Ooty 280 km, 7-hour drive
Further southwest of Bangalore cradled within the blue-hills of the Nilgiris, stands Ooty, Queen of Hill-stations, at an elevation of 7350 feet. The highest peak of the Nilgiri hills, Doddabetta overlooks the town from an elevation of 8650 feet and is a popular tourist attraction. It lies en route to the tea estates of Kotagiri. Kotagiri at an elevation of 5890 feet is fast becoming an alternative holiday spot to Ooty, especially in the summer months with traffic snarls on the road to Ooty last hours, and the roads in town are jammed will holidaymakers. The Mudumalai and Bandipur National Parks lie en route from Bangalore and are popular overnight stops. Ooty is renowned for her tea estates and colonial aura, especially its finger licking confectionery and chocolates. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a rare attraction, and one can take a ride on it down to the Mettupalayam, or Coonoor at an elevation of 6000 feet which is another popular hill station near Ooty. Shooting Point with its lush green pastures is a popular excursion, as it the beautiful Avalanche lake in the Western Catchment. The Emerald Lake some 25 km from Ooty, is alovely picnic spot. The Ooty Lake with its boat rides, the Botanical and Rose gardens, Wenlock Downs and the Pine Forest are other favoured sights. Ooty host the Tea and Tourism Fair in January, and the Nilgiri Summer Festival in May. The Summer Festival includes individual flower, rose, vegetable, fruit and spice shows, cultural programs, painting competitions, boat races, a marathon, a boat pageantry, a dog show, a vintage car rally, a tour of heritage buildings and an eco-trekking tour.
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The best time to visit is March through June, and September through November
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