The beautiful hill station of Ooty in southern India is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Famous for its pleasant climate and lush greenery, Ooty is best known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’. The road leading to the city is full of curling irons and your happiness will begin even before you are ready for all the fun in Ooty. A great place to explore with family and friends, this mountainous village in the Nilgiri Mountains should be your destination for your upcoming holiday season. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Emerald Lake, Kamraj Sagar Dam, and many other attractions should be on your list of places to visit in Ooty, but we recommend that you also check out some of the historical sites in this mountainous city. Here is the list:
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Stephen’s Church, Ooty
St. Stephen’s Church is probably one of the most visited historical places in Ooty hill station. Built in the 19th century, this pale yellow building has a British architectural style with stained-glass windows, and a great deal of wood is used in its construction. The wood that has been used to build the church is said to have been brought to the Palace of Tipu Sultan, after his defeat at the hands of the British in the Battle of Mysore.
There is a sense of peace in this church, something you will find when you visit here. One thing you should not miss this week is the wonderful painting of the ‘Last Supper and the various scenes shown on the walls depicting various stages of the life of Jesus Christ.
Oatacamund Club, Ooty
The Ootacamund Club, a private club, was founded by Captain Douglas in 1841, and he and seven other Bombay and Madras Armies British officials formed the first club committee. Initially, there were about 360 members, but over the years, they multiplied. Therefore, the time came when additional resources became a necessity for the club. Thereafter, new rooms were added to the center in 1898 and 1904. The club was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act in 1889 and a year later, it was granted a squash racquet court by the then Maharaja of Vizianagaram. If you wish to be relocated a few hours ago, then come to Ootacamund Club; your wish will come true!
Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty
One experience you will not miss while in Ooty is an amazing toy train ride from Mettupalayam to Ooty. Contributed to the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, this train tour of about 46 kilometers through the beautiful mountains of Nilgiri allows visitors to experience the lush natural beauty of the region. This train service is available daily from Mettupalayam to Ooty and back to Mettupalayam. Initially, trains were used to pull trains, but now diesel is also used.
Ferrnhills Royale Palace, Ooty
Once a summer palace for Mysore kings, the Fernhills Royale Palace is one of the world’s most prestigious hotels today. Commissioned by Captain F. Cotton in 1844, the monastery was subordinate to several British officials until 1873, when it was transferred to the Chamrajendra Wadiyar X of the Wadiyar dynasty; The family has taken care of the palace and turned it into a luxury hotel. Spreading over 50 acres of green land, covered with lush wood, and overlooking the magnificent Nilgiris, this treasure trove is a perfect place to explore the beauty of the ancient land of Ooty.
Nilgiris Library, Ooty
Today, the Nilgiris Library may be in poor condition, but it still has its beauty. Built in 1867, the library has a circulation of more than 30,000 books, including 19th-century British journals and even rare articles on the hill tribes of Nilgiris. There is a portrait of Queen Victoria in the library, and it was presented to Ooty in her Golden Jubilee year in 1887. The members and administrators of the library have worked hard to keep this place as it is, which makes it a wonder of history. places in the hill town. Every September, the library hosts the Ooty Literary Festival and gets a really good response. We suggest you spend some time on this site; gambling you will feel nostalgic!
Source of Adam’s Memorial, Ooty
Built in 1886, Adam’s Fountain at the meeting of the Charging Cross is a memorial dedicated to the Emperor who spent his last days here. Just a short distance from Ooty Lake – the leading among the seven lakes of Ooty, the fountain is built with community support of 14,000 Rupees. It was first placed in front of the City Collector’s office. However, due to a shortage of water in the area, it was relocated to its present location in 1998. Since you will have a plan to visit the popular Ooty Lake, we recommend that you take the time to visit the Adamic Memorial Fountain.
Stone House, Ooty
Historically, Stone House is one of the most important sites in Ooty. This is said to be the first English settlement in the city, laying the foundation for the construction of a hill station. There may be some very nice places to explore in the city, but coming here to explore may not be a bad idea; after all, this is where it started. Currently, Stone House serves as the official house of the Principal of the State Arts College.
Located at an altitude of 2623 meters, Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak in Nilgiris. At the crossroads of the Western and Eastern Ghats, it is about 10 miles from Ooty. Covered with dense shola, the peak is a favorite spot for pedestrians. The view from the top of the peak is quite impressive, with a telescope at the top two telescopes introducing a spectacular view of the surrounding valley. The rich flora and fauna here add to the overall charm of Doddabetta Peak.