I had been to this place twice during my childhood days, and this was the third time. Also the toy train journey was really amazing experience, which I had mentioned in my previous post. I had booked a room in the Sunpark hotel well in advance. The hotel was good, though Nandini, my wife felt that the Lake view hotel would have been better.
The first place we went to see immediately after our lunch was the botanical garden. This garden was laid out in 1848 and is currently maintained by the Horticulture Department of Tamil Nadu.
There is a beautiful green lawn where one can relax and have some fun with family and friends. We had visited this place twice as we couldn’t cover it completely on the first day. This is one place which Nadini was very keen to see and I am glad that we could see it completely on the last day of our stay in Ooty.
If you are lucky then you may find some birds in the botanical garden………..
We had hired a local taxi and our driver was called Mahalingam, who was fond of having food in jain hotels.
The second day was really memorable as we had been to the Pykara Lake,
6th mile & 9th mile
Pykara falls ( The waterfalls was almost dried up with less water ), Oak tree and Pine Tree forest, The Golf Course, Rose Garden; where we got one memorable photo together. It has about 1000 varieties of roses ranging from red to yellow.
We had visited the St.Stephen’s Church :-
We also visited Sim’s park, though it couldn’t be compared with the Botanical Garden in Ooty, but still it was nice.
On the third day in Ooty, we went to Doddabetta; the highest peak in South India. It stands at 2,623 Meters tall. However, we weren’t so much impressed visiting this place. Also we couldn’t see the Lamp’s Rock and Dolphin’s Nose view points due to bad weather and fog.
We had been to tea garden in Coonor, where my wife had dressed like a tea plucking lady and had posed for some pictures.
I liked the angel’s statue in the St.Thomas Church, which I had seen before in one of the travel books.
We had been to the sacred heart church where many movie shootings were done.
All in all, it was a memorable trip to Ooty, which will forever be framed in our hearts for a long time.