Ooty- The Queen of hills.

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Photo of Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Aastha Maheshwari

A flight from Hyderabad took us to Coimbatore and we pre-booked a cab to reach Ootacamund- The queen of hills. It is nestled in the lap of Nilgiri hills and offers stunning views of the tea gardens.

Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari

Where to stay in Ooty?

Ooty is a famous hill-station of South India and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. With a spike in the tourism of this quaint town, plenty of hotels and resorts have come up. They offer modern facilities combined with warm hospitality. Sterling fern hill Ooty and Sinclairs Retreat are favorites here. You can also book a cheap hotel in Ooty situated close to the bus stand or Ooty lake.

Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari
Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari
Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari

Where to eat in Ooty?

Being a Tamil town, you will find many restaurants in Ooty such as Adayar Ananda Bhawan serving South Indian meals such as dosa, idli, and appam along with North-Indian delights. Apart from these, you can also savor thin crust pizza at Nahar's sidewalk café. For a cup of hazelnut coffee, head to Willy's Café.

Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari
Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari
Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari

If you ask me about the places to visit in Ooty, I would suggest you the following places: -

1. The plunge of Pykara waterfalls

Photo of Pykara WaterFalls, Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Aastha Maheshwari

2. Witness wildlife at Mudumalai National Park

Photo of Mudumalai National Park, India by Aastha Maheshwari
Photo of Mudumalai National Park, India by Aastha Maheshwari

3. Boating in Avalanche Lake

Photo of Avalanche Lake, Tamil Nadu by Aastha Maheshwari

4. Picturesque Botanical garden

Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari

5. Ooty lake for some shopping

Photo of Ooty Lake, West Mere, Ooty, Tamil Nadu by Aastha Maheshwari
Photo of Ooty Lake, West Mere, Ooty, Tamil Nadu by Aastha Maheshwari

6. Stunning views of Western catchment

Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari

7. Pykara shooting point - Click as many pictures at this point. You will find hills, dense forest, and lush lawns here.

Photo of Pykara, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Aastha Maheshwari
Photo of Pykara, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India by Aastha Maheshwari

Tips: Hire a bike or car to roam like locals and click pictures wherever you feel like.

Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari

Even if you miss on any of the above places, don't leave these 'wow factor experiences'

Nilgiri Train Ride - Make your reservations well in advance to board this train from Udagamanglam to Mettupalayam. This is a distinct experience that you would not want to miss. Passing through the tunnels, over the old-age bridges, and opening up to tea gardens, this train journey is not an ordinary one.

Photo of Nílgiri, Jagathala, Tamil Nadu by Aastha Maheshwari

Photography at Indiranagar Post Office

On the way to Pykara falls, you will cross this spot where you can click beautiful pictures of horses, wooden houses, and incredible beauty.

Photo of Indiranagar Post Office, Indiranagar, Kallachi, Kerala, India by Aastha Maheshwari
Photo of Indiranagar Post Office, Indiranagar, Kallachi, Kerala, India by Aastha Maheshwari

Kurinji Flowers in Kallahatti Falls

It's a pure luck that you get to see this rare flower that blooms once in 12 years. I was lucky enough to witness these in the backyard of Taj Conoor.

Photo of Kalhatti Falls, Manchethevaru, Karnataka, India by Aastha Maheshwari

While coming back from Mudumalai National Park to Ooty, don't miss 36 hairpin bends in 40 kms that will definitely boggle your mind.

Now that you know that Ooty has a magic in it, go ahead and book your tickets to this town and take away a bunch of memories from here.

Photo of Ooty- The Queen of hills. by Aastha Maheshwari

This blog was originally published on Aastha In Wanderland.

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