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Ooty means many different things to people. Most come here for the scenery, others for the weather, but some come here just for the various outdoor activities that are possible in this beautiful town.
Trains connect Udhagamandalam indirectly to the rest of the country. One can take a train up to Coimbatore and then the enchanting Nilgiri Mountain Railway, better known as the toy train. It is one of the few remaining diesel engine trains and although it spits up huge dark clouds of pollution, it is a major tourist attraction and a reminder of the Indian railways' glorious beginning.
Ooty is well connected by good roads. It is 535 km from Chennai (via Salem), 89 km from Coimbatore, 18 km from Coonoor (via Gudalur), 155 km from Mysore, 187 km from Calicut, 290 km from Bangalore, 281 km from Kochi (via Coimbatore and Palakkad), 236 km from Kodaikanal (via Coimbatore and Palani).
There are many local attractions like St. Stevens Church, Charing Cross, Fernhill Palace, Rose Garden, Kandal Cross and Kamaraj Sagar (Sandynallah Reservoir).
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