Ooty Tourism

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We got ready for First Day sight seeing . ie Ooty and Coonor . First we went to Coonor and visited below places – Dotapetta Peak, Tea factory visit , Botanical Garden , Ooty Lake , Wax Museum , Sims Park , Military area outside view , Tea estate visit , Lambs Rock view , Dolphin nose view and Cathrin water Fall . Climate was very chill and enjoyed the weather over there . We didn’t get a perfect view on dolphin nose rock , cathrin water fall and lamb rock view due to fog . But its great place .
Second day , we planned to visit Pykara which is around 20Km from Ooty and we visited Golf course view , Pine forest visit and there we enjoyed Horse ride which cost me around 400 for two horses . but still u can bargain with them to get a good deal . Also we visited pykara fall , pykara dam view , kamraj sagar dam , pykara lake and we spend time in pykara boat house also ,for 6 person it comes around 800 Rs and if u get other people u can share with them . Shooting point , Rose garden , Pykara water fall . After that we went to one Kerala hotel in ooty near to Commercial Road called “Tharavadu Restaurant “ . Hope this is a nice hotel for Kerala people and south Indian , But still you can get north Indian food also. But I didn’t try that . There are lots of hotels are there , but be careful while selecting the restaurants.

For shopping , you go near Botanical Garden and there is one Tibet market is there , where you can buy woollen items and jackets and all at reason rates . Also one bazaar is there , for small shopping and all . You will get very fresh carrots and fruits . Don’t forget to try , ooty apples , few more rare fruits . Also You can go to Commericial Road , where there are lots of shops where you can buy different types of sweets and clothes. Don’t forget to buy Ooty chocolates and Different Flavour tea dust from tera factories. Eucalyptus oil and different types of oils for different good purposes I didn’t try all , So buy it on ur own risk. You will surprised of seeing big big roses in Rose garden . and it’s a nice visual treat again. On the way to all places , you will enjoy the beauty of Ooty .

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We get all varieties of food. The main attraction was being in the tea garden and driving through road that goes from multiple tea gardens. Our guide told us that file “Saajan” shooting happened here and so many other films also has same location, It was very pleasant, very refreshing and wonderful drive to Dolphin Nose view point. One can also see different shapes in the rock, Falls, beautiful Nilgiri hills etc. Nice place for shopping as well.

Activities & things to do: After coming back from that scenic drive we had lunch in Quality inn in Coonoor itself and then spent 2 hrs at Sims park. Kids enjoyed in that park and did paddle boating in that park.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: If you are driving then it’s about 300KM, and be warned that route through Bandipur is closed at night and they let vehicles only after 6AM. There is however another route which is shorter but have more hairpin bends. Be careful with Speed breakers you may around 100 speed breakers All attraction in Ooty closes by 6 PM, So plan accordingly
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  • Tejani
  • 2 Reviews

"Very good experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Very good experience. I visited Ooty with family in the month of March. Ooty is a beautiful place and a must see place if you are in South India. We were on a weekend trip to Ooty and hence decided to visit only the important places. We....... More
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  • Umashankar
  • 1 Review

"Trip to Ooty" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Rose Garden, Dodda Betta, Botanical Garden and Lake Spot are some of the best places to visit in Ooty. Better plan for 3 days trip so that we can cover almost all the places at Ooty and Coonoor. We just had spring chips near lake spot and it....... More
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Justin Lovin
  • Justin Lovin
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 7 Reviews

"Great place for couples!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Those people who like adventurous and off-beat vacations out of their busy work life can opt for this cool destination which has all the promise to relax your mind and body. The best thing about this place is the climate and the food you get....... More
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Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 196 Reviews

"Best hill station" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Ooty is a nice hill station. You can enjoy the climate; and there are a lot of sightseeing places in Ooty. Best time to visit is after the rainy season. It is too cold in Ooty. Better to carry your own clothes to avoid freezing. It is a nice....... More
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  • Ramanandan
  • 4 Reviews

"No words to describe the beauty Ooty!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I have explained clearly and described about this place and the enjoyment in the first review. It was an wonderful experience overall. Ooty is known for the tourist & beautiful tourist destination. It has got so many things to see that you....... More
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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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