Artificially formed, thanks to the genius efforts of the founder of Ooty - John Sullivan, the Ooty Lake is a prominent landmark that attracts a number of tourists, all year round. Located just behind the Central Bus Stand, this lake resembles an irregular ‘L’ shape and stretches for about 2.75 km while its width varies from 100 metres to 140 metres. Formed by damming mountain streams that would flow down the Ooty valley, this lake is now a bustling tourist spot that operates from eight in the morning till six in the evening and offers boat paddling, pony rides and even has a small toy train for children to enjoy. If you plan to put up somewhere close, there are a number of hotels near Ooty lake that provide comfortable rooms. Ranging from budget properties to 2-star rated and 3-star rated options, there are many hotels around Ooty lake for you to choose from. If money isn’t a constraint you can always put up at a resort in Ooty that promises luxury and opulence. The Ooty Railway Station or Udhagamandalam Railway Station is just under 2 km away from Ooty Lake. The famous water theme park Thunder World is around 1 km away Ooty Lake and is the perfect place to spend a day with your family and friends. Thread Garden, a one of its kind in Ooty, is a fine place to spend an afternoon admiring the flowers and plants made from thread. For a quick meal, stop over at Malabar Restaurant which is around 750 metres away on North Lake Road. If you are open to travelling, Place to Bee and Amma’s Kitchen, both around 2 km away from Ooty Lake, serve delicious food that is worth the time and effort spent on getting there.