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Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu, in southern India. Surrounded by trees, central Ooty Lake is a huge artificial expanse of water with pleasure boats. On the slopes of nearby Elk Hill, the Rose Garden is home to over 2,000 varieties of roses. The Government Botanical Garden, created in the 19th century, features ferns, orchids and a prehistoric, fossilized tree.

Originally occupied by the Toda, the area came under the rule of the East India Company at the end of the 18th century. The economy is based on tourism and agriculture, along with the manufacture of medicines and photographic film. The town is connected by the Nilgiri ghat roads and Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Its natural environment attracts tourists and it is a popular summer destination.The stem of the name (Ootaca) comes from the local language in which Otha-Cal literally means Single Stone. This is perhaps a reference to a sacred stone revered by the local Toda people. The name probably changed under British rules to Udagamandalam from Ootacamund, and later was shortened to Ooty


Udagamandalam was originally a tribal land occupied by the Toda along with other hill tribes who coexisted through specialisation and trade. The major tribes of Nilgiris area are the Toda, Baduga, Kota, Irula and Kurumba[disambiguation needed]. The old Tamil work Silappadikaram states that the Chera king Senguttuvan, who ruled during the 2nd century CE, on his way to the Himalayas in the north, stayed in the Nilgiris and witnessed the dance of the Kannadigas.The Toda in the Nilgiris are first referenced in a record belonging to Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana and his general Punisa, dated 1117 CE.The Toda people were known for raising water buffalo. The Tamil and Badaga people known for farming activities. Nilgiris was ruled by various dynasties like Satavahanas, Cheras, Gangas, Kadambas, Rashtrakutas, Cholas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagara empire and the Rajas of Ummattur (on behalf of Wodeyars of Mysuru).Tipu Sultan captured Nilgiris in the eighteenth century and extended the border by constructing a hideout cave like structure.The Nilgiris came into possession of British East India Company as part of the ceded lands, held by Tipu Sultan, by the treaty of Srirangapatnam in 1799.

In 1818, J. C. Whish and N. W. Kindersley, assistants to John Sullivan, then Collector of Coimbatore, visited Ooty and submitted a report to him. Sullivan camped at Dimbhatti, north of Kotagiri in January 1819 and was enthralled by the beauty of the place. He wrote to Thomas Munro, " ... it resembles Switzerland, more than any country of Europe... the hills beautifully wooded and fine strong spring with running water in every valley." The Toda ceded that part of the town to Sullivan and in May 1819, he began to build his bungalow at Dimbhatti. He also started work on a road from Sirumugai to Dimbhatti that year. The road was completed in May 1823, and extended up to Coonoor by 1830-32.
Ooty served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency; it was visited by British officials during the colonial days as a popular summer resort. Soldiers were sent to nearby Wellington to recuperate. Wellington is the home of the Madras Regiment of the Indian Army.After Independence, it developed into a popular hill resort.

state Tamil Nadu,India
Country India
Area 2,240 m (7,350 ft)
Languages Tamil,Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu,English
Currency Ruppee

Ooty Lake

Ooty lake is located in Ooty in the Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu, India. It covers an area of 65 acres. The Boat house situated by the lake, which offers boating facilities to tourists, is a major tourist attraction in Ooty.

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Botanical Gardens

A botanical garden or botanic garden is a garden dedicated to the collection, cultivation and display of a wide range of plants labelled with their botanical names..

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Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills at 2,637 metres. There is a reserved forest area around the peak. It is 9 km from Ooty, on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, India.

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Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake is located 28 kilometers from Ooty in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu

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Government Rose Garden

The Government Rose Garden It is situated on the slopes of the Elk Hill in Vijayanagaram of Ooty town in Tamil Nadu, India at an altitude of 2200 meters

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Pykara River

Pykara is the name of a village and river 19 kilometres from Ooty in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. The Pykara River is considered very sacred by the Todas.

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Mudumalai National Park

The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary also a declared tiger reserve, lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills, in Nilgiri District, about 150 kilometres north-west of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu.

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Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is located near Emerald village in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu. It is located in a region called the silent valley, about 25 kilometers from the Ooty town

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Tea Factory

The Tea Museum in the picturesque hill station of Ooty (Ootacamund) is a destination with a difference. This interesting place is located in the Dodabetta Tea Factory which extends over an acre amidst the verdant carpet of emerald tea plantations. This is a great place to check out if you want to know in depth stuff about how tea is made and also the origins and history of tea.

