She is charming, she is classy, she is unique – she is the Queen of Hill Stations in India. Udhagamandalam, popularly known as Ooty is a hill station that will surely mesmerise you with its beguiling beauty.

A chain of misty hills spread across a lush green carpet – with plenty to see, enjoy and experience. Ooty is much more than a visitor’s paradise. It lends a piece of itself to its guests that they will be thrilled to take back. One of the most beautiful hill stations in India, Ooty nestles in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. An erstwhile summer resort of the British Raj in India, Ooty has transformed over the years into one of the most sought-after tourism destinations in Tamil Nadu.  With a cool and soothing climate almost all year round, Ooty welcomes tourists from far and wide. It’s not just about the mountains and hills, Ooty offers much more to discerning travellers who drive up the winding roads to reach the pinnacle. Lakes, gardens, parks, peaks, waterfalls and simply amazing accommodation options. No wonder Ooty is called the 'Switzerland of India', of such grandeur is the scenic beauty the destination is so well acclaimed for. If you would love to relax over a cup of tea, sitting back and gazing at the vastness of nature, Ooty is indeed the place to be. Besides that, the Nilgiri biosphere is rich in flora and fauna, allowing you to escape into the depths of mystic jungles and explore once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  Also, you just can’t afford to miss the Toy Train ride from Mettupalayam to Ooty, which is the only daily operational meter-gauge, rack railway in India, providing you with mesmerising views of the Nilgiris.

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Udhagamandalam Central Bus Stand.

Coimbatore International Airport, about 88 km away.

Coimbatore Railway Station, about 87 km away. Another way to reach Ooty is to take the Toy Train from Mettupalayam via Coonoor.

Although Ooty can be visited and explored any time of the year, the best is the summer months between March and June.

Top Attractions

Government Botanical Garden, Ooty

Government Botanical Garden, Ooty

The Government Botanical Garden in Ooty, spread over 55 acres, is a mesmerizing tourist site that has been attracting visitors for years. Situated about 2400 – 2500 mts above sea level, the botanical garden was established by Marquis of Tweedale in 1897 with William Graham McIvor as the architect.

Ooty Lake

The picturesque Ooty Lake, also known as the Ooty boat house, is a much sought-after tourist attraction located in the midst of serene greenery. The Ooty Lake is an artificially constructed lake, built by John Sullivan in 1824.

Pine Forest

Pine Forest

A journey of just 15 minutes from Ooty town centre will take you to the famed Pine Tree Forests of Ooty. These scenic woodlands, obscured in a fleeting veil of mist, offer a delightful experience to all travellers.

Deer Park, Ooty

Deer Park, Ooty

The Deer Park in Ooty is the perfect place to observe these docile creatures in their natural habitat. Located on the banks of the Ooty Lake is another beautiful park, a favourite among wildlife lovers.

Avalanche Lake, Ooty

Avalanche Lake, Ooty

Imagine waking up to a dreamlike sunrise over the misty mountains, spending a whole day hiking through lush woods and fishing in the blue waters of a serene lake. The Avalanche Lake in Ooty has that and more to offer to travellers looking to be lost in the beauty of nature.


Flirting with the clouds above the Nilgiris is Doddabetta, the highest peak in Tamil Nadu. A spectacular trail with an unparalleled vantage point of Ooty at the end of it makes Doddabetta a rewarding trekking experience and the perfect spot for a fun-filled day out with family as well.

Ketty Valley View

Ketty Valley View

Fringed by the rolling hills of the Nilgiris and spanning the horizon like an endless green ocean is Ketty Valley. A picturesque view of over 14 quaint hamlets awaits travellers as they head to Ketty Valley, also known as the Switzerland of South India.

Upper Bhavani Lake

Upper Bhavani Lake

The Upper Bhavani Lake is one of the best kept secrets of the Nilgiris. A pristine blue reservoir formed by a dam on the river Bhavani makes a perfect getaway spot for families and friends to enjoy a day out in Nature.

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Framed by the mighty peaks of the Nilgiris and the rolling jade hillocks of tea plantations, is the Emerald Lake. Yet to be discovered by most travellers, Emerald Lake and its under-explored landscape that reminds you of a fairy-tale make a perfect location to spend a day enjoying the awe-inspiring views.

St Stephen’s Church

St Stephen’s Church

A church of great antiquity and impeccable architectural beauty, St Stephen’s Church is a remarkable landmark of Ooty that is a window into the long history of the queen of hill stations. The church, embellished with beautiful stained-glass windows and antique features, is a jewel in the crown of the queen of Nilgiris.

Shooting Point, Ooty

Shooting Point, Ooty

Have you ever wanted to visit fairy-tale-like settings and recreate iconic scenes from your favourite movies? Head to Shooting Point in Ooty, where a picturesque view of unending green meadows and rolling hills veiled in thin white fog awaits you.

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Nestled amidst Nilgiri hills, Ooty, also known as Udagamandalam, is a hill station in Tamil Nadu which serves as a top-rated tourist destination. Once regarded as the summer headquarters of the East India Company, the Queen of the hills is a picturesque getaway.

Dotted with tea gardens, serene waterfalls, winding country lanes, and charming colonial architecture, Ooty is the perfect respite everyone. Popular among couples and honeymooners, Ooty allures its visitors with the panoramic views of the Nilgiri mountains. The Nilgiri mountain railway is the steepest track in all of Asia. Remember the hit song 'Chaiyya Chaiyya' where Shahrukh Khan and Malaika Arora matching steps on top of a train? Remember the breathtaking locales as the train chugged its way across lush greenery? Yes, that was the Nilgiri Mountain Railways, and the Nilgiri Mountains all along.

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  • 1 Understand
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Ooty , short for Ootacamund and officially Udhagamandalam , is a popular hill resort in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India . The name Udhagamandalam is derived from the Toda word "othakal-mund" which means "house in mountains". Ooty stands at 2,240 m (7,347 feet) above sea level in the Nilgiri mountain range. It was founded in the 19th century by the British , and served as the summer headquarters of the Madras Presidency. Ooty is in the Niligiris District which was one of the first places in India to get rid of plastic carry bags, so if you are heading there, remember to carry your own reusable bags, not plastic.

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In the Nilgiris ("Blue Mountains"), it draws swarms of tourists every year. The weather is quite pleasant at a mean of 15-20°C around the year, dropping to lows of 0°C during winter. The landscape is marked by rolling hills covered with dense vegetation, smaller hills and plateaus covered with tea gardens, and eucalyptus trees. Many portions of the hills are preserved as natural reserve forests, and special permits will be needed to camp in noncamp sites. Ooty is not the destination in itself, as much as it is the focal point of attraction. Auto touring the surrounding country side is certainly a must do. Unfortunately, the hill town suffers from overcrowding and erosion of natural resources. Tourism has placed an enormous strain on the natural resources resulting in pollution, water shortage and roads.

