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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Diptee Chatterjee
  • Diptee Chatterjee
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 2 Reviews

"Place of dreams" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
We visited in 2014 November in Ooty for honeymoon. It's a place to die for, so beautiful and calm with astounding climate and various places to roam and enjoy. Nice accommodation ranging from pocket friendly to user friendly type. The famous Ooty chocolates are something to be brought back as memoirs of the trip.
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Budhaditya Mukherjee
  • Budhaditya Mukherjee
  • Lives in Chinsurah
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  • 3 Reviews

"Commercialised place with natural beauty" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Went to Ooty in March 2015 with family. Nice place but too crowded. The place is heavily commercialised but still scenic hill station for family trip. Nilgiri Mountain Rail ride is a must and should not be missed. Ooty Lake and Botanical Garden is also other main attraction.
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Swarup Sen
  • Swarup Sen
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 3 Reviews

"A good trip with all the comforts" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
A good trip with all the comforts. Adornments and comfort. Relaxation after a long while. A good short holiday where you could just leave all your stress behind. A trip to this place is advised, rather a must for all. Top notch spots for spending the time.
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Venkat K
  • Venkat K
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 17 Reviews

"A pleasant and calm place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Ooty is a pleasant and calm place. Especially the journey to ooty was awe-some. It is completely in the hill ranges and the ghat road to Ooty from Mysore through Bandipur Tiger Reserve was good. One encounters huge elephants, deers, rabbits on the way.

Places worth visiting in Ooty:
1) Doddabetta
2) Ooty Lake
3) Rose Garden
4) Botanical Gardens

If you get a chance, try to board the train and experience the awe of Nilgiri Mountains.
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Sathish Kumar
  • Sathish Kumar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Good place for Honeymooners" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
1. Good place to visit during summer season
2. Avoid visiting during off season. Because of renovation works
3. Try the toy train from mettupalayam to reach this destination
4. Take some cab to reach all the tourist spots.
5. If it is a holiday trip, go for 3 days
6. If it is a honeymoon trip, plan for 5 days. Leisurely visit the places.
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Shailesh Shende
  • Shailesh Shende
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 1 Review

"Ideal Honeymoon Destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
To enjoy the company if beloved partner in the surroundings of nature. Amidst natural surroundings and complete privacy. Winter is the right season to visit to explore the flourished scenic beauty. Great destination for honeymoon couples travelers. Lake, Tea Garden, Flower Garden, Toy Train are places to visit. Local food with the flavor of south Indian cousins is very delicious. Traveling in Toy Train is very good experience. People can visit by Air to Bangalore / Coimbatore and then can travel by Road to Ooty. The flavored tea and spices can be purchased to enjoy their rich taste and flavor.
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Prain pattnaik
  • Prain pattnaik
  • 4 Reviews

"Awesome hill station with good environment" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We had been to Ooty this month, it was very chill over there due to raining. It is awesome hill station and feels like spend more time on there. Definitely, we will go again to there. We missed the some place of Tea Garden in Coonor due to rain and delay. We booked the three days/ two nights deluxe package from Ooty holidayin. We started the journey from Coimbatore Airport by cab. We tried to cover all place in Ooty and Coonoor.

Overall, it was good experience and enjoy a lot.
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Mj Akbani
  • Mj Akbani
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 6 Reviews

"The best hill station" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is the best hill station I've ever visited, the cool weather was amazing. Hills and the greenery just love it, awesome. A very delightful journey from Hyderabad via bus. Awesome recommended place to visit as the adventure was amazing. I stayed in at this place for 2 days last weekend. Initially I had booked heritage room through cleartrip, but at the last moment I got only deluxe room. This was a bit disappointing. But anyway, I decided to go ahead.
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Ronak Sahu
  • Ronak Sahu
  • 2 Reviews

"Great place place visit in summer vacation" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Hi all, I have been to Ooty last month, it was very chill over there, I am writing this review because I want you to visit again and again. Awesome hill station, great place a best place to visit best way get there by train and it was a great place. I want a home in this place but its too expensive.
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Vnr V
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"Truly a nature's bliss" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is a very lovely place. The weather over there is very pleasant. There are many tourists attractions over there like Lake, botanical garden and many more. It is truly a nature's bliss. You can go.
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