Ootacamund or Ooty is situated in the Blue Mountains of the Nilgiris. It is an amazing destination for a hill station and stands at a height over 2200 metres. The temperatures remain cool throughout the year and hence the name ” Queen of the Hills “. Ooty welcomes you with mesmerising meadows, soothing environment, a large slice of the British Raj, the Architectural Heritage. Travel down the heritage trail and discover the magic of ‘Snooty Ooty’.
We have listed down the must-visit places you should include in your itinerary:
The Fernhill palace was built in 1844 over a huge area of 50 acres of lush green gardens and eucalyptus trees. Once upon a time, it was the summer abode of the Wodeyars of Mysore. Today it is a restores heritage hotel, making up to the name it once had.
This is the highest mountain in the Nilgiris at a height of 2600 metres. There is a reserved forest area around the peak which has eucalyptus and rhododendron trees. There is an observatory atop the peak which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding areas.
This lake is surrounded by the green mountains whose reflection falls on the lake giving it that name ‘Emerald Lake’. The region here is known as the silent valley, which is about 25 km from Ooty city. The natural beauty in and around the lake is worth mentioning.
St. Stephen's Church
This is one of the oldest churches dating back to 1830. It was built by using wooden beams from Tipu Sultan’s palace in Mysore. The architect who built this was John James Underwood, who built this in Gothic style with stained glass windows depicting the crucifixion of Christ. There is a painting of the last supper put up there. It is a marvellous and breathtaking architectural marvel of the colonial times.
Featured Image Picture Credit: WH Fernhills Royaal Palace, Ooty
2/213, Hullathy Village,
The Nilgiris, Ooty – 643007, Tamilnadu