Ooty – A Small Paradise & Home Of The Todas
Ooty is a beautiful town situated at an altitude of 2286 meters in the Nilgiri range of Tamil Nadu. Filled with countless attractions which are the gifts given by nature to the town, is one of India’s premier holiday destinations. Visit Ooty during next vacation and pick from the best hotels in Ooty.
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Described as the “Queen of hill stations” by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations in India. It is a small town, a municipality, and the district headquarters of Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, India. The town is one of India’s premier honeymoon destinations as is blessed with nature in abundance. Popular for its varied landscapes that consist of forest capped hillocks, beautiful valleys, riverines, vibrant markets, a number of vantage points, colonial past, old structures, and welcoming people Ooty simply lures backpackers.
Ooty is the colloquial of Ootacamund which is the distorted version of “othakal-mund” meaning “the house of single stone”. Nestled in the beautiful regions of the Nilgiris, the altitude of the town is 2286 meters above the sea level. It covers an area of 36 sq. k.m. and also houses the highest peak in South India, the Doddabetta Peak. The surroundings include grasslands, dense forest reserves, riverines, and national park.
The history of the town is quite blurred; there is no substantial evidence on the debate that the town was ruled by some dynasty. However, there are facts that the regions were ruled by the Toda tribe. The Toda tribe is one of the original tribes of Nilgiris and they have been living in the region before the arrivals of Europeans. It is believed that the Todas handed over some parts of the town to the British to encourage developments in the region. John Sullivan, the Governor of British Coimbatore, took some parts of Ooty from the Todas. It is then that tea plantation and harvesting of cinchona and teak started in the region. Later during the British rule, the town was used as a summer resort for the British officers and troops. It is also they who developed the town and also colonized it. Remnants from tthat era still exist in the town. Although, they are less in number but are significant parts of the town’s history.
Today, Ooty serves as the holiday destination for nature enthusiast, adventurers, and people looking for a tranquil place to relax. Tourism is the prime industry here. The second most significant industry is oil extraction. Here the oil is obtained from clove, camphor, eucalyptus trees, and lemon grass. The climate remains temperate year long thus making tourism in Ooty favorable in all seasons of a year. The nearest airport to the town is the Coimbatore airport which is about 104 k.m. away. The good thing is that taxis and cabs are easily available from the airport. Besides budget hotels in Ooty also offer airport pick and drop service. The nearest railway station is the Mettupalayam railhead. There are a number of south Indian trains that serve the Mettupalayam railway station.
The Mettupalayam railhead is also the starting point of the world-famous train of Ooty. The average speed of the train is 10 kmph, and is a World Heritage Site. Experiencing the ride of the train is one of the best things to do in the town. It covers a distance of more than 40 k.m. and passes through 16 tunnels and 250 bridges. It takes the passengers through the most beautiful regions of the town. A couple of most significant attractions of the town include: Todas huts, Government Rose Garden, Deer Park, Stone House, Ooty Lake, Tribal Museum, Botanical Gardens, St. Stephens Church, and Wax World. Appointing a tour guide is the best way to explore the town. Besides, most of the hotels in Ooty also offer tour services to their guests.