Udhagamandalam abbreviated as Udhagai and Ooty is a small hill station of Tamil Nadu known for its scenic beauty and cool climate. It is located 80 km north of Coimbatore. It is a popular summer destination for people who want to get away from the heat of North India. Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri hills – the blue mountains. Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
Many who wish to travel to Ooty by road so that they don’t have to miss the cool breeze and scenic beauty can always get two-wheelers on rent in Bangalore since bike rentals have made hiring bikes so easy and affordable.
Despite being located in the sub-tropical region, Ooty mostly experiences a pleasant climate with cool breeze providing solace to the soul. The town offers the best recreational activities. It is said that an army officer Neville Francis Fitzgerald Chamberlain invented snooker in Ooty. A number of lakes, gardens and parks make Ooty a perfect picnic spot, one that bikers love going to on road trips.
The Rose Garden of Ooty is the largest in the county and. It is situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill of Ooty. this garden has one of the largest collection of roses in the country and includes varieties like including hybrid tea roses, Miniature Roses, Polyanthas, Papagena, Floribunda, Ramblers, Yakimour and roses of black and green colors. Ooty hosts a flower show and an exhibition of rare plant species every May for plant lovers.
The Ooty is a major tourist attraction and doesn’t fail to enchant tourists by its beauty and occupies an area of around 65 acres. A deer park located near the edge of the lake often witnesses sightings of deer, stags and other wild animals. The lake is situated amidst Eucalyptus trees and boat races and regatta galas are organized here in the month of May. The Pykara river rises at Mukurthi peak and passes through the hilly tract and flows from the edge of the plateau as Pykara falls. Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Parsons Valley Reservoir, Emerald Lake, Avalanche Lake and Porthimund Lake are other lakes in the region which make great picnic spots. Tourists can go to these places by picking up bikes on rent from bike rentals in Bangalore.
Doddabetta is the highest peak of the Nilgiris and lies at the junction of the Western and Eastern Ghats. Mudumalai National Park and tiger reserve lie on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills. The sanctuary is divided into 5 ranges - Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota. Here one can often spot herds of Indian elephants, vulnerable gaur, chital, Bengal tiger, leopards and other endangered species. The Mudumalai National Park is a World Heritage Site. Apart from many tribal museums and historic places like Stone House (Kal Bangala), St. Stephen's Church and Ooty Club a major attraction of Ooty is Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was built by the British in 1908 and still relies on its fleet of steam locomotives, transporting the travellers to the glorious past and the British era of India. In July 2005, UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Ooty is beautiful in all aspects and for those who wish to explore the city in peace must rely on one’s personal vehicle instead of public transport. For this, tourists can easily hire two-wheelers from Bangalore bike rentals.