An Insight :Udhagamandalam, this Queen of hill stations, otherwise known as Ooty, is in the Nilgiri mountain ranges of Tamil Nadu. At a height of 2,268 meters, Ooty is known for its salubrious climate and scenic beauty. For residents of the south it is a delightful place to escape to from the oppressive summer heat. The best thing about Ooty is that, it combines the peace and tranquility of a hill station with the comforts of urban life. Ootys colonial legacy extends to very nook & corner, and it is apparent in many of the old buildings, like the Ooty club.
|Lets Explore Ooty Sightseeng in
Toy Train One of the attractions of Ooty, is the World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway, that operates from Mettupalayam to Ooty via Coonoor. Built by the British, as far back as in 1908, the section from Mettupalayam to Coonoor still operates with a steam locomotive.
Botanical Gardens - Botanical gardens, sprawling over 50-acres, on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, which is the highest point in Ooty. The Gardens are said to have around a thousand species, of exotic and indigenous plants, shrubs, ferns, trees, herbal and bonsai plants. One of the attractions is a fossilized tree trunk estimated to be 20 million years old.
Kandal Cross Shrine -Kandal cross, a Roman Catholic Shrine considered as the Jerusalem of the East is located in Ooty. The Nilgiri Catholics consider it as the "Calvary of Tamil Nadu".
Ooty Lake -The beautiful Ooty Lake is a favorite 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.
|Where is Ooty?
By Air - The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (100 km away) which is well connected by air from Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. The other gateway for Ooty, is Bangalore, 280 kms away.
By Rail -Ooty is connected by a narrow gauge railway service from Mettupalayam which serves as the railhead for mainline trains. From Mettupalayam, the Hill Train takes you upto Ooty, affording the traveller superb views. The Nilgiri Express connects the railhead with Chennai daily.
By Road - Ooty can be reached conveniently via Bangalore (280 kms), Coimbatore (100 kms) and Mysore (170 kms).