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Tourist Places To Visit In Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Having consistently pleasant weather even during summers, Ooty makes up for a fantastic tourist destination. Located at the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka, the hill station is nestled amidst the Nilgiri Hills offering lush green views. This place is the ultimate heaven for nature lovers, trekkers and wanderers. Here are few of our must visit tourist-places picks for you to have an amazing and exciting trip to Ooty.
The lakes of Ooty will always be dear to travelers who visit the hill station. The Avalanche Lake garnered its name after a landslide in the 1800’s. It is rich in flora and one can find flowers like magnolias, orchids, and rhododendrons around here. You can also indulge yourself with trout fishing beside trekking and camping.
The double cascading waterfall stands about 250 ft. tall in Kotagiri. It is the second highest waterfall in the Nilgiri district. Another name given to Catherine waterfalls is Gaddhehaada Halla, which meaning ‘Foothills Dale River’. This is the place for all photo enthusiasts. Take your camera out, set your exposures and shoot the wonder.
Just 19 kilometres from Ooty lies Pykara village, through it flowing the Pykara river (worshipped by the Toda community), feeding numerous waterfalls along the way. Go to Pykara to enjoy the river. Stop at the last two falls - falling from a height of 55 and 61 meters respectively. These are the Pykara falls. You can also head to the boat house at Pykara reservoir.
As the name suggests, the Hidden Valley is a bit far removed from the views of the tourist. One must trek through an exciting route to get to this lush green valley for a relaxing day amidst nature. Eat at one of the fine dining restaurants here; the pumpkin panzarotti at Overture is recommended. And spend the rest of the day sipping some wine.
Glenmorgan Tea Estate
Glenmorgan is the name of a village situated around 25 km from Ooty. It is one of the oldest tea estates in the region. As the name suggests, it is a must visit for the tea lovers. Others can enjoy a stroll through nature here. You could learn the art of plucking the perfect tea leaves while enjoying the panoramic view of the village.
St. Stephen’s Church
Back in 1829, the then Governor of Ooty declared to build a church exclusively for the Britishers there. It was constructed by J.J Underwood and cost about Rs. 24,000/- then. It is known for its architectural beauty and holds importance as a coveted top tourist spot in Ooty.