Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the Queen of hill stations. It is the capital of Nilgiris district and one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Nilgiris means Blue Mountains. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots which used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. It is favourite destination for movie shootings for Indian films. Most of the celebrities owns guest houses, estates in Ooty.
Ooty city is in Udhagamandalam Taluk, The Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu state, India - 643001
There is no dearth of accommodations, with many hotels and inns that cater to every budget. Accommodations are no more expensive than most cities in India, and the popular Indian hotel chains have a presence here.
Hotel Mayura Sudarshan (Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation) at Fern Hill. Book online @ http://www.karnatakaholidays.net
Check yatra.com, makemytrip.com and other popular travel booking websites for best Ooty tour packages.
There are various restaurants in Ooty , mostly offering South Indian food, but some offer North Indian food. One can also obtain some Chinese food from restaurants such as Wang's kitchen, Shinkows and Western food such as pizza and sandwiches from chains like Hot Breads.
Do not miss trying Ooty's famous buns, varkis, cakes, and other baked goods, as well as fruit and nut chocolates.
Homemade Chocolates, Eucalyptus oil, Cloves, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, Nilgiri Tea are the main shopping attraction of Ooty. Woolen wears are good and cheap.
The Coonoor tea estates are famous for Tea, eucalyptus oil, Citridora Oil, Almond Oil, Lemon Grass oil, Olive Oil, Heena Oil and Nilgiri spices.
Summer is the festival season for Ooty. Many programmes are conducted like fashion parade, cultural programs etc. Of them the important are,
October to December, when you will see complete green grass land. From Jan on words grass will turn into brownish color.
There’s only one toy train departure daily in Metupalaiyam & Coonoor. The train is scheduled to connect to the Nilgiri Express, which comes from Chennai.
During the peak summer time (April to June) an additional train service will be given by Nearest Railway dept. Sometimes disrupts train services due to Ooty receives high rainfall during monsoons.
Tickets can be booked online @ www.irctc.co.in