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Ooty or Udhagamandalam is a popular hill station in Tamil Nadu that’s earned the nickname the ‘Queen of the Hills’, thanks to its stunning landscapes. Located in the Nilgiri Hills in the Western Ghats, the town's main economy comes from its tourism, tea production and agricultural industries. These hillswere originally occupied by the Todas and then by the British in the 18th Century. Ooty is well connected to its neighbouring towns by extensive bus networks run by the TNSTC, KSRTC and other private organisations. There are also buses to carry passengers to every major city in the South. The town is connected to Mettupalayam via the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The closest airport to Ooty is the Coimbatore International Airport about 96 km from the town. Ooty is quite a popular spot among city slickers and has a number of accommodation options available catering to different travellers. If you’re looking for economical options, you can choose from one of the numerous budget hotels in Ooty. These small to medium-sized hotels offer comfortable boarding with limited on-site amenities. This accommodation works well for solo travellers who don’t mind the no-frills kind of life. Very few Ooty budget hotels have an on-site restaurant, but they will make up for it with complimentary meals and limited beverages. Establishments like Treebo’s chain of hotels offer complimentary breakfast along with other quality amenities. Ooty has plenty to offer to a traveller on a budget. You can visit government-run attractions like the Botanical Gardens, Rose Garden, the Boathouse, and the Museum, all of which require a small entry fee. You can also take a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and visit neighbouring towns like Coonoor, Kotagiri, Lovedale and Aruvankadu.
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