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Ooty

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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. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.  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. 

General information

Altitude 2,240 mts.

Climate Summer : Max. 25°C, Min. 10°C 

Winter : Max. 21°C, Min. 5°C

Rainfall 121cms

Season April to June and September to November

Languages Badaga, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam and English

Clothing Heavy Woolen in winter

Light Woolen in summer

Accessibility

By Air

 Nearest Airport: Coimbatore, 100 km

By Rail

Nearest railway station: Mettupalayam 46 km

By 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)

Attraction

Botanical Gardens: Laid out in 1847, the Government Botanical Gardens is the most beautiful jewel on the crown of the “Queen of Hill Stations”. There are over 650 species of plants housed in the garden. The fossil of a tree trunk believed to be 20 million years old is preserved here. The garden spread over 22 hectares possess lush green lawns, six sections comprising varieties of tree species, variety of ferns, fashioned beds, an Italian formal garden, flowering plants, house ferns, orchids and nurseries.

Ooty Lake View: The lake is another major attraction and boating is very popular here. The artificial lake, shimmering under the gentle sun is a popular site for the tourists. Pony rides are available along the road skirting of the lake.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary : Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary offers a leisurely ride on elephant-back through its forest trails, with a view of varied flora and fauna, as well as ever-changing symphonies of birdsong.

Art Gallery:  It is situated about 2 km from Ooty on way to Mysore. The Art Gallery has various collections of contemporary paintings, items of tribal objects, district’s ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamilnadu.

Nasiyan Jain Temple: Nasiyan Jain Temple is located on Prithvi Raj Road and devoted to the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhdeoji. The temple is greatly revered by the Digambar sect of Jains. There is a museum alongside the temple. The construction of the temple began in 1864 and opened to the public in 1895.

Dodabetta Peak: Dodabetta Peak located at a height of 2623 m is the highest lookout point of the hill station- Ooty. The landscape of green valleys is the extraordinary locale of your travel and tour to Ooty. Derived from the two Kannada words ‘Betta’ and ‘Dodda’ literally translating to ‘Big Mountain’ Dodabetta Peak is counted amongst one of the Jewels of the valley. Dodabetta Peak is popular for rhododendrons and flowering sub-elphine shrubs. 

Deer Park:Deer Park is positioned at a distance of 1 km from Ooty Lake, a frequented travel spot of Ooty. The place is one of the few high-altitude wildlife sanctuaries in India. Stretched at 22 acres, the place is the home to a wide variety of animal species. Hare, chital and sambar are the few examples of animals found here. A wide range of aquatic birds in the park is the exceptional features of Deer Park.

Summer Festivals: Cultural programs, fashion parade, flower and fruit shows are all arranged in the summer. Boat races, Boat pageantry, dog shows are the exciting means of allurement at summer festival. All these festivals are arranged by the Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

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