The Queen of Hill Stations

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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

Ooty Lake And Boat House

Mohit Grover
16th May 16

Ooty Race Course

Ooty Race Course  Video Review

Ooty Racecourse

Mohit Grover
16th May 16

Ooty lake and boating

Ooty lake and boating  Video Review

Ooty Lake And Boat House

Mithun Madhusudan
13th May 16

Mini Car Museum

Mini Car Museum  Video Review

Mini Car Museum

Rana Ari
2nd Nov 17

Thunder World

Thunder World  Video Review

Thunder World

Rana Ari
1st Nov 17

Cold and breezy!

Cold and breezy!  Video Review

Doddabetta Peak

Nidhish Patni
2nd Feb 17

Nice and pleasant!

Nice and pleasant!  Video Review

Botanical Garden

Nidhish Patni
2nd Feb 17

Pykara lake perfect place to enjoy nature

Pykara lake perfect place to enjoy nature  Video Review

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

Pykara Lake

Ashish Jain
7th Jun 18

Pine Forest Ooty

Pine Forest Ooty  Video Review

Pine Forest Shooting Spot

Ashish Jain
7th Jun 18

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Reasons to go to Ooty

1Perch 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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2Parson'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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3Pick 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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4One of its Kind
One of its Kind

HolidayIQ Reviewer Alok Mishra says, “A must-do thing while the tour of Ooty NMR (NILGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY) is one of the best examples of engineering inducted by British while they ruled over here. A 46 km journey up the hill gives a splendid view of steep terrains, waterfall, picturesque mountains and many more eye-pleasing sceneries. As the total distance of 46 km is covered in about 5 hours, it is advisable to be patient and enjoy the nature. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Manoj Saini adds, “Not to miss, one of its kind Excellent journey, we visited Ooty early Oct, so after Rainy season, there was greenery all around. We boarded the 9 am the train from Ooty to Coonoor. It takes almost one and half hour and all the time you will be peeking out of the window to see the mother nature. ” 


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5Greenery in the hill stations of Ooty
Greenery in the hill stations of Ooty

HolidayIQ Reviewer Amarnadh Reddy CH shares, “Ooty Lake - Fun boat riding;  It is meant only for boat riding like rowboat and speedboat but is a very expensive ride. Better to visit this place at sunset..”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sachin. shares, “The sunset point is very nice for visiting. We advise to all Ooty visitors please visit at least one time to the lake.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Anshul Karwa shares, “A really good place for a picnic or even to go camping overnight. It is very refreshing and a good place to hang out, Enjoy the scenic view here and click a lot of pictures, visit here in rainy season and you'll find more greenery.” 


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Reviews (2067)

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

Lalitha B

Lalitha B3.6/5

1 review

Quick trip to Ooty

Hi guys, a short review on quick trip to Ooty. We boarded cab around 3. 30Pm at Coimbatore and reached Ooty at 7. 00Pm (yes, my friend drove her car very carefully as only two of us travelled). We stayed in a cozy room, we were looking for a place which is safe and secure as both of us were girls. We cooked our dinner (Yes, Maggie it is) under the sky, and luckily the cottage manager decide to lit the campfire. We weren’t aware of this campfire and as soon as I see the fire and sparks with my darling moon, I became super duper crazy. We didn’t sleep for whole night, I was sitting at starting the stars and sky with the cold breeze and finally we went back to our room as my friend had a meeting with one of her clients in the morning. We slept for about only 2 hours and we begun to shower under the sky with the covered green leafy fence with open top and that was the first time I experienced this. They also had clean attached bathrooms but I chosen to experience this. We had our breakfast and went to meet her client, and we returned back to Coimbatore It was a beautiful time spent at the beautiful place for about few hours. Indeed it’s a queen of hills, the epitome of beauty. Ps: I know I haven’t visited any places at Ooty but hopefully sooner I will come up with solo long trip to Ooty. Good day?

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Ajith G a

Ajith G a4.3/5

143 reviews

Coool Weather in Hot Summers !!

As everybody knows Ooty is famous for its cool weather . Infact it was very cool even in May when all other places have peak summers The roads in Ooty are not so wide, but can be managed . There are lots and lots of accommodation facilities available in all ranges These are the main places to visit:. Ooty Botanical Gardens. Boat House. Chocolate Museum. Thread gardens. Thunder World. Doddabetta Peak. Pykara Laks. Shooting Points. View points etc

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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.

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6th Mile , Ooty

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

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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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Doddabetta Peak, Ooty

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