Ooty Tourism

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

History of Ooty

Lovingly called the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty in Tamil Nadu is a hill station tucked away in the Nilgiris. In earlier times, Ooty was occupied by the tribe of Todas who later handed it over to Mr John Sullivan, the tenth Governor of Coimbatore to build up the city. 

During the British Raj, Ooty was developed and used by them as the summer resort and was considered as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency.

People and Culture of Ooty

Ooty is a popular tourist destination of India because of its lush green hills, lofty mountains, tall pines, sprawling valleys and English country lanes. Because of its pleasant climate, Ooty is brimming with tourists all year round. Ooty displays a composite culture with a leading South Indian population. Christians, Buddhists and Hindus are prevalent in this hill station. Summer Flower Festival and Tea and Tourism Festival are among the popular festivals of Ooty.

Things to Do in Ooty

There are a lot of places to visit in Ooty. From expansive tea estates, to blossoming green forests to appealing bungalows, this hill station is packed with Ooty tourist places. Botanical Garden is one of the popular Ooty attractions. The garden features rare species of trees, flowers, plants and bushes. It is also famous for its Summer Festival, flower show and exhibition.

In the list of places to see in Ooty, Ooty Lake is a must visit. It is an artificial lake which was made by John Sullivan. Doddabetta Peak is one of Ooty sightseeing that is the highest point in Ooty. The view from this point is mesmerizing and one can even indulge in trekking to this point. For those who want a fun day and are looking for things to do in Ooty, can take an entire Ooty tour by Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Rose Garden and Pykara Lake are other two sightseeing in Ooty.

Food and Shopping  in Ooty

Apart from Ooty places to visit, there are other things without which a trip to Ooty is incomplete. There is a long list of cafes, restaurants, bakeries, upscale and pocket friendly eateries in Ooty. Ooty’s famous buns, cakes and chocolates should not be missed.

One must not leave Ooty without buying some homemade chocolates, tea, aromatic oils and spices. There are various shops in the main market of Ooty which sell these items.

Accommodation in Ooty

For those who are wondering how to reach Ooty can choose to travel to this beautiful hill station by bus, by train or by taxi. You do not have to worry about accommodation either. From home stays to resorts to guest houses to hotels, Ooty is packed with many options. There are hotels in Ooty according to your budget and preference. One can even choose to stay in hotels that are in close proximity to all major tourists places. One must book a hotel well in advance to avoid the last minute rush. Plan a leisurely trip to Ooty early this season with your friends or family and take a break in the lap of nature from your monotonous hectic routine.

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Ooty Traveller Reviews

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Abdullah shaikmohammed

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  • Abdullah shaikmohammed
  • 3 Reviews
  •  742 readers

"Good" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nice trip I made it with in planned budget, nice people in Ooty very helpful,
Vinayaga inn hotel awesome, sarkar palace is worst,
Botanical garden need lot of energy to walk completely, rose garden was nice but small compare to botanical garden, botanical garden will take complete one day to see all over it, and to take pics and enjoy the garden, dodda peta in nice but go there before 2 pm, noon, Anand bhavan hotel is good, have veg even your non-vegetarian in Ooty,
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Rajesh nayak

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  • Rajesh nayak
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Good destination for a Short holiday" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Exciting and family destination .. Fully commercialized .. Nature has gone for a toss .. Nothing spectacular about nature, but good old spots .. Botanical gardens, lake, some mountain peaks .. But as you come out of the gate you return to sanity ... You will not find one authentic Tamil restaurant .. Not good for foodies who want to try new things .. You Will get Roti's Dal, butterchicken, etc .. Overall average place ...
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Roop Yadav

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  • Roop Yadav
  • Lives in Tikamgarh
  • 1 Review
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"Nice plase" new review

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Its a wonderful palse. I love this is a awosam palse, my are living there in 4 days and we inzoy it,
Originally occupied by the Toda, the area came under the rule of the East India Company at the end of the 18th century. The economy is based on tourism and agriculture, along with manufacture of medicines and photographic film. The town is connected by the Nilgiri ghat roads and Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Its natural beauty attracts tourists and it is a popular summer destination. [4] As of 2011, the town had a population of 88, 430.
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Atyaz Basha

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  • Atyaz Basha
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I love you Ooty and my family will come ito Ooty next month 2nd week. Ooty place looks like a good beautiful and cute with coldest place.
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Arvindprakash jain

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  • Arvindprakash jain
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2400 readers

