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Things to do in Ooty

In this article, our guest author Ashutosh Bhatt is inviting us to Ooty – a popular hill station in South India. Have you ever been?

You can never guess how and when the travel bug bites you and when it actually does, you look for the best places to visit nearby. One of the most popular hill stations near Bangalore is Ooty, and in any such situation it’s certainly worth visiting. Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, South Indian State of Tamil Nadu surely has the best thing in the country. One can have the best experience and try a wide range of things, be it wandering in the local markets, visiting lakes and waterfalls, or trying out some of the famous eateries. To learn more of my personal travel experiences, check my blog. So, if you actually make a plan to visit this beautiful hill station, you should not miss trying out some of these things in Ooty.

A walk through Botanical Gardens

For all the nature buffs out there, visiting the botanical gardens should be on the top of your list. The garden covers more than 22 acres of land and is situated at the lower slopes of Doddabetta Peak. The place is full of an exotic and precious collection of flowers and different other species of plants. The botanical garden was built by Britishers in 1847 and a minimal price of Rs.30 is needed to witness the beauty of this amazing place. The garden is divided into 6 different sections: New Garden, Italian Garden, Lower Garden, Fountain Terrace, Conservatory, and Nurseries. Try not to skip any sections.

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Toy Train Ride in Nilgiri Mountains

You’ll be proud to know that Nilgiri Mountain Railway was announced a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. Why not, this is the unique railway station that is considered one of the steepest tracks in Asia. You can have a fun toy train ride that crosses through the serene beauty of Nilgiri. It is surely one of the top things to try when in Ooty as it covers a distance of 46km and takes you through the lush beauty of the hill station. The whole journey of this ride gets completed in about 4.5 hours because it takes you through 16 tunnels, 250 bridges, and 208 curves. Doesn’t that sound really exciting?

Visit the Tea Museum

Do you want to learn about some hidden secrets about tea? Come to the Tea Museum, which is not for dedicated tea lovers but has something interesting for everyone. The place is situated close to Doddabetta Tea Factory, encircled by tea plantations and also allows you to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Nilgiri. The best part about visiting the tea museum is that you’ll be learning about the evolution of tea, which is beautifully categorized into 3 sections: the history of tea, major origins of World Tea, tea history in India and finally the evolution of tea in the Nilgiris. Also, make sure you visit the shops where you can buy different kinds of tea leaves, plates, cups and much more.

Trekking and Camping at Avalanche Lake

The lake is undoubtedly one of the major attractions in Ooty that should not be missed. This can be your perfect option for a weekend getaway, which is hardly 28km from the city. You know what the lake was formed in the 1800s because of a huge landslide, thus names Avalanche. This is the right place for trekking the best part is that the trekking trails are a breeze yet make it an adventurous trip for you. Also, the lake is all surrounded by dense forest and you can indulge yourself in trout fishing during monsoon months. Camping is another fun activity you can perform at the shores of Avalanche Lake. Remember you need to seek permission from Ooty’s forest office because the lake is situated in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Higginbotham Book Store

Find a bookworm in you at India’s first documented bookstore. This is the city’s most unusual bookstore that provides its visitors access to a large number of books, some travel stuff, and stationery. So, if you’re looking for your favorite books or some quirky stuff, make sure you put your steps towards the oldest bookstore in the city. The place can surely make your weekend worth spending and hey, don’t forget to take postcards from the store.

Visit Ooty Rose Garden

This has to be Ooty’s most beautiful and most frequently visited places. The garden is spread across the land of around 10 acres that not only provides you with an amazing variety of roses but offers you a great space to walk and soak in the pleasant weather. You need to pay a minimal amount of money as the entry fee and the garden is open from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and it’s always recommended to go early.

Authentic Food and Coffee

They say that your trip to Ooty is incomplete if you don’t try the place’s tempting aromatic coffee. No doubt there are a number of top-class coffee houses in the city but nothing can beat the taste of coffee at the Ooty Coffee House that provides its customers with some amazing hot beverages. If you want to have authentic South Indian Food make sure you visit the very famous Nahar Restaurant that offers you with completely vegetarian food and their dosa and Indian Thali is a must-try.

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About the author

Hey, I am Ashutosh, I have traveled around 17 countries and 50+ cities. My passion is to explore nature, learn the culture and meet new people. In 2015 I left my job and become a full-time traveler who just keeps on exploring things.

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