Ooty lake is an artificial lake near Ooty in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, India. It covers an area of 65 acres.[2] The boathouse on the lake is a major tourist attraction.

Ooty Lake
View of Ooty Lake
Ooty Lake
Location of the lake within Tamil Nadu
Location of the lake within Tamil Nadu
Ooty Lake
LocationOoty, Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates11°24′22″N 76°41′18″E / 11.4061°N 76.6882°E / 11.4061; 76.6882Coordinates: 11°24′22″N 76°41′18″E / 11.4061°N 76.6882°E / 11.4061; 76.6882
Lake typeArtificial lake
Native nameஊட்டி ஏரி (Tamil)
Basin countriesIndia
Max. length2.5 km (1.6 mi)
Max. width140 m (460 ft)[1]
Surface area3.885 km2 (1.500 sq mi)[1]
Surface elevation2,220 m (7,280 ft)


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 became empty on three occasions when it breached its bund. 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. The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation on behalf of the Tourism Department took the possession of the lake in 1973, for providing boating facilities as a tourist attraction.[2]


The lake is surrounded by groves of Eucalyptus trees with a railway line running along one shore.[1] During the summer season in May, boat races and boat pageantry are organised for two days.[3][4]

Boat houseEdit

The boat house, which adjoins the lake was opened by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC).[1] Boating is the prime attraction at the lake. 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.[2] The other notable features include a canteen run by the TTDC and pony rides in front of the boat house.[1]

Other fun activity inside ooty lake Mini train especially for kids 7D cinema Horror and Mirror House cost Dashing car Break-dance and Columbus

Other things to do near by Ooty Lake Horse ride cycling


The lake has had continuous problems with rapidly proliferating weeds (water hyacinth). The officials of the Public Works Department (PWD), have been continually working to clean the lake of the weeds.[5] According to a study conducted by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Ooty lake is the most polluted water body in the state and its water is not fit for potable purposes.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "OOTY LAKE". Indiantravelportal.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "OOTY LAKE". Nilgiris.tn.gov.in. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Ooty - Lake". Ooty.com. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Summer festival in Ooty", The Hindu, India, 27 March 2010, archived from the original on 29 March 2010
  5. ^ Radhakrishnan, D (2 January 2007), "Weed problem continues to plague Ooty Lake", The Hindu, India, archived from the original on 7 November 2007
  6. ^ "Ooty lake one of the dirtiest in Tamil Nadu, reveals study". 25 July 2012.