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Ooty, the most popular hill town in the Nilgiri Hills. This hill town Ooty is a tourist paradise for the South Indians. Located 85kms away from the nearest city coimbatore and 550 kms away from the state capital Chennai. THough it is a hill station it is well connected with road and rail transport. The world famous Nilgiri railway runs from ooty to mettupalayam. Frequent buses to ooty is available from Coimbatore. It is located at the height of 2200 metres from the sea level. The journey to Ooty from mettupalayam through the hills is heavenly with breath taking views.
Ooty is dependent on Toursim for the local economy. It is always crowded with tourists as the accommodation options are plenty. Hotels, resorts, cottages and homestay businesses are making good money. Apart from tourism the agriculture is another major industry supporting ooty's economy. English vegetables like carrots, cabbages, cauliflowers, potatoes and beetroots are exported from ooty to all parts of the state.
Sightseeing is one of the major activities for the visitors. Since Ooty is a hill station pleanty of places to see. Places like Botanical garden, Lake, Rose garden, Doddabetta, Wax museum, avalanche and ferhill palace are the must see spots. Apart from these tourist favorites there are other places like Pykara dam, lake, kalhatty waterfalls, Mudumalai and Masinagudi are all worth seeing. Taxis and jeeps can be hired from charing cross for sight seeing.
During the summer months of April and May, Ooty is crowded with people from all parts of the world. To keep people involved the local government organize summer festival. This summer festival has variety of events like flower show, dog show, fruit show, vegetable show, boat pageant show and cultural programs. This events are fun and once in a life experience. And a music festival called "go Mad" is also add colour to the Ooty summer.
Activities like Boating in the Lake, Jungle safari in Mudumalai, Fishing in Avalanche and Travelling in the Nilgiri Mountain rail are all entertaining. Apart from these activities, Cycling, Trekking and sighseeing are the most sought activities in Ooty.
When it come to stay, Ooty has lot to offer. Cheap, budget and luxury hotels are out ther and provide comfortable accommodation for the tourists. Resorts, Cottages and homestays are the other accommodation options. Cottages and homestays offer home style accommodation for the visitors along with kitchen facilities. Resorts are the best option for luxury stay in Ooty.