| General Information
Altitude: 2,623 metres.
Population : 8,1763 (1991 Census) .
Temperature Max 25ºC, Min 5ºC
Languages Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and English.
STD Code: 0423
Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the "Queen of hill stations' among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres.
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. Visit Ooty during this festival, when tea lovers from all over the world converge. An occasion not to be missed!
Niligiri District, Tamil Nadu. India
Tourist Attraction Ooty Hill Station :
Botanical Gardens : Sprawling over an area of 50 acres in Dodabetta peak, the botanical gardens are the major source of tourist attractions. The garden has thousand varieties of plant species including around 30 species of eucalyptus. There is also a 20 million years old fossil tree trunk.
Ooty Lake : This beautiful lake was constructed in the year 1825 by the then collector of Coimbatore to provide better irrigation facilities to the people. This charming lake offers boating and fishing activities for its visitors.
St. Stephens Church : Built during 1830, it is probably the oldest in the Nilgiri region. The cemetery close to the church houses the grave of founder of Ooty, John Sullivan and is important for historic point of view.
Government Museum: Established in the year 1989, the Government Museum of Ooty, houses a good collection of tribal objects, local handicraft items, ecological details of the district, sculptural art and crafts of Tamil Nadu. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm except Fridays, Second Saturdays and all National Holidays.
Dodabetta Peak : tanding at an altitude of 2,623 meters, it is the highest point in the district. This offers some amazing views of the picturesque valleys and Nilgiri hill ranges.
Mini Garden and Rose Garden : The Rose Garden is situated about 3 to 4-km away from Charring Cross. Mini garden is also situated on the way to the boathouse where the children amusement park is housed.
Best Time :
October to June
Nearby Toursit Destination :
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
Visiting Ooty :
Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway, connected to Mettupalayam (47 km), which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. The famous toy train connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor.
A good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty with all major towns and cities. There are regular bus services to and from Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and other important destinations in South India. Ooty is also well connected with major cities of Kerala and Karnataka.
Coimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport.
Accommodation is available at the luxurious and economy class hotels, lodges, and resorts in Ooty. Both Indian and Western style accommodation and food are available. Prior booking is advisable, especially during the summer months.