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Ooty
Places to visit
Best Season to visit
How to each
What is special
 
Aptly called the queen of southern hills, Ooty is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The original name of the place was Udhagamandalam, but with the advent of the British, it was rechristened as Ooty. Every year, it draws thousands of tourists who come to Ooty to escape from the dry and dusty summer days of the plains.

This hilly region came under the rule of the British East India Company when it signed a treaty with Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatnam in the year 1799. It was developed into a hill station on the initiative of John Sullivan, a District Collector in the British Raj. A government house was built and a typical British lifestyle developed with the setting up of cottages and clubs, with facilities for tennis, golf, and horse riding. Numerous tea estates make Ooty a great destination for a honeymoon in India.
Places to visit
Ooty is one of the main towns of Nilgiris. There is something special about Ooty with that lushy vegetation, the funnel-shaped blossoms covering the hills in floral profusion and the lavender-blue flowers spread over the mountains will pack you with memories for a lifetime. Ooty is nestled amid four majestic hills - Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club Hill. Part of the Nilgiri range conjoins the western and eastern ghats.

Glenmorgan, densely populated with forests spread 17 km from town and rich in eucalyptus, wattle and rhododendron plantations gives an overview of the plateaus of Mysore.

Dodabetta, the second highest peak in the Western Ghats. Dodabetta, 2,638 meter tall, towers over the surrounding hills and lies about 10 km from Ooty. The mountain hike to the top is not as challenging as the Himalayas. It will leave you with an experience of splendidly gorgeous view from up there.
Best Season to visit
In Ooty, Tea and Tourism Festival celebrated in the month of January is a festival worth a visit. Ooty has pleasant climate throughout the year. Though the place can be visited throughout the year, the ideal time is from February to May and September to November. Cotton clothing is apt for the summer months whereas woolens are required for the winters.
How to reach
By air - the nearest airport is Coimbatore (100 km) which is connected to Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore.

By rail - Udhagamandalam on the narrow gauge railway is connected to Mettupalaiyam which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai on broad gauge.

By road - Udhagamandalam is connected by good motorable road. It is 535 km from Chennai (Via Salem, Mettupalayam); 89 km. from Coimbatore.
What is special
Doddabetta Peak: It stands at 2623m high in the Nilgiri chain of mountains. If your trip is made on a clear day visible all around you will be Coonoor, Wellington, Mettupalayam, and Coimbatore. If it's an exceptionally crisp day, you might even see Mysore.

Botanical Garden: These beautiful gardens have different types of roses, imported shrubs, rare flowering plants, Eucalyptus trees and several old trees. One of the main attractions here is the fossilized tree trunk, which is about 20 million years old. During the month of May every year, a Summer Festival is held here. Major attractions of the festival are the flower shows, the cultural programs relating to classical arts, and adventure sports like trekking.


Ooty Lake: Built in 1825, the 2.5-km-long Ooty Lake is a place worth visiting. You can go for boating and fishing in this lake. For fishing you need a prior permission. A racecourse is also located near the lake. A mini-train takes the visitors around the lake.

Kodanadu View Point
: On the eastern edges of the Nilgiris, at about 16 km from Kotagiri, lies the Kodanadu View Point. An exclusive panoramic view of the tea estates and the Moyar River from either side of the road can be seen. There is a watchtower from where you can view the Rangasamy peak and pillar.

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