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Introduction

ooty This is located in the Western Ghats zone at an altitude of 2240 mtrs. It is the headquarters of the Nilgiri District, where the two mountain ranges meet. Udhagamandalam , popularly called as OOTY by the tourist, is the Queen of Hill Stations. Centuries ago this was also called as Oththai-Kal [single stone] Mandu [ Mund is a name of Toda Village]. The British started calling it as Ootacamund. Coffee and Tea Plantations and trees like Conifers, Eucalyptus, Pine and Wattle dot the hill side in Udhagamandalam and its environs. Summer temperature is maximum of 25 C and a minimum of 10 C . During the Winter it is minimum 5 C and a maximum of 21 C when it is slightly warmer. This area was inhibited by the tribals called TODA long before any body could venture into this region. Curiously enough, this slice of paradise remained unknown even during the periods of the great Southern Dynasties. It was the Britons who ventured into the riches of the regions during early 1800’s. Development and modernization took after their arrival to Udhagamandalam. This was the Summer Capital of the Madras Presidency during the British Rule. Coonoor - 19Kms, Kothagiri - 31 Kms are the other smaller nearby hill stations.The Town population is 88,430(2011 census) and Nilgiri District population is 7,33,394(2011 census).


General Information


  Ooty Coonoor Kotagiri
Area 36 sq. kms. 13.2 sq. kms. 26.39sq. kms.
Altitude(in meters) 2,240 1,858 1,984


Temperature
  Max. Min.
Summer : 25.0ºC 10.0ºC
Winter : 21.0ºC 0ºC
Rainfall 121 cms    
Population Ooty : 88,430
Nilgiri District: 7,35,394

Season April to June and September to November
Clothing Heavy woollen in Winter; Light woollen in Summer.
Languages spoken Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Badaga and English

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