A famous hill station in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is also called Udhagai.It is located 86 km north of Coimbatore and 158 km south of Mysore and is the capital of the Nilgiris district. Despite its location in the tropics, in contrast with most of South India, Ooty generally features mild conditions throughout the year. However, night time in the months of January and February is typically cold. It is situated at an elevation of 2,240 m (7,350 ft).
How to reach
Road : Ooty is well connected to the road network. It is 306 km from Bengaluru (Via Mysore and Bandipur) 558 km (347 mi) from Chennai (via Salem, Erode, and Coimbatore), 86 km (53 mi) from Coimbatore and 158 km (98 mi) from Mysore, 246kms from Kannur, 180kms from Calicut and nearly 100kms from Wayanad. Ooty is situated on NH 181 and is connected by road via the five main accepted Nilgiri Ghat Roads. Bus services operated by TNSTC, KSRTC (Karnataka) and KSRTC (Kerala) connect major towns in the state, nearby towns in the district such as Coonoor, Kotagiri, and Gudalur and nearby Cities to Mysore,Kannur,Wayanad and Calicut.
Rail : Udhagamandalam railway station is connected with Mettupalayam by NMR metre gauge service.
Air : The nearest airport is Coimbatore, around 96 km (60 mi) away and Major International Airport is Bengaluru (Kempegowda International Airport 273 km away). Ooty has three helipads, one at Theettukal and two at Kodanad.
Places of interest
Botanical Garden : Botanical Garden or the Government Botanical Gardens is a highly frequented amongst places to visit in Ooty. It is segregated into different sections. Spread over an area of 22 hectares, the garden is located on the sloping gradients of the Doddabetta Peak. In here you can find over 1000 species of plants, herbs and trees. Some are exotic and some are indigenous varieties. A fossilized tree trunk is placed at the centre of the Botanical Garden. It is believed that the age of this tree trunk exceeds 20 million years. There are several lawns here with flowering plants, ponds and such naturalistic delights. The garden is beset with the Kikiyu grass variety that is known for its sprightly posture and lends aesthetic value to the already picturesque surroundings.
Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls : The Pykara Lake is located on the highway connecting Mysore and Ooty. It is a picturesque lake and the region surrounding it is home to exotic bird species. There are numerous trekking trails around this region as well. These regions are popular getaway places for people looking for an ideal vacation or picnic spot.
The Pykara Falls is created by the Pykara River. The river flows through a series of waterfalls, so essentially this waterfall is a multi-tiered one. The final descent of the river into two separate splashes with heights of 55 and 61 metres respectively form the waterfalls. The Pykara Falls is known as one of the best movie locations. Umpteen Tamil movies have been shot here.
WAX WORLD MUSEUM : At a distance of 3 Km from Ooty Railway Station and 2 km from Ooty Botanical Gardens, Wax World Museum is housed at a prominent 130 year old Colonial Mansion in Ooty.This Wax World Museum was conceptualized and initiated by Shreeji Bhaskaran, an IT professional and business man, who dreamt of having the first wax museum in India. This museum was inaugurated by Sri. Santosh K. Mishra, Collector, Nilgiris district in March 2007.
Timings: 9 AM – 8 PM
Kamaraj Sagar Dam : Located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, this dam provides fishing and educational activities for tourists out of all Ooty places to visit.Located near Kandal, this region has towering trees that are several centuries old.
Rose Garden : The largest of its type in the country, the Rose Garden is a sprawling one located at an altitude exceeding 2000 metres. Situated in the gradients of the Elk Hill, it is spread over 4 hectares. Managed by the Tamil Nadu Horticultural Department, this garden is the evidence of Ooty’s unique climatic disposition.
Doddabetta Peak : Located in the Nilgiris region, this mountain is the highest in Tamil Nadu and is surrounded by a verdant jungle. This region comes under reserved forest areas hosting many wild animals that have made this forest their home. Located 9 km from Ooty, the Doddabetta Peak is a popular tourist attraction.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway : This railway line was built by the British during the early part of the 19th century. Originally used by Madras Railway, it is often called the Queen of Railway Stations. Located at an elevation of more than 2000 feet, this railway line is considered by many people as a marvellous feat of engineering. The train is a charming locomotive with wooden coaches draped in exotic unconventional colours.