Ooty -The Queen of Hill Stations in India
May 7, 2019
by Swarnambal John
Located at the height of 2240ft in the Western Ghats of South India Ooty is considered to be the queen of hill stations in India. Conifers, pine, eucalyptus, wattle, tea and coffee plantations dot the mountains of Western Ghats, and they look as though they’ve been covered by a blanket of green gemstones. A trip to Ooty during my college years along with my friends and teachers is etched in my memory in golden letters.
Are you planning a trip to this beautiful hill station? Here are six breathtaking spots that will make you to celebrate Mother Nature in her pristine glory.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
The toy train that belongs to the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a highlight of the visit to the Ooty. Opened in 1899 the railway has bagged the UNESCO Heritage site title. The Quaint toy train pulls cream and blue wooden carriages. As you travel in this old fashioned train, you can have a glimpse of the rocky terrain, tea plantations, thickly forested hills and ravines.
Delight your senses by paying a visit to the Ooty rose garden. Containing more than 20,000 varieties of roses the rose garden is a vast expanse filled with flowers of all hues, colors, and sizes spreading their fragrance in the misty air. This beautiful garden belongs to an elite club of 35 rose gardens around the world. Also, The World Federation of Rose Societies has granted Ooty rose garden the Garden of Excellence Award for South Asia.
Serene and beautiful away from the maddening crowd the Emerald lake is situated in a deep forest in Ooty. It is one of the virgin and unexplored places of this South Indian hill station. The emerald blue water of the lake and the surrounding greenery are home to various types of flora and fauna. You can enjoy mountain biking and trekking along the sides of the Emerald lake to have a glorious view of the valley.
Located on the low lying slopes of the Doddabetta peak the botanical gardens are a sight to behold. Sprawled over an area of 22 acres the garden has been entertaining both local and foreign tourists for over 160 years. A stunning array of orchids, ferns and a variety of flowers greet you with astounding natural beauty. The garden is home to some rare and exotic plants. The monkey puzzle tree, cork tree, paperbark tree and an old fossilized tree that is estimated to be 20 million years old live happily in the secure confines of botanical gardens. The best time to visit the garden is the opening time around 7 a.m.
Mudhumalai National Park
Declared a tiger reserve the Mudhumalai National park is situated in the Northeast of Nilgiri mountain. It houses many endangered species such as the long-billed vulture, Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, white-rumped vulture, and the Indian elephant. The best season to visit the park is from February to June because you’ll have a glimpse of the rare and exotic animals coming to the water holes to quench their thirst. The trees will be in full bloom, and you’ll find many migratory birds during this season.
Come and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of the Queen of hill stations. You’ll not only have golden memories as a payback but also enhanced health and wellness.