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Ooty Tourist Guide

Ooty Tourist Guide

Ooty Tourist Guide
  • Package Prices
    starting from Rs. 12,500 /- 2 nights 3 days
  • Location: Tamilnadu,India -
  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Air port
  • Nearest Train Station: Coimbatore Railway Station
  • How to reach: 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.

Ooty Tourist Guide


Ooty Tourist Guide: Overview

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.


Why you must visit Ooty

Ooty is very famous pleasant hill station of Karnataka state and it is said to be Queen of Hill station in Karnataka. There is many famous places which attracts thousands of Tourist to visit and explore their holidays in great pleasant atmosphere of Ooty.  Ooty found of Nature wail and habitats so many lush greenery and awareness are present to make you feel good and happy. Ooty is places where you can find plenty of sightseeing, Lake, Hills, Peaks and fall. Holidaytravel.co recommended you to visit and enjoy your dream holiday at Ooty.


Recommended hotels

Standard Hotel: Treebo Rosefield Heritage – TA Rank (4.0)Certificate of Excellence

Deluxe Hotel: King's Cliff – TA Rank (4.0) Certificate of Excellence

Luxury Hotel: Gem Park Ooty – TA Rank (4.0)Certificate of Excellence


Places to visit in Ooty

Botanical Gardens: The Government Botanical Garden is a botanical garden in Udhagamandalam, near Coimbatore (Ooty), Tamil Nadu state. The Gardens, divided into several sections, cover an area of around 22 hectares, and lie on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak. The botanical gardens in Ooty is home to many rare species of trees. Chief among them are the cork tree, the only one of its kind in India.


Doddabetta Peak: Doddabetta is the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills at 2,637 metres (8,650 feet). There is a reserved forest area around the peak. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit. It is the fourth highest peak in South India next to Anamudi.  There is a reserved forest area around the peak. It is 9 km from Ooty,on the Ooty-Kotagiri Road in the Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu, South India. It is a popular tourist attraction with road access to the summit.


Avalanche Lake: It was formed naturally in the year 1823 due to a massive landslide and therefore is named as Avalanche lake. Small waterfalls falling down from the encircling mountains creates a picture perfect ambience. Other activities like trekking and camping are also popular among tourists.


Pykara River: Pykara River and the waterfalls the river produces as it negotiates the curves and heights of the mountains is one of the most beautiful and majestic sights that you will get to see in Ooty. Located 20 kms away from Ooty in the Ooty-Mysore road, The area around the lake is surrounded by sholas (local name for forest) that adds to its natural beauty. The river falls down from two different heights towards the end, one from 55 metres and the other from 61 metres. These two falls are known as Pykara falls and are located at a distance of 1.5 kms away from the lake. At the end of the dam, the river falls from a height which is known as Pykara Falls. This is how Pykara becomes the perfect picnic spot


Ooty Lake: Ooty Lake is an artificially constructed lake with picturesque natural surroundings. Originally constructed for the purpose of fishing, the lake has become all but an important tourist landmark in Ooty. Situated at a distance of approximately 3km from the city of Ooty in the Nilgiris district is the artificial Ooty Lake which spreads over an area of 65 acres.  The lake is skirted by tall Eucalyptus trees while its waters are fed by streams that meander through the hills. Those who have a keen interest in photography can surely get some amazing clicks of water birds along with the beautiful Nilgiri mountain ranges in the backdrop.The main attractions you find surrounding the lake are the boat races and boat pageantry organized as a part of Summer Festival in Ooty.


Emerald Lake: Emerald Lake is situated near the Emerald Village in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu.It is located in a region called the silent valley,about 25 kilometers from the Ooty town.  Emerald dam which is a lovely lake and it has a scenic view and the view is mesmerizing. The Avalanche and Upper Bhavani are two dams which is near to the Emerald dam.   It is  a beautiful place with pine trees and farms sorrounding the blue water of Emerald.


Ooty Mountain Railway: Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is a treasured element and fabled charm of Nilgiris since 1899. This Nilgiri rail system is unique as it is the steepest one in Asia. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO during 2005.   It’s a 46-kilometre beautiful toy train journey that starts from Mettupalayam and goes through tunnels, curves, bridges and beautiful scenery to reach Ooty in five hours. From 300 feet to 7200 feet, the Ooty toy train is definitely a ride to cherish. Here’s a tip – try to sit on the side that looks out in to the valley for the best views on the way up.


St. Stephens Church: St. Stephen's Church is located on the road to Mysore in Ooty n the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris district. it was build to coincide with the birthday of King George IV. The main beam and all the required timber were taken from Tipu Sultan'€™s palace after the British defeated him in the Mysore War.  The marvel of British architecture is clearly visible in the church and it also has a painting of the Last Supper' The St Stephens Church is visited by lots of tourists every year and it is a main tourist attraction in Ooty. The structure still stands tall and there are no signs of wear and tear although it has been about two hundred years since it was built


Wax World: The Wax World contains beautiful statues of Indian freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna Gokhale among many others. The museum also has wonderful replicas of social figures like Mother Teresa and our former President, Dr.A.P.J.Adbul Kalam.  This is private museum and not supported by goverment yet. There is a small entry fee collected to enter the museum. The museum itself a british time bungalow with few rooms. This museum presents wax statues of National heroes and freedom fighters of India. Free parking is available near the museum.


