One look at this cozy, gorgeous town and you’re likely to fall in love with Ooty. It is not for nothing that this little town is often hailed as the ‘Scotland of the East’. Whether it’s for a honeymoon or a peaceful family holiday, there are few destinations like this little Tamil Nadu town.
Originally known as Udhgamandalam, Ooty got its present name during the British Raj when the officials, try as they might, couldn’t get the erstwhile name right. Till date, the quaint surroundings and the nature of the residents show that Ooty retains traces of its British past.
Ooty looks like it is meant to be the subject of a great painting – so beautiful is the town. Here, the sun rises and sets in all its glory, trees are covered in greenery, flowers bloom in their best hues and the fragrance of the forest merges with the inviting aroma of the local brews of tea and coffee. The town has become so popular among tourists that come peak season, it’s packed with travellers from all over the world.
Derby Green, Club Mahindra’s new resort in Ooty is a renovated 50-year-old colonial structure. The remodelling has retained the historical architecture details, bungalowstyle apartments with individual paved paths and mini gardens allowing guests to easily slip back into the past. Situated in the heart of the town, the resort looks out at the Ooty Race Course.
Tucked away from the cacophony that is now synonymous with this popular hill station, Derby Green will offer a multi-cuisine restaurant, holiday activities centre, conference venues and other facilities.
Sights and sounds
There’s a lot that Ooty offers to travellers. Ooty is known
to be one of the terminal stations of the Nilgiri Mountain
Railways. Designated a World Heritage Site by the UN, it
is one of the most important attractions of this town.
Take an unhurried boat ride down the famous Ooty Lake;
hire a boat from the Boat House or take a leisurely walk
down the Wenlock Downs. Picnickers may want to settle
down at Cairns Hill for a relaxing day out. While children
can let their hair down at the Children’s Park, trekkers may
want a trip up the Doddabetta peak. A nature lover’s trip to
Ooty cannot be complete without a visit to the Glenmorgan viewpoint, the Thread Garden or the Kathatty Waterfalls.
Chocolate connoisseurs must not miss Modern Stores,
which makes the best chocolates in town. Ooty is also
famous for its delicate silver jewellery, Nilgiri teas and Toda
With so much to explore and enjoy, Ooty is hardly a place to
be ignored by anyone who loves to travel.