Perched at an altitude of 7350 ft, Ooty makes for a quaint and beautiful hill station. Nestled in the protective embrace of the Nilgiri Hills, Ooty is a town known for its old world charm and unparalleled simplistic beauty. Pleasant weather, fascinating colonial architecture and a culturally blessed population make this town irresistible to travelers from across the globe. The town is famous for its flora and fauna, besides landscapes that are naturally stunning and delightful. Ooty is also popular for its many lakes and water bodies. In fact, the town was originally known by the name of Udhagamandala, loosely translated to mean a village of water. Here’s a listicle of the town’s best lakes that make for compelling and relaxing visits.
Upper Bhavani Lake
About an hour’s drive from the heart of Ooty is a treasure hidden in the dense forests of the Nilgiris. This treasure, known by the name of the Upper Bhavani Lake is a vision that is best appreciated when seen with one’s own eyes. The lake located deep within a forest is blessed with wildlife, besides exotic flowers and vegetation. On account of its location, the lake is inaccessible to private vehicles. Forest department vehicles are available from as early as 9 a.m for nature enthusiasts to take a trip to one of Mother Nature’s many wonders, for a nominal fee.
Avalanche is a forested region about 30 kms from Ooty and comprises the Avalanche Lake and Sanctuary. Serving as an important source of water to the Kundah Hydro Power Station, this lake is surrounded by unusual flowers in vibrant colours. The lake that opens from 9 am to 6 pm is also popular for those who enjoy trout fishing. There is a hatchery in the vicinity that provides equipment for the same.
Pykara is a village located about 19 km from Ooty and is one that boasts the beautiful Pyakar Lake and Waterfalls. The lake is open all day to tourists and is a great place for a family picnic and leisure outing. Speed boats and motorboats are available for adventure lovers and fun seekers. The lake is surrounded by natural beauty that is simply captivating.
A lake of clear blue waters and an ambiance comprising pine trees and forests is what makes the Emerald Lake mesmerizing. Located in close vicinity to the Upper Bhavani and Avalanche Lake, this lake too is open to tourists all day from 9 am to 6 pm. A short walk from the lake can lead you to the Emerald Dam – one that offers stunning views of un-imagined beauty.
There are many resorts and hotels in Ooty that make tourists feel at home. So, do plan a visit to this classic hill station in 2016 and explore its timeless grandeur.