Ooty: Queen of South India

Ooty is one of the popular hill stations in India. It is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Udhagamandalam, this scenic town hundred draws hundreds of tourists. Plenty of people come to this lovely hill station to spend some time in the lap of nature. Ooty is popularly known as the Queen of the South, thanks to the idyllic setting and pleasant cool weather. Visitors have a lot of things to do and enjoy in this lovely hill station.

Ooty in Tamil Nadu is situated at an altitude of around 7,440 feet. It is known for its idyllic charm and sprawling vegetation. The town developed rapidly during the British Raj. It used to be the summer capital of the Madras Presidency and is home to plenty of colonial and Gothic buildings and structures. Due to its high altitude, the weather of Ooty is mainly cool and pleasant. The summer months are pleasant while the winter months are cold and dry. The weather remains foggy all over the year.

Being a popular tourist destination, Ooty is visited by plenty of tourists. The place is famous for its scenic beauty. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Ooty are:

Ooty Botanical Gardens

  • Toda Huts
  • Ooty Boat Huts
  • Stephens Church
  • Doddabetta Peak
  • Ketti Valley
  • Pykara falls
  • Kamraj Sagar Lake
  • Pine Forest

Apart from the sightseeing tours in Ooty, travelers can go for excursions to the nearby hill station of Coonoor. You can travel on the heritage Nilgiri Railway train that travels from Ooty to Coonoor. At Coonoor, you can places like:

  • Sims Park
  • Dolphin’s Nose
  • Lamb’s Rock
  • Lady Canning’s Seat
  • Pasteur Institute of India

There is a wide range of hotels in Ooty which offer pleasant accommodation at affordable rates. Most hotels are located close to the main town center and are easily accessible from various locations. One can also visit the local markets and shops and shop for a wide range of handicrafts and local artifacts at reasonable rates.