Udhagamandalam, more fondly known as Ooty, is a delightful hill station that has to be on just about every holiday-goers’ bucket list. If you are one of those who plans to leave the hustle and bustle of the city for a family vacation in this charming place, here is a guide to help you out.
What to see
Here are some popular places to see in Ooty:
1. Government Museum
The Government Museum was set up in 1989. The major exhibits in this museum include the District Ecological details, the exhibits of Tribal Reminiscence, and sculptural crafts and arts displays of Tamil Nadu, among others. Visiting the museum is a wonderful and easy way to teach your kids the history and culture of the place as it is located barely 10 min away from the Club Mahindra resorts in Ooty.
2. Nilgiri Mountain Railway
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was built in 1908. A ride on this steam locomotive will delight travelers of all ages, especially kids! The train covers 26km to Mettupalayam via bridges, tunnels, tea estates, waterfall hoods, cliff edges, and more in just four hours. If this sounds exciting enough, you should also check out the UNESCO website for more information as the Niligiri Mountain Railway is also included in its World Heritage Sites list!
3. Ooty Lake
This 65-acre artificial lake was formed in 1824 by John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. An absolute must-do with your kids here is a serene boat ride on the pristine waters of the lake. Who knows, you may be reminded of a movie or two!
Other interesting things in Ooty
Apart from the above, there are numerous other attractions that the entire family will enjoy like the Government Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Doddabetta Peak, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Ooty golf course, and the Pykara and Avalanche Lakes in Ooty.
Don’t forget to try the medu wada and home-made chocolates here, both specialties in the region. Both the Club Mahindra resorts in Ooty and many bakeries around offer these delights. If you are traveling with young ones be sure to carry some warm clothes.
Munch on some mouth-watering South Indian delicacies in Ooty during your family holiday at Club Mahindra resorts.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Ooty is between April and June and between September and November. During this time, the weather is pleasant, and kids also have vacations. The summers here range from 10°C to 25°C while the winter temperatures range from 0°C to 21°C.
How to reach
The nearest airport and railway station to Ooty are at Coimbatore which is 104km away. You may also take the Nilgiri Mountain Railway to reach Ooty from Mettupalayam. The hill station is also well connected by road to many major cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kozhikode.
Where to stay
Club Mahindra offers guests two gorgeous resorts in Ooty. These are the Club Mahindra Danish Villa resort and the Club Mahindra Derby Green resort. Both resorts offer activities that can be enjoyed by people of ages. Some of these include trekking, bird watching, rope crossing, indoor games, spa sessions, gymnasium, bonfire evenings, and a lot more! All in all, the resort works to give you a wonderful stay in Ooty. Plan a vacation with Club Mahindra and have a pleasant and memorable stay at our Ooty resort in Tamil Nadu. Also, browse through these Club Mahindra reviews & know how our happy members are spending their family vacations!
Once you visit Ooty, you will always keep coming back for more of this place. Hence, it should not be doubted why this place is known as the Queen of Hill Stations! Join India's favorite resort chain - Club Mahindra and explore top holiday destinations in India and abroad. Don’t forget to read up on Club Mahindra Reviews by happy members!