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                          Ooty, the Scotland of the East, is one of the most exotic holiday destinations in Tamil Nadu, South India. The most beautiful and picturesque hill station of South India, Ooty is popularly known as the Queen of the Blue Mountains or Queen of Hill Stations among the tourists. The presence of large number of tea estates classifies Ooty as the land of tea gardens. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The major attractions of Ooty are The Botanical Garden, Ooty Lake, Wenlock Downs etc. The other adventure here is climbing up on the highest peak in the Blue Mountains at 8,606 ft-Doddabetta where the Eastern and the Western Ghats merge. Ooty organizes a number of carnivals all through the year. The most popular among them are the annual Tea and Tourism Festival in January, Bookkapurma Mariamman an annual festival and the Ooty Mariamman in April and May attracts crowds in huge numbers. Various Boat Races, Summer Festival and Dog Shows are organized during the festivals.

                                            How to reach  

 By Air

  The nearest airport is at Coimbatore, 100km from Ooty. Coimbatore is connected to Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.  

By Rail  

  Nearest broad gauge railway head is Mettupalayam (46 kms). Major broad gauge railway junction is Coimbatore. It is connected with all major cities. A Mountain Railway that takes 4 hours for journey connects Mettupalayam to Ooty.  

By Road  

  Ooty is connected to other parts of the country with good roads. Regular bus services are there from and to Ooty.  

                                     Places to Visit  

  Botanical Gardens  

  The Government Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1847, is the most beautiful jewel on the crown of the "Queen of Hill Stations". Well over 650 species of plants are in the garden and the fossil of a tree trunk believed to be 20 million years old is preserved here. The garden spread over 22 hectares has lush green lawns, six sections comprising varieties of tree species, variety of ferns, fashioned beds, an Italian formal garden, flowering plants, house ferns, orchids and nurseries.  

  Ooty Lake  

  The major tourists spot is Ooty Lake, which is at about 1-km of distance. It is an artificial lake constructed by John Suvillian, the first Collector and virtual founder of Ooty in 1824. You can enjoy boating in this beautiful lake every day from 8 am to 6 pm.  


  The main adventure here is climbing up on the highest peak in the Blue Mountains at 8,606 ft-Doddabetta where the Eastern and the Western Ghats merge.  

  Wenlock Downs  

  Wenlock Downs is the most popular picnic spot in Ooty, stretched over an area of about 20,000 acres  

  The Mountain Railway  

  This railway which starts from Mettupalayam at the foot of the hills takes its course through a rugged and densely woodded mountain terrain.the entire line to Ooty is punctuated by long and eerie tunnels piercing through the mountains, numerousbridges over deep ravines and gushing mountain streams,perilous gorges and precipitous cliffs. Runnymedu railway station 6 kms off Coonoor in the Mettupalayam side is a nice picnic spot from where one can treck down to waterfalls, tea gardens and sholas nearby.  

  Ninth mile and Sandy Nallah  

  Other popular picnic spots are Ninth mile and Sandy Nallah. These spot are frequently used for film shoots.  

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