Ooty was initially occupied by the Toda tribe and other hill tribes of the Nilgiris, such as Kota, Badaga and Kurumba. The existence of the Todas was first recorded in 1117 CE, by Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana and his general Punisa. The region was ruled by various dynasties like Satavahanas, Kadambas, Rashtrakutas, Cheras, Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas, the Vijayanagara empire and the Rajas of Ummattur. In the eighteenth century, the region was captured by Tipu Sultan, before the lands were ceded to the British East India Company, according to the treaty of Srirangapatnam in 1799. Under the British empire, Ooty was the summer capital of the Madras Presidency. Today, the nearby town of Wellington is home to the Madras Regiment of the Indian Army.
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Shopping in Ooty Main Bazaar is therapy for shoppers! Find everything from tea, spices, handmade chocolates to toda shawls & more.
If you are planning a trip to Ooty in the winters, here are a few places you just can’t afford to miss.
The pristine vista of the Avalanche Lake and the intoxicating aura of its surroundings attracts tourists from across the world.
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