Ooty in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu popularly known as the ‘queen of hill stations’ is situated at an altitude of about 7500 feet above the sea level.Ooty is blessed with coffee and tea plantations, blue mountains covered with green forests and valleys along with rustling streams and cascading waterfalls. An Ooty tour is one of the most pleasant and satisfying tours as it offers a range of tourist destinations in and around Ooty which makes it really interesting. The other name for Ooty is Udhagamandalam which is derived from local Toda word Udhamandalam meaning village of huts. But however during the British period they referred it as ‘WOTYKAMUND’ in the Madras gazette. A trip to Ooty will leave you enchanting the beauty of the hill station. ORIENTATION Ooty is nestled in the verdant hills of the Niligris. The beautiful hill resort is situated at an altitude of 2,268 m and is part of Tamil Nadu. HISTORY History says that the plateau of Nilgiris was ruled by the King of the Hoysalas Vishnu Vardhana from 1104 to 1141 AD. During this period of Vishnu Vardhana’s rule the place was referred by the name Nila.This is a mentioned with a link to the Todas in a record certified during the period of 1117 AD. This later became Nilgiri in context to the blue haze enveloping the wide range of hills. This Nilgiri territory came into possession of the East India Company as part of the ceded lands, held by Tipu Sultan, by the treaty of Srirangapatnam in 1799. Rev. Jacome Forico, a priest was the first European who visited Nilgiris in 1603 and released his notes about the place and people of Nilgiris.But however settlement in Ooty was established only after the then Collector of Coimbatore Mr. John Sullivan who built a Stone House in 1822 which is presently the Chamber of the Principal of the Government Arts College.