5 Breathtaking View Points in Ooty

Ooty or Udhagamandalam is fondly referred as the “Queen of hill stations” and also the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations of South India and also one of the popular hill stations in Tamilnadu. Situated at an altitude of 2,240 m in the Western Ghats, Ooty Weather is quite pleasant throughout the year. Ooty has picturesque natural landscape that allures the nature lovers from all across the globe. The place boasts of a number of attractions such as lush gardens, aromatic tea estates, glittering lakes, gushing waterfalls, World Heritage Site of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and more. Apart from these, this charming hill station also has a significant number of vantage points. From these viewpoints one can get picturesque postcard views of Ooty landscape.

Trawell.in presents most popular viewpoints in Ooty here.

Doddabetta Peak

Situated at an altitude of 2623 m, Doddabetta is the highest point in Nilgiri Mountains located on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in Tamil Nadu. This is the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats. Doddabetta is the second highest peak in South India after Anamudi Peak near Munnar and also one of the top places to visit in Ooty.

Doddabetta

Visitors can get a panoramic view of the landscape, beautiful valleys, plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore from the peak.The tourism department of Tamilnadu manages a Telescope House in the Doddabetta Peak which gives a complete view of the surrounding landscape.With slightly stunted, rhododendron trees in the midst of thick coarse grass, flowering sub-alpine shrubs and herbs, Doddabetta is also one of the wonderful places of trekking in Ooty.

Wenlock Downs

Wenlock Downs is a spectacular meadow spread majestically across 20,000 acres of rolling lands that seems to be stretching endlessly. Covered with Shola forest, this is one of the popular viewpoints in Ooty and also one of the best Ooty tourist places. Along with Ooty Lake, this place is most commonly represented for Ooty Tourism.

More popularly known as the Shooting Point, Wenlock Downs has two popular filming points known as Sixth Mile and Ninth Mile. The peak offers breathtaking views of the Nilgiris and is one of the best places to watch the nature of Ooty. The view of a lake (formed by backwaters of Pykara) from Wenlock Downs is very scenic. The Wenlock Downs are perfect for walking and hiking trails amidst the pleasant Ooty weather conditions.

Ketti Valley View

Ketti Valley viewpoint is a popular vantage point situated on Ooty – Coonoor Road in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. It is one the most beautiful Ooty Sightseeing places. As the name suggests, the view point provides a panoramic view of the Ketti Valley, the largest valley in the Nilgiris, and its beautiful surroundings. Ketti Valley is home to several tribes, such as Todas and Badagas. There are over 14 villages in this valley that belong to the tribes of Badagas.

Ketti Valley

Also known as Switzerland of Nilgiris, the Ketti Valley is a heaven for nature lovers and photographers. The view of Ketti from the viewpoint is majestic and often compared to views of Switzerland. Nature lovers, adventurists, experience seekers and even casual travellers will love the view from this viewpoint. There is also a telescope room to get a closer view of the valley and its surroundings. This valley also houses a popular brand of the needle making industry, known as Pony Needles.

Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin’s Nose is one of the most spectacular viewpoints near Coonoor. The viewpoint has been named so, as the unique rock formation resembles the shape of the nose of a dolphin. Situated at an elevation of 1,000 feet above sea level, this is an enormous rock formation that is entirely unique. There are ravines on either side of Dolphin’s Nose, includes St. Catherine Falls and Coonoor stream meeting the Kotagiri stream. It offers breathtaking views of the magnificent Catherine Falls and is one of the top tourist places to visit in Ooty. Dolphin’s Nose is an ideal place for outdoor games, like boating and horse riding, as well as picnics. The best part of this spot is the hairpin turns and tea plantations on the way.

Lamb’s Rock

Lamb’s Rock is a popular viewpoint and tourist spot situated on the slopes of the Nilgiri Hills near Dolphin Nose in Coonoor. It was named after the then collector Captain Lamb who developed this place in his interest. Situated at an altitude of 5000 feet, Lamb’s Rock offers spectacular views of the lush forest, Nilgiri hills and coffee & tea estates. This viewpoint also provides some fascinating views of the Coimbatore Plains and the Coonoor hills. A trek through the lush tea gardens of Coonoor is the best way to reach the spot.

