience in the Pykara dam and lake. It's a beautiful and clean lake worth visiting on a sunny day.


Pykara Lake, Ooty - Source:  Royal Leisure Tours

3. Government Botanical and Rose Gardens

The Ooty Botanical gardens are located at just 30 minutes’ walk from the Lake. There is a great variety of fauna and flora to see. Ooty's Rose Garden is the largest in the country and home to around 1919 varieties of roses.

Rose Garden - Ooty

Botanical Gardens, Ooty - Source: Wallpapers

4. Stone House

Stone House is the first bungalow constructed in Ooty. It was built by John Sullivan and was called Kal Bangala by the tribals.

Stone House first bungalow constructed in Ooty

Stone House, Ooty - Source: Travel2ooty

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake is located at 25 kilometers from Ooty in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. It is in a beautiful peaceful location, away from city noises, filled with blue waters, green foliage and multicolored flowers.

Avalanche Lake Ooty

Avalanche Lake, Ooty - Source: Tripadvisor.co.za

Stay Simple has various properties such as in Coorgand Mysore. They are a couple of hours away from Ooty, making them ideal locations to stay at a great price.

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