Ooty Hill Station Holiday with Ooty Tourism Travel Tours of India
Ooty TravelUdhagamandalam (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.
Ooty Tea Attractions
The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous as a travel destination . 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. Go for Ooty tourism during this festival, when tea lovers from all over the world converge, is an occasion not to be missed!
Prime Attractions of Ooty (Udagamandalam)
Botanical GardenBotanical gardens are a major tourist attraction for those who are on Ooty tourism. It is one of the most popular hill stations of India. They sprawl over 50-acres and lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, which is the highest point in Ooty travel.
Government Museum - OotyThe Government Museum At Ooty The government museum, Mysore Road, Ooty has items of tribal objects, district's 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 Nilgiris district. Tourist Information Admission: Free Timings: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Closed On: Fridays, Second Saturdays and National Holidays Ooty The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (100-km). Ooty on the narrow gauge railway is connected to Mettupalayam, which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai on the broad gauge. There are regular bus services connecting Ooty to Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Calicut, Tirupati etc.
Hills and ViewsUdhagamandalam (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 kilometres from Coimbatore and gained a fame as a most travel destintion of South India.
Kalhatty FallsThe Kalhatty falls are located on the Kalhatty slopes at about 13-km from Udhagamandalam on the Udhagamandalam - Mysore Kalhatty ghat road. Also known as the "Kalahasti Falls", the water here cascades down a height of 122m.
Kandal Cross ShrineKandal cross, a Roman Catholic Shrine considered, as the Jerusalem of the East is located in Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu. The Nilgiri Catholics consider it as the "Calvary of Tamil Nadu".
Mini Garden and Rose GardenThe 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.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and National ParkAdding more charm to Ooty tourism is the The Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary. It is located where the Nilgiri Hills, the offshoot of the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats. The Mysore - Ooty highway runs through the sanctuary, following the course of the Mayyar River, which separates Mudumalai from Bandipur.
Ooty Lake TravelThe beautiful Ooty Lake is a favourite haunt of tourists. It was constructed in the year 1825, through the initiatives of Mr. John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. This lake was built in order to provide an irrigation tank to the people.
Summer FestivalThere is several beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu. With the Summer Festivals, the hills are even hospitable to welcome the visitors. The summer festival is held in the 'Queen of Hill Stations',
Tea and Tourism FestivalAkin to the nectar of the Gods is the Camellia Sinensia, which is a bush that gives fragrant amber ambrosia-a refresher and stimulizer. In other words, take a TEA Tour.
Significance - Ooty India(Udhagamandalam)
HistoricalIt is believed that the name Nila, has been in use for over 800 years since, the King of the Hoysalas Vishnu Vardhana, who ruled from 1104 to 1141 AD seized the Nilgiris Plateau. His general Ponisia recorded this fact in 1117 AD with mention of Todas. The name Nilgiri was due to the blue haze, which envelops the range with most distant hills of considerable size.
This Nilgiri territory came into possession of the East India Company as part of the ceded lands, held by Tipu Sultan, by the treaty of Srirangapatnam in 1799. Rev. Jacome Forico, a priest was the first European who visited Nilgiris in 1603 and released his notes about the place and people of Nilgiris. In 1812 surveyor William Keys and Macmohan visited the top of the plateau.
In 1818, Wishand Kindersley, Assistant and Second Assistant to Collector of Coimbatore visited this spot and submitted their experience report to the Collector of Coimbatore Mr. John Sullivan. Settlement in Udhagamandalam began in 1822 with the construction of the Stone House by John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. The bungalow, which is locally called "Kal Bangla", is one of the major attractions of Udhagamandalam and is now the Chamber of the Principal of the Government Arts College. All your Ooty Sightseeing tours includes a trip of these buildings.
Fairs & Festivals promoted bay Ooty Tourism (Udhagamandalam)Summer Festivals
A summer festival is held each year during the month of May in the Botanical Gardens, which is an added travel attraction in Ooty tourism. The Flower Show is the pride of the festival. Cultural programmes are organised for those interested in traditional classical arts. Adventure spots like trekking tours also form part of the festival.
Leisure - Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
The Nilgiris are a trekker's paradise. Landscaped by nature, the hills abound in trek for lovers of nature. There are treks and treks in whichever direction you turn and from whichever point you start. Your trekking holiday can be full of thrill, excitement and adventure and a way of seeing and enjoying nature in all its beauty and splendour.
Udhagamandalam (Ooty India) offers several trekking tours, which vary in distance, altitudes and terrain. There is a base camp at Parsons valley, from where one can start trekking to various points within Western Ghats. The down hills of Western Ghats on the North ends up with meeting the extensions of Eastern Ghats, where the sprawling Mudumalai Sanctuary lies which opens vistas for adventure tourists.
Informtion on Trekking trips are available at the Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (NWLEA). There are coaches who have experience of trekking on certain areas. Its always advicable to take a group trekking packages to enjoy at your fullest. For further details contact the Tourist Information Office at Charring Cross, Ooty.
Hang-Gliding Adventure Tours
Hang-glidng courses are also organised during March to May every year, with the assistance of the Department of Tourism. Contact the Tourist Officer, Ooty for assistance.
Goad Trout, Carp and mixed water fishing is possible in various streams and lakes of Ooty on your angling trip. The Assistance Director of Fisheries issues the fishing licence.
ShoppingJust about anything available in the cities can be had at Ooty with the added attraction of leisurely shopping. Exclusive Nilgiri products including Nilgiri tea, fruits, natural oils like Eucalyptas, Toda embroideries, plant nurseries are easily available in the town. Co-operative Super Market and Municipal Market are some of the best places for shopping fruits and general groceries. Kairali of Kerala Handicrafts and Poompuhar of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts have their showrooms near to Super Market Buildings on Charring Cross.
Eating OutBlue hills
Ooty Coffee House
Chinkos Chinese Restaurant
How To Get There - Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
By RailOoty 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.
By RoadA good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty India 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.
Local TransportTaxis, tourist cabs, auto rickshaws are available in plenty to plan a travel holiday in Ooty. There are no standard rates except tourist cabs. Town buses are also available to all important places. Conducted sight seeing tours are arranged by the private operators and the Government Tourism Development Corporation.
By AirCoimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport.
Hotel Resorts and Places To Stay - Ooty (Udhagamandalam)Accommodation is available at the luxurious and economy class hotels, lodges, and resorts in Ooty India. Both Indian and Western style accommodation and food are available. Prior booking is advisable, especially during the summer months.
Information on Climate - Udhagamandalam
WinterMax 21ºC, Min 5ºC
SummerMax 25ºC, Min 10ºC
General Information About UdhagamandalamSTD Code: 0423
LocationNiligiri District, Tamil Nadu.
Founded ByBritish In 1800.
Population8,1763 (1991 Census) .
LanguagesTamil, Malayalam, Kannada and English.
Useful Information - Udhagamandalam
Tourist Information CentresTourist Office, Government of Tamil Nadu
Clothing - Udhagamandalam