7 Places in Ooty that are rich in heritage

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Ooty, a picturesque hill station in southern India, is a popular holiday destination. Ooty is known as the ‘Queen of Hills’ for its pleasant climate and lush vegetation. The road to Ooty is full of hair-pin bends, so the thrill begins even before you arrive. This hill town in the Nilgiri Mountains is a great place to visit with family and friends this summer. Aside from the top attractions like Ooty Lake and the Botanical Garden, Ooty also has some historical sites worth exploring. 

First on the list of 7 Places in Ooty that are rich in heritage is:


St. Stephen’s Chruch

St. Stephen's Chruch
St. Stephen’s Chruch

St. Stephen’s Church is one of Ooty’s most popular historical attractions. This 19th-century pale yellow building features stained glass windows and lots of wood in its design. The wood used to build the church is said to have come from Tipu Sultan’s palace after his defeat by the British in the Mysore War.

This church has a calmness about it that you will notice when you visit it. The fantastic painting of the ‘Last Supper’ and the various scenes depicting different phases of Jesus Christ’s life should not be missed while visiting this church.

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Ootacamund Club

Ootacamund Club
Ootacamund Club

Captain Douglas founded the Ootacamund Club in 1841, with 7 other officers from the British Bombay and Madras Armies. Initially, there were about 360 members, but that number grew exponentially. As a result, the club needed to expand its facilities. The facility was expanded in 1898 and 1904. The club was formed in 1889 and a year later the Maharaja of Vizianagaram gifted it a squash court. Come to the Ootacamund Club and be transported back in time for a few hours!

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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The amazing toy train ride from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a must-do in Ooty. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway offers a 46 km train ride through the picturesque Nilgiri mountains, allowing tourists to experience the region’s lush natural beauty. This train runs daily from Mettupalayam to Ooty and back. Initially, steam locomotives were used, but now diesel locomotives are used.

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Ferrnhills Royale

Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Nilgiri Mountain Railway

In the past, Ferrnhills Royale Palace was the summer palace of the Mysore kings. Designed by Captain F. Cotton in 1844, this palace was owned by various British officers until 1873, when it was transferred to Chamrajendra Wadiyar X of the Wadiyar dynasty. This heritage property, surrounded by green woods and overlooking the picturesque Nilgiris, is the perfect place to discover Ooty’s old-world charm.

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Nilgiris Library

Nilgiris Library
Nilgiris Library

The Nilgiris Library has lost some of its lustre, but it still has its charm. The library, built in 1867, has over 30,000 books, including rare titles on Nilgiri hill tribes. The library has a portrait of Queen Victoria, given to Ooty in 1887 for her Golden Jubilee. The library’s members and management have worked hard to preserve one of the hill town’s most amazing historical sites. The Ooty Literary Festival is held in September and is well attended. We recommend you spend some time here; you will be nostalgic!

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Adam’s Memorial

Adam's Memorial
Adam’s Memorial

The Adam’s Fountain at Charing Cross junction was built in 1886 as a memorial to the Governor who died here. Located near Ooty Lake, the best of Ooty’s seven lakes, this fountain cost the public Rs 14,000 to build. It was first placed in front of the town’s Collector. Due to a lack of water, it was relocated in 1998. Since you will be visiting the popular Ooty Lake, we suggest you stop by the Adam’s Memorial Fountain.

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Stone House

Stone House Ooty
Stone House Ooty

The Stone House is a historically significant site in Ooty. The British are said to have built the first house in town, paving the way for the modernization of the hill station. It’s possible that the town has more wonderful attractions to discover, but coming here to discover it might not be a bad idea. Currently, the Principal of the Government Arts College lives in the Stone House.

Our list of 7 Places in Ooty that are rich in heritage ends here.

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