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Ooty


Introduction

Ooty also known as Udhagai, situated in The Nilgiri Hills is the capital of the Nilgiri District. Ooty

is known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations. It is a very popular hill station in the state of Tamil

Nadu. Ooty is visited by people all over the world, as it is known for its green beauty. It has

gardens and parks and lakes and forest and more. The region has a subtropical Highland climate

with an average temp of 14°C. Ooty can be visited throughout the year. The place has pleasant

weather for an around the year visit.

The initial inhabitants of Ooty were the Toda people. Later Kota tribe, Irula tribe and others

inhabited the place. Various Dynasties including the Cheras, Cholas, Sathvahanas, Rastratukas,

Hoysala’s and more have rule in the region. In the 18 th c, Tipu Sultan conquered Ooty which

later fell into the hand of Bruisers when they defeated Tipu Sultan. Ooty then became the

summer capital of the Madras presidency which after Independence turned into one of the

most popular Hill stations of India.


OVERVIEW

Location: Tamil Nadu, India

Area:

Nearest Railhead: Udhagamandalam railway station

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore

How to reach: 86 km north of Coimbatore

Famous for: Tea Plantations

Months open: All year

Best time to visit: October to June

 

WHAT TO SEE

What's Here: Boat House, Government Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Tea Factory

 



Details

Culture

Ooty being in the state of Tamil Nadu follows the cultural traditions of the state. The people

here speak dominantly Tamil and also know Hindi and English. The main festivals include

Pongal, Adi Perukku, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Eid, Diwali, Holi, Christmas etc. Jallikattu is a popular

sport and is played on the last day of celebration of Pongal. Music and dance form an integral

part of the culture of Tamil Nadu

Where to go

Ooty Lake, spread over an area of 65 acres is about 2 kms away from the main town. The lake in

an artificial Lake surrounded by numerous Eucalyptus Trees. There are also numerous water

birds that can be spotted here. It is one of the prime attractions of if the place. Boating, horse

riding, etc are activities that you can engage in at the lake.

Ooty Botanical Garden is spread over an area of 22 hectares. The garden was built in 1848 to

have a terrace like design. The garden is open to the visitors and has been mesmerizing every

person visiting it for past 160 yrs. At altitude of 2500m it experiences a temperate climate

which makes it ideal for several kinds of shrubs. The garden also has the one of kind Cork trees

within the premises. There is an old fossilized tree in the garden premises which is said to be

around 20 million years old.

Dolphin’s nose is a Tourists site. It is called so because the protruding corners of the rock

resembles a Dolphins Nose. From the site one can see an awe inspiring view of the valley below

and the Catherine falls in the valley below. From here congruence of Coonoor and Kotogiri

streams is also visible.

Kalhatti Falls is mesmerizing place to visit. The place has a cold and quite environment. The

sound of falling water and birds amidst this silence does not disturb the mood but in fact

 

enhances it. The place is surrounded by lush green hills and is a spot of which elephants are

regular visitors.

Emerald Lake is situated around 20 kms away from the city of Ooty. The lake is situated in the

vicinity of the Silent Valley National Park. It is among few south Indian places which are still

untouched by human chaos.

Doddabetta Peak is at an altitude of 2623m, is the highest point of the Nilgiri Hills. The name

also means Big Hill. The view from here is breath taking. You can see lush green mountains in all

around you and hear birds chirping. A scene usually imagined in movies comes to life here. The

place is in between the Two Ghats – Eastern and Western, lining the coasts of India.

Rose Garden, Thread Garden, Tiger Hill, Kamraj Sagar Lake, Annamalai Fort etc are among the

other places to visit in and around Ooty.

What to do

Trekking is one of the popular activities in Ooty. Ooty provides good terrain and trails for

trekking.

Camping in these virgin areas is another popular activity.

How to reach

Coimbatore is the nearest airport to Ooty. It is around 100 kms away from Ooty. There are

regular flights to Coimbatore via Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai etc. from Coimbatore

you can take a taxi or a bus to Ooty.

The nearest railway station to Ooty is Coimbatore and Tirrupur. There re regular trains her from

major cities of India. From here Ooty can be reached by Toy train. The Nilgiri Mountain Express

connects the places on the Nilgiri Range. There are regular nightly trains to Ooty from

Coimbatore, Coonoor etc.

Bus and taxi services from cities and towns around are available to Ooty. The scenic beauty of

the journey is breathtaking. It takes usual than expected because it’s a hilly region but that

extra time is worth the scenery.




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