Ooty is on almost every South Indian travel list of hill stations. Several of them may have visited it many times over. But here are some best locations that you should not miss out.
In an isolated part of the Nilgiri plateau the Toda Hills run into miles of green slopes. The Toda tribe resides here. They follow an interesting culture and are famous for their ‘doglas’ which are their homes. These unique structures are in the shape of half-barrels and located along the slopes of the Toda Hill. The people of the tribe herd buffalos and design intricate embroidery.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway:
A UNESCO site, the Ooty Mountain Railways run a toy train from Ooty to Mettupalyam. The journey in this vintage train is unforgettable and the scenic sights of nature along the way breath-taking.
Located around 19 kilometres from Ooty, the Pykara River is mesmerizing. The Toda tribe hold the river in reverence and the area surrounding it is rife with wildlife. The beautiful river flows down as Pykara falls.
Prior permission from forest officials is necessary to visit the Porthimund Lake as it forms part of a reserve forest. This picturesque place gained more popularity through the movie Roja.
Another attraction situated in the forest reserve, Parsons Valley can be called a hidden gem. This valley is the main source of water supply to Ooty. With prior permission house stay option in this picture perfect jungle is available.
Mukurthi National Park:
Built to protect the Nilgiri Tahr, this National Park is the first international Biosphere Reserve in India. The park is on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats and is indeed a must visit.
Earning the name from its green waters the lake reflects the surrounding lush green reserve forests. The lake winding in between the forests is a sight you will not want to miss. Climb up the dam close by and get ready to be bowled over by the vast expanse of natural beauty.
A few miles from Emerald Lake is another natural beauty, the Avalanche Lake. It runs between miles of sloping grasslands and tall forest trees and is a sight to behold.
Re-visit Ooty if you have missed out on all these beautiful locations. Be ready to let Ooty charm you all over again.