Ooty

Ooty

Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the “Queen of hill stations’ among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 km away from Coimbatore. The height of the hills in the Nilgiri range varies between 2280 and 2290 metres, the highest peak being Doddabetta at a height of 2623 metres.

The Tea
The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers. Visit Ooty during this festival, when tea lovers from all over the world converge. An occasion not to be missed!

Prime Attractions of Udagamandalam

Botanical Garden
Botanical gardens are a major tourist attraction for those who visit Ooty, one of the most popular hill stations of India. They sprawl over 50-acres and lie on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, which is the highest point in Ooty.

Government Museum – Ooty
The Government Museum At Ooty The government museum, Mysore Road, Ooty has items of tribal objects, district’s ecological details and representative sculptural arts and crafts of Tamil Nadu. It was set up in 1989, with a view to provide education benefits to the residing and visiting population of Nilgiris district. Tourist Information Admission: Free Timings: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Closed On: Fridays, Second Saturdays and National Holidays Ooty The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (100-km). Ooty on the narrow gauge railway is connected to Mettupalayam, which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai on the broad gauge. There are regular bus services connecting Ooty to Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Calicut, Tirupati etc.

Hills and Views
Udhagamandalam (Ooty), the capital of Nilgiri district, is popularly known as the “Queen of hill stations” among the tourist circuits. It is situated at a distance of 105 kilometres from Coimbatore

Kalhatty Falls
The Kalhatty falls are located on the Kalhatty slopes at about 13-km from Udhagamandalam on the Udhagamandalam – Mysore Kalhatty ghat road. Also known as the “Kalahasti Falls”, the water here cascades down a height of 122m.

Kandal Cross Shrine
Kandal cross, a Roman Catholic Shrine considered, as the Jerusalem of the East is located in Udhagamandalam in Tamil Nadu. The Nilgiri Catholics consider it as the “Calvary of Tamil Nadu”.

Mini Garden and Rose Garden
The Rose Garden is situated about 3 to 4-km away from Charring Cross. Mini garden is also situated on the way to the boathouse where the children amusement park is housed.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park
The Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary is located where the Nilgiri Hills, the offshoot of the Western Ghats meet the Eastern Ghats. The Mysore – Ooty highway runs through the sanctuary, following the course of the Mayyar River, which separates Mudumalai from Bandipur.

Ooty Lake
The beautiful Ooty Lake is a favourite haunt of tourists. It was constructed in the year 1825, through the initiatives of Mr. John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. This lake was built in order to provide an irrigation tank to the people.

Summer Festival
There is several beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu. With the Summer Festivals, the hills are even hospitable to welcome the visitors. The summer festival is held in the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’

Tea and Tourism Festival
Akin to the nectar of the Gods is the Camellia Sinensia, which is a bush that gives fragrant amber ambrosia-a refresher and stimulizer. In other words, TEA.

Significance – Udhagamandalam

Historical

It is believed that the name Nila, has been in use for over 800 years since, the King of the Hoysalas Vishnu Vardhana, who ruled from 1104 to 1141 AD seized the Nilgiris Plateau. His general Ponisia recorded this fact in 1117 AD with mention of Todas. The name Nilgiri was due to the blue haze, which envelops the range with most distant hills of considerable size.

This Nilgiri territory came into possession of the East India Company as part of the ceded lands, held by Tipu Sultan, by the treaty of Srirangapatnam in 1799. Rev. Jacome Forico, a priest was the first European who visited Nilgiris in 1603 and released his notes about the place and people of Nilgiris. In 1812 surveyor William Keys and Macmohan visited the top of the plateau.

In 1818, Wishand Kindersley, Assistant and Second Assistant to Collector of Coimbatore visited this spot and submitted their experience report to the Collector of Coimbatore Mr. John Sullivan. Settlement in Udhagamandalam began in 1822 with the construction of the Stone House by John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. The bungalow, which is locally called “Kal Bangla”, is one of the landmarks of Udhagamandalam and is now the Chamber of the Principal of the Government Arts College.

Fairs & Festivals – Udhagamandalam

Summer Festivals
A summer festival is held each year during the month of May in the Botanical Gardens, which is an added attraction for tourists. The Flower Show is the pride of the festival. Cultural programmes are organised for those interested in traditional classical arts. Adventure spots like trekking also form part of the festival.
Leisure – Udhagamandalam

Entertainment Trekking
The Nilgiris are a trekker’s paradise. Landscaped by nature, the hills abound in trek for lovers of nature. There are treks and treks in whichever direction you turn and from whichever point you start. A trek can be full of thrill, excitement and adventure and a way of seeing and enjoying nature in all its beauty and splendour.

Udhagamandalam (Ooty) offers several trek routes, which vary in distance, altitudes and terrain. There is a base camp at Parsons valley, from where one can start trekking to various points within Western Ghats. The down hills of Western Ghats on the North ends up with meeting the extensions of Eastern Ghats, where the sprawling Mudumalai Sanctuary lies which opens vistas for adventure tourists.

Trekking pamphlets are available with the Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (NWLEA). There are guides who have sound knowledge of certain areas. If necessary, their services may be hired. And for further details contact the Tourist Information Office at Charring Cross, Ooty.

Hang-Gliding
Hang-glidng courses are also organised during March to May every year, with the assistance of the Department of Tourism. Contact the Tourist Officer, Ooty for assistance.

Angling
Goad Trout, Carp and mixed water fishing is possible in various streams and lakes of Ooty. The Assistance Director of Fisheries issues the fishing licence.

