Ooty/Ootacamund/Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu (with photos)

Ooty/Ootacamund is a beautiful Hill Station in the Nilgiri Mountain range in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Its a very popular hill station in South India which attracts a lot of tourists.

Getting There:
Ooty is around 85 km from Coimbatore, 125 km from Mysore, 265 km from Bengaluru, 550 km from Chennai.
From Bengaluru:
Bengaluru --SH17--> Mysore --NH766--> Gundlupet --NH181--> Bandipur
From Bandipur after crossing the Karnataka border & entering Tamil Nadu border there are 2 routes,
- One is shortcut for which you have to take a left from Theppakadu, from there Ooty is around 35 km. There are around 36 hairpin curves & in some places the road is single lane.
- Other one is via Gudalur continuing in NH181. There are lot of view points & tourist places along this road. Pykara falls, lake, boat house is on this way. But this is long route, around 30-32 km extra.
One can take a shortcut while going to Ooty from Mysore & while going back the other long route can be taken.

Places of Interest in & around Ooty:

Within Ooty town:
* Botanical Garden
* Ooty Lake Boat House
* Rose Garden

Around Ooty:
* Doddabetta (10 km): Its the highest peak in Nilgiris & the 3rd highest peak in South India.
* Pykara waterfalls & boat house (20 km)
* Mudumalai National Park (50 km)

Video of Ooty Lake:

Video of Botanical Garden:


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