Ooty tourism welcomes you. 2014-04-24

(Udhagamandalam) (Udhagamandalam) is nurtured in the Nilgiris or the 'Blue Mountains', it is a spellbinding little hill station in Tamil Nadu. The serene hill station has pleasant weather all year round that makes it a perfect hideout in the summer. The lush green tea plantations and dense forests are a sight to treasure. South India’s most famous hill station was a realm of tribal people and shola forests till the British annexed the Nilgiris in 1799 and John Sullivan, Collector of Coimbatore, made the first stone house here in 1823.  Over the years, Ooty (Udhagamandalam)- hardly ever called by its original name, Udhagamandalam- took its place as a Nilgiris tea-plantation hot spot, served as the summer headquarters of the sahibs who ruled from Madras and got its own churches, bungalows and picnic spots. Much of which now makes it one of the most popular holiday destinations in India.
In season, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can be a crush of tourists. But the secret to getting the best out of this ‘Queen of the Nilgiris’ is: spend time in the periphery of the town and visit in low season.

In season, Ooty (Udhagamandalam) can be a crush of tourists. But the secret to getting the best out of this ‘Queen of Nilgiris’ is: spend time in the periphery of the town and visit in low season. You will get a heady cocktail of rolling hills, tea plantations, villages, unbridled greenery, unexpected lakes. And in the low season - when every comfort is still on offer, and an umbrella and a change of socks can see you through much- look out for sharp fragrance of ghostly pines lining misty  roads; the sun lighting up a hill even as the one beside remains shrouded in dark velvet; ponies chomping grass by the kerb; acacias in full bloom; the bright gold of witches’ broom dotting every hill; the aroma of hot filter coffee and even hotter sambhar.

The exhilarating train journey commencing from Kallar to Coonoor is a marvellous experience and is extremely popular among tourists. Come to Ooty (Udhagamandalam) for the pristine beauty of the place and the calm that it offers to everyone who comes here. The scenic and very popular destination is actually a fantastic option if you are planning a trip in the lap of Mother Nature.