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Ooty

The Queen of Hill Stations

14.1/5(1639 Ratings)

Ooty Tourism

Ooty is famous for

Lovingly called the 'Queen of Hill Stations', Ooty in Tamil Nadu is a hill station tucked away in the Nilgiris. Ooty is a popular tourist destination 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. One must not leave Ooty without buying some homemade chocolates, tea, aromatic oils and spices.

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Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake  Video Review
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Ooty Lake And Boat House

Mohit Grover
16th May 16

Ooty Race Course

Ooty Race Course  Video Review
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Ooty Racecourse

Mohit Grover
16th May 16

Ooty lake and boating

Ooty lake and boating  Video Review
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Ooty Lake And Boat House

Mithun Madhusudan
13th May 16

Mini Car Museum

Mini Car Museum  Video Review
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Mini Car Museum

Rana Ari
2nd Nov 17

Thunder World

Thunder World  Video Review
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Thunder World

Rana Ari
1st Nov 17

Cold and breezy!

Cold and breezy!  Video Review
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Doddabetta Peak

Nidhish Patni
2nd Feb 17

Nice and pleasant!

Nice and pleasant!  Video Review
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Botanical Garden

Nidhish Patni
2nd Feb 17

Pykara lake perfect place to enjoy nature

Pykara lake perfect place to enjoy nature  Video Review
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Pykara Lake

Ashish Jain
7th Jun 18

Pykara fall is on down side of pykara dam

Pykara fall is on down side of pykara dam  Video Review
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Pykara Lake

Ashish Jain
7th Jun 18

Pine Forest Ooty

Pine Forest Ooty  Video Review
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Pine Forest Shooting Spot

Ashish Jain
7th Jun 18

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Reasons to go to Ooty

1A Warm Apple Pie Perfect With A Scoop Of Vanilla Ice Cream At Earl’s Secret, Ooty
A Warm Apple Pie Perfect With A Scoop Of Vanilla Ice Cream At Earl’s Secret, Ooty

It's an open secret that when it comes to the finest food in Ooty, there's none other than Earl's Secret, the restaurant at King's Cliff. Do not miss the apple pie served with vanila ice-cream when you are here.

Where: Earl’s Secret, Ooty

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2Perch yourself atop the Nilgiris at Ooty
Perch yourself atop the Nilgiris at Ooty

Nestled between rolliung tea estates and the forests of the Nilgiris Biosphere is the districts capital, Ooty. With spectacular trekking trails, off-beat nature drives, numerous lakes and waterfalls, tea estates and factories, and a few iconic colonial sites, a long weekend in Ooty is sure to re-energise you to return to life as you know it. 

Suresh tells HolidayIQ, "ooty is a fantastic place for a 2-day trip from Bangalore. Originally occupied by the Toda, the area came under the rule of the East India Company at the end of the 18th century. 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." 

Distance from Bangalore: 280 km 

Route: National Highways 275, 766 and 181

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3Parson's valley, wild side of the Nilgiris
Parson's valley, wild side of the Nilgiris

A 40 km drive from Masinagudi takes you to the heart of the Nilgiris. Parson's valley is close to Ooty but tucked away neatly from the touristy crowd. A starting point to many treks in the region, the valley is full of lakes and forest reserves and is thronged by wildlife photographers and naturalists, year round. 

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4You Don't Know How It Feels To Ride Through The Clouds Aboard The Nilgiri Mountain Railway
You Don't Know How It Feels To Ride Through The Clouds Aboard The Nilgiri Mountain Railway

HolidayIQ Traveller Satish Ramankutty from Bangalore shares, “Traveling by Nilgiri Mountain Railway is something that you should not miss out. It is worth more than the money you use to purchase the ticket. It is the oldest running train in the world and if you are travelling to Ooty I personally suggest you to use this mode of transport. Suggest you to go in a group which will make it more memorable as you will be going past around 6 tunnels and through the greeneries of Nilgiris forest which you will never forget.”

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5Pick up the best of homemade chocolates
Pick up the best of homemade chocolates

HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhinav Pathak adds, “It is a must visit place guys and the people there are very happening. Don't forget to buy homemade chocolates there.

HolidayIQ Reviewer sayali adds “Beautiful evening at Ooty Lake Lake visit was very nice. We can share boat there. Good views for photography. Enjoyed lot with homemade chocolates. Good for family visit.

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Reviews (1639)

"Ooty is laid back, and perfect destination for families and group to unwind and get away from the hustle of the city life."

Subramania Pallavoor

Subramania Pallavoor5.0/5

33 reviews

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Ooty as a place has become a nightmare with overcrowding and dirty surrounding. Tourists also do not help matters. They behave in a boorish manner and do not maintain decorum. Least priority is given to cleanliness with plastic strewn around everywhere and left over food. This is more so in places where animals frequent posing grave danger to them. When will responsible tourism happen in this country? We had the good opportunity to explore Conoor which is clean and serene and not spoiled so far thanks to the control exercised by the Armed Forces. We had the good fortune to spend time in Wellington and military campus due to our relative serving the army. We were amazed by the way the place is maintained. Words are not enough to describe the place . . We were lucky enough to visit the Army Club and Golf Course adjoining it. The golf Course offers an amazing view of the hills and pine trees surrounding it. Golf Course itself is well laid out and maintained. Food is of highest quality with limited variety. We also spent a night in the Army Campus which is just out of the world with well laid out roads, lawns and beautiful quarters. All in all a memorable visit To cap it all, a memorable ride on the toy train from Coonoor to Ooty.

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Ashish Jain

Ashish Jain4.3/5

31 reviews

Ooty a queen of hills

I have visited with my family in june 2018. Whether of Ooty is pleasant. Start your journey from Mysore in morning. In the way you passing through bandipur tiger reserve. You can go for tiger safari. Timings are in morning 6 to 8 and in afternoon 3-5. But I suggest need not to go for safari bacuse when you passes through bandipur you can see dear, elephant and may be other animals also. If you have not hired any taxi, can opt for buses. These are very good in speed as well as comfort. Even in Ooty loacl day tour taxi Auto and mini buses are also available with a small cost of may be 300 per person in Ooty try to get hotel near chairing cross it is the main market. Main places of attraction are botanical garden, Rose garden. Dodabetta highest view point of Ooty, Ooty lake and boat house, thread park Conoor is also a place around 20 km from Ooty on coiambtore road. Where you can visit dolphins nose( a view point), Lim's rock both are 12 km from City on the same way. On the way you can also visit tea garden and factory. Chocolate factory also is there. One water fall you can also veiw from dolphins nose on the way to Mysore you can also visit pine Forest, 9th mile a shooting point, pykara boat house (10 to5) and pykara fall(waste of time & energy) and again madumali and bandipur century if whether permit and one love to drive bikes are also available on rent. They charge 500 to 1000 for 12 hrs. I have opted for that a my experience was amazing. If you love nature please choose for bike it also cost effective so many options for food is available and if you are vegetarian pankaj bhojnalaya and ab+ is available at charring cross. One veg restaurant is also available at pykara water fall. In Ooty boat house restaurant is very good hope this review is helpful for you. You can also contact me on 9425312972 for more help.

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Ooty Overview

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.



Photos of Ooty

6th Mile , Ooty

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Charmi

6th Mile , Ooty
Lamb's Rock, Coonoor, Ooty

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A K

Lamb's Rock, Coonoor, Ooty
Dolphin's Nose, Ooty

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Ranish Bera

Dolphin's Nose, Ooty
Doddabetta Peak, Ooty

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Ruchi Srivastava

Doddabetta Peak, Ooty

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