Ooty hill station - 'Queen of Hill Stations'
Nestled in the brilliant green hills of the Nilgiris, Ooty or Udhagamandalam, is one of the favourite summer retreats of people in South India. Udhagamandalam, Called the 'Queen of Hill Stations' picturesque, green Udhagamandalam better known as Ooty Hill Station is the most popular hill station in the South India. Ooty is a treasure trove of breathtaking natural beauty.
Best Time & Climate
Hill Station in Ooty is a destination that can be visited all through the year. Summers are pleasant, winters are cool, and monsoons are beautiful. Summers during March to May have an average temperature in the range 15Â°C to 20Â°C. Summers maximum temperature never crosses 25Â°C. Winters during November to January are very pleasant and cool with minimum touching below 4Â°C and maximum ranges about 15Â°C. Monsoons offer good rainfall during June to September. February-March is spring and October-November is autumn. Ooty Hill Station is very attractive in all seasons, Winters can be chilly with ice forming. Flower shows during February - March attract many tourists. Best time to visit is all through the year, may keep off heavy rainy days in monsoon
How to reach there?
» By Air- The nearest airport to Ooty is at a distance of about 88kms and is located in Coimbatore. There one can take Indian Airline flights to Coimbatore, Bangalore, Cochin and Chennai
» By Rail - The Ooty railway station is merely 2kms from the City Center and the other railway station is 46km away at Mettupalayam.
There is also a toy train that connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor, another famous Ooty Hill Station. Though it is not really the fastest way to get there, but the guests can enjoy scenic beauty all along the way.
» By Road - Ooty is well connected with all most all south Indian cities by bus. There are regular bus services from Mysore, Bangalore, Madurai, and Kanyakumari and also from many cities in Kerala. State owned and private vehicles ply on this route.
» Botanical gardens - The picturesque gardens that are maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 hectares. The Gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old.
»Ooty Lake -It was built in 1825 and is about 2.5 km long. Visitors to this lake can go for boating on the lake or enjoy their favorite outdoor activity of fishing.
»Â» Dodabetta Peak - The Dodabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around ooty tour packages. It is merely 10kms from Ooty Hill Station so you can simply grab your camera and head straight to the peak, and click amazing pictures of the valley below.
» Lamb's Rock - Lamb's Rock is another vantage point that is ideal for taking pictures and is a wonderful picnic spot. It is merely 9kms. From Coonoor and is known for the splendid views it offers of the plains of Coimbatore and the tea states in the surrounding areas.
» Kodanadu's View Point - Kodanadu is about 16kms from Kotagiri, and is situated on the eastern edge of the Nilgiri range. It is a great vantage point that offers a breathtaking view of the Moyar river and the tea estates. There is a watchtower here that offers a view of the Rangasamy peak.