Ooty is the Queen of Hill Stations set amidst the Blue Nilgiri Mountains of South India. Positioned at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level, this quaint hill resort is recognized throughout the globe for its inherent natural beauty cocooned within a site, set up by four hills, named the Doddabetta Mountain, Snowdon.... read more about Ooty Tourism
- Places to Visit
- Botanical Gardens
- Ooty Centenary Rose Garden
- Ooty Golf Course
- Ooty Lake
- St. Stephen's Church
- Stone House
- Toda Huts
- Tribal Museum
- Tea Factory / Museum
- Wax World Museum
More about Ooty, the queen of hill stations in India
Ooty, Udhagamandalam, or Ootacamund, is the capital of Nilgiris District and recognised as one of the most preferred tourist hill resorts in India. A land of idyllic picnic spots, it was once a favorite summer and weekend getaway destination of the Colonial era and today of India.
Ooty derives its name from 'Othakal-Mund', a Toda Tribal word that practically means 'House in the Mountains'. It was established during the 19th century as a British Colony and subsequently functioned as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency. Caught amidst the charm of the blue smoky haze Mountain, Ooty is a stunning haven where tired minds and souls can rejuvenate and be one with nature. Owing to such attributes, this hill station is in fact the most well-liked travel destinations of India that attracts countless numbers of tourists from across the globe and Country alike.
A major attraction in Ooty is the Ooty Lake, forming a central feature of this town where one can enjoy boating activities. With a pleasant climate ranging between 15°C and 20°C, Ooty welcomes you, all-year-round, to its lavish eco-friendly abode dressed with enchanting tea gardens, cascading waterfalls, and gleaming creeks. Contributing to make Ooty a haven for nature enthusiasts, this place is soaked in utmost solace and broad hills that beckons you to camp amidst its verdant greenery, or alternatively enjoy a tour to its nearby villages, and tea gardens.
There will never be a dull moment to experience as sightseeing in Ooty are aplenty ranging from the famous Ooty Botanical Gardens, Dodabetta Peak, Lamb's Rock, Kodanadu View Point, Wildlife Sanctuaries & National Parks, including nearby excursions to Coonoor and Kotagiri hill stations. You can also enjoy several periodic exhibits and festivals organised in Ooty, of which the Tea and Tourism Festival, the Flower & Vegetable Show, and Makar Pongal Festival, are the popular ones.
Ooty can be approached by Road, Rail link, and Air with the nearest Coimbatore Airport just 3.5 hours by car. One can enjoy a hearty Toy Train joyride to Ooty from Mettupalayam, the nearest broad gauge railway head situated close to 46 kilometers from the town. Through a 4-hour journey, you will be introduced to a series of panoramic delights, tea plantations, tunnels and viaducts and much more, sure to make your journey an inspiring visual treat to be remembered for a lifetime. Once you arrive in Ooty, lodgings are available within a range of luxury to budget accommodation options, on prior booking. A visit to Ooty will definitely conquer the dullness of city life, giving you that much needed break within the lap of nature.