Udhagamandalam / About (ooty)
Rightly called the Queen of Hill Stations. Udhaganumdalam or Ooty in Nilgiri district is surrounded by hills of height varying between 2280-2290 m. Eucalyptus, pine, coffee and tea plantations cover the rolling hills of Nilgiris also called the Blue Mountains. Nilgiris is India’s first Biosphere. It is in the Nilgiris where the Western and the Eastern Ghats meet near the borders of Tamil Nadu. Karnataka. and Kerala. Earlier known as Wotokymund, it became the summer capital of then Madras Presidency. Settlement in Ooty began in 1822 after the Collector of Coimbatore John Sullivan discovered it. British life-style with stone cottages and clubs, big lawns and winding lanes is still evident. The Tot tribal community who still occupies small areas in the higher altitudes has inhabited it.
Today Ooty is a favoured summer retreat along with two other hill stations Coonoor (19 km away) and Kotagiri (31 km) in the Nilgiris. Ooty offers plenty of choices to adventure and sports lovers like IS hole golf course spread over a lush area of over 193 acres. The Race Course (running arca 2.4 km long) in the heart of the town has the racing season starting 15 April until June. Snooker had its origin in Ooty over a ccntury ago. The Coonoor Club. Gymkhana Club. and the Lawley Institute are