Wednesday, May 30, 2012

OOty and Hills


Udhagamandalam,   which   is   the   Head Quarters  of    the  district,  is  the  largest  and  most   important hill station in south  India.   This  principle  station  on  the  Nilgiris  is  at  an  elevation of  2286  meters  and  situated  at  the center  of  the  district.  It  is  an  extensive  valley  enclosed on  all  sides  but  the  west  by  a  lofty  range  of  hills.  The  name of the ooty or Ootacamand was first mentioned in about 1821  in  the  Madras  Gazette  which  was  then spelt as "Wotokymund" by  an   anonymous    correspondent   who   was   one   among  the  Europeans  to  set  an  eye  on  Ootacamand.  It is also fondly called the Queen of Hill Stations.

Tourism -COONOOR

 The Coonoor ghat road rapidly supplemented all other routes to the Nilgiris, and Coonoor at the head of this ghat which possessed essential advantages gained its importance. CoonoorStands on a lower ridge of the plateau at an altitude of 1,858 mts.  and has  a railway station on the Mettupalayam - Udhagamandalam route. Coonoor is an important trade centre for tea and the Tea Board of India, has a branch office here.
Around and near Coonoor, the travellers and tourists could enjoy the beautiful places of interest like Sim's Park, the Lady Canning's Seat. Lamb's rock. Dolphine's Nose, the Law's Falls, the Droog,

Tourism- Gudalur

Ooty,Coonoor and Kotagiri lies in the upper plateau of Nilgiri and Gudalur lies in lower plateau. it is the headquarter of the Taluk and lies about 51kms,West of Udhagamandalam below the Ghats at an elevation of 1,180mts,above M.S.S on the way to Mysore.the name of the place means junction village. Most of the Gudalur area is green carpeted.
It is 8kms, on Gudalur-Ooty road,this view point gives you a 360 degree view. Thesunset from here on clear days is guaranteed to take your breath away. A panoramic view of the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Gudalur town far below, is a visual treat from this view point.
It is about 12kms on Gudalur-Ooty road.from here and can see Frog shape of a Hill view.
The temple where you can realise the wonders of Nature,is 19kms,from Gudalur.It is Surrounded by Valleys,Streams and water falls whichsound is very soothimg and mesmeric effect. One can enjoy by seeing Cardamom,Clove,Pepper,Tea and Coffee plantations on the way to the Temple.
It is 20kms from Gudalur. A few ruins of historical Ummatur Dynasty can see here.
8 kms from Gudalur.A shrine of Betterayasamy (lord of the hunts) with sub-shrine built in Kerala style is present . Wynad scenes are visible from here.
It is about 15kms from Gudalur. A dilapidated fort is here.
35 kms from Gudalur. It is extreme Western corner which has plantations and MICA mines. Sulthan Bathery is very near.


Kotagiri which is about 30 km. east of Udhagamandalam, 23 km. from Coonoor and 33 km. from Mettupalayam is one of the oldest and the largest of the hill stations. It is situated at a height of 6511' above the mean sea level and it possesses an agreeable climate among the hill stations of the district. It is protected by the Doddabetta range from the violent southwest monsoon and is not affected by mists which are so common at Coonoor. The lower elevation of the place makes it warmer than Udhagamandalam. These advantages in the climate make the station a fine health resort.  Kotagiri stands at the head of a fine ravine running down towards Mettupalayam.
The place was known in the past as “Kota-Keri” or (Kota-gherry) the street (or line of homes) of Kotas”. In fact, there was a Kota settlement there and it was only in 1911 when the lands occupied were acquired by government for sanitary improvement purposes and the Kota settlement had to be shifted, to 'Aggal' hamlet, 2 km. away from Kotagiri. The temple of the Kotas dedicated to the deity 'Kamataraya' still remains there and has been renovated.  The Kotas worship at this temple every month and the annual festival which takes place on the “Arudra Dharshan” day at this temple is of great importance to all the Kotas of the distrct.
John Sullivan, the first Englishman to set foot on the Nilgiri hills pitched his tent near a village by name Dimbatti which is very close to Kotagiri.


