Ooty

September 22, 2010 in Travel and Leisure by Brand

Ooty, short for Ootacamund is a town, a municipality and the district capital of the Nilgiris district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Ooty, stands at an approximate height of 7,500 feet (2, 286 m) above sea level, is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills

Ooty History

Ooty is deep within the Nilgiri hills, also known as The Blue Mountains. It is unknown whether this name comes from the blue smoky haze given off by the eucalyputus trees that cover the area, or because of the kurunji flower, which blooms every twelve years giving the slopes a bluish tinge. Unlike any other region in the country, no historical proof is found to state that Ooty was a part of any kingdoms or empires. Tippu Sultan was the first to extend his border by constructing a hideout cave like structure.

It was originally a tribal land and was occupied by the Todas along with other tribes who coexisted through specialisation and trade. To this day the Badagas ( who arived from the Mysore Plateau around or before 1700) are known for farming crops and the Todas for raising water buffalo. Frederick price in his book ‘Ootacamund, A History’ states that the area which is now called as the ‘Old Ooty’ was originally occupied by the Todas. The Todas then handed over that part of the town to Mr John Sullivan, the then Governor of Coimbatore. He later developed the town, and encouraged the establishment of tea, chinchona, and teak trres. Like many of the settlers, Sullivan was highly impressed by the way the tribes cooperated, and sought to maintain this balance. He later campaigned tirelessly to ensure land rights and cultural recognition for these tribes and was financially and socially punished for this by the British Government.

The hills were developed rapidly under the British Raj because they were almost entirely owned by private British citizens. Unlike the rest of India, the British came to Ooty town to settle, and stayed for generations. Ooty served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency and other small kingdoms, much visited by British during the colonial days, and as today, a popular summer and weekend resort. Soldiers were also sent here and to nearby Wellington (The home of the Madras regiment to this day) to recuperate.

It is reached via winding hill roads or a complicated rack railway system built in 1908 by impassioned and enterprising British citizens with venture capital from the Madras government.

Much of Ooty is at the altitude of 2,286 meters above sea level. Its stunning beauty and splendid green deep valleys inspired the British to name it “Queen of Hill Stations”.

Ooty Photos / Ooty Images / Ooty Pictures

Ooty is a popular travel destinations with beautiful sceneries. As such, there are a myriads of Ooty photos, Ooty images and Ooty pictures uploaded in the Internet. Google is your best friend for finding beautiful Ooty photos, images and pictures..

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Ooty Honeymoon

Because of the beautiful sceneries, Ooty is also a very popular honeymoon destination. Ooty, the British summer capital, is the land of tea gardens. So, it is obvious that you will see some gorgeous British buildings around. Located in the blue mountain ranges of the Nilgiris, Ooty, attracts a huge number of honeymoon couples every year. The well known places for Ooty honeymoon are Kodanadu’s Viewpoint and Ooty Lake.

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