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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Deepak Yadav

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"Perfect getaway for the summer" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Ooty is the summer destination of the south. As told by holiday IQ, I visited Ooty in the End of June, May-June being the best time to visit this place. Locally in Ooty one can visit the famous Botanical Gardens, the Rose Garden and the Ooty Lake.

Botanical Gardens are spread over a large area so will consume 1-2 hours but it is a must visit. The rose garden has beautiful collection of numerous types of roses.

The Ooty lake offers Boating experience for Pedal as well as motor boats. Don't forget to buy the local chocolates, spices, oils and everlasting flowers in the local ooty market.

The Nilgiri railway from Ooty to Coonoor is also a must take ride giving awesome views of the valley.
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"Very good place to enjoy" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Ooty is very good place to stay in summer holidays. The climate is very chill and in evening times regular rain is coming. Its a very good places for shopping. The Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Pykara Lake and other good places to visit. In Ooty the we don't get the quality foods.

The travelling is also cheaper when compared to other places. Overall, its a very good place to stay. But Ooty is an artificial place when compared to Kodaikanal and Munnar.
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"Thrilling holidays at Ooty!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
We were a group of people visited Ooty during April 2015. We stayed at Daffodils, Ooty. The stay there was a wonderful experience. We visited the Botanical Gardens, Coonoor, Ooty lake, Rose garden, Avalanche and some other view points. The climate was also very good with warm climate in the day time and very cold in the evening.
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Nishith Agarwal

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"Nice place but please don't go in January if you do not like winters too much" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
1. Natural Beauty.
2. Green and hilly
3. Kind of Cosy
4. Great place for Photography
5. Lot to explore if you want.
6. Or can just kill time at our front porch with a hilly view.

At the End: these are only my opinions, may not stand true for everyone or every time.
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Ravi Kumar

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"A must visit hill station" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Visiting Ooty is pleasant in summer. So many sightseeing places including trekking. Tea gardens, tea museum, shooting meadows, horse riding, doddabetta peak, pykara boating, chocolate museum, rose garden, botanical garden, Mudumalai Forest- safari, elephant ride. Everything is awesome experience. A one week stay is comfortable for all the above things. Club Mahindra derby green resort gives us pleasent stay.
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Vishal Verma

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"One of the best Hill station in India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Best Hill station to visit with your family and friends. Located in Tamil Nadu. It is best to travel in your car, one can start from mysore early in the morning around 4-5am. And you can see the real ooty.

Must visit - meena bazaar, dodabetta peak, wax museum, Lake.

Hotel in off season are cheap with all amenities.
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"Perfect family holiday destination!" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Great place and atmosphere! The chill in the weather feels good and refreshing for people like us who live in the cities. The scenic beauty is awesome and there are many nearby sightseeing places that one can visit easily by hiring a car or auto-rickshaw!

Tip #1: Better to avoid rainy season.

Tip #2: Hiring auto for sightseeing are the cheapest!

Tip #3: If you are planning to go to Coonoor from Ooty, take the opportunity of travelling by the heritage train, which is cheap and the experience is unforgettable!
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"Must Visit Place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
If you visit Ooty you must go in between July to August you can enjoy the rain thick fog and ice chilled weather. Over all you will feel that you are in the heaven. In Food you will get yummy mouth watering Dosas and Chutneys and Special Chettinadan Chicken. With two or more nice Peg ( Dont carry the same in your luggage). Morning you will feel that u are in some other continent.
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"A good destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Its a hilly destination with good climate and view. It had very good park, my family and I enjoyed a lot. It was first family trip. It was in market area and it is totally commercial. Autos are too expensive and we had our lunch and dinner which was very tasty.
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"Superb place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Ooty has so many places to visit within. Very good climate and travel. We went by road, own car. Nice experience. Must visit at least one time. There are total 5 falls in and around Ooty. Food availability is not that bad. Taste, some places are good, some places are OK OK.
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