Udhagamandalam which was anglicized to Ootacamund and further shortened to Ooty was once the abode of the Toda tribe who worshipped a sacred stone.
The stone was probably referred to as Otha-Cal in the local language while Mund referred to 'village', in the Toda dialect. Ooty is a town settled in the Nilgiri Hills of the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at an elevation of 7,350 Ft and has all the staples of a charming hill station. Ooty's magnificent tea plantations and red-roofed bungalows still carry echoes of its colonial past. The undeniable natural beauty of Ooty and its misty green trails continues to draw visitors every year.
Due to its cool climate, the hill station of Ooty sees tourist traffic all through the year.
March to May Weather
March to May are summer months in Ooty but the weather is definitely pleasant. The day temperature in the city during this period hovers around a pleasing 25˚C, while the night temperature settle around 15˚C. Looking to escape the heat of the plains and pushing off to Ooty should be a nice idea during this period.
June to September Weather
This is the Monsoon period for the city and the average rainfall received during this span is 500 mm. Though, the scenic beauty of the city is at its peak during these months, it is a lean period in terms of tourism for the hill station as chances of landslides and road blockages increase. But this should not keep you away in experiencing the beauty of this picturesque hill station.
October to February Weather
These are the winter months in Ooty and temperatures dip considerably. During the daytime temperature settles around 16˚C and can go as low as 3˚C. The morning fog makes way for bright sunshine on most days! It is one of the most favoured season to visit the hill station.
Places to Visit
The nearest airport to this popular holiday destination in southern India is Coimbatore at a distance of about 88 Kms, while the city of Bangalore is about 295 Kms away. The most popular site seeing places include Fernhill Palace, Emerald Lake, Doddabetta Peak and St. Stephen's Church. Things you must do on your travel holiday to Ooty are: Take a Toy Train Ride, Go Boating on Ooty Lake and embark on a Tea Plantation Tour. Ooty is a charming hill escape for those looking for peace and serenity. It’s refreshing beauty and bracing climate makes for the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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