Udhagamandalam, famously known as Ooty, is the capital of Nilgiri district which comes under the state of Tamil Nadu. Ooty being located in the Western Ghats, 2240 km above sea level, Mother Nature has always been generous to the place. This place was much visited during the time of Colonial period and later became a major tourist destination for summer and weekends. One its way one can see the eucalyptus, pine and coniferous trees and kurunji flower greets the visitors to the valley. Ooty is also famous for its tea and coffee plantation which covers most of the slopes of the hills, giving the place a fresh evergreen look.
Though the old inhabitant of the place were mainly the Toda tribes, but Ooty became famous only when it came under the Britishers, who encouraged establishing the tea, Cinchona and teaks and also helped establishing the first railway line which made the summer capital of Madras Presidency. The railway line which connects Ooty is Mettupalayam, is one of the best options to travel because of the hair- rising curves and beautiful view of the tea plantation with fearful tunnels. Apart from train the nearest airport for Ooty is Coimbatore Airport which approx. 100 kms away from Ooty whereas road transportation is also a very good option. Ooty Hotels being in abundance gives visitors a pleasant stay where one could choose the hotels according their necessity and ranging from ones budget to luxury.
Places to visit
The economy of the place being dominated by the tourism industry, Ooty draws a huge number of tourists every year. The famous tourist visiting spots are Government Rose Garden, Lake Park, Ooty Botanical Garden, St. Stephen’s Church,Ooty Lake, Toda Huts, Stone house and Deer park. And around Ooty the places to visit are Doddabetta, Pykara Lake, Madumalai National Park, Parsons Valley Reservoir, Mukurthi National Park Kamaraj Sagar Dam, and Emerald Lake, Avalanche Lake, Frog Hill viewpoint and Porthumund Dam.
The diverse climate of the place helps the visitors to enjoy various adventurous games such as hang gliding. Apart from Hang Gliding, fly fishing and spinning are adventurous for fish hunters. One can also enjoy snookers, Golfing and horse racing. Ooty is also famous for trekking.
Ooty being the a famous picnic spots is also a weekend gateway for peoples from nearby metro cities and Ooty hotels provide the relaxing view of the place scenic beauty.