Shopping
Just about anything available in the cities can be had at Ooty with the added attraction of leisurely shopping. Exclusive Nilgiri products including Nilgiri tea, fruits, natural oils like Eucalyptas, Toda embroideries, plant nurseries are easily available in the town. Co-operative Super Market and Municipal Market are some of the best places for shopping fruits and general groceries. Kairali of Kerala Handicrafts and Poompuhar of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts have their showrooms near to Super Market Buildings on Charring Cross.

Dating Out
Blue hills
Chandan Vihar
Tandoor Mahal
Ooty Coffee House
Chinkos Chinese Restaurant
Hills Palace.

How To Get There – Udhagamandalam

By Rail
Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway, connected to Mettupalayam (47 km), which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. The famous toy train connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor.

By Road
A good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty with all major towns and cities. There are regular bus services to and from Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and other important destinations in South India. Ooty is also well connected with major cities of Kerala and Karnataka.

Local Transport
Taxis, tourist cabs, auto rickshaws are available in plenty. There are no standard rates except tourist cabs. Town buses are also available to all important places. Conducted sight seeing tours are arranged by the private operators and the Government Tourism Development Corporation.

By Air
Coimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport.
Places To Stay – Udhagamandalam

Accommodation is available at the luxurious and economy class hotels, lodges, and resorts in Ooty. Both Indian and Western style accommodation and food are available. Prior booking is advisable, especially during the summer months.
Climate – Udhagamandalam

  • WinterMax 21ºC, Min 5ºC
  • Summer Max 25ºC, Min 10ºC
  • Rainfall 121 cms.

General Information – Udhagamandalam

STD Code: 0423
Location Niligiri District, Tamil Nadu.
Founded By British In 1800.
Area 36-sq-kms.
Population 8,1763 (1991 Census) .
Altitude 2,623 metres.
Languages Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and English.

Useful Information – Udhagamandalam
Tourist Information Centres
Tourist Office, Government of Tamil Nadu
Supermarket Complex
Charring Cross
Udhagamandalam-1

Clothing – Udhagamandalam
Summer Light Woollen.
Winter Heavy Woollen.

We enjoyed the tour very much that Fair Sky Travels offered us for our Honeymoon Trip. Keep it up!!
Ajay Agrawal
HI SHIBU, IT WAS A COMORTABLE FLIGHT WITHOUT ANY HASTLE AND BOTH OF US HAD TOTAL RELAXED TIME.WE GOT FULL SUPPORT AT MUMBAI,HONGKONG AND SFO AIRPORTS FROM THE STAFF & OFFICIALS OF CATHAY. WE APPRECIATE THE ...
SK BADJATIA.
Fair Sky had arranged a trip for my family very well. Experience with hotels & vehicles provided were very nice !!
Sudhir Kokde
Dear Mr Shibu, Thanks a lot!!! Just got confirmation from wife, they have received both the passports. Thank you very much for extending all the courtesy & support.We highly appreciate the proper guidance, timely feedback & ...
Sudhir
You did a great job for arranging our trip to Nepal. Madhu Kumar Your Tour Operator, took personal interest making sure that our hotels, car and air travel was comfortable. The guide services were excellent. It ...
Dr. vishwanath Mawley
Very good person to deal with and very prompt/decent services. Would love to recommend more travellers to them. Keep it up.
stanley rodriques
Dear Shibu: Many thanks for the excellent logistic arrangements/good choice of places to visit for the Orissa Tour (Paithanes/Bhoraskar) from 18thMarch to 22nd March. The tour went off as per schedule & the tour conductor Manoj ...
Sanjay Sakrikar
Dear Mr Shibu “We made a trip to Singapore in the month of February this year. It was a wonderful experience all thanks to Fairsky Travel House, with Mr Shibu George and his team planning our ...
Himanshu Rawat
I got the reference of Fair Sky through Just Dial and I am happy that all my visa, international air ticket were done on time without any hassles .
Ragini Menon
Dear Shibu, I know it has taken me a long time to reply back and give my feedback. I didn`t want to miss out a single thing about this trip, while writing, so I avoided haste. ...
Deepak
Got plenty of work done through him , Very reasonable rates and very coopertative, a family atmosphere, a true friend.
aravind biswas
My dear George, All is well at this end and the climate is just like Indore.Both of us go for morning walk daily and in the evening with our son and daughter-in-law.Rest is fine.Take care
MISRA
Good services.
DEEPAK ROY
Dear Shibu Ji , We Really Thanks You for arranging an EXCELLENT Kerela trip. Adjusting the inclusion of RAMESHWAR DHAAM & KANYA-KUMARI ,oriented to of our ASTHAA & RELIGIOUS BELIEFS made our trip immemorable. However , ...
Anshu Gupta
THIS HAS REFERENCE TO THE TOUR YOU HAVE ARRANGED FOR THE TWO OF THE FAMILIES. WE HAD A GREAT TIME DURING THE WEAK WHICH WE SPEND IN SHIMLA/MANALI/CHANDIGARH. BOTH THE FAMILIES WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ...
S.VARGHESE
Dear Shibu George We came back to India on 27 Dec after memorable tour of Singapore and Malaysia. Thanks for the nice arrangements and looking forward for more such tours. It was well organised and equally ...
Col A K Parsai
This was the first time I was planning to go abroad (Holland) with my wife after my marriage. I was really worried, how to do all that? I thought to meet a travel specialist. But it ...
Gaurav Marampalli
My concern was to get seat in Delta Airlines from Mumbai to Raleigh and back urgently for some reason. I tried many travel agents but at Fair Sky Travel House I got seat and low fare ...
Shashikala Deshpande
Dear Mr. Shibu, Thanks for suggest such a nice beautiful place, the trip is too good, we are very lucky that we have got the snow fall at the time of April, The Pangong lake is ...
Ashish Jain
View All Testimonials