When you are planning for the hills stations then how could you forget about Ooty which is mentioned as “Queens of Hill stations”. Although its name is “Ootacamund” but commonly it is referred as Ooty in short. It is situated at the borders of Karnataka and Kerala. Most part of the town is covered with the lovely plantations of coffee and the tea which is around 36 Sq KM of the town. It lies in the hills of Nilgiris which is at the altitude of 2240 meters and the location is where the two Ghats of Western and Eastern meets. Nilgiris which is mentioned as the Blue Mountains and are the oldest mountains of India.
The original inhabitants of this location were the tribes which are called as Todas. They have been living at this location before the time of the Britishers. The Britishers made it the summer capital of the Madras presidency and they played the super role in building this lovely and beautiful place to cherish forever. Even the famous Toy train of the Nilgiris was also built by the Britishers.
One of the Swiss inventors, Riggenback who worked on it and built up the initial line up to Coonoor by the year 1899. Further the track was extended to Ooty and Fern hill in the year 1908. There are large number of wonderful and exotic places which could be seen around Ooty. Some of them which need to be mentioned are- Botanical Garden, Dodabetta Peak, Rose garden and many more places. Suppose you are planning to make a trip then please ensure that you have around 3-4 days to explore things in Ooty.
Ooty is well connected from all across the routes whether its road, air, trains or any further modes of travel. Let’s first deal with the route of the road. One thing which matters over here is the mode of transport, whether you are going to go in your car or going to hire some taxi or cab for the travel or will be going via the public transport.
As there are many regular buses which are running on the daily basis from Bangalore and Ooty. Most of the buses are operated via the KSRTC (the state running buses). Apart from the government operated buses there are some private players also who are running the buses. The distance from Bangalore to Ooty is somewhere around 300 Kms and the bus services take around 8 hours to reach the specified destination. Generally the buses take the route of Bangalore-Mysore-Ooty route. In case you don’t find the bus directly to Ooty then you can select the option of break journey by first reaching to Mysore and then to Ooty.
Maxi-cabs are another option for traveling across to Bangalore to Ooty and back ward journey. There are two different routes for reaching Ooty, one is through Mysore (route A/SH17) and other is via the Chamarajanagar (Route B). The both the routes join somewhere around the town of Karnataka named Gundlupet, before they enter the state of Tamil Nadu.
You can also reach over here via the toy train which is the narrow gauge link to the Mettupalayam. You can reach this location via the Coimbatore. It’s just 4 hrs run but surely a marvellous scenic beauty could be captured. It is one of the steepest railway tracks in the whole Asia.
The nearest airport is at Coimbatore. And from Delhi to Coimbatore there are just 2 airlines which are the Indian and the Jet lite who are operating the direct flight. All the other flights are either from the Chennai or Hyderabad. Coimbatore is around 90 KM from Ooty.
With regards to eating and purchasing also its one of the fabulous location as the designs and products which is available over here are quite unique and different. The famous drink of the place is the Tea of the Nilgiris. The visitors will have to get the bookings done before hand when they plan to go ahead. As at the time of peak seasons the location is quite busy and don’t get places to stay further and could be a problem. Even the users can seek the help of the agents or the travel advisers like site who help in getting the tickets booked. May or June are the duration when people should plan for the visit.
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