A popular hill station in South India, Ooty is famous for its salubrious climate and unspoilt natural beauty; hence, it has earned the sobriquet – Queen of Hill Stations. Every year, it receives hordes of leisure travellers and honeymooners, who come here to spend some quality time in the lap of nature. Located at an elevation of approximately 2240 m, this small town is famous for lush tea plantations as well. It is home to the UNESCO-listed Nilgiri Mountain Railway and several scenic lakes.
Things to See and Do in Ooty
Besides admiring its natural beauty, travellers can visit a number of attractions here, such as Ooty Lake, Government Rose Garden, Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Emerald Lake, Avalanche Lake, Doddabetta and Stone House. Another interesting thing to do while here is to enjoy a ride on offer by the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Shopping in this town is best enjoyed at Lower Bazaar, Main Bazaar, Co-operative Super Market and Municipal Market. Besides locally made handcrafted items, tourists can make a purchase for different varieties of tea as well as Toda shawls, silver jewellery, chocolates and fresh honey.
How to Reach
The nearest domestic airport to this place is in Coimbatore while the nearest international airport is in Bengaluru. Both these airports receive regular flights from other parts of the country and beyond, respectively. The closest railway station to this town is in Mettupalyam, which is well-connect to cities like Chennai, Mysore, Coimbatore and Bengaluru. Bus services to this place are easily available from nearby cities like Bengaluru, Mysore and Chennai.
Travellers planning a holiday in this wonderful destination should make their bookings in advance, especially for accommodation since there is always a rush here. While booking for accommodation, one option worth considering is Hotel Lakeview Ooty.
Spread across an 8-acre land, Hotel Lakeview is one of the finest properties in the hill station of Ooty. It has 123 fully independent luxury cottages, which have been categorised as Villa, Suite, Deluxe and Executive Suite. Each of these beautifully designed guestrooms is equipped with modern amenities and includes a living-cum-dining room, private garden, bedroom, fire place and on open deck overlooking either the lake or valley.
Besides in-room amenities, it offers other facilities like express laundry, 24 hours security, currency exchange, safe deposit lockers and high speed Wi-Fi. The travel desk at the property arranges for local sightseeing tours on request, besides offering car rental service. Bonfire and barbeque are organised at the property on request. There are indoor and outdoor recreation facilities at the property as well as a separate playground for children.
There is a restaurant in the premises called The Supper Club, where choicest of Indian, Continental and Chinese delicacies are served. In-room dining service is available from 6:30 am to 10 pm. There are four conference spaces at the property, namely The West Hall, The Kings Hall, The Orchid Hall and The Queens Hall. These are regularly used for hosting meetings, private functions and other celebrations.
Hotel Darshan Ooty is another fantastic accommodation to opt for when on a vacation in this hill town. This hotel offers accommodation in different categories, namely Executive Room, Darshan Suite, Prince Suite, Standard Room, Super Deluxe and Mini Suite. Each of its room feature amenities, including telephone, hair dryer, LCD TV and wardrobe.
In addition to room amenities, guests can avail other facilities on offer at the hotel, such as 24 hours room service, doctor on call, laundry, Wi-Fi, ticket booking, driver accommodation and parking. There is a pure vegetarian restaurant at the premises, where South Indian and North Indian delicacies are served.