Amongst the most popular hill stations in South India, Ooty is also the most frequented hill station near Banglore. Ooty with its pleasent weather and beautiful landscape and attractions like Ooty lake, botanical gardens fernhill palace stone house and destination around Ooty like Coonoor and Kotagiri is an ideal holiday destination for a family vacation
Ooty the "Queen of hill stations" is about 285 kms from Bangalore and is the most popular hill stations near Bangalore. Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations in India and is also a popular honeymoon destination in south India. Ooty is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. Toy train to ooty which commences from Mettupalayam is another very popular tourist attraction in ooty. Doddabetta peak (2623 meters) the highest in Nilgiris is about 10 kms from Ooty
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the oldest mountain railways in India. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2005. This railway links Ooty to the town of Mettupalayam at the foot of the hills. The Nilgiri Passenger train provides a convenient connection to the Nilgiri Express train to the state capital, Chennai via Coimbatore. Coonoor was the original termination point of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in the hills, before the line was extended to Ooty.
Masinagudi is a sleepy village near Ooty, bordering the Mudumalai forest. Itís accessible in half an hours drive from Ooty and in an hour from Ooty. Masinagudi is still unspoilt and charming and jungle safaris in Masinagudi is very popular.
A beautiful hill station over shadowed by the popularity of Ooty, Coonoor is a smaller hill station about 20 kms from Ooty. Coonoor is gaining popularity amongst tourist looking for some quite time away from the commercialization and choose Coonoor over Ooty. Masinagudi an erstwhile elephant corridor is near Coonoor and you might just spot a tusker on the road itself!!