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Ooty, the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ and the ‘Paradise on the Earth’ is nestled in the gorgeous and pulchritudinous Nilgiri mountain ranges in western ghats. The original Epithet of Ooty was Udhagamandalam, which means ‘house in the mountains’. With the colonization of India, the name Udhagamandalam got anglicized and it became Ootacamund. The short form of Ootacamund is Ooty.
The Nilgiri Mountain Ranges widely acknowledged as the ‘Blue Mountains’ are regarded to be older than the Himalayas. The Nilgiri Mountain Ranges are entitled as Blue Mountains after the famous ‘kurunji’ flowers that blossom once in every 12 years and furbish the hill slops with their azure tincture. Doddabetta Peak of Nilgiri Mountain Ranges that belongs to Ooty region is the highest peak in South India.
The malachite lofty mountains, landscapes enveloped with burgeoning tea plantations, sparkling brooks, cascading cataracts, lakes and rejuvenating pleasant weather of Ooty attract plethora of tourists all round the year. Famous for its Summer Flower Festival, oil industry and tea industry, Ooty is one of the most sought after tourist’s destination in south India. Along with Ootacamund, one must visit Coonoor and Kotagiri which are situated quite close to Ooty.