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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Balaji
  • Balaji
  • Lives in Madurai
  • 2 Reviews

"Best holiday destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Ooty is a best honeymoon destination and also a good place to visit with friends and family. If you don't worry about crowd then you go in season time. Can see the green beauty and and best flower show. If not then go at off-season, even then it is pleasant place.
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Rati
  • Rati
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 4 Reviews

"Very Beautiful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
A very good place to hang around with family. It was chilled like anything when we went there. It was a lifetime experience. I loved it too much. The wind was so high with sound and we were flowing with it. Tea garden is also awesome where we can see different types of Tea.
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Subba raju
  • Subba raju
  • Lives in Adra
  • 4 Reviews

"Must go trip by for a holiday" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Economical when planned in advance, good for sightseeing with a vast number of hill locations, lake, boating, forest ride, gardens, shopping. In season it is very difficult for sight seeing but for enjoying weather it is good, from oct to feb for enjoying the winter and sightseeing is good economically but need to take care about the low temperature.
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Harinee Sree
  • Harinee Sree
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 3 Reviews

"It was a relaxation trip" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
The places that has to be visited in Ooty are the boathouse, botanical garden. For food one of the best non veg hotel to visit is blue hills and for veg its hotel nahar. For grill and shawarma visit this hotel nms opposite to hotel nahar. Its a good experience to travel by car as we can enjoy the nature and stop whenever and wherever required.
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Sarvs Sagaa
  • Sarvs Sagaa
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 1 Review

"A must see tourist spot" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Ooty is one among my favorite spots for spending my holidays in Tamilnadu. Actually it is a Happy spot for People with Very less part of income allocated for Picnics & Holidays. Very cheap and lovely tourist place I've ever been to in Tamilnadu. Recommended for everyone, No matter poor or rich, Ooty serves its beauty to everyone equally in an awesome way. A must see Tourist spot. :)
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Siva Shanmugam
  • Siva Shanmugam
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"Very comfortable journey" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I got a very comfortable journey from the travels and at the same time they maintain the timing in such a good manner. They reach the place on time and at the same time passenger can feel safety from them. They provide a healthy food too. Passenger can travel in safety manner.
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Rahul Kumar
  • Rahul Kumar
  • 3 Reviews

"Ooty - the beauty of nature" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Ooty is a very beautiful tourist destination for those who wants to explore the beauty of nature. It is also a very romantic place for honeymoon couples here you can visit ooty lake, doddabetta, dolphins nose there are too many beautiful places around this city like kodaikanal konnur the ride of toy train is very wonderful by traveling in this train you will be able to view superb views of natures where lots of hindi and other movies were shooted. Just go there once.
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Raj  Kumawat
  • Raj Kumawat
  • Lives in Udaipur
  • 1 Review

"A good place for honeymoon" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Ooty is a nice place with so much romantic place and beautiful mountain. We would love to go again there. If you ever want to go on honeymoon in winter season Ooty is the awesome place.
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Subu Kesav
  • Subu Kesav
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Ooty - A Cool Chill Hill" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We should choose a season time to visit Gardens in Ooty, that would be treat to eyes. Suicide point is must see place. We should not miss boating. Take a Ride on sightseeing bus. go with groups camp fire must be fun.
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Sama Reddy
  • Sama Reddy
  • 1 Review

"A good destination" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I enjoyed a lot with my family in Ooty. Especially the climate. The hill stations in ooty looked awesome. The hotels and resorts were good. We visited Mudumalai forest sanctuary. It looks great. I am fully satisfied with this holidays in Ooty. I loved shopping in Ooty. Botanical garden is also good where we can see variety of fruits.
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