the Queen of the Hill Stations, also known as Blue Mountains is one of
the most beautiful hill stations in India. This hill station has
splendid green downs and lofty hills of extraordinary scenic beauty and
is endowed with a salubrious climate similar to the English summer.
Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 7,500ft,
Oooty/ Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiri district. Ooty
was the former summer retreat of the British. John Sullivan, the collector
of Coimbatore who founded the first European settlement here, stumbled
across Ooty's idyllic scenery in 19th century during one of his nomadic
searches for rare flowers. The name Ooty or Ootacamund derives its name
from the local Toda word Udhamandalam meaning village of huts. The
Tamil 'Whotai' a species of dwarf bamboo that grows in the forests,
'kai' meaning a fruit or green stuff in the middle and the Toda 'mund'
meaning a village clapped at the end. Ooty, however, got its name during
the British rule, by calling 'WOTYKAMUND' in the Madras gazette.
Ooty nestles in an amphitheater created by four majestic
hills-Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club Hill. These hills are part
of the Nilgiri ranges that are really the meeting point for the Western
and the Eastern Ghats.
Ooty has become more of a 'honeymooner’s paradise' and
a de-facto filming location. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees
like conifers, pine and wattle dot the hillside of Oooty and its environs.
While visiting you will also come across many eucalyptus trenches
. The fresh smell of eucalyptus trees in a trendy and clement breeze will
make you psychedelic for sure. The funnel-shaped blossoms covering the
hills in floral profusion and the lavender-blue flowers spread over the
mountains will pack you with memories for a lifetime.
Ooty has many places to see. The idyllic valley views,
tranquil forest ranges, beautiful flora and fauna with bustling music
of the wildlife.
Built in 1847, by an English gardener Marquis of Tweeddale , this
quite, beautiful, well maintained garden covers an area of 22 acres.
It has 2000 different species of trees, fashioned beds laid beds laid
out in an Italian style, beautiful flowers including orchids, a fossil
tree trunk of 20 million years, a small artificial pond, alpines and medicinal
plants among beautiful lawns and glass houses. The bushes are cut into
the shapes of animals and birds.
Annual flower show is held here in third week May every year. This show
is one of the main attraction of Ooty. The rose garden 750m from Charing
Cross contains over 1,500 varieties of roses. It is open from 0800
to 1800. The best time is September to October and from April to May of
the year . Timing - 8 A.M -6 A.M. Entrance fee: Rs. 5 per head for
adults, Children- Rs.2
artificial lake constructed between 1823 and 1825 by Mr.John Sullivan,
as an irrigation tank. The 2.5km long lake covers an area of more that
25hectre with the famous narrow-gauge toy railway line running along one
bank; rowing boats are available for hire. You can also go for horse-back
riding around the lake. This is one of the most popular tourist spot.
Pony rides for children is a major attraction. The mini-train for children
is still another attraction.
About 10km East of the Railway Station, off the Kotagiri Rd 2623 meters
the highest peak This is a great place to enjoy the spectacular view of
the mountainous valleys and peaks. The place is very serene. This place
has a nice view tower wherein you can use high-power TTDC telescope to
view surrounding places. On a bright day, one can have a bird's
eye view of the plains of Coimbatore and Mysore, the plateau towns
Ooty and Coonoor and the barracks at Wellington can also be seen at a
Situated at a distance of 19 kms. from Ooty, the river has a dam
and a power plant. The great charm of the place is its perfect serenity,
sparkling atmosphere and enchanting surroundings. The falls, about 6km
from the bridge on the main road, are best in July. There is a forest
Rest House and a boat House with Restaurant is at Pykara. .Boats are available
for hire in Pykara dam.
This house was built by John Sullivan. It was occupied by the Principal
of the Govt. Art College. The tribals called it as Kal Bangla (stone
It is the first church built in Ooty,1820. It is said that the
wood for this church was brought from Tipu Sultan's Lal Bagh Palace in
Srirangapatnam after his final defeat. These wood had to be hauled up
by the elephants from the plains. It has a clock tower, nine tubular
bells and a gallery.
Asia's No. 1 Water Theme Park - Black Thunder, is set at the foothills
of the gigantic Nilgris and 50 kms from Ooty. It is a thrilling and adventures
water theme park at Mettupalayam. The water theme park is spread over
65 acres of land with green hills as backdrop and full of coconut and
arecanut trees is a pleasant atmosphere. This park has adventurous water
games and land games.