Ooty Tourism
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Ooty Tourism

Ooty Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 2240 m
  • Pincode: 643001
  • District: Nilgiris
  • Language: Tamil
  • STD code: 0423
  • Weather: Summer 12 to 29°C, Winter 5 to 24°C
Ooty, the colloquial of Ootacamund, is a popular hill station of South India in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu. Also known as Udhagamandalam, it is a municipality and the district capital. The town lies at an altitude of 2286 m and has been remarked as the ‘queen of hill stations’ by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

The natural surroundings of Ooty include landscapes, dense forest reserves and national parks. This hill station is popular for its tea farming as well as oil extraction industry, wherein the oil is obtained from its eucalyptus trees, lemon grass, geranium, clove and camphor.   

History of Ooty

Ooty covers an area of 36 sq km and contains the highest point of Southern India, the Doddabetta Peak. The name of the place was derived from the Toda word ‘othakal-mund’ that means ‘the house of single stone.’ 

It is believed that the part of Ooty was handed to Mr John Sullivan, the tenth Governor of Coimbatore by Todas to develop the city.  Before independence, British army was sent to Ooty to rest and recover after the war. There is no such historical data that talks about Ooty being ruled by some dynasty. The Old Ooty has some historical connections with the Toda tribes. 

Ooty has also been named as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency and used to be a popular summer retreat of Britishers during the colonial days. The beauty and significance of the Nilgiri Hills was covered in a book written by Jacome Forico, who was the first European to visit the place, in 1603.

People & Culture in Ooty

The destination also experiences a wide array of festivals and events all year long that depict its cultural identity and history. Most of the popular festivals of India including the Buddhist and Hindu ones are celebrated in Ooty.

The significant festivals include the Summer Flower Festival held at the Botanical Garden that remains the main highlight of the place, during the season. In addition, the Tea and Tourism festival held in January every year also attracts thousands of tourists.

Things to do in Ooty

A major attraction is the mountain train journey to Ooty on a ratchet and pinion track. The journey covers 46 km and the train starts from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and passes through steep curves and long tunnels along deep ravines full of green vegetation, streams and tea gardens.

The Ooty Lake is a major attraction of the hill station and is popular for boating. Another famous attraction includes the Government Museum, which contains the history of the Nilgiri District. Other popular tourist attractions of Ooty include the Deer Park, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, the Rose Garden, Ooty Botanical Garden, the Stone House, etc.

Travelling to Ooty

Ooty can be easily accessed by major cities of Karnataka and other parts of Tamil Nadu. Peelamedu Airport, Coimbatore serves as the closest airport to reach Ooty, which is at a distance of about 104 kms. From Coimbatore, tourists can hire taxi to Ooty which would cost about Rs. 2500. Also, there are regular bus services from Coimbatore to Ooty. 

Other Airports close to Ooty are Bengaluru International Airport, which is at about 310 kms away and Chennai International Airport at a distance of about 560 kms.

The main railway station to reach Ooty is Mettupalayam, a small town at the foothills of the Niligiris. There are regular train services from Chennai and Coimbatore to Mettupalayam. A train called 'Niligiris Express' starts at night from Chennai and reaches Mettupalayam the next morning around 6.30. From here, tourists can hire taxi or board a bus to reach Ooty.

Ooty is well connected with most of the South Indian cities by bus. There are regular bus services from Mysore, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari and from some cities of Kerala. The over-night Volvo buses and state owned buses serve to Ooty from cities of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. 

Travelling within Ooty

Within Ooty, its best to hire taxis or cabs to visit surrounding areas and they cost around Rs. 500 - Rs.750 for a day trip.

Accommodation Options in Ooty

Ooty offers an array of accommodation options to the tourists. Hotels in Ooty range from luxuries hotels to budget hotels. 
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Sangeetha Shetty
  • Sangeetha Shetty
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Fantastic trip" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Today
Awesome ride. Ooty is one of the most preferred locations. Hitting the mountains, you can one with nature and have sometime to reflect, sit and meditate. Ooty was an awesome place to hangout friends. Looking very fantastic. Just do some detailed research about the place on internet before you plan for the summer holidays Try to visit as many places as possible because you will regret it if you miss even a single.
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Satish Ramankutty
  • Satish Ramankutty
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Perfect to spend your summer holidays" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Just do some detailed research about the place on internet before you plan for the summer holidays Try to visit as many places as possible because you will regret it if you miss even a single place. If you plan it well you have enough places to visit in and around ooty which will take atleast a week.
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Ankit Roy
  • Ankit Roy
  • Lives in Patna
  • 3 Reviews

"One of the most preferred location" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Awesome ride. Ooty is one of the most preferred locations. Hitting the mountains, you can one with nature and have sometime to reflect, sit and meditate. Ooty was an awesome place for friends to hang out. All shall have lots of fun. Even it is a good place for children to have fun one of the important place to see in Tamilnadu.
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Donesh Dernbach
  • Donesh Dernbach
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Chilling Ooty" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
It's great and affordable holiday destination. It's not freeze but cold enough. Great place, go for it!!!! It will be easy to go by train. I recommend that you reserve a hotel room well in advance.
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Jyoti Sharma
  • Jyoti Sharma
  • Lives in Indore
  • 2 Reviews

"Awesome Place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
This is an awesome place. I enjoyed very much in this place. People should go to that place with friends specially in hilly areas. This is the awesome destination for the honeymoon point of vie. The chaat and momos of this place is very yummy.
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Khan Saifullah
  • Khan Saifullah
  • Lives in Medak
  • 1 Review

"A cool place with good sites, eatables and curvy roads" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
We reached there by car, very starting point on the way to Ooty we have seen colourful houses green fields but road is curvy and dangerous once we reached Ooty felt happy. We have stayed in Mithun Da's cottage, its is wooden made great view from balcony rooms are excellent, staff is good, room service is prompt and arranged nice food.

Its getting colder by the night, next day we went to Rose Garden, Guna shooting point, Golf course and climate is awesome where we can felt touching clouds with hands, chocolate sweets are tasty. Tea factory is also nice place to visit, we found fruits are fresh and cheap.
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Vijay P
  • Vijay P
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 3 Reviews

"Awesome ride to be with nature" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Awesome ride. It is one of the most preferred locations. Hitting the mountains, you can be with nature and have sometime to reflect, sit and meditate. You can really enjoy walking down the lanes of Ooty.
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Sri Kanth
  • Sri Kanth
  • Lives in Vijayawada
  • 1 Review

"An awesome place for friends to hang out" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Ooty was an awesome place for friends to hang out. All shall have lots of fun. Even it is a good place for children to have fun. One of the important place to see in Tamil Nadu.
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Thamarai Selvan
  • Thamarai Selvan
  • Lives in Dindigul
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"Life time experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I went Ooty last month with my friends. It is very worth able and worth to see each and every place. It's a life time achievement to see those places in Ooty. Please go with your friends or family members and enjoy with the trip. Especially you will travel the train in the hills and enjoy the superb climate.
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Tanmoy Basu
  • Tanmoy Basu
  • Lives in Siliguri
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  • 2 Reviews

"Outstanding place to have a wonderful time" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We travelled to Ooty from Bangalore by AC sleeper bus. We found ourselves in a beautiful chilly area at Ooty in the morning from there we moved to our hotel Sagar Holiday Resort at Lovedale. It was awesome stay there. The view of the Ketti Valley was wonderful. Travelling by toy train from Ooty to Coonoor was marvellous and other sightseeing was quite good but the leisure time we spent in the hotel and in Ooty town was never ending fun filled journey for us.
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