The hilly region also houses smaller towns like Coonoor and Kotagiri . These smaller towns are a better choice to visit and spend time in, since they are off the beaten path, yet less than an hour away from Ooty. They enjoy the same natural climes and prices are a lot cheaper.

Get in [ edit ]

By plane [ edit ].

The Coimbatore airport ( CJB  IATA ) is the closest to the hills at 3½ hours by road. There are flights into Coimbatore from Singapore, Sharjah, Colombo, Mumbai (Air India and Indigo), Chennai (Spicejet, Air India and Indigo) and Bangalore. The Mysore airport ( MYQ  IATA ) is about four hours away from Ooty by road. The drive from either airport is scenic.

By train [ edit ]

The hills are connected to by a nightly train, the Nilgiri Express (Train No. 2671), which departs from Chennai at night and reaches Mettupalayam (which Indian Rail spells Metupalaiyam), a small town at the foothills of the Nilgiris early the next morning.

The 51 km from Mettupalayam to Ooty is covered by taxi or bus; the mountain railway is uncomfortable and slow and two thirds of the journey doesn't go through scenic hills. The beautiful hills start only after Ketty or Lovedale. The 51 km can be covered in two hours by road whereas the toy train takes about six hours.

The Mountain Railway [ edit ]

The steam train's route is boring and there are constant stops and repair sessions en route . At some stations, the engine has to take on water. The train uses a rack and pinion system to ascend steep slopes, and also to prevent the train from sliding down when stopping. The train is pushed from behind. There are brakesmen at the rear of every carriage who apply and release each carriage's hand-powered brakes. The train often travels at 5-10 km/h, allowing adventurous passengers to disembark and walk alongside the train. This practice can be dangerous and the train may speed up, preventing reboarding.

Without a confirmed ticket, it is difficult to board the train, as only about 30 tickets are issued at Mettupalayam starting at 5AM, and at 1PM at Ooty for the entire journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty. Be near the ticket window before it opens, because there can be an unexpected crowd at opening. It is difficult to obtain a ticket at Mettuppalayam because of the morning crowd. Purchasing tickets is easier at the uphill Ketty and Lovedale stations, which are accessible by bus.

By bus [ edit ]

Buses and shared taxi vans can be boarded from elsewhere in India to Ooty. Alternative to the early train from Coimbatore, many buses also go to Ooty. The Coimbatore "new bus station" has frequent buses to Ooty via Mettupalayam, and it takes around 3½ hours to get there. However buses are uncomfortable and often crowded. The lack of air conditioning in the buses is problematic till they ascend the hills. Taxis leave from the same "new bus stand".

On the return journey in the morning, some buses make a 10-15-minute stop at Mettupalayam for breakfast. From the "new bus station" it takes about 25 minutes by (another) bus to reach the Coimbatore railway station. From Kozhikode, there are two government buses daily, leaving 5AM and 7AM, the journey lasts six hours. Mysore is served few times a day, too. From Kannur there is a daily KSRTC bus departs at 7:30AM and a daily Tamil Nadu bus departs at 10PM, reaching Ooty at 4PM and 7AM the next day, respectively.

By car [ edit ]

The Nilgiris are in Tamil Nadu , but near the borders Karnataka and Kerala . The hills consequently can be reached from within Tamil Nadu by travelling up a heavily forested winding road, with many hair-pin bends. The road trip from any state is scenic, although the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty road (i.e. the Tamil Nadu route) is the most travelled and best-maintained. All roads to the Nilgiri hills have nominal tolls.

Taxis at the Coimbatore "new bus stand" charge ₹2500 (negotiable) when reserved and ₹600 each when shared, four people share an Omni (Maruti van). In case a hotel has been per-booked, they often provide taxis to and from Coimbatore for ₹2000.

Ooty is 284 km from Bangalore by road. The journey takes about eight hours, depending on the road's condition. There is a shorter route with a diversion at Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary, which passes the towns of Masinagudi and Kalhatti. This route curtails the distance to Ooty by about 50 km. This road is closed at night as it passes through the jungle, requiring a few hours spent at the check post which is closed at night. This road as it is narrow and steep. There are eateries and a fuel station in the town of Masinagudi. Resorts near Masinagudi town let cottages. These offer relaxing weekend getaways. There are restaurants between Bangalore and Mysore, and within Mysore, but from Mysore to Ooty there are few restaurants, so it is advisable to stock up on groceries in advance. Start early for a more leisurely drive through Bandipur and Mudumalai forest, taking in occasional animal sightings.

Distance from Ooty to various cities:

Get around [ edit ]


Taxis, tourist cabs, auto rickshaws are available in plenty. There are no standard rates except for tourist cabs. Rickshaws charge a minimum of ₹30. Town buses are available to all important places. Conducted sight seeing tours are arranged by private operators and the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). There are around 3-4 different day trip routes/packages available. Bus day-trip cost ₹125-150 and taxi day-trip cost ₹900-1100. Even if you arranged the taxi through the hotel (even TTDC), verify with the hotel and operator before the trip that there are no hidden costs. Taxi drivers will often demand high parking fees and lunch, which is already paid for. It is not uncommon for bus/taxi drivers to get commission from remote restaurants and shops. These places are overpriced, try avoiding such restaurants.

Bus and taxi will take tourists to remote, high-priced restaurants for lunch. Try not to eat in such places because the food is cold, the place is not clean beyond the façade, and it is always overpriced (you will end up paying for taxi driver's lunch, too).

Also avoid driver's recommendation for sleeping arrangements. They (few of them) will take you to the hotels for accommodation where they get 20% commission, which will be added in your room tariff without your knowledge.

See [ edit ]

  • Annamalai Temple ( about 20 km from Ooty ). This place has grown as a famous temple of Lord Muruga, and is known as 7th Hill house of the lord. The view from the temple is great. There is an observatory at the top of hill for the public to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view. ( updated Oct 2015 )
  • Boating at Pykara . It's an awesome experience. Though the rate of boating is little bit high (minimum is ₹400) but still it is worthy. Fresh air, good feeling and good view.  
  • 11.40073 76.73582 1 Doddabetta Peak . The Dodabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 m. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. It is 10 km from Ooty so you can simply grab your camera and head straight to the peak, and click amazing pictures of the valley below. Many say that on a clear day, which is honestly not that often, one can see far off areas, even the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore. You can get there by catching a bus from ooty bus stand which will charge you ₹10, but will have to walk about 3 km. from the stop where the bus will drop you. You will enjoy the way up the peak, if you love walking.  
  • Dolphin's Nose . The Dolphin's Nose View point is 10 km from Coonoor Central. You can enjoy the views of the roads and tea farms.  
  • Echo Rock . Some call it the "Lamb's Rock", as it naturally took the shape of a lamb. Go through a very small forest and then you can see the rock.  
  • 11.47202 76.60466 2 Falls at Pykara ( Pykara Waterfalls ). This is an interesting place near the Pykara village. Bathing is not advisable here as there is a danger of drowning when there is water. However, there is not always water in the waterfalls, so check current conditions before you go.  

