What makes Ooty the favorite summer holiday destination?

Ooty is the Sachin Tendulkar of hill stations. Everyone loves it, irrespective of the age, caste or gender. This South Indian holiday destination is one fabulous place which bridges the geographical divide between the south and the north, making people from as far as Delhi and Rajasthan to fly away into the nature-filled arms of the Nilgiris.

doddabetta ooty

Ooty has, for many, become synonymous with memories, with childhood, with solitude, with nostalgia. You can move around with your family in Ooty (there are countless places to visit in Ooty for family), you can take a hike with friends, you can go for trekking or camping with a bunch of backpackers, and you could simply climb over to the Dodabetta (the highest peak in the region) and stare eye-to-eye at the sinking sun. But when you need some private time out, then Ooty will lend you that solitude which is so hard to find in our metro cities. Ooty shall withdraw itself and leave you amidst your most intimate soliloquies so that you can reflect about life and about olden times.

StStephens Church Ooty

As for the sightseeing attractions, Ooty serves you a dollop of romance with lakes like the Emerald and Ooty Lake. Its tranquil gardens like the Botanic Gardens hold a number of attractions to marvel at. Avalanche Lake is another tourist spot and the good old Stone House can give your cameras some vintage fodder. St. Stephen’s Church has a warm endearing quality about it. It is an old church and its unassuming yet daunting build can hold your hands and take you back to the old era.

Romantic honeymoon packages are churned out by holiday planners keeping in mind the various needs of the tourists. Without having to overspend and without having to hassle yourself, you can go for this trip. It will be a simple promenade to a poetic land; a walk to remember this summer. Indeed!

 

Botanical Garden Of Ooty: Your Date With Fossil Trunk And Monkey Puzzle Tree

Botanical Garden is counted amongst the top places to visit in Ooty. This good, old and grand garden is full of hundreds of flowers, plants and trees. Spreading over 50 acres, it is also hailed as one of the finest and most well-preserved botanical parks in India.

Image Source: Wikipedia

Image Source: Wikipedia

The garden opened its gates way back in 1847. Hence, it is needless to say that when you walk inside this garden, you not just stroll into a green paradise, but you also walk inside the very realms of Indian history. With over 650 species of plants, this place has plenty to brag and boast about. Some of its more popular and unique assets are the Monkey puzzle tree, Cork tree and paper bark tree. But the star attraction and an instant crowd-puller is the Fossil tree trunk which is believed to be over 20 million years old. Besides, there are many small ponds which are laced with stunning water lilies and lotuses.

The humongous garden is divided into several sections for the convenience of the tourists. The 6 major sections are:

•    Lower Garden
•    New Garden
•    Italian Garden
•    Conservatory
•    Fountain Terrace
•    Nurseries

Flower Show: One of the highlighted events of the garden is the Flower Show which is an annual ritual. Tourists get to feast their eyes on some rare species of flowers and potted plants during this event. The number of visitors also spiral up during this festival which usually lasts for a couple of days.

Image Source: Wikipedia

Image Source: Wikipedia

At some corners, tourists can also catch sights of statues and artifacts which add a dash of vintage charm to the corner. You can also ogle at some local birds which enjoy free residence over the giant trees.

Timings: 8 am- 6:30 pm (open every day)

Entry fee: Rs 20 (for adults), Rs 10 (for children)

Note: Rs 30 would be charged extra for bringing a camera