As a part of our trip to Nilgiri Hills, we spent couple of days in a place called masinagudi. A beautiful place for wildlife lovers. We travelled from Ooty via Kalhatty to Masinagudi. We stayed in two resorts in Masinagudi. First one was call kings range a budget property located close to the jungle. The property has stone house and dormitory to stay. Overall the stay and food is good and we enjoyed our first day there. We also went for road side jeep safari organised by the resort. Its not very thrilling but we are able to see deers, monkeys and elephants. Then the second day we went to stay in a tree house in a resort called inn the wild. Its a beautiful property with great tree houses and huts. The location of the property is just perfect. It is located inside the jungle and the property also has a small pond. The most interesting part of the stay is the night safari inside the jungle. Its an experience of a lifetime very risky though. we spotted a leopard, sloth bear and elephants during the night safari. Its a splendid experience for all of us. Then the next day we hit the road again for our trip back to bangalore with sweet memories.
Some tourist guide in Ooty suggested us to visit a place called Masinagudi. It is a popular place for sighting wild animals. It is roughly 60kms from Ooty town. We started our journey from Ooty at morning 7am and we learned there are two routes to masinagudi from Ooty. one is through kalhatty and another one is through gudalur. Kalhatty route is shorter but little risky because of lot of hair-pin bends. we prefer the risky route and to our surprise there are more hair-pin bends than we expected. It is really dangerous road to drive. We spotted monkeys, deers and some birds on the way. We also saw a car lost control and banged on the rock. Sad sight to see.
Finally we reached the downhill and drove towards masinagudi. The either side of the road is forest. we were eagerly looking to spot any wild animals. Finally we managed to see deers crossing the road, then there is an Elephant standing inside the forest. We dont see anything like tiger or leopard. But the overall journey is very thrilling and entertaining. we are hoping to do it again to spot a tiger. We also stayed in a resort in Masinagudi. It is an another experience to stay in a jungle in the night.
Ooty Vegetable show is the part of the grand Ooty Summer Festival celebrated every year in the month of May. Along with other shows this vegetable show is one of the popular visitor attractions. Every year the show is organised in Nehru Park, Kotagiri. Kotagiri is a small town in the nilgiri hills which is 30kms away from Ooty. The event is for two days and showcase variety of vegetables and vegetable carvings. The colorful event exhibit the vegetables in different forms. Vegetables takes the shape of animals, birds, flags and people to treat the tourist.
This event is the brain child of Department of Horticulture. Every year more than 15,000 people attend the show and the participants come from all over South India. This one event attract more visitors to kotagiri and surrounding areas. Places like Kodanad View Point, Rangaswamy Peak, Elk Falls and St. Catherine Falls are the notable attractions near Kotagiri.
Ooty has some beautiful places to go boating. Here is the list of boating places in Ooty.
Ooty Lake :
The number spot for boating in Ooty. Located close to the town. Easily connects with all transports facilities. Surrounded by fun activities like small museums, horse riding and cycling. Boating in this lake is a beautiful experience. Tamilnadu government organises this boat trips in the lake. Motor boats, rowing boats and pedalos are available for boating in the lake. The view and location of the lake is just mesmerising for any visitor. A small amount is collected as entry fee. Also a small garden at the shores makes it even more beautiful. Overall this lake and boating offers you an memorable experience.
Pykara Lake :
Another boating destination near ooty. Located little outside the town. Not crowded as Ooty lake but still a beautiful place to visit and enjoy boating. This place is calm and surrounded by green mountains. one of the best places for honeymoon couples in Ooty. The near by area of the lake is famous for shootings of south indian movies. Near by pykara falls is another attraction near the lake.
Emerald Lake :
One of the most beautiful lakes in South India. Emerald lake is located 24 kms away from Ooty town. This place is haven for nature lovers. The lake is very clean and home to many species. Road to the lake is not good since it is located inside the forest. Boating in the lake is a romantic experience. Activities like trekking, fishing and cycling can be offered near the lake. The tes plantations nearby offer great views. Special permission need to get from forest department to go inside avalanche to see the lake. A mus see spot and a best place to hangout for nature lovers.
Ooty is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India. People from across the country visits the hill town during the summer. People come to Ooty to escape the hot sun and to enjoy the brilliant sightseeing locations of Ooty. The town is blessed with so many beautiful places to see. And the transport infrastructure is another bonus for Ooty. Broad roads and best transport connectivity are the huge plus for Ooty tourism.
