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Ooty – the most scenic hill station on south India

Ooty is one of the most beautiful places in south India that you should definitely visit. This stunning hill station is located in the Nilgiri districts of Tamil Nadu and is one of the most famous and most visited places in this south Indian state. Ooty is also known as Udagamandalam, Udhagai in the local regions, although the real name of this quaint hill station is Ootacamund. The beauty of this hill station is so charming that during the British rule in India, this was the most visited summer getaway by the East India company officials.

Ooty is one of teh most beautiful hill stations in south India

Ooty is one of teh most beautiful hill stations in south India

It is not without any reason that Ooty is called the queen of hill stations in south India. it is a paradise for nature lovers with acres of tea plantations and surrounding lush green vegetation. The towering hills all around add to the beauty of this hill station. The charm of this small hill station in the south is such that it is also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. Honeymooners visit this hill station for some privacy which is mostly absent in the hill stations of the north due to the huge number of tourists flocking for a glimpse of the Himalayan mountain range.

The hills of Ooty is not as majestic or snow covered like the himalyan range but nevertheless the Nilgiri hills of the Easterns Ghats are no less in beauty. Since Ooty is such a popular tourist destination, it is very well connected to most major cities of India and extremely well connected to all parts of Tamil Nadu. There are trains and buses as well as hired cars that you can avail to reach Ooty. You can also opt for flights through Coimbatore, which is the nearest airport. When in Ooty you should definitely try the toy train. The ride is on the toy train amongst the beautiful surroundings is a memorable experience unto itself.

toy train ride in Ooty is a memorable experience

toy train ride in Ooty is a memorable experience

There is no dearth of places to stay in Ooty, given the number of tourists visiting this place. For Ooty places to stay you can consult the Internet. The best locations are taken up by the Tamil Nadu tourism guest houses and tourist lodges. Hence if you can book on of these, you would be able to get good views of the exquisite locales of Ooty. There are also ample numbers of private budget hotels as well as luxury star resorts.

The charming south Indian hill station – Ooty

Located in the enchanting Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu is the queen of hills in south India, Ooty. The official name of Ooty is Ootacamund but it is also known as Udhagai and Udagamandalam. This hill station is most famous for the tea estates and plantations located here but the beauty of Ooty is what attracts tourists from all parts of the world to return again and again. There are beautiful picturesque landscapes, lofty towering hills and miles of greenery spread all around with the tea plantations as well as dense lush green forests. Situated at an altitude of 2240 meters above the sea level, the weather of Ooty remains pleasant throughout the year.

the mile of greenery in Ooty

the mile of greenery in Ooty

Such is the charm of this small quaint hill station that many people of India plan their honeymoon to this place as well. The reason is that this charming hill station provides the privacy along with romanticism and beauty all in a package deal. The privacy part is absent in most hill stations in India due to the crowds that flock to hill stations. Ooty receives quite an amount of crowd of tourists too but it is lesser than the hills stations of the north. You have to experience the beauty of Ooty to believe it. It is not without any reason that Ooty was a favorite getaway destination for the British during the summer months in India.

Ooty is well connected via road and railway to all parts of India. You can also fly in through the Coimbatore airport, which is the nearest airport to Ooty. While in Ooty make sure you ride the toy train of Ooty that connects this lovely hill station to the town of Mettupalayam. For local sightseeing in Ooty you can hire a car and for accommodation you do not need to worry about a thing. Ooty is as safe as it can be and there are ample places to stay in Ooty. You can choose from the private budget hotels to the luxurious resorts located in the laps of the mountains. The views from most hotels are awesome due to the locations.

the location of a Ooty hotel

the location of a Ooty hotel

The best locations are however, taken up by the government tourist lodges and hence if you can get a place in one, you would never forget the experience. But for getting government tourist lodge accommodation, you have to book in advance. Even if you do not get it, there is no dearth of Ooty places to stay. 

Stunning hill station in south India – Coorg

In India, the northern part is more famous for hill stations than the southern part. The reason is obviously the presence of the majestic Himalayan mountain range. But with the beautiful Western Ghats as the backdrop, Coorg of south India is also a stunning and famous hill station. Located in the state of Karnataka, tourists from all over the world and India visit Coorg to relax in the laps of nature. Also known as Kodagu locally, Coorg is sparsely populated and is famous for its coffee plantation as well. Hence if you planning to visit south India make sure you include Coorg in your tour itinerary.

stunning Coorg

stunning Coorg

Coorg or Kodagu is extremely rich in wildlife with a national park, the Rajiv Gandhi National Park also known as the Nagarhole National Park and three big wildlife sanctuaries in Pushpagiri, Brahmagiri and Talakaveri. It is indeed a paradise for nature lovers where you can not only relax rest and rejuvenate amongst nature but can also experience the wildlife of south India. Coorg is also one of the richest places in India due to the revenue generated from coffee plantation. Kodagu is after all second largest producer of coffee in India after Chikkamagaluru. There are also a few temples and a fort that you can visit in Coorg.

There are a few beautiful falls too, which are of course signature of Western Ghats, in Coorg. Three of the most popular falls that you should definitely visit when you are in Coorg are the Mallalli falls, Iruppu falls and Abbey falls. Also do not miss the sunset or the sunrise or both from the Raja’s seat, which also has a musical fountain display in the evenings and a toy train ride. For activities, you can go trekking since Coorg is one of the best places for trekking in south India with many trails leading to some exquisite view points.

beautiful waterfall in Coorg

beautiful waterfall in Coorg

Due to the many tourists visiting Coorg every year, there are many places to stay in Coorg. There are budget private hotels, luxurious resorts as well as tourist lodges and guest houses in this stunning southern hill station. It goes without saying that the government tourist lodges are situated in the most scenic places but there are some resorts and private hotels in beautiful places as well. Just make sure you book in advance to get accommodation in the best possible places within your budget range.