A Snippet of Ooty
Known for its scenic beauty and mesmeric climate, Udhagamandalam—commonly known as Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Located at an altitude of 2240 meters and 80km north of Coimbatore, Ooty is the district capital of Nilgiris district—Tamil Nadu. Primitively occupied by the Todas—a small pastoral community living in Nilgiri plateau; and governed by the East India Company, Ooty has a unique culture to showcase.
Ooty has a special place for India’s thriving film industry—Bollywood. The beautiful Pine Forest, Kamaraja Sagar Lake, Fernhills Palace, Wenlock Downs etc are locations that have been used in many Bollywood and regional movies. The popularity of Ooty is deeply rooted in the fact that the Ooty has always been a niche for Bollywood and other regional movies. Ooty irrefutably is a place which people can connect to; thus making it one of the most popular hill stations in India.
Top 5 Places to Visit in Ooty
- Wenlock Downs: It is one of the most famous shooting spots in Ooty, Wenlock Downs is a spectacular meadowland located at a distance of 9 km from Ooty. The gentle slopes of Wenlock Downs provide a strikingly spectacular scene for movies. Most Indians would connect to the summer camp location in the famous movie “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, when they visit Wenlock Downs.
- Pykara Lake: Pykara Lake is a breathtaking scenic beauty that inspires effortless veneration. Located at a distance of 19 km from Ooty, Pykara Lake is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ooty. Standing at one side, amidst lush green valleys, pristine lakes and waterfalls, Pykara Lake definitely gives a feeling of elation to its visitors.
- Botanical Garden: Embraced with a unique variety of ferns, trees, orchids, flowering plants, manicured lawns and fossils; the Botanical Garden at Ooty makes a silent but powerful statement. Laid in the year 1847, the Botanical garden in Ooty is both a recreational place and a place for conservation of forest.
- St Stephan’s Church: Famously quoted as the “Wooden Wonder”, the St. Stephen’s Church in Ooty is one of the marvels of the bygone British colonial rule. With a dainty architecture and a painting of “The Last Supper”—St. Stephan’s Church definitely attracts a huge number of tourists. Visiting St. Stephan’s Church is no doubt worthwhile, if you happen to visit Ooty.
- Fernhills Palace: Built in 1844, Fernhills Palace was a summer residence of the Maharaja of Mysore. Its classy wooden finish and ornamental outlook makes it strikingly attractive. Spread out over an area of 50 acres with lush green garden, spectacular view and dense woods, Fernhills Palace has been a major tourist attraction as well as a popular location for film shooting. If you happen to visit Ooty, visiting Fernhills Palace should be on your list.