Ootacamund is popularly known as the "Queen of the hills” and is situated 7,349 feet above sea level, The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet passengers on their travels. Ooty sparkles with fresh vegetation and never ending flora. This famous hill station is at the junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka - three southern States of India. The British founded this hill resort which they used as their summer headquarters. Before that time, the area was inhabited by Todas. These tribal people still inhabit the area, but only approximately 3000 remain. Ooty has many beautiful Points Of Interrest to visit including: The Botanical Garden, Ooty Lake, Dodabetta Peak, The Toy Train, The Rose Garden…just to name a few. It is also known for it’s shopping, fresh fruits and vegetables, natural oils and home made chocolate.
Literally, “Big Mountain”, Doddabetta Peak is the highest point of the Nilgiri Mountains and all of Tamil Nadu. It reaches 2623 metres high and from the top you can see as far as Ooty, Coonoor and Wellington. It is a 15 minute journey off of the main road by car and a 5-10 minute walk to the Peak. About three kilometers away is The Kandal Cross. Here stands a full size crucifix secured on a large boulder. This Roman Catholic Shrine is considered to be the Jerusalem of the East. The Nilgiri Catholics consider it as the "Calvary of Tamil Nadu"..
The Botanical garden is a major tourist attraction and covers over 50-acres. The Garden lies on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak, which is the highest point in Tamil Nadu. Clipped bushes in the form of elephants and other animals are found all over the Gardens. There are more than a thousand different species of plants including thirty odd varieties of eucalyptus. The Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to take a stroll.
The beautiful OOTY Lake is a favorite spot for visitors. The lake covers an area of one and a half square miles, with a railway running along one bank. Paddle and rowing boats are available for rental on this lake. It was constructed in the year 1825, through the initiatives of Mr. John Sullivan, the Collector of Coimbatore at that time. This lake was built in order to provide an irrigation tank for the people. The large graveyard of St. Thomas's church, built in 1870, overlooks the lake. It has the tallest memorial in Ooty, a huge pillar surmounted by a cross, over the grave of William Patrick Adam, the Governor of Madras Presidency, who died in Ooty in 1881.