Ooty Travel Guide
Ooty Travel Guide
A beautiful hill station named Ooty is one of the favorite tourist destinations among local and international travellers. The city derived it name from Toda word ‘Othakal-mun’ which means house of mountains. In Sanskrit the city was named as Udhagamandalam which means ‘Water Adobe’. It is located in Nilgiri district among Nilgiri hills. The place is alo called nature lover’s paradise because of its lush green surrounding along with charming Blue Mountains and crystal clear lakes and alpine woods. Not only tourist, but Indian cinema is also gets fascinated by the beauty of Ooty. It is said that these mountains derives those blue color from Eucalyptus trees or from Kurunji flowers that blue in color and blossoms after every 12 years.
History of Ooty
The evidence of the history of the city takes us to back in 11th century. In the starting of the 11th century, Ganga kings were ruling the place which later overtook by Hoysala Kings followed by Vishnuvardhana. The place is also considered at the home of many tribes like Todas, Badagas, Kotas, Irulasm, Kurumbas and many more. It is believed that all these tribes were settled here since 1117 AD. Later Tipu Sultan extended his borders to cover Nilgiris under his kingdoms. But his reign in Ooty was for short span. In 1799 the place came in the eyes of the British and gradually in 1832 East India Company laid their wings in the place. During their time the place was known as the Summer Capital of British where they spend summers. British done many developments in this place and INS year 1891 the city witnessed the construction of Nilgiri Railways. In 1947 after India gained independence the Govt. too interest in developing the location as major tourists spot.
Culture – Traditions and Cuisine of Ooty
The Queen of Hill Stations, Ooty is a charming city which is visited by lots of visitors during a year from in and around the country. Once can see a good diversity in cultures, language and religion in this city. Known by the name of Ooty sichce British time, the city has 6 major tribes Toda, Badgas, irulas, Paniyas and Kurumbas. Among all Toda is the most prominent tribe in the region. People from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka can be seen here majorly. The dialect of the locals is Tamil and along with it you can find people easy conversing in different languages like Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, English and Hindi.
People of the city are largely depending on tourism and agriculture based activities. Toda tribe still practice polyandry and lives in house made up of bamboo and grass huts. The city’s culture is highly influenced by the Tamil Nadu so you can see music art and dance of the regions being highly practiced here. Tribe has their own music and dance form according to their culture. City being captivated majorly by different tribes, the place has a unique form of arts and crafts showing the tribal culture within. Pungur is special art form developed by Toda tribe which is done on shawls, mats and runners which is mostly in red and black color.
Cuisine in Ooty
Visiting the city and savoring the delicious cuisine of the place is just a must do item in your itinerary. As the place has high influence of Tamil Nadu, the food culture of the city is identical to that of food culture if Tamil Nadu. The food of Ooty is mostly cooked with coconut, coconut oil, asafetida and tamarind. People of the city love to savor Idli, Dosa, Uttappam, Vada and Uppama in breakfast. These dishes are served with coconut chutney and sambar. Local’s ticke their taste buds with curry, rice, papads and chutney in meals of lunch and dinner.
Best Places to Visit Ooty
Ooty is a travelers paradise and delight for honeymooners. Thousands of travellers visit this place from in and around the country. Some of the best places to visit in Ooty are –
Ooty Botnical Gardens:
The garden with major tourist attraction is also considered as one of the best garden in India. It is a Govt. undertaking and is maintained and nourished by Govt. The place is full of lush green surroundings with variety of trees and plants.
One of the places which are cherished by the honeymoon makers. The place is full of picturesque view and scenic environ. The place features a lake of drinking water. This is also a popular spot for bird watching.
The most lovable place among tourists. The pace is a perfect treat during summers. Considered as one of the suitable place for honeymooners, the place is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the country.
Some Other Places Which Are Considered as the Major Ooty Attraction Are –
1. Droog Fort in Cooner
2. Avalanche Valley
3. Dolphin’s Nose
4. Rose garden
5. Kalhatti Falls
The City Is Also Featuring Some Really Good Wildlife Sanctuary and National Parks Are
1. Mudumalai National Park
2. Mukurthi national Park
3. Deer Park
4. Wax World
5. Tribal Museum
Best Time to Visit Ooty
Ooty is a paradise for all nature lovers. The place is situated in south India and features a mild and pleasing climate throughout the year. Summers are pleasant and winters are chilling. The best time to visit Ooty is between the months of October to June.
How to Reach Ooty
Ooty which is also known as the Queen of Hill Station is the most frequently visited place is India.
There three major international airport which are closest to the city. These airports are Chennai International Airport, Cochin International Airport and the Bangalore International airport. Many international cities like New York are connected with Ooty via Bangalore.
One can get the train to Ooty from Mettupalayam which is merely 47 km from the city. Railways station of Chennai and Coimbatore also connects with Ooty via Mettupalayam.
The well clustered road of Ooty connects with the cities like Coimbatore, Chennai, Madurai and Hyderabad which are 90 km, 550km, 290 km away from the Queen of Hill stations. Hyderabad is half day away from the Ooty.