Originally a Toda tribal village, Ooty was established as a hill resort by the British in the 19th century. It has a lingering touch of the Raj in the English cottages, clubs, boarding schools and churches.
Ooty is spread over a large area amongst rolling hills and valleys. The most notable features are the lake and the racecourse. There are also Botanical Gardens here with immaculate lawns housing hundreds of varieties of plants.
What to see
Botanical Gardens (Timings: 0800 hrs to 1800 hrs); Elk Hills; Government Museum (Timings: 1000 hrs-1300 hrs & 1400 hrs-1700 hrs, closed on Friday, second Saturday and national holidays); Ketty alley View; Marlimund Lake; Ooty Lake (boating possible from 0800 hrs to 1800 hrs.); Snowden Peak; Tiger Hill; Wenlock Downs and Wilson Fish Farm.
Air: The nearest airport is Coimbatore 89 Km, connected with major cities.
Rail: Ooty is connected by narrow guage train services with Mettupalayam which in turn is connected through Coimbatore to major cities in India.
Road: Motorable roads connect Ooty with Banglore 290 Km, Chennai 535 Km, Coimbatore 89 Km, Coonoor 19 Km, Kodaikanal 264 Km, Kotagiri 29 Km, Mudumalai 64 km, Mumbai 1320 Km, Mysore 160 Km, Salem 205 Km, thiruvananthapuram 498 Km, Thrichy 302 Km.
Area: 36 Sq.km Temperature: Summer - Max: 25 Deg.C Min: 10 Deg.C Winter - Max: 21 Deg.C Min: 0 Deg. C Altitude: 2240 meters Season: April to June & September to October. STD Code: 0423
Pykara (21 Km): The Pyakara Dam and resevoir attracts many tourists.
Avalanchi (28 Km): A beautiful lake surrounded by very good forest cover.
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (64 Km): Lying in the Nilgiris District abutting Kerala and Karnataka State, it extends over an area of 321 Sq.Km and has a variety of habitats. The wildlife includes Elephants, Gaur, Tiger, Panther, Sambhar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Bear, Porcupine etc. The Avifauna is varied with Minivets, Hornbills, Fairy Blue Birds, Jungle Fowl etc.