Planning your honeymoon in Ooty? Here’s a list of some of the best places to see, so you can pick out the best honeymoon packages in Ooty that offer your sightseeing visits and a lot of other activities in the beautiful hill station.
Here are the list of the best places to visit in Ooty :
Pykara New Boat House
The Pykara boat house is one of the major tourist attractions near Ooty. It offers a number of activities and experiences and hence is one of the most popular tourist destinations and an integral part of Ooty honeymoon packages.
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The Pykara boat house is situated near the Pykara Falls. The waterfall is situated in the beautiful village of Pykara, which is located at a distance of 19 km from Ooty. This waterfall attracts a large number of tourists from all over the state, country and the world, with its natural beauty and scenic splendour. The beauty and refreshing atmosphere of this beautiful waterfall makes it one of the must-visit destinations in honeymoon packages in Ooty.
The Pykara waterfalls are known for its scenic splendour. The River Pykara is held in high regard by the Todas. The river rises at the Mukurthi peak, flows Northwards and then turns to the West after reaching the edge of the plateau. It flows through a series of waterfalls and the last of these are called the Pykara Falls. The Pykara Falls have heights of 55 metres and 61 metres, respectively.
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The River Pykara flows through Mukurthi, Pykara and Glen Morgan dams and forms an integral part of a hydro electric power project. The river takes a deep plunge and forms the falls. The Pykara Falls are surrounded by dense forests which makes it a favourite haunt among nature lovers.
The Pykara boat house situated near the reservoir is a major attraction for tourists. Other attractions of the Pykara Falls are the well protected fenced shoals, Toda settlements, large grassy meadows and abundant wildlife. The boat house is one of the major attractions of the Pykara Falls. The boat house and its restaurant are maintained by the Tamil Nadu Tourism and Development Corporation. The boat house has several paddle boats and motor boats that can be hired for 20 minute and 10 minute rides.
The Government Botanical Garden is one of the most popular tourist places near Ooty. It is divided into several sections. The area under the garden is around 22 hectares and it is situated on the lower slopes of the Doddabetta Peak. The garden has a terraced layout and it is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. The elevation of the garden ranges from 2250 to 2500 metres above mean sea level.
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The temperatures and climates of Ooty are perfect for the growth of a variety of plants in the garden. The garden is one of the most beautiful places that you can take your partner for sightseeing while in Ooty and hence it is an important part of Ooty honeymoon packages.
The botanical garden was established in 1848 and its architect was William Graham Mclvor. The botanical garden has around a thousand species of plants belonging to exotic and indigenous categories. You can see a variety of shrubs, herbs, ferns, trees and bonsai plants at the garden. A fossilised tree trunk sits in the centre of the garden and is estimated to be around 20 million years old.
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There are several lawns in the garden with flowering plants, ponds with lilies, flower beds and ferns laid out in Italian style. The garden is divided into the Lower Garden, the New Garden, the Italian Garden, the Conservatory and the Nurseries.
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The Lower Garden comprises of the entrance and lower lawns. You can see a lush green lawn of Kikiyu grass in this section. This section also has a fern house with 127 species of ferns. The New Garden has been developed recently and has about 300 varieties of roses, a carpet bed emblem of the Government of Tamil Nadu and the Government of India and natural ponds with aquatic plants.
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The Italian garden was first laid out by Italian prisoners of World War I. You will find flower beds in Italian style in this part of the garden. There is also a crescent shaped lily pond with several aquatic plant species. The conservatory was constructed in 1912 with the objective of grouping various flowering plants. The nurseries are situated at an elevation of 300 feet above the lower lawns and consist of eight glass houses.
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The Government Rose Garden near Ooty was formerly known as the Jayalalitha Rose Garden, Centenary Rose Garden and Nootrandu Roja Poonga. It is the largest garden in India and a major tourist destination of Tamil Nadu. It attracts a large number of tourists from all over the country and the world.
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The rose garden is situated at an elevation of 2200 metres on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagram near Ooty. This beautiful rose garden is a must-visit destination for those visiting Ooty and is an integral part of Ooty honeymoon packages. The rose garden was established in order to commemorate the centenary flower show in the Government Botanical Gardens in May 1995.
The flowers in the rose garden are arranged in five curved terraces. It is spread over four hectares and is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. The temperatures and climate of Ooty is perfect for the growth of roses and hence the plants in the rose garden thrive well.
When the garden was developed, it had as many as 1,919 varieties of roses and about 17, 256 rose plants were planted. Currently, there are about 20,000 varieties of roses in the garden borne out of 2,800 cultivars. This huge figure makes this rose garden the largest of its kind in the country.
The collection at the rose garden includes varieties such as miniature roses, ramblers, floribunda, papagena, polyanthus, hybrid tea roses, Yakimour. You can also find roses in unusual colours such as green and black. The varieties grown at the rose garden have been collected from different parts of the world.
