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Introduction to Ooty

The popular hill station Ooty is a shorter derivation from its original name Udhagamandalam, sometimes called Ootacamund. During earlier times it was also called OttaikalMandu. The charm and beauty of this hill station in Nilgiri hills calls for the name it got, The Queen of Hill Stations. It is called a nature lovers paradise too, due to its greens, wonderful blue Mountains, rippling clear lakes, alpine woods and lively climate like that of English summers. It is said that these mountains derive those misty blue haze from the Eucalyptus trees that cover these hills or maybe from the Kurunji flowers that are blue in color and blossoms after every 12 years. The scenic hill station is a desired honeymoon destination due to its heavenly beautiful plantations, conifers, lavenders, Eucalyptus tresses and graciously flowing cold breeze. Ooty lies at North of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu covering an area of 36 sq Kms. It is the capital of Nilgiris district. Ooty is mainly inhabited by Todas, Kotas, Kurumbas, Panias and Irula tribes.The hill station is about 2240 meters above sea level. The climate of the place is mild and pleasant throughout the year with an average ranging from 17 to 20 C and winters dipping to the temperatures of 0 C. April to June and September to November is a good time to visit Ooty.

History of Ooty

Although Nilgiris were reigned by Ganga and Hoysala Kings but later Tipu Sultan extended his borders to cover these valleys under his kingdoms. Ooty was a pricy possession of Tipu Sultan, which got transferred to The East India Company in 1799 under the treaty of Srirangapatnam. John Suvillian, the collector of Coimbatore district in 1819, visited this enchanting hill station in 1832 and he was so fascinated by the location that he initiated the construction of roads to the connectivity of this place. Since then this beautiful hill station was a much visited recreation to the then, British officials of India. The charm of these enticing green valleys still inspires people from India and abroad.

Geography of Ooty

Ooty is a charming hill station lying in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu state. The city is set amidst four beautiful Nilgiri ranges viz. Snowdon, Elk Hill, Doddabetta and Club Hills. Precisely, Ooty is situated at a place where Western Ghats conjoin Eastern Ghats. Ooty is located at a height of 2240 meters above sea level. The highest peak in Ooty is Doddabetta peak. The terrain of Ooty has beautiful little villages, lakes, forests, streams and meadows. There are diverse varieties of huge trees and the forests of Ooty are mainly deciduous and rain forests. These forests are home to a large number of elephants, tigers, some endangered species and many wild animals and birds. One will experience tropical to subtropical climates in and around the Ooty region.

Tourism in Ooty

Ooty is noted for a delightful scenic backdrop of nature. Set inside the Nilgiri hills, these blue mountains can almost make you forget the scorching heat of the sun. It was nicknamed Snooty Ooty during the times when Ooty used to be the Summer Headquarters of British colonial government in Madras. The charm of the forests here are undeniably spectacular, stunning and romantic for trekking. These hills sprawl between the green valleys and lakes. There are fine viewpoints, tea plantations, falls, grasslands, pine and wattle lining the landscapes and above all the tranquil climate and the air can only leave a visitor refreshing and relaxed. Hence Ooty has been a loved shooting location for the film makers of South Indian film Industry during 80s and 90s.

Quick Facts

Altitude , 2240 metres above sea level Time to Visit , April to June and September to November Nearest Airport , Coimbatore at 100 Kms Bus Station , Ooty Railway Station , Coimbatore at 100 Kms Languages , Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada Activities , Trekking, Hang,Gliding, Angling, Horse Riding, Boating, Mountain Rail Ride Destination Wedding in Ooty Ooty is a popular hill station where couples can plan to have a destination wedding. The cool breeze, warm sunrise, lush green valleys can be the best option while choosing among hill,stations to host a wedding. Weddings in Ooty can be as luxurious or basic as you desire and there are unlimited choices to set all your plans.
From small ceremonies to grand weddings, the best hotels in Ooty offer special wedding packages to suit every level of experience and budget. Here best hotels are generally heritage properties, which give the combined experience of old charm with luxury, comfort and spectacular views.

Sterling Resorts Fern Hill, Ooty

Perched at one of the highest points in Ooty, this resort has an amazing view of the Nilgiris. Sterling Ooty Fern Hill is set in an alluring scenic location, surrounded on all sides by the ethereal beauty of the Nilgiri Hills. The resorts sloping roofs and terracotta tiles are reminiscent of the quaint charm of a bygone era. With a heady mix of comfort and tranquility, spending time within the resort is as attractive an option as venturing into the idyllic mountainside.

Distance from Airport , 89 KM
Travel time , 169 Min
Category , 4 Star Deluxe
Total rooms , 175
Deluxe , 145
Suites , 30
Restaurant , 2
Lounge and Bar , 1
Parking , 100

Event Venues

Conference Hall , 400 Pax
Wellington Hall , 200 Pax
Lawn 1 , 250 Pax
Lawn 2 , 1500 Pax

Sterling Resort Elk Hill, Ooty

Sterling Ooty Elk Hill is a small and tranquil set up with incredible views of the surrounding hills and valley. Amid lofty Nilgiri peaks and low passing clouds, the sloping roofs and terracotta tiles of the resort emerge and vanish. As you look out on the Ooty valley from your rooms balcony or sit,out, time seems to stand still. Sterling Ooty Elk Hill is 4 km from Ooty Town and Ooty Railway Station. Coonoor Railway and Bus stations are 19 km away.