Mudumalai National Park: The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary also a declared tiger reserve, lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills (Blue Mountains), in Nilgiri District, about 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-west of Coimbatore city in Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu. Mudumalai National Park also a declared Tiger Reserve is the first wildlife sanctuary in southern India. It was established in the year 1940 and it covers about 60 kilometers. Now the area is extended upto 321 kilometers. Gray langur and the bonnet macaque are both living in the park. It is sorrounded by the tropical evergreen forest, shrub and swamp, moist teak forest, moist mixed deciduous, dry teak forest and secondary grassland. It is one of the main tourist destination spot. Mudumalai is organized with well-planned paths and is best explored by jeep or open van


Safari Timing of Park:

Van Safari: Morning: 06.30 AM to 09.00 AM, Evening: 03.30 PM to 06.00 PM,

Elephant Safari - Morning: 07.00 AM to 08.30 AM, Evening: 03.30 PM to 05.00 PM


Deer Park: Deer Park is one of the most easily accessible locations in Ooty. Deer Park is one of the few high altitude zoos in India. The visitors get to view a variety of different deer species along with other rare animals and birds.


How to Reach Ooty

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.

By Flight: The nearest International Airport is Coimbatore International Airport. Coimbatore Airport is well connected to a spectrum of cities like Delhi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad and consist all the major metro cities

By Train: Ooty Railway station is connected with every city of south direction and Tamil Nadu. It is situated on the major New Delhi- Coimbatore railway line and is linked with the cities like New Delhi, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Chennai, Kochi, Mysore, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Puri, Ahmedabad and Jaipur

By Bus: Buses are available from nearest major cities of south to reach Ooty



Reach Ooty from Banglore

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. 


Great Weekend Route

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.

Major Excursions from Ooty:

  • Coonoor (17 km)

  • Kotagiri (28 km)

  • Coimbatore (89 km)

  • Coorg (225 km)

  • Kodaikanal (236 km)

  • Munnar (282 km)

  • Bangalore (297 km)

  • Calicut (187 km)


Guidelines for Ooty - Things to do in Ooty

  • Enjoy the weather.

  • Travel on the railway. The charming Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR), blue and cream with wooden coaches and large windows, is widely regarded as a marvel of engineering.

  • Go for long walks and hikes.

  • Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory.

  • Ooty is famous for its choclates, and the best place to have them is at King's Star. They have around 4 outlets in Ooty and are the first chocolate makers in ooty. Travel the country side in a 4x4.

  • Visit the local Army cantonment - the Madras Regimental Center and the DSSC (Defense Services Staff College).

  • Visit terrace farmed cabbage fields around Ooty.

  • Visit the Mudumalai forest sanctuary (1-2 days minimum).

  • Visit 9th mile and also the 6th mile where lot of movies are shot.

  • You can get farm fresh carrot on the way.

  • Do Horse back riding. It's popular here. In one hour you can go around the lake or longer rides you can visit countryside around Ooty. Some knowledge of horses would be good as the guides are local men who don't speak too much english, teaching is minimal. On top of the price you have to pay for guide. used for per hour.  

  • Bakasura Malai. Some say that this was the place where Tipu sultan hid himself during the time of war. One can see all the three states from this point. Though you will to reach the place, the entire walk could be the most memorable in your life. 


Shopping in Ooty

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.

Ooty Food Guide

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  


Ooty Drinking Guide

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....  

Ooty Accomodation Guide

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, hoteldarshan@yahoo.co.in 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.


Get out in Ooty

Kodanad Viewpoint in Kotagiri
Bandipur National Park
Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Famous Places to See in Ooty


Best time to visit Ooty

Ooty doesn’t have any special time to visit, it’s all time favorite tourist spot, Ooty is best for its climate, cool, chill and any time drizzling weather. March to June: These months constitute the summer season in Ooty. The weather during this time period is generally pleasant as you can venture out for day sightseeing and other tourist activities. Best to visit in summer season to enjoy the sightseeing of Ooty


Language of Ooty

Ooty Hill station lies in Tamilnadu so generally people used to speak English and Tamil. Tamil is mother tongue which is used in all south cities


Food to Eat in Ooty

South Indian food is very famous in Tamil nadu. All the people were used to eat Idli sambher, Dosa bare and much more south Indian dishes and most of the people used to eat Fish and rice daily in their food. All edible items were cooked in coconut oil and served in banana leaf.


FAQ - What is where...?


What to buy and shop in "Ooty

You can buy Handmade Chocolates and Spices from Ooty


Where to buy & shop for souvenirs tourist items in "Ooty"

Tibetan Market


Where to buy & shop for clothes in "Ooty"

Royale Market


Where to have best food in "Ooty"

Shinkows Chinese Restaurant


Where to stay in "Ooty"


Ooty offers good and comfort stay facility, we suggested all three category of hotels which you like to stay

Standard Hotel: Treebo Rosefield Heritage – TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence

Deluxe Hotel: King's Cliff – TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence

Luxury Hotel: Gem Park Ooty – TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence


Where to drink in "Ooty"

Highhald Hotels and bar


Best Bars in "Ooty"

Sapphire Bar


Where to eat Lunch & Dinner" Ooty"

Taj Savoy Hotel

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