The layout of the garden has been done in such a manner that guests can view the plants and flowers in the best possible way. The garden has rose tunnels, pergolas and bowers with rose creepers. The Nila Maadam is the observation platform, which allows tourists to view the entire rose garden from one place.
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The Doddabetta is the highest peak in the Nilgiri Hills and is at an elevation of 8,650 feet above sea level. The peak is surrounded by a reserve forest. The Doddabetta Peak is situated at a distance of about 9 km from Ooty in the Ooty Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiri district in Tamil Nadu.
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The Doddabetta Peak is a major tourist destination near Ooty and hence is an integral part of Ooty honeymoon packages. The surroundings of the peak boast of immense natural beauty and scenic splendour. The peak is a favourite haunt of trekking enthusiasts and you can also enjoy trekking with your partner at the Doddabetta Peak.
The name Doddabetta in the Kannada language means the Big Mountain. The peak is surrounded by the famous mountain summits the Hecuba, with an elevation of 2375 metres; the Kattadadu, with an elevation of 2418 metres and Kulkudi, with an elevation of 2439 metres on the West.
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The area surrounding the Doddabetta Peak is covered in forests and luxurious vegetation. Shola forests can be found in abundance on the slopes of the mountain. The forests also contain slightly stunted rhododendron forests, flowering sub-elphine shrubs and herbs. Visitors to the peak can enjoy the beauty of the mountain using the telescopes available at the Telescope House situated at the top of the Doddabetta Peak. The observatory has two telescopes that are available to the public.
The telescope house was opened on June 18, 1983 and is run by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation. The telescope house received as many as 3500 visitors per day in season and about 700 per day during the off season in 2001-2002. The Doddabetta Peak will blow your mind away with its natural beauty. The peak is one of the most romantic places that you can take your partner to.
Kalhatty Water Falls
The Kalhatty Falls is an important tourist destination near Ooty. The natural beauty and scenic splendour of this majestic waterfall makes it a must-include destination in Ooty honeymoon packages. These falls are situated at a distance of 13 km from Ooty and are located on the Ooty-Mysore Road, which is also known as the Sigur Ghat Road. The waterfall has a height of 40 metres and looks majestic from a distance.
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This beautiful waterfall is surrounded by luxuriant greenery which enhances and accentuates its beauty further. Situated on the slopes of the Kalhatty Mountains, these waterfalls are a very popular picnic spot and attract tourists from all over the state and the country.
This wonderful destination will pump in more romance into your honeymoon. Watch the majestic spray with your beloved and soak in the beauty of the natural surroundings. A trip to the Kalhatty waterfalls can relax and rejuvenate your mind and body.
Furthermore, the romantic surroundings form the perfect background for your honeymoon. For those who love adventure or are wildlife enthusiasts, the Kalhatty-Masinagudi slopes abound in wildlife. You can easily spot wild animals such as sambars, spotted deer, wild dogs, wild buffaloes, bisons and panthers.
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Ooty is best known for its sprawling tea estates. The luxuriant spread of these tea estates makes the hill station of Ooty one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The Doddabetta Tea Factory is one of the major attractions of this place. It was founded in the year 2005 and sprawls on an area of 1 acre on the beautiful blue Nilgiri Hills. The tea factory produces about 30 tonnes of tea per month.
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The tea factory also has a tea museum which traces the origin of tea and its evolution. At the tea museum there are three broad sections on tea history. The first deals with the Origins of World Tea, the second with Tea History in India and the third is about the Evolution of Tea in the Nilgiris.
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At the Doddabetta Tea Factory you can see everything live – right from the point where tender tea leaves are brought in for withering to the manufacture of the final product. You can also have a glimpse of the machines that are used for the manufacture of tea. You can learn more about the rotorvanes, which consist of stainless steel vanes and gunmetal resistors. The machine crushes the tea leaves and extracts their juices. It finally releases the juice soaked leaf into the CTC machine, where further processing happens.
The Doddabetta Tea Factory also has a souvenir shop where you can pick up little knick knacks and memorabilia. From tea cups engraved with the tea museum logo, souvenir plates or a pack of high quality Nilgiri tea, you can pick up anything you want.
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In addition, you get to enjoy the scenic beauty of the expansive tea gardens and stroll around in the estate and learn more about this wonderful beverage.
The Wax Museum is situated near Ooty and is one of the most popular tourist places in Tamil Nadu. This museum is an Indian adaptation of Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum and is housed in a 130 year old colonial building.
You can see some amazingly accurate replicas of important figures and personalities from Indian history. The museum has about 20 such statues. This is one of the places you must not miss during a visit to Ooty. The popularity of this place makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations to be included in an Ooty honeymoon package.
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The museum is situated just 2 km from the main town of Ooty and falls on the route to several tourist destinations such as the Pykara Falls, the Parsons Valley and the Mukurthi National Park. You can stop over during your trip to these destinations and visit this museum which houses some extremely beautiful wax replicas of important personalities and figures from Indian history.
