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Ooty

Ootacamund is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills and stands at an approximate height of 7,440 feet (2,268 metres) above sea level. The whole area around Ooty has been largely deforested for tea and only a few small fragments of forest remain in the sholas (patches of evergreen forest) at Cairnhill Reserved Forest, Naduvattum, Muthorai and the Botanical Gardens. The closest shola to the town is Cairnhill but even here large areas of the forest have been overtaken by eucalypts with only small patches of original forest enduring. Nevertheless this is a very rewarding site with excellent sightings of Nilgiri Laughingthrush, White-bellied Shortwing, Black-and-Rufous, Rusty-tailed and Nilgiri Flycatchers. A long ride to Naduvattum is also rewarding for the experience of walking in an almost intact shola. The Botanical Gardens is recommended.

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Getting There

The nearest airport is in Coimbatore, 100 km away. You can catch a direct flight to Coimbatore from Chennai, Kozhikode, Bangalore and Mumbai. Indian Airlines flies Delhi-Kochi via Mumbai and Coimbatore. Nearest broad gauge railway head is Mettupalayam (46 kms). Major broadgauge railway junction is Coimbatore. It is connected with all major cities. Mettupalayam to Ooty, is connected by a Mountain Railway which is 4 hours journey.

Ooty is well connected by good roads. It is 535 km from Chennai (via Salem), 89 km from Coimbatore, 18 km from Coonoor (via Gudalur), 155 km from Mysore, 187 km from Calicut, 290 km from Bangalore, 281 km from Kochi (via Coimbatore and Palakkad), 236 km from Kodaikanal (via Coimbatore and Palani). There are a regular bus service from Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Calicut, Kanyakumari, Tanjavur, Tirupati and Cochin. Buses ply regularly to Mudhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Kotagiri, Coonoor and Doddabeta.
 
 
 
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