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  • 11.41 76.7 3 Fern Hills Palace . Be sure to visit this palace-turned-hotel of the Mysore Maharaja. Extremely beautiful place and quite affordable tea-snacks and slightly expensive buffet dinner. The palace and its estate are beautiful and are open to guests. The locals often will call it Mysore Palace to avoid confusion with the Fern Hill Hotel.  
  • Hidden Valley .  
  • Historical dam with power station at Pykara .  

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  • 11.41888 76.71139 4 Ooty Botanical Gardens . If you are on a sightseeing tour to Ooty, you might want to visit the Government Botanical gardens, which were laid out in 1847. The picturesque gardens that are maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 ha. The gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old. The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk among greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close. If you are in Ooty in the month of May, then you can also be a part of the summer festival, which is held here annually. The festival holds flower shows and various cultural programs showcasing the talent of the locals and the renowned artists.  
  • 11.40538 76.70807 5 Ooty Rose gardens . It is an amazing and very large area garden. You can enjoy varieties of roses there. The roses bloom only for 2-3 months a year (not sure when), so going there off-season is not very interesting. If interested can buy the seeds and plants also.  
  • Pine forest . It's a natural beauty. After the end of the forest a lake is there. Be careful while walking as the path has slope. Down the slope lies the waters of Kamaraj-sagar Dam.  
  • Shooting Point . One very nice place is that. Don't miss it. The view is very pleasant.  
  • 11.35774 76.79785 6 Sims Park , Coonoor . Similar to Ooty Botanical Garden, very rare plants and trees are present. The park is famous for the fruit show it hosts annually during summer festivals.  
  • The Tea Factory . Several tree gardens and factories are there. On the way you will get lots of them. They will approach you with free tea taste and offer some tea packets to buy. But be cautious if you don't have much knowledge about tea, better not to buy from them as the packet tea has not the same taste as they gave you to taste. The spices' quality is not so good.  
  • Wax World ( Wax Museum ). It is a private investment not supported by the government. Don't expect much like other foreign wax museums which are helped by tourism authorities for advertisements and promotions. But for sight seeing its good. More attractive is the very old house, where the museum is set up. Candles are available. But it is suffering from a lack of funds for expansion so they request tourists to visit and to get financial help from them, which is the only form of support.  
  • 11.412017 76.708318 7 Adam's Fountain . ( updated Aug 2022 )
  • 11.412142 76.712728 8 Stone House . ( updated Aug 2022 )

Churches of Ooty [ edit ]

  • 11.414673 76.702281 9 St. Stephen's Church . ( updated Aug 2022 )
  • 11.413543 76.702265 10 Holy Trinity Church . ( updated Aug 2022 )
  • 11.417086 76.708425 11 Sacred Heart Cathedral . ( updated Aug 2022 )

Do [ edit ]

Most travel agents and hotels conduct guided tour packages that will bundle you into a bus, and tick off the most important and hence crowded "tourist" spots in the area. Some hotels also arrange for private cars like Indica, TATA Sumo.

  • 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 if possible a tea factory.
  • Travel the countryside in a 4x4.
  • Catch a round of golf at the Gymkhana Golf course (membership or introduction required)
  • 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 the Needle industries which is around 6km from maintown Ooty in Ketti.
  • Visit 9th mile and also the 6th mile where lot of movies are shot.
  • Visit the Municipal Market and shop for fresh local fruits.
  • 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. US$4/hour .  
  • Explore the nearby Avalanche and Emerald Lakes, for day picnics, treks, and walkthroughs of the surrounding villages. You can also hike through the nearby tribal hamlet of Mullimunth of the Toda people. The 3 km trek takes 5 hours and passes through wooded areas and streams along the settlements.

Buy [ edit ]

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 that you get an authentic product.

  • Green Shop . It 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.  
  • Taj Bakers , Main Bazaar, Ooty. Visit Taj Bakers for traditional Ooty Biscuit called (Varkey) and other bakery items like home made chocolates, and cakes. .  
  • King's Star . Ooty is famous for its chocolates, 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. (The shops are run by the 3rd generation of the family.  

Eat [ edit ]

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There are various restaurants in Ooty, mostly offering South Indian food, but some offer North Indian food.

  • 11.408889 76.706944 1 Hotel Sri Velmurugan , Walsham Road, Green fields ( On the road connecting Alankar Theatre (in Ettines road) and the Commercial Road ), ☏ +91 9944817139 , +91 423-2444968 , [email protected] . 6AM to 11PM . Traditional South Indian restaurant. ( updated Jun 2019 )
  • Earl's Secret , Kings Cliff .  
  • Bismillah Hotel , Near Juma Masjidh, Upper Bazar . Delicious meat and fish dishes of Calicut taste. ( updated Mar 2017 )
  • Navodaya Chaater Cafe ( C-Store ), Willow bund road , ☏ +919840249656 . 3pm onwards . Serves vegetarian delicacies, including maggi. ( updated Nov 2019 )

Drink [ edit ]

The Nilgiris are famous for tea.

  • Hotel Blue hills , Commercial Road . Best non-veg hotel in Ooty. Serving biriyani and other dishes for more than a decade.  
  • Krishan Prabhas . lower bazaar, near bus stand, ooty  

Sleep [ edit ]

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 , ☏ +91 423 2452288 , +91 423 2443378 , +91 423 2443807 , [email protected] . 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 .  
  • Hotel Maneck , Main Bazaar , ☏ +91 423 2443494 . Very central hotel near horse race track with good economical restaurant on basement. Hotel and restaurant are under Jain management. The rooms start from ₹1200  
  • Hotel Sinclair , Gorishola Rd , ☏ +91-0423-2444309 , fax : +91-0423-2444229 , [email protected] . 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. ₹2,000-10,000 .  
  • Railway Retirement Room ( inside the railway station ). ₹150 . ( updated May 2015 )
  • 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. ₹550/night for upstairs room (Sep 2010). 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.  
  • Sunshine Inn , ☏ +91 99433-33323 , +91 98942-96961 . 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 ₹1800 + tax .  
  • Sherlock Hotel . A colonial villa several kilometers away from the town with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and warm and friendly service. Rooms have cozy fireplaces. The restaurant alone is worth a visit serving outstanding continental food and also 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. ₹1875-3000 depending on size and view .  
  • Sullivan court , Near Rose Garden . 5-star luxury hotel. Most famous hotel, best rooms, part of ITC Hotels India.  
  • 11.469604 76.570236 1 United-21 Paradise Ooty ( United-21 Ooty ), Woodbrook , ☏ +91 22 6184 1444 . United-21 Paradise is hill resort in Ooty by Panoramic Group which offers budget cottages.  
  • Ajantha Lodge , Lower Bazar, Juma Masjidh Street, ( near Railway Station ), ☏ +91 9159323199 . Mr. Sadiq Basha runs this lodge in a cute period building of 1912. 400 . ( updated Mar 2017 )
  • 11.413473 76.678539 2 Treebo Whispering Meadows , 264, Off Gymkhana Golf link road, Fingerpost , ☏ +91 9322 800 100 , [email protected] . Check-in: noon , check-out: 11AM . Treebo Whispering Meadows, a heritage property off Gymkhana Golf Link Road. Starting from 1999 . ( updated Oct 2017 )
  • Funstay , ☏ +91 99028 60849 . Cottages, Resorts and Tents, attached washrooms, party space, Room services, Food service, car parking, In house laundry and Hot running water. These homestays in Ooty are just 3 to 4 km away from Ooty bus stop and railway station. Starts from 1550 to 6500 per person per night.  
  • 11.483697 76.698767 3 Glyngarth Resort ( 2/213, Hullathy Village, The Nilgiris ), ☏ +91 7867000011 , +91 9786000085 , +91 80 4673 2005 , [email protected] . Pool views with massive bay windows from floor to ceiling. ( updated May 2019 )

