Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Ooty Needle Rock View Point

Every year, many tourists who visit Ooty and its surroundings, never forget to visit a popular attraction known as Needle Rock Viewpoint in Gudalur town of Nilgiris district. This marvellous tourist attraction derives its name from a cone-shaped rock which is one of the main features of this area. It is a good place to visit in Ooty for tourists, offering them breathtaking views of grasslands and valley of the Nilgiris. The beautiful landscapes that tourists travelling to Ooty view from this spot make them forget all the worries of a hectic life. Another memorable view that visitors can truly enjoy is the sunset which is clearly visible from this spot.

Needle Rock Viewpoint in Gudalur

This particular place is also known as the Needle Hill View Point. It is one of the most preferred Ooty view point of tourists and is located very close to many other attractions of the region. As Ooty can be visited at any point of time during the year, people who wish to experience the magic of Needle Rock Viewpoint can visit this spot during any season of their choice. But, October to June may be the ideal period to embark on a trip to this region as this Ooty view point would give them some exciting moments of their lives. Though there are many other Ooty attractions in the region that are worth visiting, many travellers of Ooty view this place as something which is truly enchanting. Nature enthusiasts would love to be in such surroundings that transport them to an entirely different world.

United-21 Paradise Ooty Resort

When travelling to Ooty, many tourists are always in search for a comfortable accommodation. United-21 Paradise is a very special hill resort which is located close to Needle Rock Viewpoint and offers spacious cottages in Ooty for a memorable stay. These cottages are available in three different varieties and tourists can choose one that suits their budgets. Before choosing a place to visit in Ooty from all the enchanting attractions in the region, tourists must also consider the location of their hotel or resort. This is why many travellers of Ooty view this resort as the best choice for a holiday in this enchanting region.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Ooty Stone House

For many years, tourists visiting Ooty have marvelled at an amazing structure called Stone House. It is an important monument as it has led to the development of tourism in this region over a period of time. Shortly after it was built, it became a popular European summer resort. Now, it serves as the official residence of the Principal of Government Arts College. Architecture of Ooty Stone House inspired many colonial buildings that were built in the region following its construction. A great deal of modernization was brought about in the region after these construction activities.

Ooty Stone House
Ooty Stone House

This building came into existence due to efforts of John Sullivan, Collector of Coimbatore district during British India in early nineteenth century and his associates. After discovering several Ooty places and attractions, he decided to go ahead with a project aimed at its modernization. The foundation was laid through construction of this building, and Ooty was made accessible by clearing forests, constructing roads and laying a railway track. When Mr. Sullivan was convinced that the region was a good place to stay and had all the qualities that would make it a future tourist destination, he constructed the first mansion which is currently known as Ooty Stone House among visitors. In recent times, many hotels and resorts have come up in this region that offer comfortable accommodations for tourists at attractive rates. Many of the old buildings that had come up during British rule have now been converted into homestays.

There are several tourists who are always in search for excellent accommodations to enjoy their holidays in Ooty. Cottages that United-21 Paradise, Ooty offers for tourists have an architecture which is quite similar to the heritage homes in the region.  But, they are fully equipped with modern facilities that make for a comfortable stay. Surroundings are complete with beautiful landscapes, giving a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy marvellous views.  Another great advantage of these accommodations is that guests get to have excellent food in its multi-cuisine restaurant. There are many attractions that are located close to this wonderful resort, which would offer great convenience for guests to visit them.  

Monday, 24 December 2012

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Beautiful Journey through Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Nilgiri Mountains, a part of the Western Ghats, is situated in the westernmost part of Tamil Nadu, bordering Kerala and Karnataka. The best way to witness the beautiful mountain is by boarding a toy train which runs amidst mountains offering a magnificent view of the Nilgiri Hills. Nilgiri Mountain Railway was added as an extension to the World Heritage Site in the year of 2005 and now comes under Mountain Railways of India.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway

                   Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The railway line in Nilgiri is the steepest one in Asia. The journey starts from Mettupalayam and it navigates through dense forest, along the valleys and tunnels till it reaches Ooty. The upward journey takes around 4 hours and fifty minutes and the downhill journey takes around 3 hours and 35 minutes. The train covers a distance of 41.8 km and the route is through many curves, bridges and tunnels. Although it takes more time than the roadways, the ride on the toy train would a treat for your eyes. These beautiful scenery and train could be seen in the famous Bollywood Movie, “Dil se.” The first train to Ooty from Mettupalayam departs at 07.10 hours and reaches Ooty at 12.00 hours. People could book tickets in this Nilgiri Mountain Railway train through Indian Railways official website. They can also book tickets from the railway station but it is advisable to book tickets way in advance as you would find hardly any tickets available at the counter. One can even charter the entire train for a single and round trip. The maximum capacity of the toy train is 176 passengers and most of them get booked way too early. The journey begins when steam locomotives carries the coach till Coonoor and from their till  Ooty diesel engine hauls the coaches.

Toy train has been the major attractions in Ooty. With the train passing through serene beautiful valleys, gushing streams, whistling forest and windy tunnels, one could ask for no more for their memorable trip.