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All You Need to Know About World Heritage Mountain Railways of India

Apart from the rich connections with past’s cultures, monuments, and buildings, Heritage Mountain Railways of India are the popular heritage monuments in Indiawhich add to our country’s glamour quotient and draws tourists from across the world.The mountain railways in the hills emerged as a result of the delayed interest evinced during the British Raj for establishing control over the Himalayas and other mountain ranges of India. These trains offer a wonderful traveling experience as they pass through numerous mountain tunnels, over bridges, over curly tracks amid spectacular scenery. The Heritage Mountain Railways of India are not contiguous but consist of three separate railway lines located in different parts of the country; they are The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, The Nilgiris Mountain Railway and The Kalka Shimla Railway.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Built in 1881 over the beautiful hills of Darjeeling, the 2 feet narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway runs between Siliguri and Darjeeling. It is an 88 km long section and climbs up to 7200 feet where Ghum, India’s highest railway station, is situated. The original route made back in 1881 is still maintained in the same way it was back then with very little changes giving it a more antique feeling. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, the Darjeeling Railway was built by the British which is now being operated by Indian Railways. It is an amazing experience to ride on this toy trains powered by a steam engine even today.

Swirling through the lush green rolling hills of lower Himalayas in the state of West Bengal, the journey on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is one of the entrancing experiences for tourists from all over the world. Also known as Toy Train, this narrow gauge railway passes through thriving tea gardens, several riveting loops and reverses. The route from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling passes over 5 major and approximately 500 minor bridges. Just below Ghum is the Batasia Loop which on a clear day affords a panoramic view of Darjeeling town and spectacular view of Mount Kanchenjunga and the Himalayas.

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Ooty is an enchanting hill station situated in Tamil Nadu and also one of the popular honeymoon destinations in India. There are several tourist places to visit in Ooty. Of these, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam – Ooty is the most popular one and is listed as World Heritage Site. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a 46 km long and runs on 1000 mm gauge railway. The first section of the Nilgiri Railway up to Coonoor was completed in 1899 AD and was extended to Ooty in 1903 AD during British Raj.

Ooty Tourism

Ooty Toy Train, also known as Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train is one of the prime Ooty sightseeing places. Nilgiri Mountain Railway is the steepest mountain railway in India and is the only railways in India which use a rack and pinion system to climb the steep slopes. The train passes through 16 tunnels, over 250 bridges and around 205 sharp curves, with the magnificent scenery of the Nilgiri Hills along the way. Weaving amidst the forests, dark snaking tunnels, sharp bends, and passing through the stunning gorge, the Toy Train ride in the pleasant Ooty weather is a wonderful experience of lifetime and also one of the best ways to explore Ooty Tourism.

Kalka – Shimla Himalayan Railway

Shimla is a charming hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh and also one of the top hill stations near Delhi. Better known as the summer getaway for people from all across India, Shimla is blessed with several attractions. Of these, Kalka – Shimla toy train is the most sought after and mesmerizing places to visit in Shimla. The Kalka–Shimla toy train was built by the British in 1903 to provide access to their summer capital of Shimla and has been listed as a UNESCO Heritage site in 2008.

The 96 km train route passes through 102 tunnels, 864 bridges and an incredible 900 curves. There are more than 20 stations in this route. It connects Kalka at an altitude of 656 m to Shimla (2076 m). The longest tunnel 103, which stretches for more than a kilometer, is near the main railway station at Barog. The scenery is simply breathtaking as the train slowly winds its way through the upward track from Kalka to Shimla, through rugged mountains, waterfalls, tunnels and pine forests. The five hour journey is one of the best train journeys operated by Indian Railways. Toy train is the best mode of transport to explore the great Shimla Tourism, as the Shimla weather is pleasant throughout the year.

 

5 Fascinating Hill Stations in South India

 

 

South India is referred as the land of several beautiful and charming hill stations. Munnar, Ooty, Coorg, Wayanad and Kodaikanal are some of the top and famous hill stations situated in South India. These magical hill stations covered with dense forests, deep valleys, exotic scenery, misty hills, tea and coffee plantations and abundance of flora and fauna. These are most popular summer gateways in South India due to its pleasant weather. Blazing sun, scorching heat, humid climate and enormous sweating, Indian summer is just around the corner and is the time to escape the heat to the South India hill stations around.

Munnar

Munnar is a fascinating hill station located at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala in Kerala. Situated at an altitude of 6000 feet, Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in South India and also regarded as one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. This mesmerizing hill station is famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery and abundance of flora and fauna. Also known as Swiss of South India, Munnar was once the summer resort of the British Governors of South India and also one of most visited hill stations in Kerala. Mattupety Dam, Anamudi Peak, Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park, Top Station and Tea Museum are the top places to visit in Munnar. Munnar weather is pleasant throughout the year, while March to May is the peak season.