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18 Places to Visit in Ooty – The Queen Of Hill Stations

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How does this sound to you: bright green soothing slopes, mystical pathways, and clouds that kiss your hair? Ooty is replete with such immense beauty and has enough activities and elements to keep every traveler happy and satisfied.One of the largest hill stations in India, Ooty has a reputation of being the most popular one among them. There are many places to visit in Ooty and also many tourist places near Ooty that will make a memorable trip for you on a low budget. One of the largest hill stations in India, Ooty has a reputation of being the most popular one among them. There are many places to visit in Ooty and also many tourist places near Ooty that will make a memorable trip for you in low budget Planning a trip can be a tedious task if you want to see everything the lovely location has to offer! Worry not, we have prepared a list of the top places to visit in Ooty for you

Best Places to Visit in Ooty

1. toy train.

Toy Train in Ooty

Here is a cute toy train in ooty

Also known as the Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train, the Toy Train is the key attraction of all the Ooty tourist places . Incepted in the year 1899, it continues to charm its visitors with the best views of forests, tunnels, sloes, fog, and birds bestowed upon them. Rated as one of the most visited Ooty tourist places , this toy train ride is a must-try for all the travellers.

  • Operating hours: The rides are available every day.
  • TripAdvisor rating: 5/5

2. Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake

If you are fond of gaiety lake rides, then Ooty has got your back. Home to some wonderful and glistening lakes, Ooty is a hub for all the water lovers. The most famous among them, being the Ooty Lake, it is an artificial lake in the shape of an irregular ‘L’. It was artificially formed by the founder of Ooty, John Sullivan by damming the streams flowing through the hill station. Definitely a gem in the Ooty places to visit,  this lake is the most famous among the tourists as the best place to visit in Ooty.

  • Operating hours:  9 am to 6 pm.
  • TripAdvisor rating: 3.5/5

3. Ooty Botanical Gardens: One of the best places to visit in Ooty

Ooty Botanical Gardens

The most charming pick among the Ooty tourist places list, this botanical gardens is a treat for all the nature lovers. It bears some amazing plants that attract the gardening lovers from all over the country to the place only to view the rare species of plants. The botanical gardens were laid out in 1848 and are maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department. Replete with various stunning varieties of flowers, ferns, and orchids, the gardens are a sight to behold. It is one of the best places to visit in Ooty for all the nature lovers.

  • Operating hours:  8 am to 6:30 pm.
  • TripAdvisor rating: 4/5
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4. Ooty Rose Gardens

Ooty Rose Gardens

One of the Ooty’s best places , This garden is in charge of conducting the best flower show and has the highest rose production in the country. The roses grown here are lovely and hold great market value. Doesn’t this spot make it to the list of top places to visit in Ooty , as well as the list of places you wouldn’t mind getting lost at?

  • Operating hours:  9 am to 6 pm from Sunday to Monday

5. Thread Garden

Thread Garden

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The thread garden of Ooty is filled with some of the most beautiful collection of artificial flowers and plants that have all been made by skilled artists using only thread. Antony Joseph is the mastermind behind concept and has worked constantly for 12 years to bring his idea to conceptualization.

  • Operating hours:   9 am to 6 pm every day.
  • TripAdvisor rating: 3.5/5

6. Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta Peak, Ooty

The highest peak in the region of Ooty, the Doddabetta peak stands at an impressive 2,623 meters above sea level. One of the most impressive choices among the Ooty tourist places list , the Dodabetta peak breathes fresh air into your body, making you feel amazing from the tip of its peak.

  • Operating hours:  7 am to 6 pm every day.

7. Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin's Nose, Ooty

A natural site, this is a protruding rock that looks like a dolphin’s nose. It is also a prize spot for trekking opportunities. You can capture some stunning shots from the tip of the Dolphin’s Nose, making it one of the best places to visit in Ooty for all the photographers and travellers alike.

  • Operating hours:  9 am to 6 pm every day.

8. Kalhatti Falls

Kalhatti Falls, Ooty

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These falls are also known as ‘Bird Watchers Paradise’. The spot is great for short trips and picnics because of the calm and tranquil atmosphere surrounding it. The fresh water lake is also an important attraction of Bellikkal, making it one of the favored places to visit in Ooty !

  • Operating hours:  8 am to 6 pm every day.

9. Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake, Ooty

Emerald lake is located in a region called Silent Valley. It is one of the favored spots in Ooty for picnicing and fishing. The lake is also surrounded by a plethora of tea plantations with amazing tea products. Another beautiful lake in the Ooty town, Emerald Lake holds the record for being the second best lake in the Ooty tourist places .

  • Operating hours:  9 am to 6 pm every day.
  • TripAdvisor rating: 4.5/5
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10. Tiger Hill: Amongst Popular places in Ooty

Tiger Hill, Ooty

This hill lies to the east of Ooty and is located towards the lower end of the Doddabetta peak. It is located at a distance of 6km from the main town and is replete with plenty treks. The Tiger Hill is the perfect place to visit in Ooty for all the people who are fond of trekking and hiking, and a little adventure on their trip.

11. Kamraj Sagar Lake

Kamraj Sagar Lake is a dam located in the suburbs of Ooty. Surrounded by a wide variety of herbs and shrubs, it comes as no surprise that many good movies have been shot in this neighborhood. Due to the flourishing of the fishing industry here, the local delicacies at this high ranker on the list of places to visit in Ooty are a treat for the eyes and the tastebuds alike!

12 Kotagiri

Kotagiri, Ooty

Kotagiri is the second largest hill station after Ooty. It is an ideal location for trekking expeditions, and has schools as a major contributor to the local economy.  One of the most visited tourist places near Ooty . Kotagiri is one of those hill stations that beholds the beauty of the country.

  • Operating hours:  24/7

13. Annamalai Temple

Annamalai Temple, Ooty

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Annamalai Temple is situated close to 20km from Ooty. It is also home to an observatory at the top of the hill for the visitors to enjoy the panoramic views. This sacred place in ooty is for all the religious people who embark on a trip to this hill station. One of the Ooty’s best places , the Annamalai temple is a right source of positivity and energy.

