Ooty – Queen of Hill Stations
Down south there are a couple of hill stations which provide relief from the heat of plains. Book your airline tickets now! Ooty, abbreviated form of Ootacamand (local name Udhagamandalam) is one fantastic place sought after by many tourists during summers in India. What is worth seeing and experiencing here is the Nilgiri Mountain Railways! Udhagamandalam is connected to Mettupalayam (a distance of 45.88kms) by this railway track. It is a fairy tale like ride at the speed of 33km/hr.
The journey in this train is exciting; it goes through large girder bridges and 16 long, dark tunnels. The sights of green plantations on the hill side are worth framing in bytes. The most thrilling part of the journey is when the train takes the sharpest bend of the track, which is 17.5 degrees. Tourists travel in this train just for fun and for soothing sights of landscape along the journey. No wonder it has got the nickname Queen of Hill Stations!
Another interesting activity one can indulge in here is trekking. You can trek to Doddabeta, the second highest peak of Western Ghats. Tour the tea plantations and visit one of the tea factories there. The Ooty lake is another famous picnic spot. This large lake hosts boat race and several water sports. Check the timing of these and plan your visit. Coimbatore airport is the nearest airport and is around 105 km from Ooty.