Ooty, a small hill station situated in the state of Tamil Nadu is surrounded by the beautiful Nilgiri Mountain Range. Ooty is the perfect destination for anyone who loves to spend time in seclusion, far from the hustle and bustle of the cities.
Also known as Udhagamandalam, Ootacamund and abbreviated as Udhagai, Ooty is located 80km from Coimbatore and is also the capital of Nilgiri district. The official language in Ooty is Tamil but local people can understand and communicate in Hindi and English too. Ooty has been called “Queen of Hill Stations” due to the unique and natural beauty of this place.
Places to visit in ooty
- Ooty Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens of Ooty are the top Ooty tourist place that attracts large number of tourists every year. The garden was established in 1847 and covers the huge area of around 50 acres over the Dodabetta peak. The main attraction of this garden is the fossil of a tree that is said to be over 20 million old.
- Dodabetta Peak
Being a highest point in Ooty, this place is a must visit place for all as it provides a great picturesque of the valley below. It is also the best place to get a clear and complete view of the city. This place is also quite popular among photographers as they get some fantastic clicks here.
- Ooty Lake
Lakes are always surreal and one of the most pleasant places to visit. This hill station is also blessed with this beautiful Ooty Lake. This lake is a man-made lake and is carved in the shape of the letter; L. Tourist can enjoy boating and can also go for fishing. But you need to take permission for fishing.
- Rose Garden
Rose garden in Ooty is a beautiful garden filled with large varieties of roses in different color. You can also buy seeds of any rose plant you like.
- Mukurthi National Park
Mukurthi national park is a must visit for all wildlife lovers. Rich in flora an fauna, you can enjoy the sights of Sambhar, jungle cat, jackals, barking deer and many other animals.
- Avalanche Lake
The lake is surrounded with beautiful flowers like magnolias, orchids and rhododendrons. You can also try trout fishing in this lake.
- Kamaraj Sagar Dam
Surrounded with pristine and beautiful green slopes, this dam is situated in the town named Kandal, located at a distance of 10 kms from Ooty.
- Emerald Lake
The lake is situated in the region known as silent valley and attracts large number of tourists every year. The lake is famous for the variety of fishes and scenic views.
- Stone house
The stone house is the first bungalow ever constructed in Ooty. Now it is the official residence of Principle of the Government Arts College.
Best Time to visit Ooty
If you are planning to visit Ooty, then March to June is the perfect month to plan your trip as weather during these months are quite pleasant.
weather in Ooty
The climate of Ooty is Subtropical highland. The temperature during summers generally does not rise above 20 degree Celsius. In other seasons the weather generally varies from 15-20 degree Celsius.
Hotels in Ooty
There are many hotels available in Ooty to make your stay comfortable. From luxurious hotels to affordable hotels you can pick any hotel of your choice. These hotels are well furnished and ensure that you have a great stay in these hotels. There are many beautiful and luxurious Ooty Hotel resorts are also available to opt for.
How to Reach Ooty
You can take a flight from Peelamedu Airport (CJB), which is 53 Km away from Ooty. It is the nearest airport from Ooty.
The nearest railway station of Ooty is Mettupalyam, which 40 kilometers away from Ooty.
Ooty is well connected by roads with all the major cities of the country.
Shopping in Ooty
To shop in Ooty, you can go to a shopping center that has many shops that sell beautiful souvenirs and local handicrafts. For woolen shopping you can shop at the Tibetan Market that offers woolen clothes at affordable prices.
Places to eat in Ooty
There are many wonderful restaurants to enjoy the local food of Ooty as well as mouth-watering Indian cuisine. Taj Savoy Hotel, Place to Bee, Earl’s secret, Pakwan India are some of the places where you can enjoy wonderful food.