Ooty officially referred to as Udhagamandalam abbreviated to Udhagai is a popular hill resort and the district capital of the Nilgiris district. The region is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India attracting tourists with rich natural beauty and the right blend of fun and relaxation. Tourists from all parts of the state and also various corners of the country flock to the region to observe and enjoy the simplicity and beauty of life offered in the region. The salubrious climate of the region also means that the region is a popular summer getaway from scorching summer heat experienced in the Indian plains.Sitting deep amidst the Nilgiri hills, the region is adorned with dreamy hills covered with tall eucalyptus trees and various other floras, waterfalls, undulating landscape, lush greenery and much more. There is no clear source behind the name of the region. It is only known that the British changed the named from Udhagamandalam to Ootacamund and finally it was shortened to Ooty.Fondly referred to as the Queen of hill stations, Ooty also boats of a rich history, which contributes significantly to the character and mysticism of the region, reflected among the various historic sites of the region. The hill station was founded in the 19th century by the British and served as the summer headquarters of the Madras Presidency. There are plenty of things to see and do in Ooty from sightseeing to indulging in various sorts of adventure sports activities. Some of the popular tourist destinations of Ooty include Ooty Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Peak, Annamalai Temple, Ooty Rose Gardens, Hidden Valley, Echo Rock, Pykara Falls, Shooting Point, Dolphin’s Nose and much more.Apart from sightseeing, tourists can also indulge in nature walks, trekking, hiking, mountaineering, etc, well facilitated in the rich locales of the region. Tourists can also choose to explore the local markets famous for its tea, eucalyptus, chocolate, spices and gourmet cheese.Being a popular tourist destination, the region does not fall short of good Ooty hotels offering quality lodging facilities. The hotels in Ooty are also present across all budget segments thus, catering to varied tastes and preferences of the myriad of travelers visiting the region.Ooty enjoying a salubrious weather is also fit to visit throughout the year. The hill station is also well connected to the rest of the country by means of rail and road. There is a toy train service in place offered from Mettupalayam, the nearest broad gauge to the hill station.

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