Ooty is a popular summer and weekend spot for the British and was made into a summer administrative town. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 feet) above sea level.
Tourist Attractions In Ooty
- Deer Park
- Fernhills palace
- Government Botanical Garden
- Government Rose Garden
- Ooty Botanical Gardens
- Ooty Golf Course
- Ooty Lake
- Ooty Mountain Railway
- St.Stephen’s Church
- Stone House
- Toda huts
- Tribal Museum
- Wax World
The Deer Park is a high altitude Zoo (at 2,240 meters above MSL) with 22 acres as coverage area by the side of the Ooty lake. This was established in 1986 and maintained by the Forest Department of Tamil Nadu. The Deer Park has a variety of deer species including Sambar Deer and Cheetal Deer. It also has other smaller wild life like hares, rabbits, birds etc.
Ooty Botanical Gardens
The Ooty Botanical Gardens was structurally designed and laid out in the year 1847. It is well maintained by the Government of Tamil Nadu and attracts large number of tourists for its lush green environment with thousands of species of plants and trees. One important attraction is the 20 million year old fossilized tree.
Government Rose Garden
This beautiful rose garden is formerly known as the Nootrandu Roja Poonga, Centenary Rose Park and Jayalalitha Rose Garden. This Rose Garden has a collection of around twenty thousand varieties of roses. Many of them are intentionally bred varieties.
Ooty Golf Course
Ooty is a perfect place for trekking, adventure sports like hang gliding. Kalahatty is a beautiful hang gliding spot, which is just 20 kms away from Ooty. Ooty Golf Course has 18 holes in a 193 acre spread at an altitude of 7600 feet.
Heavens are reflected in the pristine pure waters of this lake! Ooty Lake was designed and built by John Sullivan in 1824. The down flowing waters of the streams of the Ooty Valley replenish this lake which has a railway line on one of its banks. The 65 acre lake has a Boat House that is a main attraction to the tourists.
Ooty Mountain Railway
The colonial British built the Nilgiri Mountain railways in 1908. Originally, this was run by the Madras Railway Company and now run by the Salem Division of Indian Railways. In 2005, UNESCO declared the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as a World Heritage Site. The path . . . .
St. Stephen’s Church
Stephen Rumbold Lushington, the then Governor og Madras laid the foundation for the Cathedral on 23 April 1829. John James Underwood was the architect. It was consecrated on 05 November 1830 by the Bishop of Calcutta, John Matthias Turner. In 1947, the Church came under the Church of South India (CSI).
The natives of Ooty call this as “Kal Bangala”, which means “Stone Mansion” in English. John Sullivan built this in 1822 and currently functions as the official residence of the Prinicpal of the Ooty Government Arts College.
Todas are the natives of Ooty. Even though the Todas have stopped living in their traditional barrel-vaulted huts, there are some forty huts still stand witness to the Toda culture. These Toda Huts can be found on the hills above the Botanical Garden.
The Tribal Research Centre houses this Tribal Museum in Muthorai Palada which is 10 Kms from Ooty. It houses rare aritifacts and photos of the tribal groups of Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. One can see a variety of model houses on the traditions of Toda, Kota, Paniya, Kurumba and Kanikarans.
The life like wax statues are real attraction for the tourists. It is functioning from a 142 year old bungalow in the Ooty-Coonoor Road.