Ooty Lake/ Boat House
If you are fond of gaiety lake rides, then Ooty has got your back. Home to some wonderful and glistening lakes, Ooty is a hub for all the water lovers. The most famous among them, being the Ooty Lake, it is an artificial lake in the shape of an irregular ‘L’. It was artificially formed by the founder of Ooty, John Sullivan by damming the streams flowing through the hill station. Definitely a gem in the Ooty places to visit, this lake is the most famous among the tourists as the best place to visit in Ooty.
Ooty Lake is one of the most refreshing and beautiful places to visit in Ooty. It lies at a distance of approximately 2 km from Ooty city in the green hills of the Nilgiris district. The stunning lake is spread over an area of 65 acres, and its foundation was laid down by John Sullivan who was the collector of Coimbatore in 1824. Ooty Lake is surrounded by Eucalyptus trees and greenery all around and is a great place to experience the beauty of this hill station. One can also spot numerous streams coming out through the hills. This is a perfect place to capture people who are genuinely interested in photography. The lake is filled with beautiful water birds with the exotic Nilgiri mountain ranges in the background.
The boat house offers boating facilities with Paddle boats, Row boats, and Motor boats. It also features a garden, a mini train and an amusement park. Ooty lake is an artificial lake constructed by John Sullivan, in 1824.
The water flowing down mountain streams in the Ooty valley was dammed to form the lake. The lake was originally intended to be used for fishing with ferries being used to travel across the lake. It gradually shrunk from its original size giving place to the current bus stand race course, and the lake park.