Ooty ( Udhagamandalam ) - Queen of hill stations

by   Janardhana Reddy Moram (jana.muram@gmail.com)

OotyUdhagamandalam better known as Ooty is the most popular hill station in South India.Ooty located in the Western Ghats at a height of 2240 m. Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilagiri district, in Tamil Nadu.


Initially ooty was captured by Todas, at the end of 18th century this area came under the reign of East India Company. This great southern dynasties and took the British to discover it in the early 1800's.

Nowadays Ooty has emerged out as the most popular tourist spots of Tamil Nadu. Its pleasant weather, deep forests, deep and steep valleys, lush green landscape dotted with acres of coffee and  tea gardens in both sides of the road attracts visitors.

Places to visit in Ooty

Botanical Garden,  Government Museum,   The Mudumulai Wildlife Sancturies,  Doddabetta(it is the highest peak  in the Nilagiri's [ 2623mts],  10 Kms from Ooty) ,  Kotagiri,  Rose Garden,  Art Gallery - Lalith kala Academy,  Mini Garden, Stone House,  St. Stephen's Church,  Ooty Golf Course, Wax World and Tribal Museum, Ooty Mountain Railway, Ooty Lake.

Nearest Attractive Places

Coonoor (It is second largest hill station in the Nilagiri district), Dolphin's Nose(12 Kms from Coonoor),   Ketti valley view point,  Wenlock Downs,   Mukurthi Peak & Mukurthi National Park(40km from  Ooty ).  Pykara,   Avalanche.

Popular Hotels in Ooty

1.Sullivan Court, 2. Hotel Sinclair, 3. Sterling Holiday Resort, 4. Hotel the Monarch.

Festivals celebrated at the city

All these festivals in this city are jointly organized by the Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu & Ministry of Tourism, and Government of India. Here are some of the familiar...

  • Tea & Tourism Festival Ooty January.  
  • Thaipoosam in Elk Hill Murugan Temple February.
  • Bookkapuram Mariamman Annual Festival February
  • Ooty Mariamman Temple Festival April.
  • Coonoor Mariamman Temple Festival April.
  • Boat Races and Boat Pageantry in Ooty May.
  • Flower Show in Ooty May.
  • Fruit Show in Coonoor May.

Summer Festivals:

  • Regular Cultural Programs
  • Fashion parade
  • Flower and Fruit shows & dog shows are arranged during Summer Festival.

Languages Spoken:

Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and English


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