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Ooty Lake in Ooty

·  Summer: March-June (12°C - 29°C)
·  Winter: November-February (2°C - 24°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  October-May

Opening Time: 8:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 6:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Nil

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 5
Children:  INR 2
Cameras:  INR 10
Video Camera:  INR 100
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 5
Children:  INR 2
Cameras:  INR 10
Video Camera:  INR 100
John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty, dammed the mountain streams in the region to construct the picturesque Ooty Lake in 1824. Spread over 2.5 km. in an irregular ‘L’ shape, the lake is well-known for its luxuriant greenery contributed by eucalyptus. The main attraction of the lake is its Boat House offering invigorating rides on motor boats, row boats and paddle boats.

Other highlights of the lake include a mini garden, a toy train, an amusement park, a 3D simulation theatre and a deer park. Restaurants and snack bars add to the picnic quality of the lake. Pony rides near the lake are also worth taking. Visit the lake during May when boat races and pageantry competitions are held. Tourists need to pay additional costs for boat rides, video games, toy train rides and other attractions.

Road: NH 67 connects Ooty with Coimbatore while NH 212 connects it with Mysore and several other places. Each of these highways is in good condition and offer heart-warming journeys through hills. Public transport buses as well as taxis are the convenient modes to access the lake directly from these places.

Railway: Mettupalayam Railway Station (about 54 km.) and Coimbatore Junction (about 90 km.) are the closest rail access points for the lake. Hiring taxis from these stations is the best option for the further road trip. The World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway offers a spectacular ride on bridges and through tunnels from Coimbatore Junction to Ooty Railway Station (less than 2 km. from the lake).

Airway: Coimbatore Airport (about 99 km.) is the closest airport from the lake. Hire a taxi near the air terminal to reach the lake.