Ooty, the colloquial of Ootacamund, is a popular hill station of South India in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Udhagamandalam, it is a municipality and the district capital. The town lies at an altitude of 2286 m and has been remarked as the ‘queen of hill stations’ by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
The natural surroundings of Ooty include landscapes, dense forest reserves and national parks. This hill station is popular for its tea farming as well as oil extraction industry, wherein the oil is obtained from its eucalyptus trees, lemon grass, geranium, clove and camphor.
Ooty Lake :It originally extended up to the present day market and people used to take ferries for going from one side to the other. Over the years, Ooty Lake shrunk in size, giving space for the bus stand, racecourse and a mini garden. The entire lake is surrounded by eucalyptus trees that add to its beauty.
Tourists also visit the nearby Boat House, where they can hire different types of boats. In the month of May, boat pageantry and races are organised at this lake for two days, which attract numerous visitors. At the end of this Boat House, there is a deer park and a children’s park, with toy train.
The Government Museum, Mysore Road, Udhagamandalam, has items of tribal objects, districts ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. It was set up in 1989, with a view to provide education benefits to the residing and visiting population of the Nilgiris district. The admission to this museum is free. The timings are 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. It is closed on Fridays, Second Saturdays and National Holidays. The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (100-km).
When you visit Ooty, the first thing you will be asked to visit is the botanical gardens. Once inside, be prepared for a very long walk. You may be able to recognise the “famous tree” out here where songs for many Indian films have been shot. It is an ideal place to relax in the lap of nature (Never mind the crowd)
|Area||30.67 sq km|
|Temperature||4.8 c – 24.3 c|
|Summer||10 c -25 c|
|Winter||5 c -21 c|
|Rain fall||991 cm|
|Best time to visit||Sepetember to may|
|Clothing||Wollen and cotton|
|Languages||Tamil, English, Hindi|
|Nearest Railway||Ooty 0 kms|
|Nearest Railway||Coimbatore 110 kms|
|Nearest Railway||Connor 16 kms|
|Nearest Airport||Coimbatore 120 kms|
|Nearest Airport||Cochin 320 kms|
|Places to visit||Botanical garden, Doddabetta, Pykara falls, Lake, Mini Garden, Rose Garden etc….|