Ooty was earlier called OOtacamund and it is situated in the Nilgiri hills. Nilgiri hills are also called The Blue Mountains. The name Nilgiri either comes from the blue haze due to the eucalyptus trees that are there in the area or the Kurunji flower. This flower blooms every twelve years and gives the Nilgiri Hills a bluish tinge. Ooty was the summer capital of the British who were stationed at the Madras Presidency.
Every year a number of tourists flock to Ooty. Ooty is a green heaven with high mountains, lakes, thick forests and large stretches of grasslands. It is also famous for its beautiful tea gardens.
Ooty is loacted in the Nilgiri hills at a height of 2240 metres. This place has lush green tea and coffee estates. Summers are pleasant with a maximum temperature of 25 degree celsius and minimum of 10 degree celsius and winters are cold with a high temperature of 21 degree celsius and a low temperature of 5 degree celsius.
Places to view in Ooty are:
Government botanical garden: This garden is spread over 22 acres of land and has some of the finest collection of plants.
This garden is divided into six sections: Rose garden, this has some of the rarest collections of roses.
Lake park: this park is located on the banks of the Ooty lake.
Ooty lake: This is the pride of the Nilgiri Hills.It extends over an area of 65 acres and this artificial lake was formed by the collector of Coimbatore.
Deer Park:The deer park covers an area of twenty-two acres and has some of the finest collection of animals.
The kalhatty falls near Ooty are worth a visit.This is located about thriteen kilometers from Ooty.The height of this waterfall is one-hundred feet. Ooty is one of the most beautiful hill stations located in South India and is worth visiting once.