Places like botanical garden, rose garden, boat house and doddabetta in Ooty are ever crowded. Though the attractions are nearby people need to travel through those steep roads to get there. Various mode of transport facilities can be rented in Ooty for sightseeing. Jeeps, cars, mini vans, mini buses and buses can be rented for hourly and day basis.
One of the popular tours and travels company called abishek travels is offering sightseeing services for budget rates. They rent cars, vans, mini buses and buses for sight seeing trips. The rates are very normal and the company’s drivers are friendly and behave decent. They also offer pickup and drop services to the nearest airport, city , railway station or bus stand. For more information and booking sightseeing in Ooty call Abishek at 91595 56123.
Just let all of you know, there is no airport in Ooty and there is no direct flights to Ooty. But the nearest airport to Ooty is in Coimbatore City. Coimbatore is one of the biggest cities in South India. It is located just 80kms away downhill from Ooty. It is an International Aiport having direct flights to Singapore and sharjah. Airlines like Air India, Indigo, Jet Connect and Spice jet serves from this airport.
The Airport is located just 9kms outside the city and has good transport facilities. Cars can be rented from here to Ooty. The average cost for cars to pickup in Coimbatore Airport and drop in Ooty cost 2500 indian rupees. There are frequent buses to Ooty from Coimbatore main bus stand. So people flying from North India to visit Ooty should not have to worry about transport facilities. Taxis, cabs and buses are available for 24 hours to Ooty. Also you can catch the famous Ooty toy train from Mettupalayam.
Many travel agencies are organizing flight bookings for clients visiting Ooty. Clients need to be aware that the actual airport is in Coimbatore which is 80kms away from the hill town Ooty.
Ooty Tribal Museum and Research Centre is opened to study tribal communities and preserve their cultures.It is working for the benefits of the tribes in Ooty and across Tamilnadu. The research centre is located in a 25 acre land just outside the Ooty town. The research centre includes a library, guest house and a museum. This centre is opened in the year 1983. The research centre is mainly following the tribes like Toda, Kota, Paniya, Kurumba and Kanikara. The centre also exhibit the sculptures and houses of this tribes in the museum. Recent times this centre beomes one of the popular tourist attractions in Ooty and draw people from all parts of the world. One of the must see for history lovers.
Industrial visits are the part and parcel of every college. Students love to visit industries and would like to know how the work is getting done. These visits also help students to understand the practical side of the work. Many colleges from South India prefer Ooty for their Industrial visits. Because Ooty has some good Industries to guide students.
Some of the popular Industrial visit locations in Ooty are..
HPF – Hindustan Photo Film
Doddabetta Tea Factory
Moyar Hydro Electric Power Station
and much more. Apart from industrial visits, students also enjoy sighseeing in Ooty. The perfect location, industry options, sight seeing and mild weather makes Ooty perfect for industrial visits.
Ooty Bird Watching
Ooty is a paradise for nature lovers. The greenery, lake and dense forest are the nature’s gift to Ooty. The places like masinagudi, gudalur, mudumalai and kalhatty are known for its wildlife. Safaris and wildlife watching are the most popular activities in Ooty. Nature lovers always come to Ooty to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and the wildlife living in it.
Bird watching is very popular in Ooty, since Ooty is home to many species of birds. Places like doddabetta, fernhill, kalhatty, pykara, mudumalai and masinagudi are very famous among bird watchers. Some of the types of birds spotted in Ooty are Peacock, Jungle Fowl, Large Racquet-Tailed Dronge, Magpie-Robin, Spotted Babbler, Green Pigeons, Brown Dove, Bulbuls,Eagles, Falcons and also the vultures. So many variety of birds living there and truly is a haven for bird watchers.
Ooty is one of the popular locations for film shooting in South India. Many hit movies were shot in many locations of Ooty. Earlier the Ooty is crowded with film crews from kollywood and bollywood. But recent times only very few films were shot here. Because the cost of shooting in abroad became less.
Places like fernhill palace, shooting point, Pykara lake and pine forest are very popular locations. Films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Sadma, Barfi, Dil Se, Roja and recent tamil hit Nanban were all shot in and around Ooty.
Apart from the scenic locations, the weather, budget places to stay and transport are all the major reasons for film producers to choose Ooty.