A picturesque hill town rested against the backdrop of Doddabetta, the highest peak in the Nilgiris, Ooty is lined with traditional and colonial-style structures, which make it the perfect mixture of the new and the old. Clear azure skies, luxurious green hills, deep green valleys culminate to make this gem one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in South India. Scattered with coffee and tea plantations, plantations of eucalyptus, conifers, pines, and trees, Ooty (also known as Ootacamund) is the perfect escape for nature lovers. Ooty is also referred to as the 'Queen of Hill Stations' and also the 'Switzerland of India'.
A famous summer haven for Britishers, Ootacamund or Ooty has been bestowed with several architectural marvels, thanks to its colonial inheritance. The most visible one is the Raj Bhavan or the Government House, which is a cream-colored bungalow, with a spectacular ballroom. It was the former residence of the governor of Madras and draws travelers from around the area.
The best way to explore Ooty is via the toy train, which runs on one of the sharpest tracks in Asia. Going from a height of 1,069 ft. to 7,228 ft., it gusts through numerous wonderful and attractive spots, letting one enjoy his drink in the remarkable size of the rocky terrain, and lush green hills.
With several parks, museums, and lagoons around, you will need plenty of time to soak in the views. So, if you want to enjoy a relaxing holiday in Ooty, you will need 3-4 days. You check out our all-inclusive Ooty holiday packages for a memorable trip.
Visit the countryside and learn the rich tradition of the tribes like Todas and Kothas. You could also get to know another communal by name of Badagas.
Visit the Tea estates and get to know how tea leaves are plucked. Visit a tea factory to know how the tea leaves are processed to produce tea dust that we use in our kitchen
Visit the Mudumalai forest sanctuary, Defense Services Staff College, or the Gymkhana Golf course. You can travel on the toy train and enjoy the blissful beauty that is splashed all over the place. If u were lucky you could spot wild buffaloes, rabbits, deers, and rare bird species.
You can go for long walks in the chilled weather or enjoy the fresh carrots being sold on the roadsides. Make sure to book your stay in one of the best budget-friendly hotels in Ooty and get ready for a trip through the hill station.
Coimbatore Airport is the closest airport to Ooty that links this quaint hill station with the rest of the country through a wide network of flights. Carriers like SpiceJet, Air India, and IndiGo have regular flights from Mumbai, Kozhikode, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. Taxis and buses are easily accessible from Ooty.
An astonishing way of reaching Ooty is by the state and national highways. Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation (TNSTC) buses and some private buses connect Ooty with key cities like Bangalore, Chennai, and Mysore. The NH 209 and NH 275 connect Bangalore with Ooty, and also many luxury buses operate from Bangalore, which takes about 7 to 8 hours.
Mettupalyam, about 40 km from Ooty, is the closest railhead serving this hill station. Numerous trains are available from nearby cities like Mysore, Chennai, Coimbatore, and Bangalore for Mettupalyam. Once you reach the railway here, you can hire private cabs or bus services to reach Ooty. Another thrilling way of getting to Ooty is by the toy train, which takes you uphill, moving through dense forests and valleys via dark tunnels.
Ooty has something to offer all throughout the year. The summer is possibly the best time to visit if you are planning to see the famous tourist spots, including some courageous treks and hand gliding.
No matter where you are from, the local cuisine in Ooty will feature on the top of your list of to-do items wherever you travel. Ooty has many pleasant surprises for you in the matter of local gastronomies. It is one of those places where you get vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian food of outstanding quality. If you walk into any restaurant, you will get a wide variety of choices from the famous South Indian Dosa to different types of ghee roast, masala dosa, egg dosa, idli, a steam cake made from rice, vada chutney, Pongal etc.
Ascot Multi-Cuisine Restaurant, Le Café, Earl’s Secret, Savoy, Sidewalk Café, Garden Restaurant, Ooty Coffee House, Kingstar Confectionery, Shinkows are a few of the famous restaurants that you can try in Ooty.
Brown Tree Resorts, Leopard Rock Wilderness Resort, Western Valley Resort, Accord Highland, Sherlock, La Neibla Farm Resort are all popular resorts for travelers staying in Ooty.
Beverly Villa, Rainbow Cottages, Ooty Residency, The Majestic Crown, SR Residency, Rosewood Villa are a few of the famous hotels in Ooty.
Fairfield by Marriott, Hotel Jump in & Out, Hotel Sky Lite, Hotel Chenthur Park, Comfort Wings, Jenneys Residency are a few hotels close to Ooty.
Hotel City Palace, Rosenheime, Reflections Guest House, Hotel Rainforest are a few budget-friendly hotels in Ooty.
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