Ooty offers luxuriant hills, lush green valleys and untouched natural beauty to all urban tired souls. Ooty gives an opportunity to resume our affair with nature, where we actually belong to. Ooty is the informal name for Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam, a destination in the state of Tamil Nadu in the south of India. Ooty covers an area of over 36 sq. km and is home to the Doddabetta peak, the highest point in South India. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru titled Ooty as the “Queen of Hill Stations”.
Ooty is South India’s most famous hill station, established by the British in the early 19th century as the summer headquarters of the then-Madras (Chennai) government and memorably nicknamed ‘Snooty Ooty’. In 1799, 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. The Nilgiris district in which Ooty is located is home to a large selection of tea plantations, making this officially ‘tea country’ and the ideal place to sample some local brews as well as check out the massive and quite awesome plots on which tea plants stretch for as far as the eye can see. Now, these tea estates not only produce the favorite drink of millions of Indians but also add to the charm and the beauty of Ooty. Ooty tourism is a great experience of a hill station, romantic honeymoon destination accompanied with refreshing climate.
The British influence is still in existence in the region with hand rolled cigars, chocolate and cheese that one can enjoy here. However, before the British there were Todas, an aboriginal tribe who inhabited the region since ancient times. The British constructed first railway line in this area and made it the summer capital of the Chennai Presidency.
Ooty tourism offers a range of scenic sites and adventure-laden trips both in the township and nearby areas. Places to visit are Botanical garden, which has some rich flora of the region, St. Stephen's church that reflects the city's long association with the British. You can also explore Government Museum to witness tribal artifacts of the region and other historical relics. Or simply sit back and reflect by the side of Ooty Lake.
The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers to visit the place and have a great time in this wonderful place. Ooty has blooming vegetation, fine pine and eucalyptus trees which keep enhancing the beauty of the place. Several areas are preserved like that of sanctuary so as to conserve the beauty of the nature and avoid extinction of the life on earth.
Being a hill station, summers are quite comfortable and occasionally you may also encounter drizzles. Winters are quite chilly so it would be a good idea to carry your winter wear or woolen clothing on your tour of Ooty.
Ooty is ideal as a weekend or short break destination as part of a traveling holiday, offering the chance to spend a relaxing few days and presenting a genuinely soothing alternative to the hectic spectacle that many large Indian cities are witness to. Plan your Ooty vacation and visit the land of marvels.