The Queen of Hill Stations
Udhagamandalam or Ooty is the capital city of Nilgiri district. It is popularly referred to as the "Queen of hill stations'. Located at around 105 km away from Coimbatore, Ooty is a spectacular hill station in India. The establishment of innumerable tea estates has made Ooty famous in all over India. High mountains, lush grasslands, dense forests and far stretching of tea gardens welcome the visitors on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival beckons tourists in large numbers. Enjoy the refreshing beauty of Ooty on your India hill stations tour.
It is believed that the part of Ooty was given to Mr John Sullivan, who was the tenth Governor of Coimbatore by Todas in order to develop the city. Before independence, British army was once sent to Ooty to rest and recover after the war. It has also been named as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency. Once it used to be a summer retreat of Britishers during the colonial days.
Major Tourist Attractions in Ooty
Serving as the most popular attraction in Ooty, the Botanical Garden is the best garden in India. Lying on the hillock of Ooty, it is sprawled in an area of more than 50 acres. The garden has also been a lovers point and has been frequented by people of all age group.
This is the highest known peak in Ooty. Lying at an elevation of more than 2,623 m, it stays in the suburbs of hill station. This hillock and the valley is definitell a wonderful place for sight seeing. The hilly areas of MNysore and the open plain lands can also be shot in camera.
The Government Museum on Mysore Road houses a display of tribal items. Tourists can also see the ecological details of the town as well as few crafts and sculptures of the state of Tamil Nadu.
This artificial lake lies at a distance of 3 Kms from the city. Sprawled in an area of 2.75 kms, it was established in the year 1824 by the founder of Ooty. It was created by the mountain sources gushing down Ooty valley that form it in an irregular 'L' shape. Surrounded by eucalyptus trees, the lake looks spectacular.
This is a must visit place on your Ooty tour. An old house is the location of the museum. It is around 142 year old Bungalow that houses life-size look-alike wax status that capture your attention. It is one of the famous attractions in Ooty.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is an important religious spot. According to the legends, the temple serves as the 7th Hill house of the lord. This temple also offers tourists the spectacular views of the visitors. Travellers can visit the place for a spiritually contended life.
Best Time to Visit
From April to June and from September to November
Tea is the best buy here for which the hill town is famous. Besides, handmade chocolates, shawls, traditional jewellery and aromatic oils are other best buy items.
Best Time to Visit
From March to June and from September to November.
You can go for a variety of beautiful handicrafts. The variety includes junk jewellery, candles, bags, shawls, scarves and shoes.
The hill station Ooty offers a range of accommodation options to travellers. Hotels in Ooty vary from luxuries to budget hotels.
How to Reach
Coimbatore at 96 kms serves as the nearest airport. It is linked with regular flights to Chennai.
Mettupalayam lying at 51 kms is the nearest railhead well linked to Chennai.
It is well linked to Chennai. Being a hilly region, tourists need to take extra care while traveling through Ooty.
Smell the refreshing aroma of Tea gardens in Ooty with India hill stations tour!