Saturday, November 12, 2011

About Ooty

If you are lover of natural beauty then Ooty is the right place to visit. It is known as Queen of hill stations and situated at a distance of around 100 kilometers from the Coimbatore. Ooty is capital of Nilgiris district. It was summer and weekend entryway for Britishers during their rule in India and now it is one of the popular tourist destinations in India. Ooty is situated at elevation of 2,240 meters above the sea level. Ooty has prime importance because of the climate condition and Nilgiris which is oldest than greater Himalayas and also important content in Ayurvedic medicines.

Attractions of Ooty

Government Botanical Garden: This garden is must visit place if you are in Ooty. It wraps an area of 50 acres and lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak. Fossil tree trunk of 20 million years is preserved here. The plantation life of the garden mainly includes variety of grass carpet, fashioned beds, tree spices, ferns, multi color flowering plant, nurseries and house ferns. Flower show is held here every year in May. This garden is under the administration and maintenance of Government of Tamil Nadu.

Ooty Lake: At a distance of 1 kilometer an artificial lake is situated which was outlined by John Sullivan, a collector of Coimbatore. You can enjoy boat ride using peddle boat or large boat and feel the charming look of the hills and lake.

Doddabetta: It is situated at about 8 kilometers from Ooty and highest peak in the hills of Nilgiris. It stretches out at the connection of Eastern and Western Ghats of Nilgiris hill range. Telescope has been setup to enjoy panoramic view of the landscape with minimal price. Doddabetta is at the height of 2636 meter from the sea level.

National Park and Mukkurthi Peak: This peak is about 40 kilometers from Ooty. The National Park is situated on the Southern corner of the Nilgiris highland and has large population of Nilgiris Thar.

Mountain Rail: This railway was built way back in 1908 by British and it still relies on its fleet of steam engine. It was added as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and in the past few years diesel engine has taken over the steam engine work between Coonoor and Ooty. Because of the huge demand from tourist it requires advance booking for ride from Coonoor to Ooty.

Government Museum: This museum has items of tribal objects, district’s ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu.

Toda huts: There are only few Toda huts on the hills above the Botanical Garden where Todas still resides. It is unfortunate that many Toda have discarded their traditional residence and not living in concrete house.

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