Ooty (Udhagamandalam) is popularly known as the ‘’Queen of hill stations’’ among the tourist circuits. It is the capital of Nilgiri district. There are large number of hills in the Nilgiri range which varies between 2280 and 2290 metres. Doddabetta is the highest peak which is situated at the height of 2623 metres.
Ooty is famous for the establishment of numerous tea estates. Passengers going to visit Ooty are greeted with the Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens.
One can reach Ooty easily by any of the following means of transport:
Mettupalayam is 47 km from Ooty and it is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway and it is connected to Mettupalayam. Ooty is connected with Mettupalayam and Coonoor with the famous toy train.
Ooty is connected with all the major towns and cities with a good network of road and national highways. Regular bus services are there from and to Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and some other destinations in South India. It is also connected with the major cities of Karnataka and Kerala.
Plenty of taxis, auto rickshaws and tourist cabs are available as a local transport to visit Ooty. For all important destinations in South India, town buses are available.
The nearest airport from Ooty is Coimbatore.It is 105 km from Ooty.
Some of the prime attractions of Ooty:
Botanical Garden: they lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, which is the highest peak in Ooty. It is the major tourist attraction.
Government Museum: it has items of tribal objects, district’s ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu.
Hills and Views: popularly known as the ‘’Queen of hill stations’’.
Kalhatty Falls: It is located on the Kalhatty slopes at about 13-km from Udhagamandalam on the Udhagamandalam- Mysore Kalhatty ghat road.
Kandal Cross Shrine: It is a Roman Catholic Shrine which is considered as the Jerusalem of the East.
Mini Garden and Rose Garden:
The rose garden is situated about 3-4 km away from Charing Cross and the Mini garden is also situated where the children amusement park is housed on the way to the boathouse.
Ooty Lake: the beautiful lake of the Ooty is a favorite haunt of tourists which was constructed in the year 1825.
Some other attractions of the Ooty are Tea and Tourism Festival, Summer festival, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park etc.