At a distance of 89 km from Coimbatore, 128 km from Mysore, 265 km from Bangalore,158 kmfrom Kozhikode, 244 km from Munnar, 254 km from Kodaikanal, 18 km from Coonoor & 556 kmfrom Chennai, Ooty is one of the best hill stations in India and also one of the top places toexperince Tamilnadu Tourism.
Also known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is often referred to as ‘Queen of hill stations’. It is thecapital of Nilgiris district in the state of Tamilnadu. Nilgiris means ‘Blue Mountains’. A land ofbeautiful picnic spots & lakes, it was a popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishduring colonial days. It is located at a height of 7,440 feet (2,240 meters) above sea level.
Ooty was (at first/before other things happened) a tribal land occupied by the Todas along withother tribes. The Nilgiri (land area owned or controlled by someone) came into possession ofEast India Company as part of the given-up lands, held by Tipu Sultan in 1799. In 1818, Wish andKindersley, Assistant and Second Assistant to Collector of Coimbatore visited this spot andsubmitted their experience report to the Collector of Coimbatore John Sullivan. John Sullivan laterbegan the construction of his house at Dimbhatti the first (related to Europe) spending too much time on the hills. Ooty served as the summer capital of the Madras (time when someone is president/being a president) and other small kingdoms, much visited by British during thecolonial days. Its stunning beauty and great green deep valleys motivated/brought about theBritish to name it Queen of Hill Stations. Sullivan later developed the town and encouraged (the creation of/the beginning of the existence of) tea, chinchona, and teak trees.
Apart from pleasant weather, Ooty Lake, Plant-related Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, and Emerald Lake are the popular Ooty sightseeing places. The toy train, known asNilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World History Siteand a must be experienced. The train route wends its way through many scary curves andafraid/scary tunnels and chugs along beside deep (narrow valleys where rivers usually flow) fullof green and beautiful green plants, gurgling streams and tea gardens. The train route wasdeveloped by the British engineers in 1908, covering 42 kilometers length with 108 curves, 16 tunnels and 250 bridges.
(the creation of/the beginning of the existence of) many tea huge houses made Ooty famous. Sky-high mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greetthe visitors on most routes. The once-a-year Tea and Tourism Special celebration (with fun events) (Jan) and Summer Special celebration (with fun events) (May) attract crowds in hugenumbers.
Ooty is also connected by bus with major cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore and Coimbatore. From Coimbatore, Ooty buses start from Coimbatore North Bus Station (also known as New BusStation or Mettupalyam Road Bus Station).