Ooty is popularly known as Queen of Hill stations . this hill station is a part of Nigiri , where eastern and western ghats meet. In early 1800’s , brittish people first identify the beauty of ooty. This hill station is occupied by tribal peoples like kotas, Todas, Kurumbas , Badagas, Irulas and Panias. Nilgiri means blue mountain. Ooty is at a height of 2240 m . it is the headquarters of nilgiri district.
The summer temperature is in between 10 degree to 25 degree C. in winter season temperature dip to 5 degree C.
The settlement in ooty began in 1822 , by john Sullivan , with the construction of kal bangala. The first church in ooty was St . steephen’s church.
Coonoor is a beautiful tour spot located near to ooty. After traveling 16 km from ooty you can reach coonoor. It is a part of nilgiri mountains , and is fully covered with grass lands and sunflowers, also it is an idle spot for bird watching. Number of birds including sea crow, pipit , parakit, skylark , nilgiri verditor, are seen here. Coonoor surrounded by thick forest, on the way you can see number of animals.. This place is about 1839 m above the sea level. The tourism department will provides the facilities for trekking and golfing . the climate here is pleasant through out the year.
Prime tour attractions in coonoor
Botanical Garden – sims park, Labs Rock, los water falls, dolphin nose view point, nilgri mountain railway ( it is a major attraction in coonoor, the train journey though the nilgri mountains is a memorable event)
Important things to remember
Coonoor flower show world famous, so that so much of rush during season .if you plan your tour , in off season it will comfortable and economical . During off season ( june –September ), the hotels and resorts charges are comparatively less.
dodabetta peak is a beautiful hill station in ooty.it is about 2623 m above sea level. this peak is 10 km away from ooty town. you never forget the fascinating views from here. this is an idle place for taking photos , so bring your camera with you whilte visiting dodabetta peak. from here you get a clear view of ooty , if the weather is in good codition. the famous tourist spot mysor is also visible from here.most of the days dodabetta peak is covered by mist. to watch the near by places, a telescope is fitted here and it is under the control of tourism department of tamilnadu.
One of the prime attraction in ooty is ooty lake. the lake and it’s boat house provides a lot of fun to tourists.thousands of tourists are coming here especially during the summer season. ooty lake is an artificial lake. the idea behind the constriction of this lake is john sulivan, the first collector of ooty. the lake is in the shape of L letter. it has about 2 km length. the width varies from point to point. this lake covers more than half square miles. this beautiful lake is located just behind of the ooty bus stand. you can see a boat house here. the boat service are available from 8 am to 6 pm . the boating here will be a memorable event in your life. during the summer season boat races are held here. it also provides the facility for fishing.