Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is one of the breathtaking hill stations lies at an altitude of 7,500 feet in the Nilgiris. Also referred as ‘Queen of Hill stations’, it is one of the popular hill stations in South India, and among the popular places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. With its age-old historical monuments, exotic natural splendor, placid lakes, serene waterfalls, dense forest, Ooty offers something for everyone that lures millions of tourists all throughout the year as part of Tamilnadu Tour Packages. Besides, Ooty is also famed for its beautiful churches that symbolizes the spiritual calmness and are a perfect balance for the natural serenity of the gorgeous landscape.
Here is the list of some famous churches in Ooty.
St. Stephen’s Church
Built in the 19th century, St. Stephen’s Church is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiri region and among the must include places in Ooty Tour Packages. Known for its magnificent Victorian-era architecture, St. Stephen’s is one of the great leftovers of the British rule. The interior of the church consists of a fabulous colonial structure with high-arched stained-glass windows and a huge painting depicting the Last Supper adorns the walls of this church. An interesting thing about this holy edifice is that the gigantic main beam and other timber used for its construction were taken from the palace of Tipu Sultan located on the island town of Srirangapatna.
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Holy Trinity Church
Reckoned to be one of the oldest shrines in Ooty, Holy Trinity Church was initially the place of worship for Indian Christians. Later, it came to existence as a dedicated church in 1858. With its Gothic and Tudor architectural design, the place attracts huge number of tourists as it is considered one of the popular places to visit in Ooty. Also, the spectacular glass windows, cemetery, decorated interiors, plaques listing battalions, and the sophisticated carved benches are the other attractions of the church. Besides, one can spot both native and tourist offering their prayers and paying homage to the Almighty.
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St. Thomas Church
Built in 1870, St. Thomas Church is one of the famous churches located in Ooty, one of the popular hill stations near Bangalore. The place is the grave of William Patrick Adam, who once served as the governor of Madras. This grand structure overlooks the Ooty Lake and houses the Memorial of St. Thomas. Also, a huge pillar marked with a cross stands within the church premises. Besides, it is also served as one of the shooting locations for the famous Hollywood film A Passage to India.
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Sacred Heart Cathedral
Sacred Heart Cathedral is a breathtakingly gorgeous structureas well as the best places of pilgrimage in Ooty, among the popular weekend getaways from Bangalore. Built during the 19th century, the main thing that attracts tourists are its lofty bell towers which were added on the shrine after many years of its construction. Also, thousands of visitors visit the church because of their religious beliefs.
St. Teresa Church
Surrounded by lush green rolling hills, St. Teresa Church is one of the oldest churches in Ooty. Traces its origin in 1960s, the church is under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ooty, among the top places to visit in Tamilnadu. Also, the place is frequented by tourists and worshippers due to its religious significance and enticing structure. Besides, the Sunday Mass in this church witness huge crowds.
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St. Joseph’s Church
St. Joseph Church is another place of worship in Ooty, among the stunning hill stations in Tamilnadu. The lovely architecture of this edifice is a treat to the eyes and thus attracts tourists throughout the year. Also, the church looks ethereal when decorated with lights on religious festive days as the church is bathed in White. Besides, one can also attend the Holy Mass conducted here on Sunday morning and evening.