Emerald near Ooty beckons nature lovers and shutterbugs

Tea plantations near Emerald Lake in Ooty. Photo: iStock/naufalmq

Emerald is a scenic spot near the renowned hill station Ooty in Tamil Nadu and its becoming popular now. The views near the popular dam in Emerald are particularly stunning, according to travel enthusiasts.

Located around 19 km from Ooty, the dam, located in a region called Silent Valley, can be reached via the road MDR 1071.

There is also the lake of the dam in Porthiyada near Ithalar here, and this spot too is known for its lush greenery and its calm ambience.

What to do at Emerald?
It's a heaven of 'clickable spots' for shutterbugs, if you like to capture nature at its best. Those looking to unwind can also take leisurely strolls through its tea gardens, while checking out how tea leaves are processed or sipping some aromatic tea. You can also buy some quality tea leaves or powder from shops near the dam. Trekking, fishing, yoga sessions and bird watching are some of the other activities that travelers love to do here.

Tips for travellers
Entry into the dam is allowed between 6 am and 5 pm and there is no entry fee. Carry enough water and food with you, as there are no eateries nearby. Avoid monsoon season to visit the dam.

The area around Emerald lake in the Nilgris. Photo: iStock/naufalmq

How to reach? 
The distance from Ooty to Emerald Dam is a little more than 18 kms. It should take around 44 minutes to reach here via MDR 1071. 

The tea plantations around Emerald Lake. Photo: Shutterstock/Naufal MQ
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