Honeymoon in Ooty
After the flurry of wedding rituals gets over, a romantic vacation amidst the heavenly nature is a perfect way for newly weds to begin their married life. With its pristine beauty, lush greenery, clear skies, curvaceous hill trails and cascading waterfalls, Ooty makes a perfect honeymoon destination.
Ooty, short for Udhagamandalam, is a small and beautiful hill station in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. Spend some quality time with your life partner here and know each other better. You are certainly going to have the most memorable time here and come back completely refreshed and rejuvenated.
Honeymoon Attractions in Ooty
Nilgiri Mountain Railways
This World Heritage Site was built by the British in 1908. Take a ride with your beloved for one the most memorable memories of your honeymoon in Ooty.
Coffee & Tea Plantations
There's nothing like taking a walk through Ooty's tea plantations in the morning. Soak in the chaste beauty and serenity of the place with your partner for a refreshing experience.
Built by John Sullivan in 1822, the Stone House was the first bungalow to come up in Ooty. This beautiful piece of architecture is now home to the Government Arts College of Ooty.
This 22-acre exquisite garden has more than a thousand varieties of plants, flowers, shrubs, herbs, which are both beautiful and rare. A 20-million-year-old fossilised tree is a big draw among tourists.
This lively picnic spot has provisions for boating. The entire area, spanning 65 acres, is surrounded by eucalyptus trees, filling the atmosphere with a fresh, herbal aroma. The best attraction is the boat race and pageant that takes place in the month of May. Honeymooners can soak in the serene beauty of the place while enjoying a boat ride.
While strolling along the hills of Ooty, you may come across a few Toda huts where the tribal Toda people live. You can explore a unique cultural existence by taking a look at their bamboo huts and designs adorning them.
Ten kms from Ooty, this is the highest peak in the Nilgiris. It provides a magnificent view of the entire Nilgiri Range. A walk towards this peak will be a memorable trekking experience for newly married couples that will be complete with a quiet, private time together.
Flowing 19 km away from Ooty, this river is sacred to the Toda tribe. The river makes several waterfalls at various places which form pleasant picnic sites. Honeymooners can also find a forest rest house and boat houses along the Pykara.
This grassland area in the Nilgiris is dotted with small hills and woods which offer a scenic treat and a romantic ambience.
Things to Do in Ooty
The National Parks
Mudamalai National Park, which is also a tiger reserve, is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in India. Go for an exotic wildlife treat with your partner and catch a glimpse of the elephants, chital, Bengal tigers and a number of endangered birds here. You can also go to the Mukurthi National Park, in the south-east area of Nilgiri district, which is famous for its Nilgiri Ibex. The exclusive Nilgiri wildlife can be seen in these sanctuaries only.
The Mesmerizing Lakes
Emerald lake is a breathtaking sight with its emerald-coloured water and neighbouring pine forests. The gorgeous and serene Avalanche Lake, though a little off-limits for tourists, is close to Emerald Lake. You can also go to Porthimund Lake. The beautiful lakes are an intrinsic part of Ooty's beauty and the itineraries of honeymooners as well.
Shopping in Ooty
Shopping for ethnic items is a great way to have some fun-filled moments with your partner. You can know each other's likes and preferences and carry home souvenirs as memories of your stay here. Cheap, warm clothes can be bought from the Kashmiri shops on Commercial Road. Woolens can be bought at the Tibetan Market. Buy the best tea, honey and other natural products from the Green Shop.
You can also buy postcards and old books from the Higginbothams, which is on Commissioner's Road.
Handicrafts and local fabric can be bought at the Super market on Charring Cross. Antique Toda jewelry and shawls can be bought from the Main Bazaar.
Where to Stay?
There are a wide range of hotels in Ooty to make your stay comfortable. The Hill Country Holiday Resort Lovedale and La Flora Amberley Resort are luxurious. Woodberry Residency, Blue Hills International, Meadows Residency and Sinclairs Retreat are equally good options for couples who don't want to barter comfort for anything else.
Where to Eat?
Enjoy a wide range of cuisines at the restaurants in Ooty with your better half. Sidewalk Cafe offers Italian cuisine and Shinkow's is expert in Chinese. If have a common love for Biryani , then head for Hyderabad Biryani House.
So what are you thinking? Just pack your bags and take off for an amazing and cozy honeymoon in this 'queen of hill stations'.