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The history of the Nilgiri Mountain, where Ooty is located, goes back to many centuries. Not much information is available on the reason behind the name ‘Blue Mountain’. While some blame the smoky mist present in the area, while some are of the opinion that the blue Karunji flower, is the reason behind it.
No historical data confirms Ooty to have been under the rule of any kingdom or dynasty. The closest relevance can be associated with Tipu Sltan who built a cave like structure in order to expand his kingdom.
What today stands as the Old Ooty has some historical connections with the Toda tribes. It is believed that the Todas handed over that part of Ooty to Mr. John Sullivan, the ten governor of Coimbatore
, in order to develope the town.
The British predominantly stayed in Ooty and owned almost all the land. The town served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency and the colonial days. During those times, the wounded soldiers of the British army were also sent here to recover after the war.
Travel within city
Ooty is a hill station located in the Nilgiris. The best way to reach Ooty is by road. The nearest airport is at Coimbatore which is located around 100 km from the hill station. There are taxi services available from Coimbatore airport. However it might be advisable to pre arrange taxis from the hotel as they are safer. They charge around Rs 1300 for the trip. Ooty railway station has only one train connectivity and tourist can take a jeep or a taxi from the station to the hotel. They are relatively cheap and cost around Rs 200 to the city center.
Cycles, private cars and jeeps are the best way to get around the hill station. Hiring bicycles from the lake is a good way to see the town. Most of the main places are located nearby and can be accessed using cycles. They usually charge around Rs 20 per hour.
Jeeps are also available extensively throughout the place. They can be hired for day trips to the surrounding area and are relatively cheap. They cost around Rs 500 per day.
Cabs and taxis are available from the bus stands and they are a good option for travelling to some of the surrounding villages and plantations. They cost around Rs 750 for a day trip.
Ooty has numerous restaurants and a wide range of cuisine options are available. Thought most of the restaurants offer South Indian fare, numerous North Indian restaurants too are available. For lip smacking non-veg delights including grills and Kebabs, tourists can go to Kabob Corner
on Commercial Road. For authentic Chinese delicacies, head to Shinkow’s Chinese Restaurant
on Commissioner Road. Sidewalk Café
is the place to enjoy great American and Italian food. Though the cost is slightly on the higher side, but the food is worth it! While Hotel Sanjay
on Street Charring Cross is extremely popular for its Kerala style fish curry, vegetarians should try multi cuisine vegetarian delights at the Utsav Multi Cuisine Restaurant
in Main Bazaar or the Chandan Restaurant
on Commercial Street. The C store
is a reputed cafe cum restaurant on Charring Cross offering home-made pizza, burger, panneer fingers, samosas and numerous snacks. You can also shop here for home made chocolates, honey, spices, herbal oils, tea and other local products. Mezza 11
is a multi-cuisine restaurant on Ettines Road serving delicious Chinese, Indian, Vegetarian, Grill and Afghani fare.
Shopping in Ooty is a great experience, thanks to the various cultural and natural reserves bestowed on the region. The Nilgiris Big Bazaar
on Garden road is exceptionally popular for the famous Ooty chocolates. The town is also famous for its wood products which can be best purchased at Wood Peckers
located on Charring cross. For fresh and authentic honey and organic produce, go to the Green Shop
on Street Club Road. Taj Bakers
on Main Road is popular for its biscuits and various bakery items. To shop for gourmet cheese, honey and various local stuff, go to Shivani Store
, which is one of the oldest shops in Ooty, located on Commercial Street.
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