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OOTY

Ooty Cuddled in the lap of hills of Dodabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill, and Club Hill in the Nilgiri ranges, Ooty (also Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam) is the queen of southern hill stations. The history of Ooty goes back to about 900 years when it was ruled by Vishnu Vardhana, the Hoysala king from AD 1104 to 1141. The city also finds mention in the writing of Jacome Ferico, the first European to visit this place in 1603. In 1799, this hilly region came under the control of the British East India Company. Ooty made its presence felt in the tourist map of India. With the maximum temperature going up to 25C, Ooty offers a pleasant climate throughout the year. One can visit this picturesque hill station at any time of the year though the ideal time is from February to May and September to November.

PLACES OF INTEREST
Botanical Garden - Ooty Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden was established in 1848. The beautiful gardens maintained by the Government of Tamil Nadu have wide variety of plants and include Italian and Japanese sections. Different types of roses, imported shrubs, rare flowering plants, eucalyptus trees and several old trees are some of the major attractions here apart from the fossilized tree trunk, which is about 20 million years old. During the month of May every year, a Summer Festival is held here.
Ooty LakeOoty Lake
It was built in 1825, the 2.5-km-long lake is a place worth visiting. For fishing a prior permission is needed. A racecourse is also located near the lake. A mini-train takes the visitors around the lake.
Dodabetta Peak - Ooty Dodabetta Peak
At a height of 2,623 metres, Dodabetta Peak is the highest point in the district. Situated 10 km away from the Ooty town., The top of the peak remains covered by mist most of the time but on a clear day, one can have a look at the landscape as far as the plains of Coimbatore and the Mysore plateau.
Lambs Rock - Ooty Lamb's Rock
About nine kms from Coonoor lays Lamb's Rock, this point offers stunning views of the Coimbatore plains and the coffee and tea estates on the slopes.
Kodanadu View Point - Ooty Kodanadu View Point
On the eastern edges of the Nilgiris, at about 16 km from Kotagiri, the Kodanadu View Point is situated. A panoramic view of the tea estates and the Moyar River from either side of the road is worth a glance back.
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