lake : OOTY
lake is favourite tourist spots of the visitors. The
lake covers an area of one and a half square miles,
with a railway running along one bank. The large graveyard
of St. Thomas's church, built in 1870, overlooks the
lake. It has the tallest memorial of Ooty, a huge
pillar surmounted by a cross, over the grave of William
Patrick Adam, the Governor of Madras Presidency, who
died in Ooty in 1881. Paddle boats or rowing boats
are available for boating enthusiasts.
Gardens : The gardens lie on the lower
slopes of Dodabetta peak, the highest point in Ooty.
Clipped bushes in the form of elephants, with raised
trunks, and other animals greet the visitors, all
over the Gardens. More than a thousand different species
of plants including thirty odd varieties of eucalyptus.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral, recently enlarged, can
be seen on the road from Charing Cross to the Botanical
Charms of the City
The beauty of the sights to see in this picturesque
town is simply boundless. Here You will see the splendors
of mother nature as closely as anyone can. If time
permits, unfold the mesmerizing beauty of Kodaikanal
with a leisurely walk to places like star shaped lake
and Fairy Falls that add something special to the
already ravishing beauty of this heavenly destination.
The star-shaped lake or the Kodaikanal Lake is located
in the central point of the Kodaikanal and is one
of the major tourist attraction of town. It is the
brainchild of former Collector, Sir Vere Levinge,
who transformed a marshy land into a breathtaking
star shaped water body. The entire lake spread over
an area of about 60 acres. The lake is surrounded
by a variety of trees like Pine and Eucalyptus. Apart
from enjoying the relaxing view of the lake, you have
an option for boating courtesy the Boat Club or you
can savor a small horse ride along the sidelines.
From the Kodaikanal Lake, it is just 3 km away. It
is one of the three solar observatories in the world
that were built more than 75 years ago. It is situated
at an elevation of 2343 meters which is the highest
point of the town. You have to book a ticket for the
scheduled shows to get an experience of the solar
system, which surely will be worth the money and time
you spend on it.
Kodaikanal is famous among travelers for the most
scintillating viewpoints from where you get the most
panoramic glances of the entire Kodaikanal hill station.
The best viewpoints here are Green Valley view point,
Pillar Rocks, and the Dolphin's Nose. A visit to these
viewpoints and a glimpse of the nature's marvel from
them can be the best memory that you take from here.