Friday, 26 September 2014

Options for tourists to get around in Ooty


Ooty is among the most romantic destinations of India, visited by many of the honeymooners and leisure tourists to spend some quality time away from bustling crowds. While enjoying a memorable vacation in this hill station, travellers would like to get to all the popular tourist attractions. The most exciting way to savour the beautiful natural surroundings of the region is by boarding a miniature train of Nilgiri Mountain Railway.

Ooty


Buses plying from Mysore and parts of Tamil Nadu to Ooty can also be an excellent mode of transport for getting around in the hill station. Tourists can also choose to take the local buses that leave for Kotagiri and Coonoor every 30 minutes. Hiring a private taxi would give travellers the chance to get to their desired locations in this region at reasonable rates. Some of the popular resorts in Ooty give their guests the convenience of travelling to all the popular places of Ooty with their taxi services.


This particular amenity is useful not only for the sightseeing tours, but can also be utilized for airport transfers by the tourists. Many of these resorts also arrange pick-ups and drops for their guests, which makes the railway station or bus stop transfers hassle-free.

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.