Ooty
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Brief

Ooty or Udagamandalam is the preferred outing for most of the southern tourists during summer. This small township of Nilgiri Mountain is situated under Nilgiri district of Indian state Tamil Nadu. Todas kept this place bounded for ages before the boundary is demolished by East India Company. Ooty is known as Queen of Hills also. This unique diverse land of the mountain is covered by tea and coffee plantation introduced during the British era.

Ooty surrounded by trees, central ooty lake is a huge artificial expause of water with pleasure boats.In season, Ooty can be a crush of tourists.You will get a ready cocktail of rolling hills, tea plantations, villages, unbridled greenery, unexpected lakes.

Tamil is the official language of Tamil Nadu and also the most widely spoken language in Ooty. Being close to the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Kerala and also being a popular tourist destination, English, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu are spoken by a minority.

 

 
Travel Tips

Drive slow on Ooty roads.

Book your Nilgiri Mountain Railway tickets well in advance.

Tea lovers cover your face before entering the tea factory in Ooty.

Don't miss the Ooty flower show.

In the month of March to June one can visit in Ooty. These months constitute the summer season in Ooty. The weather during this time period is gnerally pleasant as you can venture out for a day sightseeing.



When to visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Hot
  • 39° Max
  • 31° Min
  • 6.1 mm
  • Light cottons
 
Things to do

There is a heritage mountain railway named Nilgiri Mountain which can provide ample view of the hill and its surroundings. Boating, horse riding, cycling is available to keep the tourists busy during their stay also.

Trekkers can take a journey up to the Dodabetta peak with the help of a guide to enjoy the view of the city from the top also. A visit to the Botanical garden can increase the knowledge about the plant families in an enriching way. There is a Golf course where golf lovers can give a try also. The Rose Garden is a small terrace atop of hill off Etieness Road. The season to be here is April when more than a thousand varieties are in bloom.

A British hill station would be incomplete without its Churches. St. Stephens Church is the oldest here.

Wenlock Downs and the Ninth Mile is Ooty's nost famous picnic spot and deservedly so. Located 17km from Ooty on the way to Pykara Falls. People simply walk around drinking in the beauty and the mist.

The Nilgiri Toy train on the narrow gauge promises a scenic hilly ride and a wonderful experience.

The Dodda Betta is the highest peak in the area, located at the juncture of the Western and Eastern Ghats.

 
Getting Around

Walks and rides around the hills are probably the best way to enjoy a holiday here. For driving around town and its environs, most hotels will arange taxis for full day. Cycles and bikes are available on rent per hour basis for those who wants two wheelers as their option to getting around the region. There are hired cars to take the tourists at the most popular points also.

 
Places to Stay

Ooty offers a variety of stay options, but during peak season it's best to make reservations well in time. There are hotels clustered together off Havelock Road in the northern part of the town. A lovely experience can be had at the colonial bungalow. 

 
How to Reach

  • Ooty does not have its own airport. Tourists can come via the nearest one which is present at Coimbatore at a distance of 88km. there are regular domestic flights available to reach this place via New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. Bangalore airport is 295km by road.
  • Ooty does not have its own rail head. A small railway station is at Mettupalyam which is 40km away only. Trains of Indian railway are connecting this part with other major cities of India like Mumbai, New Delhi on regular basis.
  • All through southern Indian major cities are connected by motorable roads in a good way. People can by public buses or hired cars from several parts of the southern India easily. Overnight public coaches are available on daily basis from Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

 
Surrounding Attractions

There are immense range of options to do and visit surrounding the township. Rose garden, Botanical garden, Nilgiri toy train, Ooty Lake, Stone house, Toda huts, st.stephen’s church, Deer park, tribal museum are present to keep the tourists busy during their stay at this place.

 
Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire: 102

Ambulance: 103

Bus: 0423 2443970

Railway station: 0423 2442246