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She is charming, she is classy, she is unique – she is the Queen of Hill Stations in India. Udhagamandalam, popularly known as Ooty is a hill station that will surely mesmerise you with its beguiling beauty.

A chain of misty hills spread across a lush green carpet – with plenty to see, enjoy and experience. Ooty is much more than a visitor’s paradise. It lends a piece of itself to its guests that they will be thrilled to take back. One of the most beautiful hill stations in India, Ooty nestles in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. An erstwhile summer resort of the British Raj in India, Ooty has transformed over the years into one of the most sought-after tourism destinations in Tamil Nadu. 

With a cool and soothing climate almost all year round, Ooty welcomes tourists from far and wide. It’s not just about the mountains and hills, Ooty offers much more to discerning travellers who drive up the winding roads to reach the pinnacle. Lakes, gardens, parks, peaks, waterfalls and simply amazing accommodation options. No wonder Ooty is called the 'Switzerland of India', of such grandeur is the scenic beauty the destination is so well acclaimed for. If you would love to relax over a cup of tea, sitting back and gazing at the vastness of nature, Ooty is indeed the place to be. Besides that, the Nilgiri biosphere is rich in flora and fauna, allowing you to escape into the depths of mystic jungles and explore once-in-a-lifetime experiences. 

Also, you just can’t afford to miss the Toy Train ride from Mettupalayam to Ooty, which is the only daily operational meter-gauge, rack railway in India, providing you with mesmerising views of the Nilgiris.

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Top Attractions

Government Botanical Garden, Ooty

The Government Botanical Garden in Ooty, spread over 55 acres, is a mesmerizing tourist site that has been attracting visitors for years. Situated about 2400 – 2500 mts above sea level, the botanical garden was established by Marquis of Tweedale in 1897 with William Graham McIvor as the architect.

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Ooty Lake

The picturesque Ooty Lake, also known as the Ooty boat house, is a much sought-after tourist attraction located in the midst of serene greenery. The Ooty Lake is an artificially constructed lake, built by John Sullivan in 1824.

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Pine Forest

A journey of just 15 minutes from Ooty town centre will take you to the famed Pine Tree Forests of Ooty. These scenic woodlands, obscured in a fleeting veil of mist, offer a delightful experience to all travellers.

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Deer Park, Ooty

The Deer Park in Ooty is the perfect place to observe these docile creatures in their natural habitat. Located on the banks of the Ooty Lake is another beautiful park, a favourite among wildlife lovers.

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Avalanche Lake, Ooty

Imagine waking up to a dreamlike sunrise over the misty mountains, spending a whole day hiking through lush woods and fishing in the blue waters of a serene lake. The Avalanche Lake in Ooty has that and more to offer to travellers looking to be lost in the beauty of nature.

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Flirting with the clouds above the Nilgiris is Doddabetta, the highest peak in Tamil Nadu. A spectacular trail with an unparalleled vantage point of Ooty at the end of it makes Doddabetta a rewarding trekking experience and the perfect spot for a fun-filled day out with family as well.

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Ketty Valley View

Fringed by the rolling hills of the Nilgiris and spanning the horizon like an endless green ocean is Ketty Valley. A picturesque view of over 14 quaint hamlets awaits travellers as they head to Ketty Valley, also known as the Switzerland of South India.

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Upper Bhavani Lake

The Upper Bhavani Lake is one of the best kept secrets of the Nilgiris. A pristine blue reservoir formed by a dam on the river Bhavani makes a perfect getaway spot for families and friends to enjoy a day out in Nature.

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Emerald Lake

Framed by the mighty peaks of the Nilgiris and the rolling jade hillocks of tea plantations, is the Emerald Lake. Yet to be discovered by most travellers, Emerald Lake and its under-explored landscape that reminds you of a fairy-tale make a perfect location to spend a day enjoying the awe-inspiring views.

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St Stephen’s Church

A church of great antiquity and impeccable architectural beauty, St Stephen’s Church is a remarkable landmark of Ooty that is a window into the long history of the queen of hill stations. The church, embellished with beautiful stained-glass windows and antique features, is a jewel in the crown of the queen of Nilgiris.

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Shooting Point, Ooty

Have you ever wanted to visit fairy-tale-like settings and recreate iconic scenes from your favourite movies? Head to Shooting Point in Ooty, where a picturesque view of unending green meadows and rolling hills veiled in thin white fog awaits you.

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