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The statue making at the museum is done using traditional and conventional sculpting and moulding methods and digital imaging techniques. The cost of making these statues varies from Rs 3 lakh to 15 lakh. These beautiful statues are made by an engineer turned businessman Shreeji Bhaskaran. One of his most celebrated creations was that of ‘The Last Supper’ which was unveiled and blessed at the Art Gallery of SE Cathedral in Old Goa. The statue measured 22 feet in length and was made out of 500 kg of wax.
The Wax World Museum was inaugurated in 2007 and is open to visitors. The popularity of the museum is such that it has become a must-visit destination in Ooty. Go take your beloved down memory lane with a trip to the Wax World Museum in Ooty.
The Pykara Falls is situated in the beautiful village of Pykara, which is located at a distance of 19 km from Ooty. This waterfall attracts a large number of tourists from all over the state, country and the world, with its natural beauty and scenic splendour. The beauty and refreshing atmosphere of this beautiful waterfall makes it one of the must-visit destinations in an Ooty honeymoon package.
The River Pykara is considered sacred by the Todas. The river rises at the Mukurthi peak, flows Northwards and then turns to the West after reaching the edge of the plateau. It flows through a series of waterfalls and the last of these are called the Pykara Falls.
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The sight of pristine white water gushing down the rocks is something you will never forget. You will have a memorable holiday or honeymoon amidst the luxuriantly green surroundings of the region. The water takes a deep plunge and forms the falls. The Pykara Falls have heights of 55 metres and 61 metres, respectively.
The River Pykara flows through Mukurthi, Pykara and Glen Morgan dams and forms an integral part of a hydro electric power project. The Pykara Falls are surrounded by dense forests which makes it a favourite haunt among nature lovers. There is a boat house on the Pykara reservoir, which is a major attraction for tourists.
Apart from the lovely spray and the boat house, the other attractions of the Pykara Falls are the well protected fenced shoals, Toda settlements, large grassy meadows and abundant wildlife. This place is a must-visit during your honeymoon in Ooty.
The boat house is one of the major attractions of the Pykara Falls. The boat house and its restaurant are maintained by the Tamil Nadu Tourism and Development Corporation. The boat house has several boats and motor boats that can be hired for 20 minute and 10 minute rides.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
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The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is an important tourist destination near Ooty. It is an important Tiger Reserve and is situated on the Northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills. The national park shares its boundaries with the states of Karnataka and Kerala.
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This beautiful wildlife sanctuary is surrounded on all sides by important wildlife conservation areas such as the Bandipur National Park and the Nagarhole National Park to the North. To the West of the sanctuary is the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and to its South is the Mukurthi National Park. The wildlife sanctuary abounds in flora and fauna and is home to a large number of animals such as the Indian leopard, gaur, Bengal tiger and Indian elephant.
The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is home to as many as 48 tigers. Apart from tigers, animals such as red giant flying squirrels, Indian giant squirrel, wild boars, Indian Spotted Chevrotain, Indian Muntjac, the Chital deer, the Sambar Deer, gaurs, gray langurs, bonnet macaque and Indian elephants are found in this beautiful sanctuary.
It is also home to a large number of bird species. As many as 227 bird species are found in the Mudumalai Bird Sanctuary and include species such as the minivet, Brown Hawk Owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Besra, Crested Goshawk, Bonelli’s Eagle, Jerdon’s Baza, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, and more.
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This is one of the must-visit destinations that are included in the Ooty honeymoon packages. The natural beauty of the sanctuary and the vibrant wildlife makes this place a perfect destination for adventure and wildlife enthusiasts. So if you are planning an adventurous honeymoon, this is the place to head for.
Kamaraj Sagar Dam
A sightseeing trip to the Kamaraj Sagar Dam is a must include in every Ooty honeymoon package. The dam is also known as the Sandynalla Reservoir and is situated in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. It is located at a distance of 10 km from the Ooty bus stand and can easily be reached through public transportation.
The dam is built on the Kamrajar Lake and spread over 400 acres. The river is a monsoon fed water body and measures about 6 km in length. The majestic peaks of the Western Ghats overlook this river. The Kamaraj Sagar Dam is one of the most popular tourist places near Ooty and visitors can enjoy sights of fishermen in little coracles, coconut and banana plantations and cardamom estates. Visitors can also enjoy a swim in the reservoir.
The Kamaraj Sagar Dam is a very popular destination with honeymoon couples because of its picturesque natural beauty. There are several eco-friendly resorts near the Kamaraj Sagar Dam. This area presents the best of India’s beautiful ecology. The edges of the reservoir are lined with coconut trees and mango trees. You can take walks around the reservoir with your loved one and soak in the natural beauty of the region.
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There are several walking trails around the reservoir which will take you on a transcendental journey into the rich ecological reserves of the region. You can also visit and explore several tourist destinations in the area through these walking trails.
The region is home to several species of birds and animals. Peacocks, storks, kingfishers, cranes, herons and sunbirds can easily be spotted in the area. The animals that are seen in this area include wild boars, Indian bison, barking deer, monkeys, mongooses and leopards.