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Introduction

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. One can notice a marvellous change in vegetation, as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor. The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers.

Area 36 sq km
Altitude 2,240 sea level
Temperature Summer-Min.-10.0C,Max.-26.0 C Winter,Min.-4.0C,Max.-21.0C
Language Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam and English
STD Code 0423
Rainfall 121 cms average yearly
Best Time to Visit Round the year

Ooty MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :-The nearest airport is in Coimbatore, 100 km away.
  2. Rail:-By Train Nearest broad gauge railway head is Mettupalayam (46 kms).Major broadgauge railway junction is Coimbatore. It is connected with all major cities.One can take a train up to Coimbatore and then the enchanting Nilgiri Mountain Railway, better known as the toy train. It is one of the few remaining diesel engine trains and although it spits up huge dark clouds of pollution, it is a major tourist attraction and a reminder of the Indian railways' glorious beginning.
  3. Road:- Ooty is well connected by good roads. It is 535 km from Chennai (via Salem), 89 km from Coimbatore, 18 km from Coonoor (via Gudalur), 155 km from Mysore, 187 km from Calicut, 290 km from Bangalore, 281 km from Kochi (via Coimbatore and Palakkad), 236 km from Kodaikanal (via Coimbatore and Palani).

Places to Visit

Botanical Garden Ooty Lake Doddabetta Rose Garden
Pykara Lake Ooty Lake Children's Park Kalhatti Water Falls Avalanche
Western Catchment Mudumalai    

Excursion

The Mukurthi Peak Mukurthi National Park Pykara Coonoor
Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary Kotagiri    

Shopping

Aromatic oils , spices and there is the wide variety of handicrafts of Tamil Nadu. The ace craftsmen of Tamil Nadu are skilled in making fantastic Jewelry, painting, pottery, and stone crafts.

Accommodation

Nalapad Residency Hotel Lakeview Blue Valley Resort Nahar Nilgiris Hotel
Hotel Kings Cliff Club Mahindra Danish Villa Nahar Residency Hotel Hotel Sinclairs
Hill Country Holiday Resort Savoy Hotel Sterling Days Inn Fern Hill