Enjoy a full day of sightseeing today! We visit the beautiful tea and coffee plantations of Ooty and the Rose Gardens. The tea gardens are surrounded by lush green hills covered in pine and eucalyptus
forests and spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers.
Possibly the highlight of the day is a wonderful joy ride on the charming Toy Train from Ooty to Coonoor. Negotiating the Blue Mountain Railway line the blue and cream steam livery chugs from Mettupalayam to Otty via Coonoor, negotiating 16 tunnels, 31 major bridges and climbing to 2193 metres.
Ooty typically has pleasant and perfect weather all year round and was initially established around 1820 as a place for the British to escape the extreme heat of the plains eventually developing into one of the most popular resort towns. The scent of Eucalyptus trees, pine trees, coffee and tea plantations fill the air with a spicy fragrance. While tea is the main produce of the region essential oils of Eucalyptus, clove, geranium, lemon grass and camphor extracted from local plants of high quality are also produced in Ooty.
Situated in the Nilgiris or Blue Mountains, are a mountain range made up of at least 24 mountain peaks bordering Karnataka and Kerala and running through Tamil Nadu. At 7,500 feet the charming hill station of Ooty, which is actually short for Ootacamund and is now officially named Udhagamandalam is found lying between four mountain peaks –Club Hill, Snowdon, Doddabetta and Elk Hill offering spectacular landscapes.
Overnight - Coonoor