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Ooty - Queen of Hill Stations

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DISTANCE - 18 KM From Coonoor, 98 KM From Coimbatore, 290 KM From Bangalore

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By Air : Ooty is well linked by air. The nearest airport is located in Coimbatore, which is 88 kms away from the city. It is very well connected to the Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore.

By Train : Mettupalayam is the nearest railway station on narrow broad gauge at 46 kms. This station is connected to Chennai.

By Road : This city has regular bus services, which can be easily available from Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanya Kumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut and Tirupati. It has motorable road network.

ABOUT OOTY

The lush green valleys and the pristine natural beauty of the hill resort of Ooty offers the urban tired souls a chance to resume their affair with Nature, to whom they truly belong. The heavenly hill resort like a blushing bride peeks from behind lofty Nilgiri hills. The unassuming beauty of this heavenly hill resort beckons you to come and  embrace the tranquility and solace that Ooty has to offer.

Ooty, the Queen be seated in this heavenly abode remained undiscovered to the great southern dynasties and it took the British to explore it in the early 1800s. They were, however, not the first friends of this land as a tribe called Todas had been living there long before the British came, claiming that the Nilgiris had been their home since time immemorial. The British constructed the first railway line in the area and made it the summer capital of the Chennai Presidency.

The earliest that is known of the history of Ooty, is that it was ruled by Vishnu Vardhana, the Hoysala King, from 1104 to 1141 AD. Later, after many years, it came under the rule of the British East India Company, after the company signed a treaty with the brave Tipu Sultan in 1799. This is when John Sullivan started the development of the hill station and promoted it as an ideal summer retreat. Lots of cottages, clubs and other buildings were built to house and provide recreational facilities to the British officials. Soon enough, the hill station was growing tea for its inhabitants, who considered high tea to be an integral part of their day. Now, these tea estates not only produce the favorite drink of millions of Indians but also add to the charm and the beauty of the hill resort of Ooty.

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN OOTY Kandal cross : It is a Roman catholic church. The cross in every Roman Catholic Church is believed to have the same power as the cross, in which Jesus Christ was crucified. This was brought in the period apostle’s empire. Every Friday special prayers are been reformed.

The Museum : A very beautiful collection of rare thing could be seen in this museum. It was established in the year 1989. Some important preserved things in this museum are kuruinji flowers, rare insects, timber, stone sculptures, Bronze sculptures, model of toda’s residential places (huts) and more. The curator of museums maintains this museum.

Western Catchments : Beautiful and eye-catching place consisting of meadows down the valley. The depression a point of this valley is fully occupied by grasses offering a green carpet as a symbol of country’s Green Revolution. A Nice hunt for cameras.

The Race Course : An important place located in the central part of udagamandalam. usually horse races is conducted in summer season, from April to June. The main reason Behind the time of occurrence of this sport event is that, In summer due to vacation and to enjoy the cool climate people use to come large in numbers.

Upper Bhavani : This spot is at a distance of 60 km form ooty. But from avalanche it is some what nearer at a distance of 20 km. Unlike other places of ooty this is spot is filled with undisturbed wild Habitat. Trekking the valleys from Bhangithappal via Sispera is an immersive pleasure.

Wenlock Downs : Compared to other parts of udagamandalam, this Region could be seen with some Modern establishments, The Hindustan photo Films Company is one among them which adds pride to our country. Other important places to visit here are the government sheep farm and the Gymkhana club. This club is a marked placed for sports like Golf and Tennis. Loitering on the long roads of this spot is an extremely different and Joyous experience.

Western Catchments : Beautiful and eye-catching place consisting of meadows down the valley. The depression a point of this valley is fully occupied by grasses offering a green carpet as a symbol of country’s Green Revolution. A Nice hunt for cameras.

Kurthukulli Guiness Record village : Nature has given an eminent place in its record book for ooty. Besides the natural beauty and pride a village near ooty called Kurthukulli has fetched guiness world record title to ooty. An event of Planting 42,184 saplings in an area of 72 acres at a time spell of 24 hours, is that record attempt which overtook the prior record of planting 34,083 saplings in the same time ( That was done in Canada) This victory was achieved with the help of 300 volunteers from all around the village.

Dodabetta Peak : There are many tourist attractions in Ooty and nearly all are well worth a visit when on a sight seeing trip in Ooty. However anyone is sure to be particularly keen on visiting those places from where one can witness the absolutely mesmerizing beauty of this queen of hill stations. Heading straight to the Dodabetta Peak is consequently the best choice. The height of the Dodabetta Peak is 2,623 meters making it the highest point of the district.

Lamb’s Rock : Lamb’s Rock definitely deserves to be a part of your sight seeing trip in Ooty. The greatest attraction of the Lamb’s Rock is in fact this. It offers enchanting views of the plains of Coimbatore and the tea estates. The effect is almost that of a green carpet covering the slopes of the hills. There are very few places which can offer such a panoramic and overwhelming view of the surrounding picturesque landscape and the Lamb’s Rock is one of them. So make sure to visit the Lamb’s Rock at a distance of just about 9 km from Coonoor and witness for yourself nature at its very best.

