OOTY is inhabited by the Thodas, the tribal people whose belief system and practices, centre on the buffalo. Today, however, only about 1500 Thodas remain. Much of Ooty is at the altitude of 2,286 meters above sea level. Its stunning beauty and splendid lush green valleys inspired the British to name it the “Queen of Hill Stations”. Lofty mountains, great lakes, dense forests, sprawling grasslands, miles of tea gardens and eucalyptus trees greet the visitors en route to Ooty. Ooty Botanical Gardens – The Botanical Garden is vibrantly green and well-maintained. The garden has a 20-million-year old fossilized tree. Ooty Lake & Boat House is an artificial lake built by John Sullivan. Centenary Rose Park – The garden has been beautifully laid out in terraces with rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers and the largest collection of roses in the country, hybrid tea roses, miniature rose, floribunda, ramblers and roses of unusual colours like black and green. Stone House was the first properly built house in Ooty, built by John Sullivan. Thoda huts – There are a few Toda huts on the hills above the Botanical Garden, where Thodas still dwell. Ooty Mountain Railway -The station is part of the World Heritage Sites. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the oldest mountain railways in India with steam locomotives. St. Stephen’s Church – This is one of the oldest churches in the town and is a local landmark. Ooty Golf Links -A forested and grassy area, it is home to a splendid golf course. Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak, situated at a height of 2623 meters in the Nilgiris.

 Nilgiri Mountain Railway

At the height of 2,600m stands Udhagamandalam (Ooty) The Queen of Hill Stations. The ‘Nilgiris toy train’ connect Ooty to mettupalayam, at the foot of the Nilgiris.The construction of this line was a big challenge as the terrain is rather tricky. It was in 1854 that the first plans were drawn to build a mountain railway from mettupalayam to the Nilgiri Hills. But it was a good 45 years later in 1899 that the first train chugged up this track. This railway is widely regarded as a marvel of engineering. The train itself is a charming blue and cream with wooden coaches and large windows. It is hauled up hills by stream engines, designed and built by the Swiss Locomotive Works. Twelve of such locomotive engines survive even today.

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 Doddabetta Peak

The Doddabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. It is merely 10kms from Ooty so you can simply grab your camera and head straight to the peak, and click amazing pictures of the valley below. On a clear day, which is honestly not that often, one can see far off areas, even the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore.hese gardens lie on the lower slopes of the Doddabetta peak, the highest point in Ooty. Another exotic garden found here is the Rose Gardens, situated about 3 to 4-km away from Charring Cross. They are spread over an area of 10 acres of land with 2000 variety of roses.

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 Avalanche lake ooty

Avalanche Located at a distance of 28 kms from Ooty. A beautiful lake surrounded by a thick shola where even sunlight cannot penetrate the thick foliage and the forests have an abundant with a wide variety of avifauna and it is a nature lover’s paradise. The lake is also used by tourists as a camp site wherein they pitch tents near the lake. Other tourist activities in the area include rafting across the lake and trekking the nearby hilly regions like Upper Bhavani where there are thick forests

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 Ooty Lake

From just behind the central Bus Stand (also near the Railway station) the famous Ooty Lake stretches, in an irregular ‘L’ shape, for about 2.75 kms in length and varying distances in width(100m – 40m). For the curious, this lake was artificially formed by John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty, in 1823-25 by damming the mountain streams flowing down Ooty valley.The lake which breached thrice, completely emptying itself, originally extended up to the present day market and ferries were used to get across one side to the other. The lake gradually shrunk in size giving place to the present racecourse, the bus stand and mini garden.

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 Ooty Government Rose Garden

Ooty Government Rose Garden, a very beautiful place in Ooty, for Rose lovers. A large variety of roses, spread across 4 hectares of land, is a very beautiful sight for the eyes. Formerly known as Jayalalithaa Rose Garden, Centenary Rose Park and Nootrandu Roja Poonga, the Government Rose Garden at Ooty is the largest Rose Garden in India.The Rose Garden is located on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty town. This rose garden was established in 1995 to commemorate the centenary Flower Show in Government Botanical Gardens, Udagamandalam.

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St. Stephen’s Church is prime tourist attraction in Ooty situated on the Ooty – Mysore Road, recognised as one of the oldest and ancient churches in the Nilgiris District and the first ethereal Christian Church to be erected in the Nilgiris. St. Stephen’s Church is a Gothic Church and is best known for its formidable and stunning colonial architecture seen only in Ooty and a few other places in India.

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