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Enchanting Ooty Hill Station

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If you want to see queen of hill stations, visit Ooty hill station!

Nestled in the hills of the Nilgiris or the Blue Mountains, is the enchanting town of Udhagamandalam or Ooty as it is popularly known. This small hill town is a must see for any tourist looking for a weekend getaway. If the leave is for an extended time, no sweat at all. For the gems located nearby Ooty hill station are a perfect answer.

The Nilgiris have been so named because the hillside bursts with the blue flower of Kurunji every 12 years. And it is a sight to behold! The town is well connected, with the airport at Coimbatore, just 80 km away.

The main rail head is at Mettupalayam from where one can easily board the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The only rack railway of India, goes all the way to Ooty hill station and the journey, though long and tedious, is a real pleasure as it winds its way through the beautiful hilly landscape.

Once in Ooty, a wide choice of hotels and lodges are available for one and all. One can pick the Destiny Farm Stay with a Double Room priced at Rs 7088 or a Superior Double Room priced at Rs 7977. The hotel is ideally located to most popular spots in the town, provides free breakfast, free Wi-fi, laundry services, and has restaurant and room service options.

Another popular hotel is the Sinclairs Retreat whose Double Room with breakfast comes for Rs 3600, a Deluxe Double Room for Rs 4000, and Premier Room for Rs 4050. The resort has a spa, a wellness centre, swimming pool, sauna and mineral bath. Other services include parking facility, Wi-Fi, room service, and 24-hour help desk. Mount ‘n’Mist is another such hotel offering Deluxe rooms for INRs 2147, Executive Suite for Rs 3325, and Queen Suite for Rs 4295. This hotel offers bicycles on rental and has provision for kid’s club and tennis court in addition to the other facilities.

For the low budget traveler, Hotel Lakeview is a good option whose options are Deluxe cottages for Rs 1824 and Executive Double Room for Rs 2200.

Of course, in May-June, which is the peak season, the prices of all hotels also peak and might cost another Rs1000 or Rs 2000 more according to the hotel standard.

Ooty has a wonderful array of delights which suit the shutterbugs and the selfie-brigade perfectly. The Botanical Gardens has a wide variety of flowers and trees that can satisfy the sights of any nature lover. The annual Flower festival is held in May and there is a surge of tourists then.

Another must visit is the Lake, where there are a wide variety of activities line up. The Toy Train ride there is for everyone. There are a few adventure sport activities for the adventurous, park for kids, a food court, boat rides of various kinds, and of course horse rides.

Just above the lake is a Tread Garden which has won world acclaim. A small garden is designed inside that is fully made of threads – the flowers, plant, leaves, vines etc. You can also buy souvenirs there.

Another thing that comes in the tourist circuit is Doddabetta Peak, the highest peak in the Nilgiris. A Telescope House has been set up there through which the entire view of Ooty and nearby points of interest can be sighted.

Ooty hill station has other gems on offer. So, it can be a visit to the Tea Factory and Museum; the Wax Museum which houses lifelike wax figures of popular figures; and the Chocolate Museum which shows the journey of chocolates in addition to a wide variety of chocolates for sale.

If you are lucky, you can also watch the horse races held at the racing tract nearby and if you want to, can place a bet or two. Then there is golf course for the putting experts.

For the avid nature lovers, two must visits include the Emerald Lake and Avalanche Lake and Upper Bhawani Lake. These lie on the outskirts of the main town. Emerald Lake is serene and peaceful, as not too many people know of its existence. The other two lakes are quite a distance away. They are an eco-tourism spot and only Forest Department vehicles are allowed to go there.

All in all, a short trip to the delightful town is just what the doctor prescribed when one wants to be in nature’s lap for a few days, away from the humdrum of everyday life.

(c) Sujata Chhetri Banerjee

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