Economy of OotyJohn Sullivan’s contribution to today’s Udagamandalam town is unparalleled. He laid the foundation to the economy of the town by popularizing agriculture. He distributed seeds of some special fruits and vegetables among the city dwellers to encourage agricultural practices. Today the town is a major supplier of fruits and vegetables to the surrounding cities. The city has also turned a focal tourist point of Tamil Nadu state. A big number of population is involved directly and indirectly into tourist and hospitality industry. However, there are a few other commercial activities that Ooty relies on for a livelihood.
Tourism Industry in OotyOoty largely depends on tourism industry attracting a large number of visitors all round the year. Ooty is a land of beautiful landscapes and magnificent mountains. It draws many tourists, adventure enthusiasts and honeymooners. Deer park, Government Museum, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Rose garden are a few favorite tourist spots. The industry employs a large number of people in various hotels, restaurants, tourist cab companies, provision stores, and vegetable and fruits stores. Several people from adjoining areas also move into the town seeking employment. Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation aids the town to expand its tourism based revenue by organizing Tea & Tourism Festival, Boat Pageantry, Flower show, Summer Festival, Dog Show, Fruit & Vegetables show and World Tourism Day. These festival aims at bringing in more tourists to the hill station.
Agriculture in OotyOoty is primarily an agrarian town, mostly involved in cultivating English fruits and vegetables. Ooty Municipal market is an important market for its surrounding cities. There is a daily wholesale auction of these agricultural products in the Municipal market. Main produce of the town are cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes, pear, plum etc. Recently the farmers have been diverting largely into the cultivation of carrots due to good yields and returns. Due to an evidently prominent scale of farming activities in Ooty, Soil conservation center, livestock farm and a potato research farm were also set up inside the city.
Dairy Farming in OotyDairy farming is also an important activity in Ooty. There is a nucleus farm in Ooty called Ootacamund dairy farm which is a major supplier of dairy products in surrounding areas.
Other Industries in OotyOoty is also an important film manufacturing location in India. Due to the ravishing locations of Ooty, many movies have been shot here. Hindustan Photo films, a company engaged in the manufacture of photographic films is also located in Indu Nagar. The company is said to be employing 700 employees covering an area of about 300 acres at a location 5 kms from Ooty railway station.
Chocolate, pickle manufacture and carpentry, tea farming, weaving and handicrafts are a few small scale activities people engage in.
The needle industry of Ooty is one of the largest needle industries of the country started off during British Imperialism in Ooty. The company produces surgical suture needles, knitting pins, safety pins etc supplying them in 60 countries.
Eucalyptus oil extraction also forms an important manufacturing unit in the area. There is an abundant growth of Eucalyptus in the area facilitating oil extraction and pulp wood for viscose.
Ooty also makes some rare perfumes from the exotic flowers of the hill station and also manufactures Rabies vaccines.