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About Wenlock Downs, Ooty


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This Vast expanse of undulating landscape has the Gymkhana Club, the Government Sheep Farm and the Hindustan Photo Films Company and provides great pleasure for a long stroll on quiet roads.

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Located 17 km from Ooty on the way to Pykara Falls it is a vast stretch of pretty green grassy knolls. People simply walk around drinking in the beauty and the mist. Pony rides are also on offer. On the way to Wenlock Downs lies the Ninth Mile, another picnic spot. A short but steep walk through a cluster of pine trees down from the main road takes you there. There is a small lake below.

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Wenlock Downs is the most renowned shooting spot, situated on the Mysore Road from Ooty. It is famously called as ‘The Sixth Mile’ and ‘The Ninth Mile’ (Shooting Medu). The former is 6 miles from Ooty and latter is 9 miles from Ooty and that explains the story behind their naming. It is a strikingly spectacular meadowland covering a cluster of incessant slopes.

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Wenlock Downs, Ooty was probably named by the British way back in the late 1800s when they discovered this stunningly picturesque open grassland, undulating gentle hills and verdant meadows spanning across miles and miles of untouched panorama that resembles the quintessential Yorkshire Dales of the British Isles, a group of Islands situated off the northwest coast of continental Europe that comprise of the Great Britain Islands, Ireland Islands and over 600 smaller isles.

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Spanning over a stretch of grassland areas which is typical of the original bio-space of the Nilgiris District, Wenlock Downs, Ooty gently rises and falls like a flowing silk cloth dressed with emptiness that exudes an exotic ambience as never seen anywhere else.

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Wenlock Downs, Ooty is often compared with places in Europe that features high altitude grasslands dipped in exquisiteness that even lures popular directors of the Indian Movie Industry to capture a few shots for their movies amidst this verdant expanse.

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6th Mile or Sixth Mile is a Shooting Spot in Ooty situated at a distance of just exactly 6 miles away by road. 6th Mile shot to fame as a popular tourist spot in Ooty owing to Bollywood movies being filmed on this very point almost all-year-round. The landscape of Sixth Mile exhibits waves of green expanses surrounded by dense forest lands that lend a picturesque backdrop for movie shots, picnic lunches and to hang out during holidays and weekends especially.

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9th Mile or Ninth Mile is similar in its landscape to 6th Mile and hence another Shooting Spot situated at a distance of exactly 9 miles from Ooty. Apt for nature walks, picnics and to hang out, 9th Mile shot to fame as another famous tourist spot in Ooty owing to its vast green forests, gentle slopes and mountains that surrounds this region. Also, referred to as the ‘Shooting Medu’, Ninth Mile is where several South Indian Movies as well as Bollywood Movies are extensively filmed.

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Apart from the scenic delights, even the entire 9 kms journey from Ooty to Wenlock Downs will lead you through some of the most unforgettable excursion experiences from Ooty. Spreading across a whopping 20,000 acres of vast landscape and stretching along 80 kms long, Wenlock Downs, Ooty is not only majestic but its landscape seems to roll along endlessly.

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Towards the far ends, Wenlock Downs, Ooty is seen dotted with rows of high rising eucalyptus trees adding a scented demure green to the already verdant Greenland. A popular hunting venue of Ooty, at one time, this extensive grassland of Wenlock Downs, Ooty was used as hunting ground by the British and Europeans who tremendously enjoyed this sport.

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Today, Wenlock Downs, Ooty home the Gymkhana Club, the Hindustan Photo Films Company and a Government Sheep Farm mainly used for sheep rearing and breeding owing to its unadulterated pasturelands accompanied with a pleasant and scenic locale that extensively helps in maintaining the health of each sheep.

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A vast expanse of undulating landscape of Wenlock Downs, Ooty is covered with Sholas Forest and is truly blessed with exotic scenic beauty coupled with a vast land of rich vegetation. This place is sure to remind you of the exquisite landscapes that you must have watched and gaped at in the Blockbuster Movie, ‘Lord of the Rings’, and hence, won’t need to go anywhere else to experience such exotic locales.

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Wenlock Downs, Ooty also offers spectacular views of the Nilgiris Mountain Range and vast expanses of meadow covered with scented pine forests, Balsam, Holly, Wild tea bushes including Dandelions and Clustered Summer Gentian flowers with many others adding a vibrant colour and complementing the greens hence making this locale apt for strolling or just lazing around.

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Wenlock Downs, Ooty certainly qualifies as an unforgettable tourist destination for visitors who enjoy nature in its purest form. The sight of sheep grazing over an almost never-ending stretch of grassy land will transform you into another world. A virtual paradise on earth, this undulating countryside meadow also overlooks the nose-shaped Mukurthi Peak.

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Wenlock Downs, Ooty also captivates the numerous golf lovers owing to its sprawling acres of farmland that lends a spectacular countryside charm to the Gymkhana Golf Club, Ooty. Just a mere 8 to 9 kms drive from Ooty, Wenlock Downs is easily accessible by public transport like buses or by hiring a cab to drive you to this scenic locale. However, Wenlock Downs, Ooty is best reached by walking as you get to completely immerse and soak in the spectacular sights that you cross paths with hence adding to the enjoyment of a pleasurable short excursion experience.

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These vast meadows are situated along the Ooty Pykara road, a short distance from Ooty town. In off season and especially on weekdays, it is easy to find a stretch further away from the tourist parking area, with no one else in sight.

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In clear weather, there is a panoramic view of the mountain peaks of the Nilgiris including the distinctive Mukurthi Peak which looks very much like a man’s nose.

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The Downs are a perfect picnic location. In season and on weekends there may be vendors selling snacks and beverages but at other times, it is best to pack a hamper to enjoy on the grass.

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Those who enjoy walking will love meandering through the vast expanse. In spring and just after the monsoons, a variety of Nilgiri wildflowers peep through the grass.

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This is one of the best attractions of Ooty and worth spending a few hours at. We make it a point to spend a half day here on every visit to the Nilgiris.

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Note: In holiday season, there will probably be hordes of people and vendors and horses here along with the attendant rubbish that tends to accumulate in such places.

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Places to visit in Ooty

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