Ooty

 

Ooty or Udhagamandalam is one of the best hill stations in India. Often referred as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty was served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency during British Rule. Its rolling green hills and pleasant weather make it one of the best hill stations in South India after Munnar. Ooty is also one of the best hill resorts near Bangalore and also one of the top places to represent Tamilnadu Tourism. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, Doddabetta Peak, Emerald Lake, Pykara Dam & Falls, Avalanche Lake are the top tourist places to visit in Ooty. The narrow gauge Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must be experienced.

Coorg

Situated at an altitude of 1525 m on Western Ghats, Coorg is the most famous hill station in Karnataka and one of the best summer destinations in South India. Also referred as the Scotland of India, Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India and also one of the top hill stations near Mysore. Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination in South India. Raja seat, Abbey Falls, Irupu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Golden Temple at Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare the top attractions of Coorg Tourism. Coorg is also popular for its wildlife tourism which includes Pushpagiri Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Sanctuary and the Nagarhole National Park.

Wayanad

Also known as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad is a beautiful plateau situated at a height of 700 m – 2100 m above the sea level in the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala and also one of the top hill stations in South India. Wayanad is well-known for its rich tribal heritage, agricultural prosperity, lush green virgin forests, waterfalls and hill ranges. The district of Wayanad is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State, with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices and other condiments. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri, Chembra Peak, Lakkidi and Edakkal Caves are the must visit places of sightseeing in Wayanad.

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal, often referred as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’, is a beautiful hill resort situated on the southern tip of upper Palani hills in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Featuring unspoiled natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, glimmering lake and cool weather, Kodaikanal is one of the best hill stations in South India and also one of the top places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. Kodaikanal is not commercialized like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd. Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade and Pillar Rocks are the famous places to visit as part of Kodaikanal tour.

Explore 5 Beautiful Lakes in Ooty apart from Ooty Lake

Ooty

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Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a charming hill station in Tamil Nadu.Drenched with natural beauty, Ooty is one of the top hill stations in South India and also one of the top places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. Often referred as ‘Queen of Hills’, Ooty is a nature lovers paradise. The rolling hills, lush green vegetation and the misty landscapes attract everyone to this hill station. The pleasant Ooty weather and the verdant green surroundings make Ooty Tourism is extremely popular. Apart from Ooty Lake, this scenic hill station also boasts of several lakes which are the important places to visit in Ooty.

Trawell.in presents a list of some of Ooty’s popular lakes that you can visit on your next trip here.

Pykara Lake

Pykara Lake is a beautiful lake formed on the backwaters of Pykara Dam in Ooty. Pykara Dam built on Pykara River amidst dense forest is a beautiful destination offering breathtaking scenery. Pykara Lake is one of the top Ooty Tourist Places and an ideal place to experience beautiful boat ride.  Boating in the backwaters of Pykara Lake is a memorable experience and one can also catch a glimpse of wildlife like Elephants roaming on banks of the lake.

Emerald Lake
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Emerald Lake is serene lake with emerald blue waters in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. Situated amidst dense forests, it is one of the top Ooty Sightseeing places. The lake is part of the Silent Valley National Park situated on the way to Avalanche village. Due to the lush green surroundings, this lake shines in an emerald hue and is a beautiful sight to watch. There are various activities for tourists around this lake like trekking, fishing, bird-watching and boating.

Bellikkal Lake

Bellikkal Lake is a wonderful place amidst the lush greenery and appealing surroundings. This is a must see destination for tourists, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and honeymooners alike.The beautiful Bellikkal Lake is a preferred watering hole for many wild animals like elephants, tigers, bison, deer and bears. It is also a great place for bird watching because of varieties of birds like Shrikes, bulbuls, mourning doves, crow pheasants and woodpeckers are spotted here. One can also pot for adventure activities like Mountain biking and trekking.

Avalanche Lake
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Avalanche Lake, one of the best Ooty tourist places, is a mesmerizing lake formed naturally in the year 1823 due to a massive landslide (Avalanche). Surrounded by a rolling landscape with blooming flowers and rhododendrons, the lake is a heaven for nature lovers, as small waterfalls falling down from the encircling mountains creates a picture perfect ambience. This lake is mostly visited after monsoons as the high water level offers great opportunity for trout fishing. It is considered as one of the star attractions of Ooty tourism. This lake is the major source of water supply for the Kundah Hydro Power stations.

Kamaraj Sagar / Sandynalla Reservoir

Kamaraj Sagar, also known as Sandynalla Reservoir, is a manmade lake and is one of the most popular places to visit in Ooty. Situated on the way to Wenlock Downs & Pykara, the glittering waters and the serene location make it a heavenly place. This is a favorite haunt for the nature lovers as well as film makers. It is also a great fishing spot in Ooty.

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