  • Operating hours:  5 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm every day.

14. Droog Fort

Droog Fort, Ooty

Ooty not only bears natural beauty, but also the historical monuments. The best example for this is the Droog Fort. One of the most ancient places to visit in Ooty ,  The Droog Fort is an old and worn out fort located about 6000ft above the plains. History says this fort was used by Tippu Sultan as an outpost, owing to its impressive location and all-inclusive views. However, only a wall remains in its place as a reminder and a popularly lovely tourist spot.

  • Operating hours:  6 am to 6 pm every day.

15. Lamb’s Rock

One of the top places to visit in Ooty is Lamb’s Rock in Coonoor. It is located on the slopes of the Nilgiri Hills and has a fascinating view of the Coimbatore Plains. You can also spot the Coonoor stream from close to 5000 feet below. This less explored place in the Ooty tourist places list is a must-visit for all the nature lovers.

16. Catherine Falls

Catherine Falls Ooty - Places to Visit in Ooty

Imagine a huge stream of falls landing onto the Earth from an enormous height, and transferring little droplets of water on all the sides around the stream. This pretty much explains the beauty of the Catherine Falls. One of the most beautiful places to visit in Ooty,  These impressive falls gush down from a height of 250 feet! You can take a road trip to the very top of the falls. Really gives you some perspective in life, to look at the gushing water from such a height, we imagine!

  • Operating hours:  9 am to 6:30 pm every day.

17. Bison Valley

The valley gleans its name from the Indian bison that roams freely throughout the area. Bison valley is home to beautiful greenery, a wide variety of wildlife such as bears, deer, tigers, bison, and elephants. The valley also provides popular activities to enjoy such as mountain biking and trekking. The Bison Valley is one of the best places to visit in Ooty for all the adventure seekers and the nature lovers alike.

18. St. Stephen’s Church

St. Stephen's Church Ooty - Places to Visit in Ooty

One of the most famous tourist places near Ooty, this Anglican cathedral was sounded in 1829, and is among the oldest churches in Nilgiris. It depicts various religious scenes through wooden works and glass paintings. This cathedral stands apart from all the other places to visit in Ooty , in respect of beauty and glory. The stained glass and wooden beams are a beauty to behold!

  • Operating hours:  10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm every day.

Most of the places listed above have no or minimal amount of entrance fee. Ooty is a beautiful place in the mystical lands of Tamil Nadu that can be afforded by almost everyone. Apart from these places, there are many places to visit in Ooty that will bring out the charm of the town. However, if you wish to visit the famous spots, then this list of places to visit in Ooty is the ideal one for you to go. Ooty is one of those places in India which you have to experience to know the beauty of it. One cannot describe its beauty in mere words.

FAQs about OOty:

1. what are the top ten places to visit in ooty.

Almost every place you visit in Ooty is worth all the hype. However, if you want to enlist ten places, then here is a list of it:

  • Thread Garden
  • Doddabetta Peak
  • Kalhatti Falls
  • Emerald Lake
  • Catherine Falls
  • Stephen’s Church
  • Annamalai Temple

2. What are the things you must carry when roaming around in Ooty?

The temperatures in Ooty might be low, but there is going to be sun scorching all the time of the year. So make sure you are packed with loads of sunscreen and clothes depending on the season in which you are visiting.

3. What are the adventure activities you can do in Ooty?

Among the list of places to visit in Ooty , there are a considerable number of waterfalls and hills. Hence, there is going to be trekking, mountain climbing, hiking, and many other adventure sports that you can involve yourself in Ooty.

4. What to expect when you are visiting Ooty?

Most of the places to visit in Ooty are related to nature and its panoramic views. So, when you are planning to visit Ooty, make sure you carry your camera to capture all the scintillating views from the top of the hills.

The list is made, the pictures have been looked at; what are you waiting for? Book your Ooty tour package right now and head to the mysterious and lovely Ooty to experience Ooty tourism now!

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Ooty Travel Guide: From Places to Visit to What to Pack

Ooty earned the title of “Queen of Hills” with its mesmerizing misty hills, lush meadows, and thriving tea plantations. Situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 feet) above sea level, Ooty has many tourist  attractions to satiate your vacation cravings. In this Ooty Travel Guide, I cover everything from places to visit in Ooty to what to pack for Ooty.

Apart from the typical tourist attractions a hill station offers, Ooty is a favorite in southern India for its one-of-a-kind UNESCO Heritage Toy Train ride experience.

Ashley and son at Ooty botanical gardens, a place to visit in Ooty

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Check out my Ooty travel blog here for all the information you need to plan your trip and make it awesome.

Ooty Travel Guide: Places to Visit

Whether you are looking for a honeymoon destination, or a family vacation, or an adventure travel, Ooty will not disappoint you.

Ooty Lake, a must-see in Ooty, is an artificial lake created over 200 years ago by damming water from streams through the mountains. The lake and the tourism facilities surrounding it offer a great deal for you to spend a couple of hours here. Here you can have different types of boating experiences, such as paddle boating, rowing, and motor boating.

Ooty Lake also has an in-house amusement park with games and activities. You can also take a horse ride here. The garden and the many eateries in the vicinity offers a great place to relax and chill with your dear ones.

The Tourism Department at Ooty Lake conducts a boat race for the tourists every year in the month of May. It is a fun and exciting time to visit Ooty.

Ashley’s Tip: While there are many boating spots in Ooty, Ooty Lake is the cheapest among them. 

Boating in Ooty Lake

Thread Garden

If you are someone who appreciates art and handicraft, Thread Garden should be on your list of places to visit in Ooty.

Thread Garden houses a landscape, complete with flowers, lawn, and a Toda hut, entirely made of thread, wire, and glue. The artifacts are created using a technique called “four-dimensional hand wound embroidery.” The specialty of this technique is that no machine or even needle is used to make them.

Thread Garden is the brainchild of Mr. Antony Joseph that was executed with the support of skilled workers and took about twelve years to fruition. You will be amazed to know that Thread Garden finds a place in India Book of Records , Tamilnadu Book of Records , and Unique World Records as a unique and the first thread garden in the world.

If you want to explore Thread Garden, you can spot it right outside and opposite to the Ooty Lake entrance. You need to pay an entrance fee to enter the exhibition hall and can expect to spend about thirty minutes inside.

Ashley’s Tip: You can learn more about the craft from the in-house guide who will explain about the technique and importance of the place. Apart from the exhibits, they also sell the handicraft. You can take them home as souvenirs. 

Thread garden, showing handicrafts made with thread, a place to visit in Ooty

Botanical Gardens

One of the most renowned and talked about places to visit in Ooty, the Government Botanical Gardens is a 55 acres expanse of plants, herbs, and trees of many indigenous and exotic varieties. It has been around for almost two hundred years now and has only gained in charms over these years.

