famous hill station near the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu , Kerala
& Karnataka in the
Nilgiri hills was founded by the British in the early part
of the 19 th centaury to serve as a summer headquarters of Madras
government. Before that time it was inhabited by the Today, the
tribal people of which today only remain 3000. Until about two decades
ago, Ooty (altitude 2240 meters ) resembled an unlikely combination of
England & Australia: single storey stone cottages, bijou fenced
flower gardens, leafy, winding lanes, and tall eucalyptus stands
covering the other wise barren Hilltops.
The State Bank Of India, Town West is open
weekdays from 10 am to 2 Pm.
To See: Katagiri
Pass,Dddabetta(2623 meters), Nilgiris, Lake for Boating, Mudumali
Wildlife Sanctuary, Bokkapuram.
Wildlife Sanctuary: In the luxuraintly forested foothills of the
Nilgiris this 321-sq-km sanctuary is part of a much larger reserve (3000
sq km). In Madumalai the mostly dense forest is home to Chital, tigers,
panthers, wildboar, Otters and Crocodiles inhabit the river. The best
time to visit is Feb to June.
There by Train: Like Darjeeling and
Matheran, Ooty has a miniature Railway connecting it with the lowlands.
The Trains, with their quaint yellow- and blue carraiges, are not quite
as small as the Darjeeling toy Train, butb they re still tiny. The rail
starts at Mettupalayam, north of Coimbatore, and goes via Coonoor to
Ooty ,en route affording some spectacular views of the precipitous
eastern slopes of the rainforest-covered Nilgiris. The Nilgiri Express
which runs departs Madras at 9 pm and arrives at Mettupalayam at 7:15
am. it leaves again at 7:30 am to Madras.
life Tours : Plenty of
wild life is available, tours of the park are limited to the sanctuary's
minibuses,a jeep & elephants
to Stay: Hotel
Savoy, Youth Hotel, Hotel Chaing Cross, Hotel Sanjay, Hotel Tamilnadu,
Hotel Nahar, Hotel Khems, Vishu Lodge, YMCA, Nilgiri Woodlands, hotel
Dashprakash, Hotel Lakeview, Fernhill Palace, Regency Villa.
to Eat: Shinkow's Chinese Restaurant,
Shogun Restaurant, Hotel Sanjay Restaurant, Hotel Nahar Restaurant,
Tandoori Mahal. Ooty Club.