Ooty Botanical Gardens
Ooty Botanical Gardens
If you are on a sightseeing tour to Ooty, you might want to visit the Government Botanical gardens, which were laid out in 1847. The picturesque gardens that are maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 hectares. The Gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old. The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk amidst greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close.
Annamalai Temple is a situated about 20 km distance from Ooty. This place is famous for the temple of Lord Muruga, known as 7th Hill house of the lord. The view from the temple is really awesome. There is an observatory at the top of the hill for the public to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view.
Ooty Rose gardens
It’s an amazing and very large area garden. You can enjoy varieties of roses there. The roses bloom for only 2-3 months a year (not sure when), so going there off-season is not very interesting. If interested, you can buy the seeds and plants.
Wax World – (Wax Museum)
It is a private investment not supported by the Government. Don’t expect much, like other foreign wax museums which are helped by tourism authorities for advertisements and promotions. But for sight seeing, its good. More attraction is the very old house, where the museum is set up. Candles are available for purchase. But it is suffering from funds for expansion so they request tourists to visit so that they can get help from them, which is the only form of support.
Sims Park (Coonoor)
Similar to Ooty botanical garden, very rare plants and trees are present. The park is famous for the fruit show it hosts annually during summers.
The Tea Factory
Several tree gardens and factories are located here. They will approach you with free tea tasting and offer some tea packets to buy. But be cautious if you don’t have much knowledge about tea, better not to buy from them as the packaged tea might not taste the same. The quality of spices quality is also not so good.
Boating at Pykara
It is an awesome experience for the visitors. Though the rate of boating is little bit high but it is worthy. Fresh air, good feeling and good view. The rates are as follows (as of April 2014): 8 seater motor boat Rs 500 (for 20 mins); 10 seater motor boat Rs 600 (for 20 mins), 2 seater speed boat Rs 550 (for 10 mins).
Falls at Pykara
Historical Dam with Power station at Pykara
Some called it as ‘Lambs rock” as it has naturally taken the shape of a lamb. Go through a very small forest and then you can see the rock.