Hills and  Peaks

Nilgiris has a number of grassy undulating hills. They are divided by narrow valleys and swamps. W. Francis observes, the plateau is a true table land, its average height being very uniform. But there is not a square mile of level ground in the whole of it, its surface being broken by endless undulations which in places swell into considerable and distinct ranges".
Doddabetta: (11024' N, 76047' E - height: 2636 mts)
The eminent range of heights which runs north-south in the middle of the plateau, reaches its highest point at Doddabetta at about 4 km east south east from Udhagamandalam. Hecuba (2375 metres) Kattadadu (2418 metres) and Kulkudi (2439 metres) are the three closely linked heights in west of Doddabetta range and nearby Udhagamandalam. In the Nilgiris plateau Doddabetta is highest peak of the Nilgiris district remarkable for the flattened curve of its summit. Thick woods decorate the hollows of its slopes. Slightly stunted, rhododendron trees, in the midst of thick coarse grass, flowering sub-elphine shrubs and herbs are common sight even very near to the peak.
Snowdon: (11026' N, 76046' E - Height: 2530 Mts).
This is the northern eminence of the range, which has Doddabetta in south. The Club Hill (2448 metres) and the Elk Hill (2466 metres) are other two significant elevations in this range. Snowdon, Club Hill and Elk Hill along with the Doddabetta, form among themselves the impressive UDHAGAMANDALAM VALLEY.
Devashola: (Height 2261 Mts)
Notable for its blue gum trees, the Devashola stands majestically in south of Doddabetta range
Kulakombai: (Height 1707 Mts)
To the east of the Devashola, the Kulakombai hill attracts one's attention. The height of the Bhavani Valley and the Lambton's peak range of the Coimbatore district stretches before us from here.
Hullikal Durg: (11019'N, 76053'E)
Huli means "Tiger" in Canarese. So, Hulikal Durg means Tiger Rock Fort. The Sanskrit name of his place is Bakasura Parvata situated at 3 km. south east of Coonoor. Pitch tropical forest flourishes at the base of this hill, while the valleys support only green foliage.
Coonoor Betta: (Height 2101 Mts)
This is also called Teneriffe. Standing on the northern side of the gorge, accommodating the railway track to Coonoor.
Rallia Hill: (11025' N, 76053'E - Height : 2248 Mts.)
In the midst of reserved forest, almost equidistant from Udhagamandalam and Kotagiri.
Dimhatti Hill: (11026'N, 77001'E - height: 1788 Mts)
This peak is above the Gajalahatti pass, which provided a short cut from Mysore to the caranatic plains and was, therefore, of much strategic importance in eighteenth century. This peak, dedicated to the Deity Rangaswamy is considered holy by the people of the surrounding villages.
Peaks at Mukurthi NP
In the Nilgiri Plateau the Kundah range of hills serves like a ridge on the south-western side. With the elevation greater than the general level of the plateau, the range also possesses a few peaks, closely approximating the height of Doddabetta.
The Avalanche hill of this range has twin-peaks of the Kudikkadu (2590 metres) and the Kolari (2625 Metres)
Derbetta or Bear Hill (Height: 2531 meters) Kolibetta (2494 metres)
Another height, deserving notice here is the Derbetta or Bear Hill (2531 meters) and Kolibetta (2494 metres). The peaks south of the Ouchterlony valley, are just the continuation of the Kundah range.
The Pichalbetta (2544 Meters) The Nilgiri Peak (2474 metres) and The Mukurthi Peak (2554 Meters) are the important heights of this area. The hills of the Wynaad are generally poor in relation to other height of the district; yet they do impress the traveler because of the generally uniform level of this area. The highest peak in the part of the district, is the Maruppanmudi hill (11031' N, 76027' E) which is 10 km. West north from Gudalur. Its height is 1528 meters. The The other height deserving notices are the Needle Rock, the Hadiabetta Hill (1155 meters) and the Glulur hill (1148 metres)
Chinna Doddabetta (11028' N, 760 45' E - Height: 2392Mts.)
This is about five km. south of Udhagamandalam.
Konabetta: (11030' N, 76046' E - Height:2066 Mts)
This is about 5 km, north-norheast of Udhagamandalam. This is also called Sigur Peak.
Koodal Betta: (11028'N, 76050'E - Height: 2183 Mts.)
The name of this hill means 'Echoing rock' This is about 13 km from North-east of Udhagamandalam.
Kundah Betta: (11017'N, 76043'E - Height: 1998 Mts.)
This is About 10 km of South-southwest of Udhagamandalam.
Kundah Mugi: (11024' N, 76051'E - Height: 2344)
This is about 11 km of east of Udhagamandalam,
Dolphin's Nose: (11022'N, 76054' E )
This is promonotory over the Kotagiri valley about 6 km.east-northeast of Coonoor. The place provides a hilarious view of the Catherine falls and to vast expanse of verdant plains.
Ibex Hill: (11027' N, 76035' E)
This is about 17 km., west-southwest of Udhagamandalam; this is a straight cliff in the proximity of Sigur Pass.
Muttunadu Betta: (11027' N, 76043' E - Height:2323 Mts)
This is about 5 Km, north northwest of Udhagamandalam.
Tamrabetta: (Coppery Hill) (11022' N, 76048' E - Height: 2120 Mts.)
This is about 8 km., south east of Udhagamandalam
Vellangiri (Silvery Hill) (Height 2120 Mts)
16 km west-northwest of Udhagamandalam and measures 2120 metres.

