State : Tamil Nadu
Ooty or Ootacamund the hill resort ofTamil Nadu, is located in Nilgiri
Mountain ranges. Set at an altitude of7,216 feet above sea level,
Ooty covers an area of 30.67 Sq Km. The Hillresort of Ooty, lies
amidst of four high hills namely Doddabetta, Snowdon,Elk hill and
Club Hill. One of the most popular hill resorts of SouthernIndia,
Ooty is situated near the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka
andKerala. The moods of the hill resort change with different season,
but thevaried moods are equally hospitable to the visitor. That's
why, Ooty is theonly hill station in the country which attracts
a large number of visitorsin all seasons. Ooty is also famous as
the 'All-seasons-hill resort' and the'Queen of hill stations.' Nestled
amidst the hills, at a point where theEastern Ghats meets the Western
Ghats, Ooty spreads along a beautifulplateau. The mighty hills,
the green valleys and the natural beauty of Ooty,offer the visitors
a close affair w
nature. Originally Ooty was known asUdhagamandalam, but it was changed
to 'Ooty'after the arrival of British.John Sullivan, a British Collector
discovered the hill station and promotedit as a summer resort. Several
cottages and clubs were built to house andprovide recreational facilities
to the British officials. The Britishdeveloped tea gardens in the
hill station. Today these tea estates are notonly producing tea,
but also adding beauty to the hill resort. The mainindustry of Ooty
is oil extraction from the Eucalyptus trees and also fromLemon grass,
Geranium, Clove and Camphor. The hill station organizes severalfestivals,
like the Tea and Tourism festival, Makar Pongal and Flower Show.The
Tea and Tourism Festival, held in the month of January, in which
one canlearn more and more about the favorite drink, tea. Makar
Pongal iscelebrated in the month of January, while the Flower Show
is held in May atthe Botanical Gardens.
Place to See
Located at a distance of 2Kms from the town centre, the Government
Botanical Gardens were founded in1847. The beautiful gardens spreads
over an area of 22 hectares. The gardenshave more than 650 plants
species, that includes a fossil of a tree,approximately 20 million
years old. The garden is perfect place for natureloving persons,
who want to walk among greenery along with watching rareferns and
The 2.5 Km long lake was built in1825. One can go for boating on
the lake or one can enjoy fishing by takingfishing permission.
Located 10 Kms from Ooty, thisis the highest point in the district.
Standing at a height of 2,623 m
peak is the best view point offers picturesque view of the surroundingvalley.
One can even see the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands
The vantage point is just 9 Kmsfrom Coonoor. The
point is perfect for taking pictures and also a wonderfulpicnic
spot. It is known for the spectacular views of the plains ofCoimbatore
and the tea states in the nearby areas.
Kodanadu's View Point
The view point lies 16 Kms from Kotagiri, is situated on the eastern
edge ofthe Nilgiri Mountain range. The view point offers a splendor
view of theMoyar river and the tea estates. The clock-tower stands
here, that offers abreathtaking view of the Rangasamy peak.
Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
The Wildlife Sanctuary issituated at a distance of 67 Kms from Ooty.
The Wildlife Sanctuary has therichness of various flora and fauna
and it provides shelter to severalendangered species. It houses
tigers, leopards, elephants, giant squirrels,sambhar, chital, barking
deer and flying squirrels. One can also see manykinds of birds that
include colorful parakeets, black woodpecker, malabartrogon and
crested hawk eagle.
The famous hill station is just 17 Kmsfrom Ooty. The hill station
stands at an altitude of 1839 meters, isrenowned for its beautiful
picnic spots and picturesque surroundings.
How to Reach
Coimbatore (89 Kms) is the nearest Airportfrom Ooty,
the flights of Indian Airlines connects Coimbatore with Chennai(535
Kms), Bombay (1320 Kms) , Calicut (78 Kms), and Madurai (325 Kms).
The Narrow Guage train services connectOoty with Mettupalayam,
which is connected via Chennai and Coimbatore tomajor cities in
The roads connect Ooty to Chennai (535Kms), Bombay
(1320 Kms), Coimbatore (89 Kms), Coonoor (19 Kms),Bangalore(290
Kms), Calicut (178 Kms), Kotagiri (29 Kms), Madumalai (64Kms), Mysore
(160 Kms), Tiruchirapally (302 Kms) and Trivandrum (498 Kms).