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By : Bhaskar Chandra Trivedi

Pykara Lake

Udhagamandalam, better known as Ooty is in the Tamil Nadu state, south of India. It is also known as the queen of hill stations. It is surrounded by the famous Nilgiris Hills. Tea state, Pine forest, Pykara river, Pykara lake, Pykara waterfall and toy train add to the beauty and serenity of this place. Ooty welcomes its guests with cool breeze and lush green scenic beauty. The rail here, still operating on the steam locomotive is reminiscent of the initial India Railway system. UNESCO has included Ooty Railways to the world heritage site. Journey from Bangalore to Ooty covers the home of tigers, leopards and many more wild animals and birds - Bandipur forest(Karnataka) and Mudumalai forest(Tamilnadu).

Malawar Squirrel 

House sparrow 

The tourist attractions here are the Ooty lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Toda Huts, Wax world, Deer Park and many more. In the evening, you can enjoy shopping food spices and homemade chocolates – Ooty’s speciality in the local market.

Train journeys are fun here. You can book online tickets through IRCTC website. If the tickets are not available then you can travel in a general coach too. You can get the general ticket at the counter at railway station

Pykara Lake and Pykara waterfall can be covered on the way from Bangalore to Ooty. It is less explored and more beautiful than the other spots.

Pykara Lake

Pykara Lake

Pykara River

Pykara River

Pykara river

Pykara River
The Pine forest adds immense scenic beauty to Ooty. Perfect to picturise a romantic melodious song.

Pine Forest

Pine forest
In the evening, you can enjoy a less crowded market. The market is full of home made chocolates, food spices, clothes etc.

Ooty Market

Spice Shop

Free from pollution, Ooty has a clear sky at night.If you are a nature lover you will surely enjoy the calmness of the place, especially in the night!

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