The official name of Ooty is Udagamandalam. Ooty is the popular as well as a short name for Ootacamund. Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations which are located in the district Nilgiris of Tamil nadu. It is situated at about 2240 metres above the level of the sea. The city is also popularly known as the ‘queen of hill stations’. ooty was primarily under the occupation of the Todas. The governor of Coimbatore later took control of some part of this city. Ooty is set amidst lofty mountains, deep green valleys, dense forests, sprawling grasslands as well as extensive and huge tea gardens. It is a famous tourist attraction.
The nearest airport is the Coimbatore airport. The nearest railhead to Ooty is the Ooty railway station.
The most commonly spoken languages in the city of ooty are Tamil, Malayalam, badaga, Hindi as well as English.
Best time to visit ooty:
Summer season is the best time of the year to plan a trip to ooty. The summers start from the month of March and continue up to the month of June. During this time of the year, the city is surrounded by blooming gardens, sunny weather as well as picturesque lakes. During the winter season t temperature does not exceed 25 degrees. During the nights the temperature can drop to as low as 8 degrees. Thus it is not preferred to visit ooty in winters.
How to reach ooty:
Ooty does not have an airport of its own. Passengers have to be dependent upon the Coimbatore airport that is just 100 kilometres away from the city. The domestic flights connect Coimbatore to most of the major Indian cities. Major airlines are jet airways, air India, kingfisher airlines and SpiceJet. The city centre is situated just 2 kilometres away from ooty’s railway station. The mettupalayam railway station is located at a distance of 46 kilometres from the city. We can also reach ooty through roadways as most of the Indian cities are situated close to ooty. Public as well as private buses are also available.
Places to visit in ooty:
Botanical garden: It is a huge park covering about 22 hectares of land. About 650 trees and plant species are present in the garden. It is a major tourist attraction in ooty.
Ooty Lake: It acts as a paradise for boat lovers as well as the outdoor enthusiasts. A variety of boats including the Shikaras, Rowing boats, canoes as well as paddleboats deck the lake.
Dodabetta peak: The peak is situated a about 2623 metres above the level of the ground. The peak offers breathtaking views of the valley to the tourists. It is located at a distance of 10 kilometres from the hill station.
Madhumalai Wildlife sanctuary: The wildlife sanctuary consists of a rich variety of fauna and flora. Numerous wild animals like panther, sambhar, spotted deer, wild boar as well as barking deer are present.