also known as Udagamandalam is the "Queen of
hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district.
It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India.
Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a
land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular
summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during
the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of
2,240 meters above sea level. An added attraction
for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain
train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which
commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends
its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful
tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of
verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.
One can notice a marvellous change in vegetation,
as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor. The establishment
of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains,
dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles
of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes.
The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds
in huge numbers.
Nilgiri Hills were part of Hoysala empire under king
Vishnuvardhana in the 12th century. It then became
part of the Mysore of Tipu Sultan who later surrendered
it to the British in the 18th century. John
Sullivan, the British governor of neighboring Coimbatore
province, liked the climate of this forested land,
and occupied it by taking land from the native tribes
(Toda, Irumba and Badaga); often buying up many square
kilometres in a day for the price of a few meals.
hills were developed rapidly under the British Raj
because they were almost entirely owned by private
British citizens, unlike the rest of India. Ooty served
as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency, and
had winding hill roads and a complicated rack railway
system built by influential and enterprising British
citizens with venture capital from the Madras government.
is believed the Blue Mountains appears so because
of the vast Nilgiri forest surrounding them.
experienced Transport Services.
pick you from Airport / Railwaystation.
charges not included.
Tours & Travels
No. 96/56, West Perumal Maistry Street,
Madurai - 625 001, Tamil Nadu, India
Mobile: +91 98943 76717 (Surya)
Internet Banking - ICICI Bank
A/C - 601 305013685 Payable at Madurai