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  • Ooty - Description of the City
  • Getting to Ooty

Ooty, in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka, is called the "Queen of hill stations" and is the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level.

An added attraction for the tourists to Ooty is the mountain train journey (also called the toy train) on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens. One can notice a marvellous change in vegetation, as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor. The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers. Getting to Ooty.

  • By Air -- The nearest airport is Coimbatore, 100 kms away. The airport most frequently used by visitors to Ooty is Bangalore, 290 kms away.
  • By Rail -- The nearest mainline railhead for Ooty is Mettupalayam (46 kms) from where one can take the picturesque toy train.
  • By Road -- Ooty is connected to Bangalore (290 kms), Mysore (150 kms) and Cochin (295 kms)

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