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Kalhatti Falls, Bellikkal

Kalhatti falls is called as 'Bird Watcher's Paradise' as it gives you a bird point view of the whole valley. The lovely beauty and calm atmosphere of the place makes it the best for spending vacations and for short trips. (br) The lake is also a very important attraction of Bellikkal which is surrounded by lush greenery and it is the source of fresh drinking water.

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Kamraj Sagar Lake

The Kamaraju Sagar Dam (also known as Sandynalla reservoir)is in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu state in India. It is located at a distance of 10 km from the Ooty bus stand. It is a picnic spot and a film shooting spot on the slopes of the Wenlock Downs.

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Annamalai Temple

Annamalaiyar Temple is a Tamil Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located at the base of Annamalai hills in the town of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India. .

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Trekking in Ooty is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. You can spot some predatory animals. You can hire a guide if you want. Other than Ooty, you can set abse at Coonoor or Kotagairi. Lose yourself in the wonders of nature as you trek the various trails and circuits that are hidden in the folds of the Nilgiris .

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Dolphin's Nose

Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint is a tourist spot in Coonoor, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu. Dolphin's Nose is well over 1,000 feet above sea level, 10 km from Coonoor and is a spectacular spot to visit. .

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Tiger Hill

One of the most mesmerizing destinations in Ooty is the Tiger Hill. This exotic spot lies to the east of the hill station and towards the lower end of the Doddabetta peak.

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Droog Fort

Droog Fort is a historic fort located 15 kilometres from Coonoor, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. The fort was used as an outpost by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. Today, the fort is in ruins, with only one wall remaining.The site attracts tourists, who reach the fort by hiking through the Nonsuch Tea Estate

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Lamb's Rock

Lamb's Rock is a tourist spot in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India,[3] on the slopes of the Nilgiri Hills. It is located at a distance of 8 kilometers from Coonoor. It has a view of the Coimbatore plains, tea estates and coffee estates.

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South Indian cuisine

If you are looking for authentic South Indian cuisine, then head to one of the oldest restaurants in Ooty, the Nahar Restaurant.

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The place is simple, clean and very well-known. Food served here is pure vegetarian and cooked in traditional South Indian style.Well people! What are you waiting for? Its time to get your warm clothing on and get out of your place! Get ready to visit these exciting places! And don’t forget to click loads and loads of pictures of this little scenic beauty! Have fun!


Ooty is the hub of bakery items. Relish homemade chocolate and bakery items and try traditional Ooty biscuits, locally called varkey. Kingstar Confectionery has been making delicious homemade chocolates since 1942.

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In Ooty, they are the pioneers in homemade chocolate and their speciality is fudge. Apart from regular plain chocolate you get interesting varieties like strawberry, fig, mango, and blackcurrant. For the health conscious and diabetes patients, they offer sugar free chocolates. It can’t get better than this. Buying chocolates from Kingstar is synonymous with a visit to Ooty.

Kabab Corner

If you are a foodie and travel to various places just to eat, then Kabab corner is one corner that you must sit in. Though it isn’t much of a looker from the outside, the most amazing kababs in Ooty are prepared here.

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Once you’re there, you get to tear into those perfectly grilled and spiced chunks of lamb and chicken. If you are a vegetarian then don’t get discouraged by my description! This place also provides delicious paneer, sopping up the juices with fluffy triangles of naan. Just for the record, I ate my first piece of paneer here and people, I fell in love! I hope you do too.

Vegetable Soup

It was a vegetarian place and the menu seemed to be quite extensive as well as a tad expensive. We started out with clear soups, then proceeded towards pizzas and finally the pastas.

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I had called for French onion soup and despite my slight apprehensions it turned out to be quite hearty and flavoursome, complete with the customary chunk of molten cheddar cheese on the crouton. The vegetable clear soup ordered by my father also received his approval.


The pizzas (margherita and the Café special) were generously laden with cheese and toppings and had a crunchy thin base, much to my delight.

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They filled us up quite nicely and we had to struggle to make space for the mac n cheese and the slightly sweet, wood-fire baked pasta Italiano. The pastas came with cheesy garlic toasts and we nibbled on them, finally deciding to take the pastas home for late night snacking.

Local Food

Ooty can be your trip through dream-like indulges of chocolate and all that's sweet. Lose yourself in the city's bakeries which serve temptations like white chocolate.

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Also relish North-Indian cuisines, Chinese cuisines, as well as sandwiches, pizzas and hot breads. one may also try the vegetarian South-Indian platter here with essentials like Idli, Dosa, Chutney, Vada, Sambhar, Rasam, Upma, Sweet Pongal, Payassam, Kesari.