Ooty is one of the famous tourist destinations for honeymooners, the shooting spot for so many movies and the highest peak in Tamil Nadu. It’s located in western Ghats covered in eucalyptus, Pine trees, Coffee and Tea plantations. Quaint bungalows and heritage buildings reflect Ooty’s colonial past and makes it an ever-growing and popular holiday destination in southern India. After a good research on hill stations finally I planned to visit Ooty in the month of Nov 2019.
There are two main routes to Ooty from Bangalore.
1)Bangalore --> Ramnagara --> Mandya --> SriRangapattna --> Mysore --> Nanjangud --> Gundlupet --> Bandipur --> Masinagudi --> Ooty ( Approx 265 Kms)
2)Bangalore --> Ramnagara --> Mandya --> SriRangapattna --> Mysore --> Nanjangud --> Gundlupet --> Bandipur --> Mudumalai --> Gudalur --> Ooty ( Approx 296 Kms)
Route 2 is less steep and takes you through the Tamil Nadu version of the Bandipur forest (Mudumalai Forest). So, your chances of encountering wild animals are more.
Both the route however, goes through Bandipur Forest, where elephants, deer’s, boars etc are common sight.
Best time to Visit Ooty:
The months from April to June and September to November are good for sightseeing. The region sees heavy rainfall between July to September that might disrupt plans of travelling around.
Duration of the trip:
One can't define the number of days to completely see this heaven but 2-3 days should be enough to cover the major attractions.
Major Attractions in Ooty:
There are lots and lots of tourist places to see around Ooty. It's best to list all the places that you'd like to visit before you start your travel in order to make the most out of your trip. Popular tourist destinations that i covered in Ooty are:
1. Doddabetta Peak
2. Ooty Lake
3. Botanical Garden
4. Toy Train
5. Shooting Point
6. Ooty Tea Factory
Doddabetta Peak is the highest point in the hill station at a height of 2623m above the sea level. This peak offers a scenic view of the valley around it. The place also offers hot pakoras, bread Omelets, Maggi among other things to enjoy with the tea. Do not forget to click some memorable photographs here. On a clear day, the views are even more mesmerizing. There is also a Telescope house (with 2 telescopes) at the Peak, managed by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation so that the tourists can get a better view from the top.