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From nature walks in gardens that makes one wonder whether Paradise, as depicted in scriptures of various cultures, have actually been derived from such sensory experiences to relaxing over a cup of tea from the tea plantations dotting the hillside, only to realize most humbly of nature’s gifts as a bountiful provider, the tourist places in Ooty can be expected to resuscitate the soul, depleted of its spiritual reserves through the trials of everyday existence.
Ooty, once the summer capital of Madras Presidency under the British, can be safely regarded as “India’s Switzerland”. John Sullivan, the then collector of Coimbatore had noted the same in his elaborate report on the region, way back in the 19th century. After independence, Ooty was developed into a major tourist destination and understandably so, given its qualification for the same, owing to nature’s abundant blessings in terms of climate, scenic splendour, local sights and sounds, its wealth of birds and beasts and of course its homegrown beverages of tea and coffee.
The majestic “Queen of the Hills” forms part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, reputed for its fragile and exquisite ecosystem. In the ecological parlance, it is best known as a “hotspot”, the label justifying the designation of the section of the Western Ghats as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ooty has been developed to offer a rare glimpse to tourists of the essence of the rest of the reserve, much of which are out of bounds as part of conservation efforts.
The wooded hills of the Western Ghats with its canopy of unkempt, untouched shola vegetation interspersed with maintained and cultivated tea gardens offer a rare view of the symbiotic existence of man and nature where one can see and learn what sustainable use of natural resources should ideally look like. The botanical garden and rose garden curate much of the bounty of nature at Ooty to mesmerizing effect. One has to see the tourist places in Ooty it to believe in the gifts of life, otherwise often conveniently overlooked.
Day 1: Coimbatore - Ooty
Arrive in Coimbatore. Transfer to Ooty (90 kms / 2 hrs), the Queen of Hill stations. The rest of the day is at leisure. Stay overnight.
Day 2: Ooty Sightseeing
Start your exploration of Ooty by visiting the Botanical Gardens, known for its exotic plants and colourfully laid out ornamental gardens. Visit the Doddabetta peak, the highest point in the Nilgiri mountains and move on to the beautiful Ooty Lake where you can enjoy an optional boat ride. Stay overnight.
Day 3 : Ooty Sightseeing (sprawling Tea gardens)
Today is at leisure OR take an optional excursion to Coonoor to visit the sprawling Tea gardens and tea factory, enjoy a joy ride on the Toy Train. Stay overnight.
Day 4: Ooty - Kodaikanal
This morning, you proceed to Kodaikanal (264 kms / 7 hrs) a charming hill station that sits amidst sylvan beauty on the Southern crest of the upper Palani Hills. Stay overnight.
Day 5: Kodaikanal Sightseeing (Shenbaganur Museum)
Today, you will visit the Shenbaganur Museum, this houses one of the best orchid collections in India, also visit the Coakers Walk on the steep southern face of the Kodai Ridge with its Telescope House, continue to the picturesque Kodai Lake where boating is a favorite past time. Stay overnight.
Day 6: Kodaikanal Sightseeing
Full day at leisure to relax in your cozy retreat or participate in the various recreational activities provided by your resort. Stay overnight.
Day 7: Kodaikanal - Madurai
Today, you will be transferred to Madurai (90 kms / 2 hrs) airport / railway station. Tour ends with sweet memories...