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Ooty or Udagamandalam Tamil version of the original name) rightly described as "Queen of Hill Stations" by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, now sprawls over an area of 36 sq km with a number of tall buildings cluttering its hill slopes. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. Ooty still woos people from all over India as well as foreign countries right through summer, and sometimes in the winter months too. An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep Ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.

Ooty is the most popular hill station in the south; this beautiful hill station is located in the Nilgiri hills at 2286 m above sea level. With its rolling downs and salubrious climate it became the most important hill station in South India and the summer capital of the former Madras presidency. Old summer palaces of former Maharajas now hotels, are set in their beautiful parks.

A smart little hill train in a blue and cream in colour chug up daily to Ooty from Mettupalayam in the plains. The journey is a marvelous experience as the train puffs up through an area with plantations, tea gardens, lush forests and pretty little stations on its four hour climb in Ooty.

Road: From Coimbatore through Mettupalayam, at the foot of the hills, there are frequent (98 km from Coimbatore) and comfortable bus service is available from Chennai, Bangalore via My sore, Pondichery, Kodai and Kozhikode.

Govt. Botanical Gardens: 2 km east of Ooty railway and Bus Stations. This beautiful garden is maintained by Govt. of Tamilnadu by its Horticultural Department. The Gardens are of the loveliest not only in India but the best among public gardens throughout the East. In the centre of the Garden just below the mini-lake there is a fossil tree trunk which is 20 million years old. The annual flower show is held on the 3rd Sunday of May every year. Attracting large number of tourist from all corners of India (opening 6.00 am to 6.30 p.m.).

Aquarium Close to Bus Station. This Aquarium is run by Department of Fisheries. Here in this aquarium the department rears exotic first varieties

Ooty Race Course The race course is right opposite the Bus Station. The Racing season starts on 14th April and lasts till June.

Doddabetta The name literally means Big Mountain. This is the highest peak in the Nilgiris located off the Ooty-Kotagiri Road. The height of the peak is 8640 feet. The road to Doddabetta a motorable. (10 km from Ooty on the Kotagiri Road).

Ooty Lake – Boat House The artificial lake (65 acres) was constructed in 1824 by Mr. John Sullivan, the collector of Coimbatore. All kinds of boats are available for hire at Boat House.

The lake garden and toy train rides are other attractions of the place. In the adjacent site there is a recently created deer park.

Govt. Museum The Govt. Museum, Mysore Road, Ooty was set up in 1898. The museum has items of Tribal objects, district's ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamilnadu. (Opening time 10.00 am to 1.00 p.m and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm).

TPykara It is situated about 21 km, from Ooty on the Ooty – Mysore Road. Well protected fenced Sholar, Toda settlements, undisturbed grassy meadows and also a good valid habitat. The Pykara Dam and the reservoir attract many tourists.

Attitude2286 mts
Area 30.67 sq km
Temperature4.8 c – 24.3 c
Summer 10 c -25 c
Winter5 c -21 c
Rain fall991 cm
Best time to visitSepetember to may
ClothingWollen and cotton
Languages Tamil, English, Hindi
Nearest Railway Ooty 0 kms
Nearest Railway Coimbatore 110 kms
Nearest Railway Connor 16 kms
Nearest AirportCoimbatore 120 kms
Nearest AirportCochin 320 kms
Places to visitBotanical garden, Doddabetta, Pykara falls, Lake, Mini Garden, Rose Garden etc….

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