The place houses brilliantly colored flowers all throughout the year, making it a year-round destination. Botanical Gardens is open from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm and you need to pay an entrance fee to visit the place. Expect to spend a good 2-3 hours in the Botanical Gardens.

Every year, the Tourism Department conducts a two-day flower show in the Botanical Gardens in the month of May. This is the time for you to flock to Ooty to behold the splendid sight.

Ashley’s Tip: Government Botanical Gardens is a must-see on an Ooty trip. This means that every tourist and students from schools and colleges come in large numbers to visit the garden. It is best to get there by 7:00 am or after 2:30 pm. Otherwise, chances are high that you will end up spending a considerable amount of time waiting in queue for your entry tickets.

Red flowers in fron of Italian garden in Ooty Botanical Garden.

If you are planning a 3 day trip covering Ooty and Coonoor, here is a practical and budget-friendly itinerary .

Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta Peak, the highest peak in the Nilgiris, is 2637 meters from the sea level. This is a great place to visit in Ooty with family as it is accessible by road and does not require hiking. The view from the top is breathtaking with a view of the valley and mountain ranges through the mist.

Ashley’s Tips: Doddabetta Peak may be closed during the monsoon season due to heavy rain, slippery roads, and occasional tree fall that can block the road. Always check with the locals before heading to the place.

Wenlock Downs

Famously known as “shooting point,” Wenlock Downs is a favorite spot among the Bollywood filmmakers. Wenlock Downs is a meadow on a vast expanse of land and a sight to behold. The summer camp you see in the Bollywood movie, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai , was shot here. You can also take horse rides here.

Ashley’s Tips: Two things you need to watch out for in Wenlock Downs are horse droppings and slippery grass. So, inspect the area before sitting down and avoid uncomfortable footwear when visiting the place.

Wenlock Downs is a place to visit in Ooty

Pykara Waterfalls

Pykara Waterfalls and Pykara Lake are two attractions in Ooty that are  just 3 km apart. These are on the same route as Wenlock Downs and can be easily clubbed together. Pykara Lake offers boating facility but can be pricey compared to Ooty Lake.

The entry to the Pykara Waterfalls viewing area is through a village. After paying the nominal entry fee, you have to walk down on a concrete lane for about 700 meters to react the viewing area. You can also hire a battery car operated from the ticket office area for a per person charge to reach the waterfall.

Do note that you cannot enter the falls as it is dangerous and hence properly barricade. It is safe to take children to view the waterfalls.

Pykara waterfalls, a place to visit in Ooty

Ashley’s Tip: You can skip Pykara Falls if you are travelling with young children or elderly persons, as there is some walking up and down stairs involved.

Avalanche Lake

Avalanche Lake, situated about 25 km from the town center, is part of the Nilgiris Forest Reserve. Here you will find nothing but nature in its wild and raw state. A splendid lake, a safari to the forest reserve, and an opportunity for fishing in the lake are the main attractions of the place. Avalanche Lake is a must-see in Ooty for nature lovers.

You can reach Avalanche Lake checkpoint by private vehicle, which is a one-hour drive. From here you need to get permits for the bus or jeep safari. Try to reach early in the morning to avoid wasting your time standing in queue for the permits.

The drive to Avalanche Lake checkpoint can be a bumpy one as the roads are not in their best state for the most part of the year.

Ashley’s Tip: If you are visiting Ooty between July and September, do visit Avalanche Lake for some trout fishing.

Avalanche Lake, Ooty

Other Places to Visit in Ooty

  • Emerald lake
  • Needle Rock Viewpoint
  • Rose Garden
  • Tribal Research Centre

Famous Temples to Visit in Ooty

  • Elk Hill Murugan Temple
  • Mariamman Temple
  • Toda Temple

A handicraft at Ooty Thread Garden showing a Toda Hut

Famous Churches to Visit in Ooty

  • St Stephen’s Church
  • Holy Trinity Church
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral

If you have a day or two to spare, make sure you visit Coonoor to make the most out of your trip.

A view of Ketti Valley from Ooty, a place to visit in Ooty

Ooty Travel Guide: Things to Do

Ooty is for the nature lovers and tea lovers! Here are some fun activities to do in Ooty.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a meter gauge rack railway that runs from Metupalayam to Udagamandalam (Ooty railway station). In 2005 UNESCO declared Nilgiri mountain railway a World Heritage Site.

You can book the ticket on the IRCTC website and head on an out-of-the-world journey through the valleys and hills in the Nilgiri mountain range.

 The Railway Museum at Metupalayam station can give you a good idea about the history and evolution of the Nilgiri mountain railway. You can also get down at Coonoor and explore the place.

The train ride is, according to me, the best tourist attraction in Ooty.

Ashley’s Tip : The journey uphill from Metupalayam to Ooty is 5 hours long. There are no toilets in the train. Make use of the station toilets before you get on.

Peeping out from the window in ooty toy train

Read my detailed article on Nilgiri Mountain Railway  for all the information you need.

The entrance toNilgiri Mountain railway, a major attraction in Ooty

The Tea Factory and the Tea Museum

The Tea Factory and the Tea Museum is a great place for you to learn about the history and evolution of tea. Did you know that The Tea Factory and Tea Museum in Ooty is the highest elevated tea factory in southern India? 

At a nominal fee of ₹10 you can take a peek into the tea making process of “cut, twist, and curl,” and taste a few varieties of teas.

Ashley Tips: There are a couple of tea factories in Ooty, but there is only one tea museum situated at the highest elevation. So, take a long look at the photo of The Tea Factory and the Tea Museum, and save it on your phone so that you can show it to your driver and ask him to take you to that exact place, if you are particular about it.

Ooty Tea factory is a must visit place in Ooty.

Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai National Park is a part of the Nilgiri biosphere with hundreds of species of animals, birds and fauna. You can have jungle safari, elephant safari, or hiking in the National Park. Here, you can even spend a night as there are various accommodation options available.

Mudumalai National Park is more accessible to someone taking the Mysuru-Ooty road. And while you are there you can visit, Masinagudi, a small and beautiful hill station that is a part of Mudumalai National Park.

Ashley’s Tip: If you want to spot animals, the best time to visit is during the summer months of February to May when animals and birds frequent the lakes to cool themselves down. This is also a great time to sport migratory birds

Where to Stay in Ooty:

Budget Hotels in Ooty

Best Homestays in Ooty

Budget Resorts in Ooty

Luxury Resorts in Ooty

How to Reach Ooty

One of the reasons why Ooty gets so many tourists is its accessibility. I explain here how you can reach the place by road, rail, and air.

If you are traveling from north of Ooty, such as Mysuru (Mysore) or Bengaluru (Bangalore), the Mysuru-Ooty Road is the way. Ooty is about 7 hours from Bengaluru by road.  Masinagudi and Needle Rock Viewpoint are bonuses on the way to Ooty, in this route.

