Udhagamandalam or Ooty is a beautiful hill station, nestled in Nilgiri Hills and located in the midst of four high hills: Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club Hill . The Nilgiri range varies between 2280 m and 2290 m. The highest peak, Doddabetta is located at an altitude of 2623 meters. Ooty is one of the best tourist destinations and is also called ‘Blue Mountains' . This famous hill station is situated at the crossroads of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.
This picturesque hill station of Ooty is blessed with nature's generosity. It has luxuriant hills, lush green valleys, a dense flora and fauna and untouched natural beauty. The enchanting hill resort attracts tourists throughout the year.
Ooty is also very famous for its numerous tea estates . South Indian Tea has gained recognition far and wide making India the fifth largest tea-producing belt in the world after China. A tour to Ooty during the Tea festival makes the excursion more worthwhile, as tea lovers from various parts gather here to celebrate and enjoy this festival. Tea and Tourism Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January or Februry and is jointly organized by the Government of India, Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu and Ministry of Tourism. In this festival many cultural programmes and visits to tea estates and factories are held.
Apart from coffee and tea plantations, Ooty is also dotted with trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle .
There are many places that are a must see in this hill station. Botanical gardens, Mini Garden, Rose Garden, Deer Park, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, the Mukkurthi Peak & national park, Nilgiri Library, Ooty Lake, St Stephens Church, Doddabetta and Government Museum are some of the major attractions in Ooty.