Ooty-The Jewel of Nilgiri
Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty was established as the summer capital of Madras by the British. The bustling hill station in Nilgiri mountain range in Tamil Nadu, although the heart of this hill town is spurt with tourists. The treasures of Ooty are located deep inside and on remote corners. Well manicured parks & gardens, temples, sunset points, raj era’s bungalows and verdant surrounding dotted with pines and moss are Ooty’s charm.
For a charismatic experience hitch a ride on the Nilgiri mountain railways, yet another world heritage. The toy trains will take you through the cave inspiring scenery of the Nilgiris.
Ooty is said to be a tribal land occupied by the Toda’s along with other hill tribes who coexisted through specialization and trade. The Nilgiri territory came into possession of East India Company as part at the ceded lands, held by Tipu Sultan by the treaty of Sriranapatnam in 1799. Rev. Jacome Forico a priest was the first European who visited Nilgiris. The first mention of the place occurs in a letter of March 1821 to the Madras Gazette by an Unknown correspondent as “WOTOKYMUND”. The first house was built at Ootacamund was undoubtedly the ‘Stonehouse’ by John Sulivan in April 1822. Sulivan already started flower and kitchen garden at his Dim Bhatti (Kotagiri).
Then later on by several Ooty, Coonoor, and Kotagiri were developed. After 1947 the free Indian people administrators made all developments works of Hill station and made popular health and Hill station resort.
Located in Coonoor, its well over 1550 meters above sea level. The tip of the peak resembles Dolphin’s nose, its an enormous rock formation that is entirely unique. There are gigantic ravines found both to the left and right of Dolphin’s nose and there is a view of inspiring Catherine Falls with its continuing stream several thousand meters below which a located a relatively short distance away of Dolphins nose.
The Emerald Lake:
The important tourist and picnic spot in the region, famous for a variety of fish and birds on the locale. Emerald Lake is located in an emerald village in the Nilgiris in the region called silent valley. Its 25 km away from Ooty town. Best place for peace seekers!
Kalhatti falls or Kalahasti Falls:
Located at Kallattipura (Kallathigiri) in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka India. The waterfall ins 10 kilometers away from Kemmangundi hill station. It offers an excellent view of the cascading water from Chandra Drona Hill from 122 meters above in front of the Veerabhadreshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There are plenty of cardamom trees which can be found all in the same general area as Kalhatti falls. It is also possible to experience some of India’s exotic wildlife in the area of the falls. Bear, tigers, elephants, and monkeys, can all be seen in that region. Kalhatti is 245 km away from Bangalore and 180 km from Mangalore.
Approximately 88 kilometers away, Coimbatore is the nearest domestic airport from Ooty which is well connected with most Indian Cities. A flight from Bangalore (which is 295 km from Ooty) as Bangalore airport is well connected with most of the cities across the globe. The regular flights are available from Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai connecting Bangalore and Coimbatore. Once you reach the airport, you can take a taxi or bus from there to reach Ooty.
The nearest railhead is Mettupalayam 40 km from Ooty. There are trains from Chennai, Coimbatore, Mysore, and Bangalore connecting Mettupalayam. Some of the popular are Ooty Udhagamandalam passenger train, Mettupalayam Udhagamandalam Passenger train, Mangalore Mail and Mangalore Express.
Ooty is a major tourist attraction of South India. You will get both government and luxury buses from Bangalore, Mysore, and Chennai to Ooty. These are overnight buses and the journey is quite comfortable. Note that a special government bus leaves daily at 5 pm and 7 pm from Calicut and it takes just 6 hours to reach Ooty.