Established as a summer retreat by the British and nicknamed ‘Snooty Ooty’,Ooty is a visual delight filled with pretty cottages, fenced flower gardens, thatched-roof churches and terraced botanical gardens. Venture a few kilometres out and you’ll find yourself surrounded by greener, quieter areas dotted with an abundance of pine trees.

Top sightseeing spots: Pykara Falls and Lake, Mudumalai, Doddabetta, Tea Estate Viewpoint, Wax Museum, Hidden Valley, Echo Rock and Emerald Dam.

For how long: Visit Ooty for a period of 3-4 days.

How to reach: Coimbatore is the nearest domestic airport from Ooty located 88 kilometres away from the latter. It is well-connected with most of the Indian cities. The nearest railhead is Mettupalyam situated 40 kilometres from Ooty.

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