OOTY – Queen of Hill Stations

Ooty is a well known hill resort in state of TamilNadu (southern India) and is also known as Ootacamund and its anglicized name Udhagamandalam. It was derived from TODA word “Othakal mund” which refers house in mountains. It also refers to water abode in Sanskrit. It stands at the height of 7347 Feet above the sea level in the mountains of Nilgiri. It came into existence in 19th Century by the British and was serving as the summer headquarters for the Madras presidency. This hill region is housing lots of smaller towns mentioned as Kotagiri and Coonoor. The landscape is marked with the rolling hills which are covered with the dense vegetation, plateaus which are covered with gardens of teas.

How to reach Ooty?

It is connected with all

  • Via Air

The closest airport is Coimbatore which is 100Km away. There are options of direct flight from Chennai, Bangalore, Kozhikode and Mumbai. Indian Airlines is flying Delhi-Kochi via Coimbatore and Mumbai.

  • Via Train

Closest and nearest railway station is Mettupalayam which 46Kms and major broad gauge is Coimbatore. It is easily connected with all the major cities which is connected via Mountain railways which takes around 4 hours time. The “Nilgiri Toy train” is connecting Ooty to Mettupalayam which is at the foot of Nilgiris. It was one of the biggest challenges when the line was constructed. There are nearly 5 stations between Mettupalayam and Coonoor, they are mentioned as-Kallar, Runnymede, kateri and Adderely.

  • Via Bus/Car

It is well connected with marvellous roads, from Chennai it is just 535 Km via Salem, 89 Km via Coimbatore, 18 Km through Coonoor via Gudalur, 155 through Mysore, 281 Km from Kochi via Palakkad and Coimbatore. Even there are regular bus services which are running across Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Calicut, Cochin and Tirupati.

Top 10 places to visit in Ooty

  • Government Rose Garden
  • Ooty botanical Garden
  • Ooty lake
  • Stone House
  • Ooty mountain Railway
  • St. Stephen’s church
  • Tribal Museum
  • Deer Park
  • Wax world Ooty
  • Toda huts

Where to stay and eat?

Ooty is a location where you could find food quite expensive and going beyond your pocket. Most of the hotels with high end facilities are charging quite high. Some of the options which could help traveller known that which could be best options to try when they visit Ooty. It’s not going to be a complete or overall list but still a options which could be suitable for eating- Hotel kings kliff, Domino’s Pizza-store, Quality Restaurants, Earl’s Secret, Hyderabad Biryani House, Pakwan India,Taj Savoy Hotel, Big Bite Chicken, The Garden Cafe etc.

If you are looking for ultimate home away from home then you could easily escape from the busy schedule of the work and enjoy it to the fullest. It is well known for three items or things like Scenic beauty, rich legacy and weather. Some of the well known resorts are- Fern Hill, Meadows residency, Hotel Lake view, La Flora Amberley Resort etc.

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