Udhagamandalam , sometimes abbreviate udhagai  and better known as ooty , is a town , a municipality , and the district capital of the nilgiris district in the Indian state Tamil Nadu . it is located 80kms north of Coimbatore . it is a popular hill station located in nilgiris hills . originally occupied by the todas , the area came under the rule of the east India company at the end of the 18th century . today the town's economy is based on tourism and agriculture , along with manufacture of  medicines and photographic films . the town is connected to the rest of india by roads and rail , and  its historic sites and natural beauty attract tourist . as of 2011 the town has a population of 88,430