The town of Ootacamund is commonly known as Ooty or Udhagai and is one of the most admired hill stations of India. Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri district of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The treasure house of exotic locations, rich South Indian Culture and scrumptious signature delicacies, Ooty is a heaven on earth. Surrounded by the Nilgiri Mountains, the charm of Ooty is enhanced by the incredible climate and cozy little markets.
The town was first occupied by the Todas but later The East India Company took hold of this majestic town as there were many commercial and natural allurements here. Ooty is well known for the agriculture of English fruits like strawberry and peaches and vegetables like cabbage and potato. This is what forms the major occupation and source of income here. The Ooty Municipal market is one of the largest retail markets in India and is famous for the daily wholesale auction. Above all, Ooty is remarkable for its imposing mountains, startling lakes, sprawling green pastures, intense thick forests, expansive tea gardens and trails of mighty Eucalyptus trees. The eco-system of Ooty is preserved by the vigilant steps taken by the government and consequently this paradise of natural beauty is made safe from human exploitation.
The natural diversity of Ooty opens its arms for the opportunities for recreational activities, adventure sports and exploration of nature. There is an endless list for the things that can be enjoyed in Ooty. It starts from the rich flora and fauna, the markets, the natural beauty, the film industry, the adventure sports, the marvelous museums and the list goes on and on.
Why Visit Ooty?
The Mountains of Nilgiris have blessed the town with their utmost grandeur and they lend an amazing manifestation to the town. It’s because of these incredible mountains that the tourist find themselves mesmerized and totally impressed with the natural splendor of this place.
Flora and Fauna
The Tea Gardens, the Pine Forest, the Pykara River, the Mudumalai National Park, the Mukurthi National park and numerous other places add to the diverse variety of flora and fauna which Ooty proudly possesses. Moreover, the authorities of Ooty have left no stone unturned to conserve this precious wealth.
The markets are flooded with stuff that could embellish the memory lanes for years to come. There is no dearth of items like perfumes, woolens and antique items and spices. The markets are especially famous for the wide variety of chocolates that are available in these markets. The aroma of fresh chocolates makes you indulge your taste buds into infinite pleasure and creates an unforgettable memory.
A number of adventure sports can be tried in Ooty and this is one of the main reasons why adventure freaks from all over the world come to Ooty to unleash the beast within. If you have a fantasy about hang gliding, then your fantasy can be fulfilled in Kalahatty, breath taking mountain ranges located at a distance of about 20 kilometers from Ooty. Those who want to try this adventurous activity can join courses which are conducted here in the months of March, April and May. Apart from this, there are a number of other wild sports that can be tried here.
Ooty Botanical Gardens
Created in the year 1847, the Botanical gardens are visited by a crowd of visitors everyday and this is the living evidence of its beauty which cannot be elucidated in a few words. There is a prominent flower show that is held in the month of May every year and is one of the major attractions of the amazing gardens.
Flowing in a sprawling 65 acres and embraced by the majestic Eucalyptus trees, the Ooty Lake is a much admired picnic spot which is a tourist favorite. The serene water of the lake is an attracting force for the travelers who are looking for a place to unwind.
Ooty Mountain Railway
Built by the British in the year 1908, the Ooty Mountain Railway is the pride of Ooty tourism. Having an imperial charm of its own, the steam engines are magnetic in their own way.
St. Stephen's Church
This church is situated on the Mysore Road and is a synonym for peace and tranquility. The foundation of the church was laid down in the year 1829 by Stephen Rumbold Lushington, who was the Governor of Madras at that time. Initially it was built exclusively to cater the religious needs of the British but later it was thrown open for the general public.
The mightiest of Mountain peaks in Ooty, the Dodabetta Peak is as high as 2623 meters. The sky scraping peak is an excellent destination for an awe inspiring view of the impressive Nilgiris.