Kalhatty Waterfalls : The beautiful Kolhatty waterfalls are about 100 feet in height and are located on the kalhatty slopes. The falls are about 13kms from the city, so anyone on a tour of Ooty can easily check out the falls and the beautiful area surrounding it. Besides, obviously looking at the waterfalls, you can explore the kalhatty-Masinagudi slopes, that are home to many wild species, including panthers, sambhar, bison and wild buffaloes. Kalhatty – Masinagudi slopes is rich in wildlife such as Panthers, Bisons, Wild Buffaloes, Wild Dogs, Spotted Deers, Sambars and different types of hill birds.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary : Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 67 kms from Ooty. Mudumalai is the home of about 25 tigers, 700 wild elephants, leopards, panthers, 1,000 gaur (Indian bison), bears, bonnet monkeys, horned antelopes, flying squirrels, hyenas and eagles. As the animals are quite elusive, you will need a combination of luck, patient and a good eye to see anything. There are also reptiles, such as pythons and big monitor lizards, and many species of birds. The park is 320 sq km. The vegetation varies from forest to grassland and swamps. There are over 200 species of birds in the park. You can get a free book, called Birds of Mudumalai, at the WWO office in Ooty.

The Ooty Lake : In the recent years Ooty Lake has emerged as one of the foremost tourist attractions of Ooty. Ooty Lake is an artificial lake that owes its construction to the first Collector of Ooty, John Sullivan. The original intention was to construct an irrigation tank but finally the lake was dredged out in the years 1823-1825. The lake has an irregular L shape and stretches for more than 2 km in length. The width of the lake varies at regular intervals. The over all area of this well known lake that is definitely a must see on any sight seeing trip of Ooty is about one and a half square miles.

Botanical Garden : Covering an extensive area of 55 acres, the Botanical Gardens in Ooty was laid way back in the year 1847 by the Marquis of Tweedale on the lower slopes of the Dodabetta Park. It is very well maintained to this date. The Horticulture Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu has been entrusted with the responsibility of looking after this garden. And the fragrance of the flowers is really intoxicating.One of the great surprises of the place is a fossil tree trunk that is believed to be 20 million years old. It may be added here that eucalyptus trees are an integral part of Ooty’s landscape. The trees are in such great numbers that they even support a small oil industry here.

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN OOTY Nasiyan Jain Temple : The construction of the temple is started in the year of 1864 and opened as a devotee’s fascination in 1895. Nasiyan Jain Temple is structured at the on Prithvi Raj Road, prime pilgrimage destination of India. Devoted to the first Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhdeoji, Nasiyan Jain Temple makes your travel and tour more note-worthy and significant that you ever think. The temple is extremely valued by the Digambar sect of Jains. A museum is also festooned just alongside the temple.

St Stephen's Church : St. Stephen Church is the Gothic church of the place and is one of the best known colonial structures of Ooty. People gather in church and offer sacred prayers from the bottom of the heart. The true feelings of the people reveal the fact that still somewhere on earth, the God is still alive. The church was constructed and carved totally from wood and is the best architectural model from wood. The coolness in the church is wonderful as the whole place is made of wood. It's indeed a great experience staying a closet made from the pure wood obtained from Tipu Sultan's palace and was brought at this place with the aid of series of elephants. WHEN TO GO OOTY

It gets quite cold in the winter months from December to February, but beautiful nonetheless if you enjoy the clouds and the mist floating into your face. The high season is when the schools have vacation and the plains get stifling hot in May and June. The summer festival is in May when there are flower shows and boat races, and general festivity. Weather wise it is still great from September to November. The Mudumalai National Park is best in September-October and January-March when the foliage thins out.

WEATHER FORECAST If you prefer summers (22-24deg), you can simply pack all your cotton clothing, along with a light jacket, just in case there is a shower or drizzle. The winters (18-20deg) are somewhat cold, so it would be a good idea to carry your winter wear or woolen clothing with you on tours to Ooty India.

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN OOTY

Tea & Tourism Festival Ooty : (January) The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers.

Summer Festival : (Botonaical Garden) The Summer Festival is held every year during the month ofMay in the beautiful Botanical Garden. Regular Cultural Programmes, fashion parade, Flower and Fruit shows are arranged during Summer Festival. Boat races, dog shows etc, add more festivity to the celebrations.

Murugan Temple : (Elk Hill, near Ooty) Devotees throng this temple during the months of January and February for the Thaipusam festival. They carry with them brass vessels filled with milk, which is meant to be offered to the lord. Some of them also carry the 'kavadi' (palanquins, which is decorated with flowers, peacock feathers and brass bells.

FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN OOTY

In Ooty cuisine, breakfast  includes idly(steamed rice cakes), dosai (a pancake made from a batter of rice) and lentils crisp fried on a pan, vada(deep fried doughnuts made from a batter of lentils), pongal (a mash of rice and lentils boiled together and seasoned with ghee, cashew nuts, pepper and cummin seed), uppuma(cooked semolina seasoned in oil with mustard, pepper, cumin seed and dry lentils). Most of the dishes in Ooty are eaten with coconut chutney, sambar (seasoned lentil broth) and mulaga podi (a powdered mix of several dried lentils eaten with oil). But in the Ooty all north Indian daises are available.


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