Monday, 15 September 2014

Get close to divinity at St. Stephen's Church in Ooty

A hill station preferred by many honeymooners and leisure tourists, Ooty is located in the Nilgiris district of the Indian state, Tamil Nadu. It is home to many popular tourist spots; but there are some attractions nearby that draws many visitors every year. Among them is St. Stephen's Church, which travellers can visit on the way to Mysore city. This church is one of the oldest in Nilgiris district, and was established in the early nineteenth century. 



Stephen Rumbold Lushington, Governor of Madras during the nineteenth century, had felt the need to have a church in Ooty for British people residing in the hill station and its surrounding regions. Foundation of this church was thus laid on 23rd of April, 1829, coinciding with King George IV's birthday. It was consecrated by the Bishop of Calcutta, John Matthias Turner, in the year 1830. On the 3rd April, 1831, it was opened to public communion. Timber used in the construction of St. Stephen's Church was taken from the palace of Tipu Sultan. Architect of the church was John James Underwood, who was a Captain in the Madras Regiment. St. Stephen's Church features scenes from the life of Jesus Christ on its wall and stained glass windows. Even after so many years, this structure still shows no signs of wear and tear; and continues to mesmerize numerous faithfuls and tourists visiting it. Travellers enjoying a stay in Ooty during their vacation can make a trip to this church during its daily visiting hours. On every Sunday, it holds a service from 8:00 in the morning till 11:00 am.

A visit to this wonderful place of worship is an unforgettable experience for many. Tourists can also have the opportunity to tour some of the most exciting places close to St. Stephen's Church during their holiday spent in Ooty.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Visit Lord Murugan In 108 Steps

There are several fascinating places in Ooty that tourists like to visit during their vacation spent in this amazing hill station. Located in the Nilgiri Hills of the Indian state, Tamil Nadu, it attracts plenty of tourists every year owing to its beautiful natural surroundings and pleasant climatic conditions. Of the many things to do in Ooty for travellers, a visit to Murugan Temple in Elk Hill is highly recommended. People who have visited the temple at Batu Caves in Malaysia would find this site quite similar to it. A 40-feet tall statue of Lord Murugan stands outside this temple, which can be seen by devotees and tourists ascending its 108 steps.
Lord Murugan Temple, Ooty
Administration of this temple rests with the authorities of Marriamman Temple and the Hindu Religious Endowment Board. Considered as one of the best Ooty attractions for tourists, this Murugan temple also gives its visitors an opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of Elk Hill. The overall atmosphere of this place calms the senses of visitors, while the events held in the temple is a visual delight for many. Of all the festivals celebrated in it, Thaipusam enjoys great popularity among locals as well as tourists. Grand festivities can be witnessed on this occasion, including a procession which is taken from Sri Mahamariamman Temple to the temple of Lord Murugan in early hours of the morning.

Vehicles available from the ATC bus stand offers the required convenience for tourists and devotees in reaching this site. Some of the resorts in Ooty also provide transport services to their guests, which would be of great help for them in visiting the Lord Murugan Temple on Elk Hill and other popular attractions. Ascending the 108 steps of the temple would be one of the unique experiences that visitors would have come across in their life.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Avalanche Lake: One Of The Popular Ooty Attractions

Ooty has become one of the most famous hill stations in India over the years, and is visited by plenty of leisure tourists and honeymooners every year. It is located in the Nilgiri district of the Indian state, Tamil Nadu. While there is no dearth of interesting places to visit in Ooty for tourists, they would certainly find Avalanche Lake to be truly amazing and worth visiting. It is about 28 kilometres away from the hill station and derives its name from a massive land slide that took place in this region during the early nineteenth century.
 
Avalanche Lake, Ooty
Avalanche Lake, Ooty
This lake has a beautiful landscape with places that have magnolias, rhododendrons and orchids blooming in the surroundings. It is one of the important Ooty tourist attractions on the list of places that visitors should never miss. People touring the Avalanche Lake can walk through the winding paths, enjoying beautiful views on their way. They can also indulge in some exciting activities like fishing and rafting. Many of the tourists like to camp near the lake by pitching their tents and spreading out their campsite accessories. Hilly areas of the Upper Bhavani are the ideal places for trekking enthusiasts to have a wonderful time.

Both international and domestic tourists travelling by air can get to Ooty easily from the Coimbatore International Airport. Tourists who prefer to travel by train for reaching Ooty would have greater convenience in getting to the hill station from Udhagamandalam Railway Station. Excellent connectivity by road helps travellers in reaching the hotel or resort where they have booked a stay. Tourists who are concerned about limited finances can book their accommodation in a budget resort in Ooty for greater savings during the trip. While these resorts provide a stay at lower prices, they do not compromise on the standard of facilities available in their rooms and the quality of services. .