Balancing A Regular Life with Extreme WANDERLUST

4) Emerald Lake

2) Ooty Lake

I booked my stay at Ooty with Guesthouser’s iOS app.  This app helps you find a property of your choice in no time. GV residency, a unique cottage-stay affiliated with Guesthouser, is located away from the hustle and bustle of Ooty’s city center. This cottage has three bedrooms and is perfect for a family trip. The staff can be a little difficult to get hold of at times but everyone is extremely courteous and helpful. My favorite part? Waking up to a view of Ooty’s magnificent hillsides!

Ranganathittu is Karnataka State's largest bird sanctuary and is home to over 170 species of winged beasts. The most common birds in the sanctuary are painted storks, spoon bills, white ibises, egrets, herons and partridges. Most of the birds stay on tiny islands within the river that you can approach by boat. The river is also home to crocodiles, so don't jump in for a swim!

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3) Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

Craving fast food? Try the wood burned pizza at the Sidewalk café or some Pav Bhaji at the Adyar Anand Bhavan.

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2) Pykara Falls

Around Ooty

A trip to Ooty is a journey through pristine nature and picturesque landscapes. No destination represents this better than Emerald Lake. The lake gets its name from the reflection of the green mountains that surround it. The best time to be here is at dawn and dusk. Lay back, breathe in the crisp air and let this beautiful lake bedazzle you.

3) Doddabeta Peak

5) Tea Gardens

The Queen of Hills – Ooty

Designed by John Sullivan, Ooty was once the summer capital of the Madras Presidency. 'The Queen of Hill Stations', Ooty is the perfect blend of Indian bustle and colonial character. Its pleasant climate round the year combined with its slow paced charm has turned it into a popular holiday destination in South India. 

The highest point (2633m) in the Nilgiris, Doddabeta Peak is a must visit. The observatory atop the peak offers a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. It rains quite often here, don’t forget to bring a waterproof layer.

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Ooty is known as the chocolate capital of India and it would be a sin to not try some while you’re here. The place has a rich culture of making ‘Food of the Gods’ at home and you will easily find a plethora of flavors at King Star Confectioners or Modern Stores. 

Ooty Lake is perhaps Ooty’s most popular tourist destination. And for good reason. Take a boat ride around the lake and soak in magnificent views of the surrounding forests and gardens with cotton candy in hand. 

Ooty is world renowned for the quality of its tea. No wonder the British loved the town so much. I strongly suggest you tour of one of the several tea plantations in and around Ooty. Depending on the time of year, you may see tea buds being plucked. Sampling some tea while you’re there!   

Ooty is nestled away in the Western Ghats, which is one of the eight "hottest hot-spots" of biological diversity in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A trip to Ooty also gives you the opportunity to experience untouched nature and exotic wildlife.

At a distance of 23 Kms from Ooty, these majestic falls are formed by Pykara River. It is a popular picnic spot and you can also ride a boat in the reservoir.

Spanning over 22 hectares, these gardens boast of an unparalleled assortment of flowers, ferns and trees laid out in an Italian style. With over a thousand different species of flora, the garden is a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

At the center of the Gardens lies a fossilized tree trunk estimated to be 20 million years old. Be sure to catch a glimpse.

1) Mudumalai National Park

1) Botanical Garden

Being an animal lover, I had no choice but to visit this national park on my way back from Ooty. Mudumalai National Park is around 31 km from Ooty and is situated at the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka on the North Eastern Slopes of the Nilgiris. It is famous for its Tigers. Apart from that, the sanctuary has birds, bears, leopards as well as elephants.