Nilgiri's Mountain Rail
UNESCO declared world heritage sites in Tamil nadu. This is located in the Western Ghats zone at an altitude of 2240 mtrs. It is the headquarters of the Nilgiri District, where the two mountain ranges meet. Udhagamandalam, popularly called as OOTY by the tourist, is the Queen of Hill Stations.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway was built by the British in 1908. Mountain Train is another showcase of Heritage and India. This rail connects Udhagamndalam and Mettupalayam . The Journey is the most Picturesque train ride that mesmerizes all age group of travelers. This train travels through 208 serpentine curves, 16 tunnels, 250 bridges, waterfall hood, cliff edges and Tea estates covering a distance of 26 km. The uphill journey takes almost 4 hours. In the year 2005, UNESCO declared the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Vintage Steam Locomotive is still relished as an excellent attraction to this train.
Government Botanical Garden, Ooty :
Well maintained lush green lawns, exotic and rare species of flora are special features of the park. A Flower Show along with an exhibition of rare plant species is being held every year in the month of May at this Garden.
Botanical Garden (Rose Garden):
The Rose Garden is situated on the lower slopes of the Elk Hill on the North-Western side, facing the Udhagamandalam Town.
Lake Park :
Is located on the banks of Ooty lake, Opposite to the Railway station and very near to the Bus terminus.
The lake is the pride of the Blue Hills and centre of attraction. This is located in an area of 65 acres. Fishing was the major activity in this lake.
It is one of the high altitudes Animal Park in India. This offers a unique opportunity to observe and study the wild life in their natural habitat.
Government Museum :
The exhibits of Tribal Reminiscence, District Ecological details and sculptural arts and crafts displays of Tamil Nadu are special attraction in this museum.
Art Gallery- Lalith kala Academy:
It is situated about 2 Kms from Udhagamandalam on the Mysore main road.
Vast landscape of this area has the Gymkhana Club, the Government Sheep Farm and the Hindustan Photo Films Company and provides great pleasure for a long walk on quiet roads.
The rolling hills interspersed with temperate shoals together with the lush green carpet of vegetation, gushing streams and beautiful lake-like reservoirs surrounded by hills makes this place a paradise on the earth.
It is located at a distance of 17 Kms from Udhagamandalam. Permission to enter this view point should be obtained from the Electricity Board.
Trekking is possible from Bangithapal via Sispara to the Silent Valley and permission to enter this zone, from the Forest Department is mandatory.
The thick foliate prevents the sunlight to penetrate which proves this as a highly dense forests area, abundant with a wide varieties of avifauna.
The earliest arrival of inhabitants reported to have called these animals as ‘Elks’. Hence this hill is called as ELK Hill.
The Mukurthi Peak & Mukurthi National Park:
is 40 Kms ride from Udhagamandalam. The silent valley is located on the western side of this range of mountain.
This peak is compared to the peaks of Himalayan ranges in terms of the presence of Flora and Fauna unique to a geographical location.
It is possible to enjoy some of the most magnificent sceneries in the world;
observe Wildlife in its many forms; study a great variety of tropical plants and trees; in a wide range of usually favourable climatic conditions.
Situated at an altitude of 200 ft above the seal level and 17 Km froms Udhagamandalam, is the first of the popular Hill Stations. View points and picnic spots around Coonoor include Lambs Rock, Lady Canning’s Seat, Dolphins Nose, St.Catherine Falls, Law’s Falls, Droog etc.
This park is an exotic Garden Park.
One can get a beautiful view of the Catherene Falls from here.