Ooty, is also known as "Udhagamandalam". It’s been rightly titled as the as Queen of Hills. Ooty, the headquarters of The Nilgiris district is one of the famous hill stations in India.
Ooty is situated in the Nilgiri hills, also known as The Blue Mountains. It is unknown whether this name comes from the blue smoky haze given off by the eucalyputus trees that cover the area, or because of the kurunji flower, which blooms every twelve years giving the slopes a bluish tinge.
Ooty served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency and other small kingdoms, much visited by British during the colonial days, and as today, a popular summer and weekend resort. The word Nilgiris means Blue Mountains. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots and had been a popular summer and weekend getaway for the British during the colonial days.
Ooty is quite near the borders of neighboring states Karnataka and Kerala. Ooty can be reached by travelling up a heavily forested winding road, with many sharp hair-pin beds. The road trip to Ooty quite scenic, The Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty road (i.e. the Tamil Nadu route) is the most travelled and well maintained. All roads to the Nilgiri hills are toll roads, although the tolls are quite nominal.
Ooty is 284 km from Bangalore and takes about 8 hours, depending on the condition of the road. Shorter route has a diversion at Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary. This route has thrilling ride and reduce the distance to Ooty by about 50 km. This road is closed at night as it passes through the jungle, so you may actually have to spend a few hours at the check post which is closed invariably at night.
Good driving Skills are required as this road as it is very narrow and steep.You'll find some eateries and a fuel station in the town of Masinagudi. There are some wonderful resorts around Masinagudi town where one can rent a cottage.
These places are a good weekend getaway for rest and relaxation. There are eating places between Bangalore and Mysore, and within Mysore, but from Mysore to Ooty one should carry some food, as there are very few restaurants. Start early if you can so that the drive through Bandipur and Mudumalai forest can be done leisurly taking in the occassional animal sightings.
Ooty and Nilgiris are well known for a variety of local products like tea, eucalyptus oil, chocolates, spices and gourmet cheese. There are a lot of shops that deal these products, though you have to be careful you get an authentic product.
Green Shop is an extension of the Keystone Foundation that has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve over the last 15 years (since 1995) with indigenous communities on eco-development initiatives. and makes available their handicrafts and products like bee honey, bee wax and other hand-crafted artifacts. They also stock excellent gourmet cheeses like Gouda, Colby, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Haloumi and Herb Cream Cheeses made by Acres Wild Cheesemaking Farmstay in Coonoor.
They also have a bee museum that is certainly worth a visit as they show documentaries on wild bees and honey collection.
Shivani Stores is an old and reputed shop on Commercial road that stocks good Ooty chocolates, honey, spices and gourmet cheese from Acres Wild Cheesemaking Farmstay, Coonoor.
C-Store is a part of the reputed Nilgiri Petroleum Company, famous for its pizza, burger, panneer fingers, samosas, bombay sandwiches, vada pav and cutlets. What's more? They are all mom-made. You will also find home made chocolates, honey, spices, herbal oils, tea and other local products in addition to products that cater to your travel needs.
Visit Taj Bakers, Main Bazaar, Ooty. For traditional Ooty Biscuit called (Varkey)and other bakery items like home made chocolates, cakes etc.
There are various restaurants in Ooty , mostly offering South Indian food, but some offer North Indian food.
One can also obtain some Chinese/Indo-Chinese food from restaurants such as Wang's kitchen, Shinkows and Western food such as pizza and sandwiches from chains like Hot Breads.
Shinkows is a bit overpriced.
Do not miss trying Ooty's famous buns, varkis, cakes, and other baked goods, as well as fruit and nut chocolates.
Try Modern Stores and Kingstar Bakery.
Hotel Shri Velmurugan (Hotel Velmurugan), Walsham Road, Green fields, Ooty (On the road connecting Alankar Theatre (in Ettines road) and the Commercial Road).
Modern Stores - buy chocolates,tea,spices and ooty related products
Mezza 11 (restaurant)- enjoy mouth watering food
The Nilgiris is famous for Teas.
Hotel Blue hills on Commercial Road. Best Non-veg hotel in Ooty. Serving biriyani and other dishes for more than a decade.
Krishan. lower bazaar, near bus stand, ooty
Hotel Darsahan, Lake Road Near Boat House Ooty (In front of Boat House Ooty), ☎ 0423 2452288, . 7.30am-10.00pm. Best Hotel To Stay and Dine Veg Foods in ooty
Modern Stores, Garden Road ooty (Way to Botanical Garden ooty), ☎ 9894042678, . Best Place to buy Ooty Home Made Chocolates,Tea,Spices and Many more....
There is no dearth of accommodations, with many hotels and inns that cater to every budget. Accommodations are no more expensive than most cities in India, and the popular Indian hotel chains have a presence here.
Hotel Darshan - near Lake Boat House, 0423 2452288,2443378,2443807, email@example.com 1.25 km from the bus stand and railway station. 34 rooms facing the lake, restaurant, room service, 24 hrs hot & cold water, in-house laundry, carpeted rooms, cable tv, parking, camp fire, doctor on call, travel desk, group accommodation available for small and large groups. 900 and up.
Karnataka Hotels Ooty(Sudarshan),Fern Hill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, - Near by main bus stand. Clean and large cottages. Location gives a very pleasant view in the morning with all the cloud and mist around. They have a garden with decorative plants for a good walk in evening or morning. Reasonably priced. Prices start from around Rs.1000 and above.
Sunshine Inn Mobile -
Three-star property with 70 rooms. Includes a restaurant, room service, in-house laundry, and travel desk, and car parking is available inside the hotel premises. Season tariff starts from Rs.1800 + tax.
