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     Located in the Nilgiris known for its fragrant tea, Ooty or Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam's major attractions are wooded blades and an enticing lake. The lake was artificially dug in 1824. On way to the Queen of Hill Stations from Coimbatore lies Coonoor. It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris at an altitude of 1858 mts. Trekking and gliding can be undertaken in Ooty. Fishing in the streams and lakes are also allowed.
Ooty: Wild is beautiful

How to reach: The nearest airport is Coimbatore, 100 km, which is connected to Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. Ooty is connected to Mettupalayam by narrow guage railway. There is regular rail service from Mettupalayam to Chennai and Coimbatore. By road Ooty is well-connected. It is 535 km from Chennai via Salem and Mettupalayam and 89 km from Coimbatore. There is bus service to all places.
Altitude: 2240 mts.
Climate: Temperature: summer, max 25 deg C, Min 10 deg C, winter max 21 deg C, min 0 deg C; rainfall 121 cm.
Best season: April to June and Sept to Nov.
Clothing: heavy woolen in winter, light woolen in summer.
Languages spoken: Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, English.
Other sites: Mudumali wildlife sanctuary, Coonoor, Kotagiri etc are worth visiting.















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