To experience the real charm of India, you should visit the Ooty, dubbed as the ‘Queen of Hill Station', located in Tamil Nadu. You may not be aware that Ooty is a colloquial term for Ootacamund that spans across 36 square kilometres with the Dodabetta Peak, the highest point nestled here.
The encompassing landscapes, sprawling national parks and lush green forest reserves play witness to the most popular Ooty tourism industry that is only growing profoundly. Being home to a large spread of tea plantations, Ooty is officially known as the “tea country” and serves as an ideal place for tea lovers to sample the aroma of local brew.
This iconic travel destination is still untouched and unmarred by commercialism and retains old unique charm of its pleasant natural ambience. Do visit the far-stretched, awesome plots that pack up bunches of tea plants as far as your eyes can reach.
Taking a quick glance at its ancient past, it is interesting to know that the Nilgiris hills, which is home to Ooty, was under the Chera dynasty but then came within the power of the Ganga dynasty, and subsequently to the Hoysala empire. Tipu Sultan of the kingdom of Mysore later ruled the region.
During the British reign, Ooty sought to prominence owing to the British citizens contributing to the efforts of shaping the region into a picture-perfect destination as you find today. As Ooty reshaped into a beautiful haven, Indian politicians took interest in making the place their summer residence. This finely explains why tourism in Ooty is a lucrative business that pleasantly surprises tourists from the country and other foreign nations.
Visit the other spots in the Nilgiris district where you will find a host of mosques and temples of interest, offering visitors the cultural attractions of the place other than rolling valleys and verdant landscapes.