Distance from Airport , 86 KM
Travel time , 163 Min
Category , 4 Star
Deluxe Total rooms , 149
Deluxe , 139
Suites , 10
Restaurant , 2
Lounge and Bar , 1
Parking , 100

Event Venues

Terrace Garden , 100 Pax
Conference Hall , 300 Pax

Accord Highland, Ooty

Overlooking the beautiful Nilgiris Mountains, the hotel stands tall with all elegance and style. A contemporary structure with a traditional feel, Highland Hotel Ooty is located at one of the most picturesque locations in Ooty, at 2240 meters above sea level in the Nilgiris Hills of southern India. Situated amidst the exquisite Blue Mountains, popularly known as Nilgiris Highland Hotel Ooty is the highest hotel in Southern India and an inspiring destination for leisure, Honeymooners and corporate travelers. The hotel is situated on a 10 acre landscaped hill slope, overlooking the beautiful valley.

Distance from Airport , 92 KM
Travel time , 157 Min
Category , 5 Star Deluxe
Total rooms , 49
Deluxe , 45
Suites , 4
Restaurant , 1
Lounge and Bar , 1
Parking , 50

Event Venues

Crystal , 300 Pax
Emerald , 300 Pax
Sapphire , 350 Pax

Fortune Resort Sullivan Court, Ooty

Offering a hillside getaway on Ooty, Fortune Resort Sullivan Court features massage services and sauna facilities. Billiards and table tennis facilities are available. Guests can work out at its gym. Fortune Sullivan Court overlooks Nilgiri Hills and is 4 km from Boat House. Just 2 km away is The Botanical Garden while Coimbatore Airport is 95 km from the hotel

Distance from Airport , 95 KM
Travel time , 165 Min
Category , 3 Star Deluxe
Total rooms , 65
Deluxe , 60
Suites , 5
Restaurant , 2
Lounge and Bar , 1
Parking , 70

Event Venues

Conference Room , 20 Pax
Ballroom , 150 Pax
Lawn 1 , 120 Pax
Lawn 2 , 200 Pax

Sinclairs Retreat Resort, Ooty

Enveloped by the clouds at 8,000 feet and situated exactly where the Queen of Nilgiris was discovered, Sinclairs Retreat Ooty is the highest located resort in South India. Far away from the crowd, the resort commands a majestic view of the Ooty valley and the Blue Mountains. On the other side is the pristine forests interspersed with eucalyptus trees. It is an ideal getaway to beat the heat of the plains, for honeymooners and those in search of tranquil surroundings.

Distance from Airport , 88 KM
Travel time , 164 Min
Category , 3 Star Deluxe
Total rooms , 78
Deluxe , 72
Suites , 6
Restaurant , 2
Lounge and Bar , 1
Parking , 100

Event Venues

Regal Room , 180 Pax
Windsor Room , 120 Pax
Summit Room , 40 Pax
Terrace , 140 Pax
Main Lawn , 300 Pax
Hill Garden , 75 Pax

Fernhills Royal Palace, Ooty

Fernhills Palace is the summer palace of the Mysore Maharajas. It was built in 1844 by Capt. F. Cotton. It changed several hands as the time went by till the mid,1860s, when it was temporarily named Moonesami and served as one of the Ootys earliest club hotels. The year was 1873 when Ferrnhills Palace found a new royal owner. His Highness Chamarajendra Wadiyar X is the first Indian royal to buy an English holding in Ooty. Since then Ferrnhills Royale Palace has been with the Wadiyar dynasty and today it continues in the capable hands of His Highness Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar. The palace is superbly finished with Burmese teak, features a magnificent ballroom with a highly valued ornamental papier,mache ceiling.

Distance from Airport , 89 KM
Travel time , 167 Min
Category , 3 Star Deluxe
Total rooms , 19
Suites , 19
Restaurant , 1
Lounge and Bar , 1
Parking , 25

Event Venues

Outdoor lawn , 300 Pax
Banquet Hall , 250 Pax

Club Mahindra Resort Derby Green, Ooty

Finding an ideal luxury resort in Ooty Udhagamandalam does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Club Mahindra Derby Green, a nice option for travellers like you. Close to some of Ooty Udhagamandalam s most popular landmarks, such as Western Catchment 0.3 km and CSI St Thomas Church 0.3 km , Club Mahindra Derby Green is a great destination for tourists.

Distance from Airport , 87 KM
Travel time , 163 Min
Category , 3 Star Deluxe
Total rooms , 89
Deluxe , 89
Restaurant , 2
Lounge and Bar , 1
Parking , 25

Event Venues

Lawn , 100 Pax
Ballroom , 150 Pax

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