If visiting Ooty from Mangalore or north Kerala, it is best to travel via Mananthavady. However, from anywhere else in Kerala, Ooty can be reached via Coimbatore-Metupalayam Road. 

You need to reach Mettupalayam to go to Ooty by road, if you are traveling to Ooty from anywhere in Tamil Nadu. State bus services ply from major cities across Tamil Nadu to Ooty.

This is my favorite mode of transportation as Ooty has its own railway station, named Udagamandalam. The famous UNESCO heritage toy train runs between Mettupalaym and Udagamandalam. 

If you want to reach Udagamandalam railway station, you need to reach Mettupalayam railway station.

You can reach Mettupalayam by train from Chennai on the Nilgiri Superfast Express. Similarly, from Tirunelveli or Madurai, you can reach Mettupalayam by Tirunelveli Mettupalayam Express, which starts from Tirunelveli every Thursday. There are also many passenger trains running between Mettupalayam and Coimbatore.

Ashley on Ooty Toy train at Coonoor railway station.

Coimbatore is the nearest airport to Ooty. You can catch flights to Coimbatore from any major cities in India. Coimbatore airport is 87 km from Ooty.

Best Time to Visit Ooty

While Ooty is considered a year-round tourist destination, April to June and September to November are considered the best time to visit Ooty. Depending on the time you plan your trip, the Nilgiris can give you different experiences.

April to June

April, May, and June are the summer months when the average temperature is about 25 °C. It is cool, the view up on the mountains is spectacular, and it is a great time for hiking. The major attractions in Ooty like Botanical Gardens and Rose Garden look their best in the summer season.

This is also the time for summer vacation in schools, so brace yourself for peak season hotel charges, large crowds, and heavy traffic.

July and August

These are the monsoon months when the Nilgiris can get quite drenched. If you want to avoid the crowd or intent to spent most of your trip in a tea plantation or a resort with in-house activities, this might be the best time as hotel charges are the cheapest at this time.

September to November

September to November is the time when the rains start making way for a chilly and misty weather in the Nilgiri hills. You can see nature bloom in front of your eyes with new fauna of different colors and shape. 

The valleys look beautiful and green. The lakes and waterfalls are at their fullest and mightiest. There could be occasional drizzle here and there

This is the second peak season in Ooty, which definitely brings in the crowd. You can cover most of the tourist places in Ooty, however, this may not be the best time for hiking or visiting places like Doddabetta Peak as the roads may get too slippery.

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December to March

The winters in Nilgiri can be between 5 °C to 18 °C. If you are planning to visit mostly the top tourist spots in Ooty and not planning for any adventure, this is a great time. As visibility is quite low during the winter season, driving may get challenging during early morning and evening.

Ashley’s Tip: If planning to spend most of the time in a resort and not planning on touring the famous spots, choose off-season months to get cheapest deals on your stay.

How to Get Around in Ooty

Hiring a private car is the best way to get around and visit all major attractions in Ooty. You can contact your hotel to arrange a vehicle for you. For places like Botanical Gardens and Ooty Lake, an autorickshaw or even the SETC buses (Tamil Nadu state-run buses) are affordable options.

Where to Eat in Ooty

Chocolate: King Star, Moddy’s Chocolates

Tea: High Hill Tea

Café: Earl’s Secret, Cocoapods, Willy’s Coffee Pub

South Indian: Hotel Junior Kuppanna (non-vegetarian), Adayar Ananda Bhavan (vegetarian)

North Indian: Kailash Parbat (vegetarian), Pankaj Bhojanalaya (Jain options available)

Continental: Earl’s Secret, Place To Bee, Angaara

For a more detailed review of the best restaurants in Ooty , check this blog.

Where to Shop in Ooty

Whatever you need to buy in Ooty, you can find it in the two-and-a-half kilometers stretching from Udagamandalam railway station to Botanical Garden. The street is rightly called Commercial Road.

Here you can get anything from woolen (Tibetan Market), to handicrafts, spices, homemade chocolates, essential oils, and the famous Ooty varky. An evening stroll through Commercial Road is all you need to complete your Ooty shopping.

What to Pack for Ooty

Clothing : If traveling in the winter months from November to February, carry heavy woolens; at any other time of the year, light woolens will do.

Footwear : Some of the major tourist attractions in Ooty require you to walk on uneven terrain. Carry your comfortable walking shoes .

Umbrella or Raincoat : If visiting in the monsoon months from July to September, a raincoat is a must. Nilgiris receive rain 9 months a year, so it is best to carry an umbrella with you for any unanticipated rain.

Lifestyle : Carry sunscreens with SPF 50 and use them even if it is not so sunny, as you are exposed to a higher level of UV rays on hill stations due to their altitude. Don’t forget to add your moisturizer and lip care cream to your toiletries bag during the winter months to avoid dry skin and chapped lips.

Wrapping Up Ooty Travel Guide

To conclude, the best places to visit in Ooty are Ooty Lake, Thread Garden, Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta Peak, Wenlock Downs, Pykara Lake, and Avalanche Lake. If you are visiting Ooty from Bangalore or Mysore, do add Masinagudi and Needle Rock Viewpoint to your Ooty itinerary.

The best things to do in Ooty are experiencing Ooty Toy Train, visiting a tea factory, and exploring nature at Mudumalai National Park. Taking a cab is the best way to get around in Ooty.

Ooty Travel guide, a view if Kethi valley and pine forest, places to visit in Ooty

Did you find this Ooty Travel Guide useful in planning your trip? How was your Ooty trip? Did you find or experience anything that I should mention here? Let me know in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.

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Image Credits : Avalanche Lake , Ooty Tea Factory  and Tea Museum

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I love exotic railway journeys, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway looks amazing!

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Thanks for sharing. I love to see parts of the world through another person’s eyes. And, it looks as though there are lots of things to do in Ooty to keep you busy.

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Ooty is a very touristy place with lots of activities and nature at its best. The top attractions are Botanical Gardens, Avalanche lake, and a ride on Ooty Toy train.

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Thanks for putting Ooty on my radar. The lake looks nice and relaxing, as do the botanical gardens.

Avalanche Lake and Botanical Gardens are two surreal places to visit in Ooty. You will love it!

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Ooty seems a great place to visit for all the family. I would particularly like to see the botanical gardens and the waterfalls as that is where my interests lie. Did you have a favourite activity while you were there?

Yes, Ooty is one of the most visited hill stations in South India. You will love spending quality family time in the botanical gardens. Ooty Toy Train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is my favorite activit to do in Ooty.

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I’ve never heard of this town! It looks beautiful!

Thank you! I took this trip long before I planned to start this blog, so my photos don’t do justice to the place.

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Would love to visit Ooty one day, it looks really beautiful! Thank you for your informative guide 🙂

Thank you, Danae. Yes, Ooty is very beautiful. It is known as the “Queen of Hills” of India.

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Very informative, well structured and organized.I agree that the research and planning is the the real icing ..keep them coming ..

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Great research work. I wish I could get these information few years back when I went Ooty. I think I need to visit Ooty again!!!

