Rolling green hills, sheep dotted pastures, long winding foggy roads, thick sloping forests, beautiful little villages, every green fir tree, lakes small and large, yellow cottages with picket fence, and above all the breath-taking scenery of the green hills meeting the valleys! No, we are not talking about Scotland but the Switzerland of India, The Queen of the hill stations – OOTY! It is called a nature lover’s paradise too, due to its greens, wonderful blue Mountains, rippling clear lakes, alpine woods and lively climate like that of English summers.
According to Wikipedia Ooty (short for Udhagamandalam) is a resort town in the Western Ghats mountains, in southern India's Tamil Nadu state. Founded as a British Raj summer resort, but according to us Ooty is heaven on earth, we would even go to the extent of quoiting the great Persian poet Amir Kushiro – “If There Is Paradise on Earth It Is This It Is This It Is This.”
A bit of history
Originally occupied by the Todas, Kotas, Kurumbas, Panias and Irula tribes, Ooty was of-limits to general public until it came under the rule of Tipu Sultan who treated it as a pricy possession, later Ooty got transferred to The East India Company in 1799. Sir John Suvillan of the British was so fascinated by the location that he initiated the construction of roads connecting Ooty to other major cities in 1832. Since then this beautiful hill station was a much-visited recreation to the British officials on India. The charm of these enticing green valley’s still inspires people from India and abroad.
The climate of the place is mild and pleasant throughout the year with an average ranging from 17–20 °C and winters dipping to the temperatures of 0º C making it one of the most sotted out hill stations. Some of the popular and most visited tourist attractions are: -
Doddabetta peak – highest peak in Nilgiris.
St Stephens Church – oldest church in Nilgiris built in 1831.
Rose Garden – inhabiting more than 20,000 variety rose plants making it one of the largest collection of roses in India
Ooty Botanical garden – laid out in 1847 hosting around a thousand species of exotic and indigenous plants. The garden has a 20 million old fossilised tree trunk.
Deer Park – highest altitude zoo in India.
Ooty lake and Boat house – constructed in 1824
The Tribal Museum – showcasing rare artifacts and photographs of tribal groups of Ooty.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway – steam locomotive built in 1908.
Stone House – built in 1822.
St Thomas Church – built in 1867.
Doddabetta Tea factoty – visitors can learn about the origin and history of tea in India
Pykara, Ooty, Emerald and Avalanche lake – famous film shooting destinations.
Ooty is well connected with mettupalayam on one side and mysore on the another.
Altitude - 2240 metres above sea level
Time to Visit - April to June and September to November
Nearest Airport - Coimbatore/ Mysore at 100 Kms
Bus Station - Ooty
Railway Station – Coimbatore/ mysore at 100 Kms
Languages - Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada
Activities - Trekking, Hang-Gliding, Angling, Horse Riding, Boating, Mountain Rail Ride
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