General Information about
(Ooty), the "Queen of hill stations" is the capital of Nilgiri
district. It is one of the Best tourist resorts and is called as "Blue
Mountains". It is a land of dreams and a picturesque hill station. It
is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height
of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 meters,
the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 meters.
This famous hill station
is at the junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka, three southern
states of India. British founded this hill resort which seemed them as
their summer headquarters. Before that time, the area was inhabited by
Todas. These tribal people still inhabit the area, but only around
What was once a getaway
from the steamy summers of the plains for the British elite of the
Madras Presidency is now a hill station that caters to weekend
holidaymakers from all over the South of India and honeymooners from
across the country.
Fact File Ooty
Nilgiri District, Tamilnadu.
British In 1800
8,1763 (1991 Census)
Summer - Max 25C, Min 10C
Winter - Max 21C, Min 5C
Light woolen in summer and
heavy woolen during winter.
Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and
April to June and September
amidst those gorgeous blue mountains of southern India, there is something
special about the erstwhile British township of Ooty. Year after year, it
draws tourists, adventure enthusiasts, honeymooners and the film industry
like bees to nectar. Sure, many wise travelers believe that Ooty is a dump
yard, a degraded, over-rated hill station, and so on. Nevertheless, the
wiser one will see how Ooty can soothe strung-up nerves and become the
backdrop for a wondrous holiday.
Ooty nestles in an amphitheatre created by four majestic hills. Doddabetta,
Snow don, Elk Hill and Club Hill. These hills are part of the Nilgiri ranges
that are really the meeting point for the Western and the Eastern Ghats. But
why the blue mountains one would naturally wonder at the name. Do rest
assured, when the lavender-blue flowers of the famous Strobilanthes cover
the hills in floral profusion, it would be time to stop wondering, for it is
these funnel-shaped blossoms that are the reason for the name.
The great charm of Ooty is not so much the specific tourist destination; it
is, in fact, the long lovely walks that it offers. Anywhere you go, the
serenity of the Nilgiris will be all around you. Specially the strategic
points from where one could either see Ooty or the view all around, like
Snow don, Ketty Valley, the Wenlock Downs and, of course, Doddabetta.
Further, one could hire a horse either near the boathouse or at the Savoy.
for a slightly more exhilarating excursion in and around town.
With a large number of popular hill stations of the Himalayas snuffed out or
made inaccessible by violence and political upheaval, Ooty is now a hot spot
for the filmwallah. So you must not be rattled to find your peaceful walks
punctuated by sudden crowds and an outlandishly attired couple running
around a grove of eucalyptus tree. The eucalyptuses are quite a part of the
Ooty landscape. They even fuel a small oil industry, so it is common to find
eucalyptus oil in the shops at Ooty. These tall, lanky trees seemed much at
home on the slopes around. Many a traveler may feel that Ooty and the
Nilgiris lack the awe, mystique and drama of the Himalayas. One can only
feel sorry for the cynical traveler who failed to catch the pulse of Ooty' s
charm. More so the Nilgiris. For the lush green serenity of these southern
hills of India would be difficult to find anywhere else. A summer of peace
and uncluttered, cool days is what the Nilgiris offer, with their resonant
echoes of a rich and tangible Dravidian culture.
Move around the town and revel in the scenic surroundings. The
is an ideal tourist spot besides being a source of information about
the regions flora. For those who like to enjoy boat rides and fishing, a
visit to the Ooty Lake is a must. Besides these, there are various view
Lambs Rock, Kodanadu
that offer fascinating
views of the surrounding plains and hills.
Excursions around Ooty prove to be an equally interesting experience. A
visit to the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary gives you an idea of the regions
fauna and fauna. The trip to hill stations of Kotagiri and Coonor complement
the visit to Ooty. Some of the other places you can go out for excursion are
Kalhatty Waterfalls, Sims Park, Dolphins Nose, Mukurthi,
The nearest airport is in
Coimbatore, 100 km away. You can catch a direct flight to Coimbatore from
Chennai, Kozhikode, Bangalore and Mumbai. Indian Airlines flies Delhi-Kochi
via Mumbai and Coimbatore.
Trains connect Udhagamandalam indirectly to the rest of the country. 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. The nearest broad-gauge railway head from Udhagamandalam
is in the minor Mettupalayam, which is 46 km away. Mettupalayam is connected
to Udhagamandalam by a four-hour journey on the Mountain Railway. The major
broad-gauge railway junction is Coimbatore. Coimbatore is connected with all
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