Friday, January 29, 2010

Ooty...hill station with myriad aspects

Ooty is undoubtedly one of the most sought after holiday destinations in South India. Geographically situated in Nilgiri district and at a distance of almost 100 kms from Coimbatore, Ooty has earned the sobriquet Queen of hill stations.

If you are sick and tired of the day to day hue and cry and the same old routine, pack your bags, get hold of your jacket and head towards Ooty. A typical hill station with green hills and soothing sights, it further offers visitors the option to raise their adrenaline level with various adventure sports like Trekking and Hang-Gliding,

A vacation in Ooty is incomplete without a visit to certain places like the Botanical Gardens, the Government Museum, Kalhatty Falls, Ooty Lake, Tea and Tourism Festival and so on.

The Botanical Garden of Ooty is a popular tourist destination with an area of 50 acres at the lower slopes of the Dodabetta Peak. As the name suggests, it is a storage of a rich variety of trees and plants. Bird lovers love to go there as it is home to several native and migratory birds. Here it is important to mention that Dodabetta Peak is the highest point in Ooty and offers a superb view from the top.

If you are interested in the origin of the place and its people, there is no better place than the Government Museum. Set up in 1989, this depository of art and craft of Tamil Nadu is beneficial in educating the visitors about the aforesaid areas.

The Ooty Lake is a serene creation that dates back to 1825 and is a must see in an Ooty tour. An artificial lake, it was originally built to facilitate irrigation. But now one can enjoy boating and fishing here on a holiday.

The Kalhatty falls, otherwise known as Kalahasti falls is a awesome location situated at about 13 kms from Ooty. Here the down rush of water is from a height of 122 m.

The setting up of abundant tea estates in Ooty has put it at par with Assam and Darjeeling when it comes to the Tea and Tourism Festival. Travelling to Ooty during this fiesta gives tea connoisseurs a treat to remember. A sip of the wonderful tea amidst the pastoral surroundings is bound to pump up the minds and spirits of the attendees.

This is not all that Ooty offers, adventure seekers can do a bit of trekking as well in the Nilgirs. Ooty provides trekking routes that differs in terms of altitudes, terrain and distance. Moreover, hang-gliding enthusiasts can avail the facility of getting trained during training camps that runs between March to May every year.

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