Ooty hill station lies in the nestled quiet of the majestic Nilgiri hills in the Eastern Ghats. It is officially called Udhagamandalam, It was once an obscure tribal hamlet. Today, it is considered a paradise by honeymooners, retired people and, of course, the ever-busy city dweller.
Approachable by rail and road, the town of Ooty is breathtaking, what with its cascading waterfalls, gurgling brooks, terraced farms, and most importantly, no plastic! It houses some of the best residential schools in South India, besides some fabulous places to visit.
Udakamandal resort outing is a popular attraction that offers convenient accommodation facilities at reasonable prices. Flung far and wide in the township and woods, This resort outing offers some breathtaking views and several travel facilities. With a starting reasonable price of Rs. 500/day, This hotels are another good stay option.
There are even home stays available at fabulous ancient houses, that make you feel all the more at home. Both, Ooty resort outing and hotels sure do offer a comfortable stay for every budget, making your holiday a pleasurable one.
It has several festivals spanning from January to June, which makes it an ideal time for travel. However, May is when the town is packed with tourists who visit the popular flower show at the Rose Garden. A heaven on earth, the Rose Garden houses nothing less than 1,000 varieties of roses in various hues.
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In fact, those who love the bustle of the township can opt for its hotels that overlook the Rose Garden, Botanical Garden or Ooty Lake. This resort outings on the outskirts are a great bet for the ones who demand more quiet. Opt for resorts closer to Doddabetta Peak, Silent Valley or even Pykara or Kalhatty Falls for breathtaking views and a perfect holiday in the wilderness, where you can spot some rare animals like the barking deer, chital and Nilgiri tahrs and martins.
A must visit that many Ooty resort outing offer is to the Silent Valley which is drained by innumerable perennial streams that end in the Bhavani Puzha “ quite a view I must say. But wherever you stay, make sure you visit the Botanical Garden and trek up the slope to reach the hamlet of the Toda Tribes where you can treat yourself to their beautiful culture and some fancy handicrafts.
A wild resort outing would be to the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Boasting of rich flora and fauna, Mudumalai is where you can spot the unexpected. From flying squirrels to colourful parakeets and the crested hawk, its all there in this moist teak forest. And dont you forget to visit the Moyar waterfalls, Ombetta swamp and Theppakad elephant camp too.
On the whole, every visit to this paradise, be it with This resort outings or a stay at any of the hotels, makes Udhagamandalam all the more dear, for it beckons you to return again, again and again to thrill in the scenic beauty and relax and rejuvenate your dreary mind.
How to Reach
Bangalore - Mysore - Gundlupet - Masinagudi - Ooty
Nearest Town: Coimbatore (90 km), Mysore (125 km)
Distance from Bangalore: 265 km
Best Time to Visit: December to February
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Bandipur National Park: Nestled in the foothills of the Western Ghats, Bandipur National Park is known for its tiger population. The park shelters some of the most rare and endangered species of Indian Wildlife. Its reported that there is a high population of elephants and tigers in the sanctuary.
Madhumalai Widlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary is located adjacent to Bandipur National Park, and is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats. Its located at an elevation of 1000 m, and is spread in an area of 321 sq. km. One can spot deer, tiger, wild boar, sloth bear, and more. Also, the sanctuary hosts raptors.