Ooty the Beautiful Hill Station:
Ooty is one of the beautiful hill stations in India. Ooty is known as the Blue Mountains and also called Queen of the Hill stations. The Hills spread with greenery and lofty hills of extraordinary scenic beauty. Hence the hills are the combination of four hills they are Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club Hills, are part in Nilgiri ranges. They situated in the Western ghats at the height of 7,500ft. The weather is similar to the English summer.
The hills are famous for coffee and tea plantations and famous as Paradise for Honeymooners. When you visit these places, you will come across many eucalyptus trenches. Due to the smell and fresh breeze on the hill makes you lot of peace and forget yourself with the beauty around you. Above the hill the lavender-blue flowers spread over the mountain makes you not turn off you head from them. Although there is no doubt your visit to Ooty makes a memorable event in your life ever.
The place has long 800 years history, Hoysalas king Vishnu Vardhana who rules from 1104 to 1141 AD seized the Nilgiris Plateau. The name Nilgiri came from the blue haze which spreads most of the distant hills. In 1603 Jacome Forico a European visited this place and wrote about the people who were living in Nilgiri Hills and their traditions. But in 1799 due to the Srirangapatnam treaty between East India Company and Tipu Sultan, this place came into possession of British. In 1818, Wishland Kindersley, assistant to Coimbatore Collector visited this place and submitted the weather conditions and his personal feeling to then Collector Mr. John Sullivan. Hence in 1822 a stone house constructed under the guidance of John Sullivan and named udhagamandalam. Now the Bungalow has been maintaining as the Chamber of the Principal of Government Arts College. Still the bungalow is the major attraction of Udhagamandalam.
Ooty Tourist Spots:
Botanical Garden: This is one of the major attraction places for the visitors. This spread around 50-acres and lies lower slopes of Dodabetta peak. The peak is the highest point in Ooty.
Government Museum: It set up in 1989 to provide awareness to the visitors about the tradition and culture of Nilgiri people. The museum has the items of tribal objects, some sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. Location of the museum is beside the Mysore Road.
Kalhatty Falls: Kalhatty Falls situated at Kalhatty slopes which are about 13 km from udagamandalam on the Udhagamandalam-Mysore Kalhatty Ghat road. These falls also called as the ‘Kalahasti Falls’, these cascades are down a height of 122 metres.
Kandal Cross Shrine: Kandal cross is famous fro Christian religion faiths. There is a Roman Catholic Shrine which is called Jerusalem of the East. still it is also famous for ‘Calvary of Tamil Nadu’.
Rose Garden: In this garden there are so many varieties of rose flower plants are growing. This garden is situated on the way to the boathouse; there is also children amusement park, which makes fun to the children.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary: This is one of the National park, situated on the way of Mysore-Ooty highway.
This is a very favourite spot to the tourists. It was constructed in the year 1825 under the guidance of then Coimbatore collector Sullivan.
There are many luxury hotels and Hill resorts are available to stay. Some medium priced economy hotels also available in Ooty. Since some special packages also offer the hotels to the newly wedded couples, honeymoon visitors and family vacation tourists.
Best time to Visit:
November to March is the best time to visit this place. Mostly from April to June the hill station covered with the crowd.
How to Reach
By Air: nearest Airport is Coimbatore Airport. The distance is 105 km to Ooty.
By Rail: Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway.
By Road: Road connectivity is good from all major cities to Ooty. highways connect to Ooty from all major towns and cities.