The origin of the name Udhagamandalam is obscure. The first mention of the place occurs in a letter of March 1821 to the Madras Gazette from an unknown correspondent as Wotokymund. In early times it was called OttaikalMandu. "Mund" is the Tamil word for a Toda village, and the first part of the name is probably a corruption of the local name for the central region of the Nilgiri Plateau. Another likely origin of the stem of the name (Ootaca) comes from the local language in which Otha-Cal literally means Single Stone. This is perhaps a reference to a sacred stone revered by the local Toda people. The name probably changed under British rule from Udhagamandalam to Ootacamund, and later was shortened to Ooty.

The beautiful hill station of Ooty is nestled between the Nilgiri hills in Tami Nadu. The most fascinating aspect of Ooty is it is situated between four great hills, namely Snowdon, Elk Hill, Doddabetta and Club Hill. Nilgiri hills which can be literally translated as The Blue Mountains. It is unknown whether this name arises from the blue smoky haze given off by the eucalyptus trees that cover the area or from the Kurunji flower, which blooms every twelve years giving the slopes a bluish tinge. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft.) above sea level.

Ooty features a subtropical highland climate- Temperatures are relatively consistent throughout the year; with average high temperatures ranging from about 17–20 °C (63–68 °F) and average low temperatures between approximately 5–12 °C (41–54 °F).

Ooty is well connected by good roads- It is 535 kilometres from Chennai, 80 kms from Coimbatore, 155 kms from Mysore , 290 kms from Bangalore and 281 kilometres from Kochi . It is connected by road to travellers from the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka via the five main accepted Nilgiri Ghat Roads. Our Project Details