A moderate elevation of around 7350 feet and a pleasant weather for most part of the year has led to Ooty tour packages becoming increasingly popular.
As with most hill towns in India, Udhagamandalam was established by the British.
Many Ooty holiday packages include a journey on the UNESCO-listed Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
He founded the town to keep Raos of Idar State in check.
Often called the Queen of Hill Stations, Udhagamandalam or Ooty lies in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The origin of its name has been unclear; though it is believed that it comes from a local tribal word, Ootaca or Otha-Cal.
A carpet-covered aisle, lined by coffee-coloured wooden benches, makes the decor elegant.
Pointed-arched windows, covered by stained glass paintings, depicting scenes from the Bible, catch the attention instantly.
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The Stone House was the first bungalow and in turn the first pukka house, built here.