Ooty is a beautiful little hill station located in Tamil Nadu. There is so much to see here that you will be spoilt for choice. Be it the sparkling lakes, stunning waterfalls, or other beautiful water bodies; you definitely have to explore just about everything here. First on your list, though, should be its pristine water bodies.
Visit these ripples of delight
Here is a list of the gorgeous water bodies in and around Ooty:
1. Ooty Lake
The Ooty Lake figures in many places to see in Ooty lists. This artificial lake was formed in the year 1824 by John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. During the Ooty Summer Festival held in May, you and the kids may enjoy the festivities by watching the numerous boat races and pageants held here.
2. Avalanche Lake
The Avalanche Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Ooty. They say that sometimes beauty comes from a place of pain. So was the case with this gorgeous lake too. It was created out of a very heavy landslide that occurred in the early 1800s. Every year, the South-Indian monsoons are a cause for joy as it fills up this lake. Over the course of several years, the waters of the Avalanche have attracted a wide variety of birds that kids would love to get a glimpse of!
3. Kamaraj Sagar (Sandynullah Reservoir)
The trip to the Kamaraj Sagaris extremely picturesque with the ghat road that is surrounded by lush vegetation, making it a very good place to go for long, picturesque drives. The reservoir is known to be full of trout.
4. Pykara Lake
Pykara Lake is surrounded by the best Mother Nature can offer. Here you will witness the Toda settlements located near fenced Sholas and green grassy meadows. You may also go on a boating trip at this lake. The waterfalls nearby add to the beauty.
5. Kalhatty Falls
The Kalhatty Falls are 100 feet high and found on the Kalhatty Slopes. This place is perfect for bird watching and you and the kids may even spot animals like bison, panthers, spotted deer, Sambar deer, and more.
6. St. Catherine Waterfall
The St. Catherine Waterfall is a double cascading waterfall. At 250 feet high, it is the second highest waterfall in the Nilgiri Mountains. This waterfall was previously known as Geddhehaada Hallaor Foot Hills River.
7. Katery Falls
This is the highest waterfall in the Nilgiris and the third largest waterfall in Tamil Nadu. It has two reservoirs built one above the other. The Katery Falls are also the site of the first hydroelectric plant in India. The gorgeous scenery and panoramic views are another reason why you should visit this place with your kids as it makes for a great spot for fun photographs! Apart from waterfalls there are various other beautiful places in Ooty like Doddabetta and Madhumalai National park which should not be missed.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Ooty is from April to June and from September to November. Visit the hill station in May to witness the Ooty Summer Festival.
How to reach
You may reach Ooty via the delightful Nilgiri Mountain Railway from Mettupalayam which is 26km away. The nearest airport and railway station are at Coimbatore which is 104km away. The hill station is also connected to other cities like Bengaluru, Mysuru, Chennai, and Kozhikode via road making it very convenient to reach.
Where to stay
There are two resorts in Ooty that are a part of the Club Mahindra portfolio. These are the Club Mahindra Derby Green resort and the Club Mahindra Danish Villa resort. Gorgeous architecture, modern amenities, and a host of activities to do here ensure that you will have a wonderful experience. Relax in the Svaastha Spa or spend the evening with loved ones near a bonfire; enjoy some adventure activities or relax indoors with a board game, Club Mahindra has something for everyone. It is this and a lot more that makes these two of the best resorts in Ooty! Plan a vacation with Club Mahindra and have a pleasant and memorable stay at Ooty resort, Tamil Nadu.
After exploring the lakes of Ooty don’t forget to explore its gardens and other natural marvels. It should hardly be a wonder why this little hill station is a paradise for family vacations. Also, read honest Club Mahindra Reviews on Ooty resort by our happy members. Join India’s favorite resort chain – Club Mahindra and explore the top holiday destinations in India and abroad.