Ooty has rightly been called the “Queen of the Hill Stations”. It is comfortably nestled in the Nilgiris and is the capital of the Nilgiri District. It was another weekend getaway of the Britishers to escape the intense Indian summers since it is located around 7500 feet above the sea level. The mountains and the forests along with the extensive tea plantations lend Ooty its unique charm. It is a unique combination of green grasses, dense forests, and tea plantations that spreads for miles at end.
Ooty came under the British possession from Tipu Sultan after the Treaty of Srirangapatnam in 1799. This place started with European settlers like John Sullivan who had begun with putting up a camp in the Nilgiris and then building a stone house later in Ooty along with a flower and kitchen garden. Thus began the development of Ooty and then after Indian independence, the progress was rapid.
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How to reach
The nearest airport is Coimbatore which is situated about 100 kms away. Coimbatore is connected to all other major cities such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, and Kozhikode by direct flights.
Mettupalayam is the closest broad gauge railway head situated about 46 kms away from Ooty. Major broad gauge railway junction is Coimbatore about 100 kms away.
Ooty is about 535 kms from Chennai. It is well connected by other cities via good roads. It is about 89 kms from Coimbatore and 18 kms from Coonoor via road. Kalicut is 187 kms away and Kochi 281 kms. Regular buses ply from various cities such as Bangalore, Mysore, Cochin, Coimbatore, and Tanjavur.
Places to see
Ooty Botanical Garden, established in 1857, presents a unique and wide variety of flora for all inquisitive tourists. Ooty Children’s Park, situated at the end of a Lake is a beautiful green area covered with grassy green. Ooty Boat House Lake or more commonly known as Ooty Lake has a rich history going back to the British rule. Pykara River is the largest and most well known river of the region and is considered holy by the local inhabitants, especially the tribal people. Glen Morgan is a dense forest situated around 17 kms from Ooty. Tiger Hill is a beautiful Hill situated in the Eastern part.
Famous spots you must not miss
Avalanche is a place not to be missed and is located at around 25 kms from Ooty. Canada Dam is to be visited here. This is also the most favorite trekking destination. Doda Betta is the highest Peak of the Nilgiris and is about 8 kms from Ooty and is a must-visit.
Places to stay
Space Inn Resort, Julia Resort, Glenworth Estate, Fair Stay Holiday Resorts, Annamalai’s Eco-tourism Corporation Resorts are some decent places to stay in Ooty.
Best Time to Visit
Ooty is most visited during the summer months of April and May and also in the months of September, October, and November. But generally, Ooty is frequented by tourists all round the year. It is also a very popular destination for honeymoon couples.
Situated at a height of around 2280 meters, Ooty has a pleasant climate all through the year.