"Perfect for nature and lush geenery"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Ooty is excellent place for natural lash green places. Gradens having very long high and old trees in botanical gardes, variety of roses in Rose garden and beautiful for lakes such as phykara Ooty avalenche lake etc
One must go for home made chocholates and variety of flavoured tea. But never purchase from tea garden or meuseum where commission agents charge higher rates. Only super marks in Ooty are providing all itmes at reasonable rates
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Rajesh Sharma

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  • Rajesh Sharma
  • Lives in Panipat
  • 1 Review
  •  2502 readers

"Average place to visit"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Last month I went to Ooty with family. Very disappointed to visit there. Nothing to admire. There was nothing to see except tea gardens and chocolate shops. Food was also not good. Can eat only south Indian dishes, which north Indian cannot enjoy for more than two days.
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Tushar Patoliya

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  • Tushar Patoliya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 30 photos
  • 31 Reviews
  •  115 helpful votes
  •  9668 readers


  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Starting with the toy train unique experience which we can have in india at only 3 places.
From long trees to lush green golf course everything is there to relax and stay with you soul.
Nearest airport as well city is Coimbatore.
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  • Sadik
  • Lives in Krishnagiri
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4047 readers

"Excellent Ooty trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Excellent place to visit.
1. If possible travel by your own car/bike to enjoy. Be a experienced driver.
2. I usually stay at ywca. Good place to stay.
3. Travel in local buses to the villages to have a new experience.
4. Nilgiris mountain railways journey a must.
5. Walk around Ooty in the early mornings, a lovable experience.
6. Visit mudumalai. Drive your car only if you are highly experienced.
7. Interact with local people to know things better.
8. If you go to a new area, take a trust-able guide.
9. Travel by december to have a different experience.
10. Flower garden is lovely.
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  • Purna
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 42 Reviews
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"Mesmerizing place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The roads to Ooty from Bangalore is quite good with stunning views passing through Bandipur and Madumalai National Parks. One can spot numerous deers, peacocks and monkeys on the way. The hill station is quite enchanting with beautiful valley views and clouds covering the mountains. Tea gardens are a treat to watch and the gardens are very beautiful, clean and well maintained. Light woollen clothing is required as temperature is cool under 20 degrees June onwards. Recommended visits being Dodabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Rose garden, Sims Park, Heritage railway to Conoor, Pykara Lake, Emerald Lake, Botanical Garden.
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Ajmal Rafeeq

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  • Ajmal Rafeeq
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  • 71 Reviews
  •  18 helpful votes
  •  29836 readers

"People still haven't seen full of it ..."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Am writing for the 2nd tym now about Ooty because I have seen sooo many people sayin Ooty is overrated, Ooty is not good. Kodaikanal is better etc ... But according to me these people say soo because they haven't seen in fully. I also though Ooty is overrated until I covered Ooty completely. To be honest its takes 5 days to see Ooty completely. As all of you kno ooty's main destination like botanical garden rose garden Ooty lake etc am not goin to say about all those But about other places you need to be at ... My favorite place was conoor which is just 15-20 km away from Ooty is a fabulously beautiful place unexplored partially coonoors sims park is average But lambs rock s walk through nature with beaund breathtaking views and thats a must vusut then comes dolphins nose which is absolutely beautiful view and the waterfall s percect ... There are soo many secrets hiddens at these places and if you hire a guide he will tell you everything and you can go for the local knowledge tooo ... Coonoor has great tea gardens and beautiful tea shops and don't to sip a cup of tea on the way back from dolphins nose
Next I would like to say is about avalanche ... Its a reserved forest area 30+ kms away from Ooty the road is treacherous But its nice to be away from the crowd once you reach thr you can book for a sumo to take you for the tour and it's a 2 hr tour through the forest with 2 beautifuls views a small waterfall and then a temple and the magnificent and beautiful avalanche lake at the end ... Its one of the best views ever and the road s absolutely beautiful ... In my opinion exploring this area after the monsoons will be the best ...
The other place I have to say about is kothagiri ... Which is 10+ kms from Ooty is beautiful village and less crowded and have beautiful views tea garden and a heavenly feeling
And lastly I have to say about is the nilgiri mountain railway ... I would suggest you to take the train from mettupalayam to Ooty which has more scenic views tunnels and bridges ... It takes about 5 hrs slow ride ... If you are a borin person don't go ... Its a slow ride ... Those who wanna relax and enjoy the beauty only get in ... And moreover you might to stabd 5-6 hrs to get the during season times
Soo kudos :)
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