This famous hill station in the Nillgiri Hills was founded by the British in the early
part of the 19th century to serve as the summer headquarters of the
Madras government. Untill about two decades ago,
Snooty Ooty resembled
an unlikely comnination of southern England and Australia: single-storey
stone cottages, bijou fenced flower gardens, leafy, winding lanes, and
tall eucalypt stands covering the otherwise barren hilltops.
The other main reminders of the British period are the stone churches,
the private schools, the Ooty club, various maharajas' summer palaces
and the terraced botanical gardens.