Tourist Information

Distance from Ooty bus stand
in km
in km
Botanical Gardens
Dever Betta View Point
Parsons valley
Dodabetta Peak
Wenlock Downs
Pykara Dam & Boat house
Western Catchment
Pykara Water falls
Kamaraj Sagar Dam
Kalhatty water falls
Mukurthi Peak & Mukurthi National park
GOVT. Musuem
Cairn Hill
Valley View
Mini Garden
Rose Garden
Upper Bhavani
Deer Park
Mudumali Wildlife Sanctuary

In Kms
In Kms
In Kms
Law falls
Lamb's Rock
Dolpin's Nose
Kattary Dam & Water falls
Kundah dam
Ralliah Dam
Kodamalai view point


Numbala kotta
Thorapalli hanging Bridge
Needle Point View
Frog Hill View Point
Nella Kotta
Segur Water Falls


Kodanad View Point
St.Catherine Water Falls
Rangaswami Peak


Travel Info - How to get here

Nearest Airport is Coimbatore (100 Kms)
Nearest broad gauge railway head is in Mettupalayam(46 Kms). Major broadgauge and metre gauge railway juinction is Coimbatore (89 kms). Coimbatore is connected with all major cities. Mettupalayam to Ooty, is connected Mountain Railway. To reach Ooty by Mountain Railway is 4 hours journey.

Ooty is connected by good motorable road.

City Bus, Taxi and Auto available.
Road Distance from Ooty in Kms
Place Kms 
Coimbatore 89 
Coonoor 18 
Kotagiri 31 
Calicut Via – Gudalur) 187 
Mysore 160 
Bangalore 290 
Cochin (Via – Coimbatore, Palakkad) 281 
Trichy(Via – Coimbatore, Palani) 302 

Places of Worship
TEMPLES: Murugan Temple, Elk Hill, Venkateshwara Perumal Yemple, Sri Mariamman Temple,Subramania Swamy Temple, Vittoba Temple, Balamurugan Temple, Iyappa Temple, Muniswarar Temple, Jain Temple, Mooyulaka Arasiaamman Temple,Kandal and Kaasi Viswanatha Swamy Temple,Kandal. 

CHURCH: St. Stephen's Church, Union Church, Holy Trinity Church, St.Thomas Church, Sacred Heart Church, St.Mary's Church, St Theresa's Church and Kandal Shrine. 

MOSQUE: Big Mosque, Lower Bazaar. 

MUTT: Ramakrishna mutt, Ramakrishna puram, Ooty. Narayana Gurukulam, Manjanakorai, Ooty. Abu Babajee Trusttt, Wood Cock Road, Ooty. Diyanamyam (PBKS) Ettins road, Ooty. Raghavendra Mutt, Bombay Castle, Ooty, Dakshinamurthy Madalayam, Kandal, Ooty, Sampoorna Ashram, Naduhatty, Kattabettu Post, Nilgiris, Bahai Prayer Hall, Snow down road for prayer, Yoga, Meditation etc.
Tourism Information can be had from  The Tourist Officer, Ooty
Phone Number(0423)
Tourist Officer
TTDC Old Boat House
Manager, Youth Hostel , Ooty

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