Reflections Guest House. A short walk along the main road - turn right coming out of the train station, or left coming out of the bus stop (which is opposite the train station). It is tidy and with good views of the lake and hills. Stayed there in September 2010 at cost of Rs550/night for upstairs room. Location is very good - short walk to train station and bus stop, short walk to boat house, Thread Gardens and other tourist attractions. The food in the restaurant is good value for its price and nicely cooked. The owners are helpful and professional, and the common spaces make it a very friendly place to stay - I made several friends in my 3 nights there.
Sherlock Hotel . A newly renovated colonial villa several kilometers away from the town with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and warm and friendly service. Rooms have cozy fireplaces and cost between Rs. 1875 and Rs. 3000 depending on size and view. The restaurant alone is worth a visit serving outstanding murgh boti masala and mint paranthas. Several short walking trails start nearby. A trip to Ooty is worth it just for a stay at this hotel.
Hotel Savoy from the Taj Group is one good option.Sitting firm on a rising hill, the Hotel sprawls over six acres of landscaped gardens, offering colonial style cottages that were built between 1834-1865. Colorful flowerbeds merge to form a multi-coloured quilt around the cottages, adding to their gentle refinement and old
English Charm. A quiet retreat, the Savoy Hotel offers a little pocket of paradise.
Hotel Sinclair, Gorishola Road, - Great view of Ooty and surrounding hills. 5 minutes drive to go to the town market and restaurants. The hotel has its own restaurant and a bar.
Hotel Maneck, Main Bazaar, Very central hotel near horse race track with good economical restaurant on basement. Both hotel and restaurant are under Jain management. The rooms start from INR 850 ( ~ 15 USD )
Sullivan court, Near Rose Garden, 5 Star Luxury Hotel of Ooty. Most famous hotel, best rooms, part of ITC Hotels India.
Hotel Tamilnadu Its a very reasonable rate govt. hotel with a value for money. Good south indian food is available , but if you want other variety of food better go for other restaurants. Standards rooms cost 1000/- per night. Online booking facilities are available also. Go to ttdc page for online booking
Colonial Heritage Bungalow
Located amidst picturesque gardens and lawns right near the heart of Ooty,. All the rooms have wooden flooring and panelling, Victorian furniture and bay windows overlooking the lawn. The bathrooms are large with modern fittings. All the rooms have have a TV with cable connection. The garden surrounding the bungalow is large enough for families to enjoy some outdoor games or to also relax under the garden umbrellas. The garden has walnut, tomato, peach and passion fruit trees and two quaint waterfalls crafted from springs. Local sightseeing, trekking, pick-up from nearest railway/ bus station or airport can be arranged on prior request. The bungalow is located barely a 10 min walk from the Ooty town centre. This homestay is a 100 year old Colonial bungalow on one acre of land, only a km away from Ooty town. The owners live on the premises on the upstairs portion of the bungalow. This homestay is ideal for families with children or for groups of friends.
A simple & quiet place in the residential parts of Ooty, This Guest House has four double rooms, a kitchen, dining and a large terrace. The cottage is rented out as a whole and not individual rooms, so that our guest can enjoy their privacy. The common living room has a TV and there is a large well maintained front lawn lined with a flower bed where you can enjoy both your morning tea and your evenings. There is enough space on the property to park two cars. Extra cars can be parked outside. The caretaker speaks Kannada, Tamil and Hindi. A cook can be arranged for the duration of your stay at approximately Rs.500 a day and a Tourist Guide for about Rs.400 per day.
Fully furnished three bedroom heritage bungalow in Ooty each with its own fireplace,. Built in the early 1900's, this property in Ooty is a fully furnished colonial building with three bedrooms, each with its own fire place, a living and dining area and a well manicured garden, perfect for a bonfire or a barbecue.The entire bungalow is laid out with antique teak and rose wood furniture. There is a fully functional kitchen with an in house chef. Usage of the kitchen is charged for at Rs.100 per day and food can be paid for at actuals directly at the accommodation. The accommodation is located about 10 min away from Ooty station and is just off the main town.
This Apartment - styled homestay is located close to many sight-seeing places in Ooty,. This Homestay is close to the famous Rose Gardens, Charring Cross, Botanical gardens, shopping centers and the bus stand in Ooty. There are 5 rooms in total, 2 of which are Deluxe rooms situated on the ground floor and three of them are Luxury rooms located on the first floor. Both the floors are independent of each other with a spacious hall and dining area. The rooms at this Homestay are spacious, tastefully furnished, clean with en-suite bathrooms and western toilets.
A six-bed room Heritage House built in 1856, Ooty,. This Heritage House has been refurbished to retain its authentic and unique character but with the conveniences of today. It is set among set among two and a half acres of sprawling lawns and English flower gardens. With it colonial decor and old world charm, it embodies all things that make Ooty the perfect getaway. At night, why not gaze at the stars from the lawns and then have a great sleep in our comfortable beds, with linen, towels and essential toiletries provided for your stay and have your fire place lit in the bedroom for the extra warmth. Conveniently located to allow its guests to enjoy all the attractions that Ooty offers, from the rolling hills of the Gymkhana golf course and the landmark Ooty Club, home of the game of Snooker to the shopping areas and restaurants, it is the perfect home stay accommodation to relax and unwind and an idyllic get away from the hustle and bustle of city living.
LifeIsOutside:Apart from the above listed places to stay, LifeIsOutside has a handpicked selection of luxury resorts and plantation homestays around the region.
Kodanad Viewpoint in Kotagiri
Bandipur National Park
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Famous Places to See in Ooty