Ooty is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats of TamilNadu. It was formerly known as Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam, now abbreviated as Ooty, shares its climate with England. It is also famous as ‘Queen of Hill stations’.
A cool breeze always pervades Ooty, attracting lot of tourists and providing a soothing atmosphere. This city is very well connected to other cities nearby like Coimbatore, Mysore and Bangalore. Bangalore to Ooty Distance is about 300km.The Nilgiri ghat roads make the journey very exciting and travelling on a bike or a motorcycle rented from Ziphop.in in Bangalore just adds to the adventure quotient.
Bangalore to Ooty
There are two routes to reach Ooty from Bangalore. One is through Mysore ( Route A / SH17 ), and the other through Kanakapura and Chamarajanagar ( Route B ).Both these finally join at a border town in Karnataka known as Gundlupet, before entering TamilNadu. From here forest range starts between Karnataka and TamilNadu states. On the Karnataka side the forest range is called as Bandipur National Park while the TamilNadu side is called as Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. You can catch a delight of watching spotted deers, langurs, bisons, mountain squirrels, elephants etc. crossing the road during your ride.
After entering TamilNadu you reach a place called Theppakadu which is a junction having two routes to Ooty. One is from Masinagudi and the other is from Gudalur. Both finally merge some 6 kilometres before Ooty town then take you straight to Ooty.
Where to stay
There are lot many options to choose from hotels to luxurious suites in mesmerizing Ooty. Sinclair’s Retreat at Gorishola road, Fair stay Holiday Resort, Taj Savoy Hotel near government museum are few best options. If you are looking for villas, cottages and homestays, Modern Villa, Glyngarth Villa, West Nature cottage and Destiny farm stay are the one. Many budget hotels as well as lodges are also available at your service.
Where to eat
The flavours of Tamil Nadu are predominant here in Ooty, So is seen in the delicious vegetarian Thali, South Indian and vegan fast food offered by Adyar Ananda Bhawan and Pankaj bhojnalaya. Chinese food lovers can check in to Shinkow’s or Jade Garden Chinese restaurants. Side walk café at Charring cross and Place to Bee at Club road serve the best Vegetarian Italian and fusion cuisine. Earl’s Secret, Amma’s Kitchen and Hyderabad Biryani House serve biryani and other tandoori as well as non-vegetarian items.
Ooty is famous for its homemade chocolates, tea and coffee cakes and other baked items, which are available in abundance all over the town but the best quality, are at Cocoa pods and Willy’s coffee pub.
What to see
Botanical Garden a terraced and landscaped garden having many themes, Rose Garden having an astonishing 2800 biggest collection of roses in the country and Sim’s Park having over 1000 species of plants are a must see in Ooty . St Stephan’s Church, a small church built in Gothic style is of the oldest structures in Ooty.
What to do
Ooty Lake and Pykara falls are famous for boating, toy train, pony ride etc. Doddabetta viewpoint involves a mini trek where the motor able road ends. Ooty has several tea gardens where you can see the processing and can buy many varieties of flavoured as well as natural tea. Deer park close to the Ooty Lake has Sāmbhar and Chital types of deer as well as rabbits and water birds.