Ooty, also called the Queen of Nilgiris, is the most popular hill resort in south India, located amidst Nilgiri mountain ranges. At a height of 2,268 meters, Ooty is known for its salubrious climate and scenic beauty.
Rolling Meadows, gardens and lakes vaguely reminiscent of England, characterize Ooty. The place still retains the aura of the British Raj with its cottages and stone churches. Ooty is also famous for its beautiful Botanical gardens, with 2,000 species of plant. A fossil of a tree trunk is a unique exhibit here and is believed to be 20 million years old. There is also an artificial lake where facilities for boating are available. Pony rides, mini train rides, and quiet walks amidst the forest tracks are enjoyed by tourists. The highest peak in the Nilgiri range is Doddabetta, 2.623 mts in height and 10 km from the main town.