7 Beautiful Lakes in Ooty - 2020 (With Photos and Reviews)
Lakes in Ooty comprises of Emerald Lake, Bellikkal Lake, Ooty Lake, Avalanche Lake, Pykara Lake, Kamaraj Sagar, Upper Bhavani Lake, and many more.

The Shangri-la of Tamil Nadu owes some of its scenic beauty to the lakes in Ooty. The perennial rivers, lakes, and water bodies have helped keep Ooty’s greenery intact and supported the biodiversity.

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Ooty fondly referred to as the “Queen of Hill Stations” is endowed with a large number of picturesque Lakes, tropical & Subtropical evergreen forests (sholas), tea and spice plantations, and the bewitching Nilgiri Hills.

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While most these lakes have formed naturally, yet a few were artificially constructed by the British, during their period. What can be a better place to laze around than a sparkling lake, where you can also, stroll around with your beloved along the banks, or indulge in some of the water sports like rowing, boating, and various others.

Here are some of the best lakes in Ooty:

01

Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake

It is one of the most sparkling lakes in Ooty, which was artificially constructed in 1823 and covers an area of 65 acres, as of today. Eucalyptus grooves around the Lake lend enchantment to the view. Nilgiri mountain railway line, which runs along one of the lake’s bank, adds charm to the surroundings.

Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) run Boathouse offers activities such as Paddleboats, Rowboats, and Motorboats. Boat races and boat pageantry are held every summer during the month of May, for a couple of days.

A mini-train, an amusement park, and a garden are the other notable features of the boathouse that enthrall the visitors. The TTDC also runs a canteen. The pony rides in front of the boathouse allure the children.

Location:
Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu.

Timings:
10:00 a.m. –  6:30 p.m.

02

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Nestled in the Silent Valley National Park, it is one of the lakes in Ooty, known for the entrancing scenic beauty of sunrise and sunset. The river got its name from the emerald color of its waters. Showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the Nilgiri slopes, luxuriant meadows, dense forests, and the sparkling blue emerald waters of the lake hypnotizes the body and intoxicates the mind.

One of the most uncharted and pristine locations in the south Indian hill station, Emerald Lake, and the surrounding woods teem with a variety of animal and avian species. The bird watchers and ornithologists can have a field day watching and studying a wide range of aerial and aquatic local birds.

Moreover, t
he trekking and mountain biking attract the adventure sports fanatics to this place. The visitors can fish in the lake, read a book in solitude, or while away soaking up in the scenic beauty of the surroundings.

Location: Emerald village, Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu. (20 km from Ooty).

Timings:
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

03

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake, one of the famous Lakes in Ooty, is formed not by an avalanche, but due to a huge landslide that occurred in 1823. Encircled by the rolling terrain containing an array of blooming flowers, which include magnolias, orchids, and rhododendrons supersede any mural or painting done by a mortal.

If you are, a nature lover and love to spend the night in the open, then pack your pavilion paraphernalia to pitch by the lake and enjoy sparkling stars and pristine air. The place allures the outdoor enthusiasts with activities such as rafting across the lake, trekking nearby rocks, and fishing the trouts.

Moreover, the best time to visit the region is after monsoons, as the flowers will be in full bloom and will present a mesmerizing picture.

Location:
Ooty, The Nilgiris, Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

Timings:
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

04

Pykara Lake

Pykara Lake

Pykara Lake, which has its genesis in the Mukurthi Peak, traverses the arcs and slopes of the mountain creating awesome landscapes and waterfalls on its way. With two significant waterfalls, one of 180 ft. and the other of 200 ft., amid the lush green forests presents an unparallel scenic beauty that leaves visitors’ spellbound.

This lake, which is an integral part of the hydroelectric power project, is a perfect getaway for nature lovers, couples, honeymooners, and weekend vacationers.

The Boathouse and the restaurant run by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development near the Pykara falls, is an added attraction to the place, as it entices the visitors to take a sojourn and enjoy the pristine atmosphere and picture-perfect countryside.

Location: Pykara Village, 19 km from Ooty on the Ooty-Mysore road.

Timings:
Boat ride from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

05

Kamaraj Sagar

Kamaraj Sagar

Kamaraj Sagar, one of the most popular Ooty lakes, is situated at a distance of 10 km from Ooty on the slopes of the Wenlock Downs. The lush green slopes, serene blue waters, majestic Dam, and the contiguous pine forest have made it a perfect setting for many of the Bollywood songs.

It is also the most sought after destination by the newlywed couples, nature lovers, and photographers because of its striking natural beauty and pleasant atmosphere. A dam constructed on the Kamaraj Sagar Lake, spread over 400 acres, stretches to 6 km in length and is fed by the rainwater.

It abounds with a variety of birds such as peacocks, storks, kingfishers, cranes, herons, and sunbirds that delight the visitors. Among the animal kingdom, wild boars, Indian bison, barking deer, leopards etc, cohabit the region and is also famed as Sandynalla Reservoir.

Location: Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Hwy, Sholur, Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

Timings: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

06

Upper Bhavani Lake

Upper Bhavani Lake

One of the lakes in Ooty, which is less known to the outside world, but an enamoring and ‘a must see’ tourist spot in Ooty is the Upper Bhavani Lake. Seated in the hilly regions of Nilgiri district, above the Avalanche area in Ooty.

It requires prior permission of the Forest Dept. to visit this place. Located 50 km from Ooty the visitors need to hire private transport to reach Avalanche Forest check post. From there eco-tour vehicles with guides will take the visitors to the Upper Bhavani Lake.

Enroute to the Lake, visitors will get a chance to visit the Cauliflower Sholas, Thalai Bhavani (Bhavani Amman Temple), and Lakkidi, the backwaters of Upper Bhavani Reservoir. The rolling tea gardens, blooming flowers, sholas (stunted evergreen tropical forests), and grasslands present a great spectacle. Fog and mist that transcends green mountains and blue waters of the lake add an air of romanticism to the place.

Location:
Upper Bhavani Reservoir, Tamil Nadu, Ooty.

Timings:
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

07

Bellikkal Lake

Bellikkal Lake

One of the Ooty lakes, which allures and gratifies all kinds of people; adventurists, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, bird watchers and honeymooners alike is the Bellikkal Lake.

Bellikkal Lake situated in the sleepy hamlet of Bellikkal in Nilgiris, amidst the dense forests and cardamom plantations and in the backdrop of Western Ghats enthralls the visitors with its picture-perfect settings and unspoiled ambiance. It is a habitat for a variety of wildlife, which includes elephants, tigers, bears, bison’s, and deer that fascinate the visitors.

Avian species like shrikes, bulbuls, mourning doves, crow pheasants, and woodpeckers impress the bird watchers. 
Outdoor sports fanatics will be thrilled at the prospect of undertaking activities such as Mountain biking and trekking. Ayurvedic massage treatment offered at the place helps soothe and rejuvenate visitors.

Location: Bellikkal Village, Nilgiris District, Ooty, India.

Timings:
Open from sunrise to sunset.

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    1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway (It is the steepest track in Asia and as the train takes you to the higher altitudes, you will experience how treasured Nilgiri is)
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