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Very informative read!! Definitely will sightsee ooty in the future based on this blog 🙂

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Thank you for the post. Really good information.

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Excellent Ooty vacation planning guide.

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Great research work… each words inspire to visit Ooty again

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Next time we go to India, we wanna go to Ooty, we’ll check it out as you describe in the blog post!

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Ultimate Travel Guide to Ooty 2022

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In South India, one of the most popular spots for travel enthusiasts is the paradise on the peaks – Ooty in Tamil Nadu. Be it a solo traveler, bunch of friends, couples, or even families – Ooty makes up a perfect vacation spot for all! Here’s everything you need to know about Ooty before you visit – the ultimate travel guide to Ooty .

All that hype when most people speak of Ooty? The credit goes to the ever-soothing crisp weather and its views over the plantations, cottages, and colorful structures. The dampness makes the buildings stand up even more beautifully.

I visited Ooty in early November with my batchmates for a 3-day vacation. We toured the village in a rented car during the day and sat by the campfire to warm ourselves at night.

Anyway, here goes the complete guide to packing, places to stay, where to eat and shop. Even the sweet little spots to drink coffee and chocolate in the evenings – the complete travel guide to Ooty .

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Things to Know Before You visit

Visiting from Bangalore , things like managing drinking water supply, the cold, and waste disposal were all foreign to us. Here are some things to know beforehand.

Travel Guide to Ooty: When to Visit

The best time to visit Ooty is all-year-round. With Ooty located on the hill peaks of the Nilgiri district, the weather remains chilly most of the year. But here’s something I found out.

While the months from March to May are said to be the best months to visit Ooty, it’s also the peak season during this time. Added to it the rainy season in Ooty is between June to September .

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So I’d recommend visiting Ooty between the other remaining months – including summer.

Thus, the best months to visit Ooty are between October to March during the non-peak season and pleasant weather. The summers in Ooty, unlike tropical places, are pretty comfortable to tour the hill station.

Is Ooty Safe to Visit now? (Covid-19 precautions)

Yes, Ooty is safe to visit now . Towards the end of 2021, the tourist spot is pretty safe for its tourists in the post-pandemic state. There aren’t many Ooty travel restrictions now.

Most locals and restaurants take precautions and keep their masks on. However, street vendors and the marketplaces get crowded during the evenings and people bother less with distancing here.

With respect to the destinations, the places we visited were open for tourists all over Ooty. So it’s safe to say Ooty is open for tourists now :)

How to Get to Ooty?

You can get to Ooty by road or the Ooty train. For flights, the closest airport to Ooty is the Coimbatore Airport (100 km away).

The Best (and Cheapest) Way to Get to Ooty

The cheapest way to get to Ooty is – Take a train or bus to Coimbatore. Then from Mettupalayam train station, take the 5-hour NMR (Nilgiri Mountain railway) express directly to Ooty (Udhagamandalam).

This way, you’ll cover the main attraction. The Ooty toy train (NMR) is one of the 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites in India and is definitely a must-visit.

Note: When opting for the toy train route, it’s best to prebook your reservation . The train ticket fare from Mettupalayam to Ooty is Rs. 205 for first-class and Rs.30 for second class. With the rates reasonable, it’s hard to get hold of them. After all, hundreds and thousands of tourists visit just to get on this train!

How to get to Ooty by road

The fastest way to get to Ooty is by car . Also, traveling by car makes it easy to get around Ooty with ease. However, with the road curves and fuel costs sky high, traveling by taxi or car is expensive. In fact, we spent half our trip budget just to get there!

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How to get to Ooty from Bangalore : Driving to Ooty, the two best routes are from the Mysore route through the Bandipur tiger reserve and the Coimbatore route.

  • From the Coimbatore route, you can take the toy train to Ooty.
  • From the Bandipur tiger reserve route through Mysore, you’ll land straight in Ooty.

Both routes have their own perks – driving through the Bandipur tiger reserve, we got to see two elephants and tons of deers grazing!

From Mysore to Ooty , the road via NH766 is the best way to get to Ooty. This route is most preferred when getting from Mysore as you pass through the infamous Bandipur Tiger Reserve and the Mudumalai National park. You also get to drive through the narrow curvy pins up the mountains to Ooty.

Mysore to Ooty

Hyderabad to Ooty travel guide – The best way to get from Hyderabad is by flight to Coimbatore. From there, take a cab up to Ooty or via the Nilgiri Toy Train. Another option is to drive to Coonoor and take the train to Ooty.

How to Get to Ooty by Air?

There are no airports in Ooty. The nearest airport is 100km away from the tourist city in Coimbatore. You can get a domestic flight to Coimbatore International Airport (CJB). Upon landing, driving or hiring a taxi from the airport to Ooty (2 hr 45-minute drive) is a comfortable choice.

Ooty Travel Guide Map

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When you visit an attraction, save more time on your trip by visiting the attractions closest to it. The places mentioned below are clustered based on their locations along with their distances from the main attraction.

  • Tibetan Market (Walkable distance)
  • Rose Garden (1.5 km)
  • Ketti Valley View Point (2.9 km)
  • Thoda Villa (3km)
  • Ooty Boat House (4 km)
  • Telescope House (On Doddabetta)
  • Tea Park (2.9 km)
  • Eagles Dare Adventures (3.4 km)
  • The Tea Factory & The Tea Museum (3.4 km)
  • Benchmark Tea Factory (3.4 km)
  • Pykara Dam and Power House (1.5 km)
  • Pykara Lake Boating (2.5 km)
  • Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting (6.9 km)

Ooty Travel Guide Packages

Ooty is one of the most popular hill spots in South India and boasts its colorful views of hills and calm weather all year round. Tourists flock to Ooty most during the holiday seasons. With families looking to step away from their busy lives, Ooty is a hot spot for package trips. Here are some things to consider before you pick one.

  • Plan a 3-5 day trip : 3 days is sufficient to get around Ooty provided your itinerary is well-organized and everything goes well. But to visit the nearby districts of Coonoor and Kotagiri, you’ll need at least 5 days.
  • Don’t miss the Ooty Toy Train : The Nilgiris Mountain Railway line is a World Heritage Site and is a rare opportunity – so don’t compromise. If you’re visiting Ooty from far, make sure it’s included on the package.
  • Make sure transport is included : Typically most package trips have transport included, but it wouldn’t hurt to confirm it. Getting an accommodation in Ooty isn’t a problem, getting around is.
  • Check on the location of your stay : It isn’t worth it if your 3-star hotel is placed in the ditch of valleys. Look for accommodation built on higher elevations for better views. When the prices don’t vary much, don’t compromise on an Ooty view.

To recommend, there are tons of Ooty package trips offered by various travel sites and agencies out there. Moreover, people have different expectations from their trips. Some look for a short visit and others long deeper experiences. It’s impossible to say which package is the best out there.

But to pick your package trip, some of the sites that I’d book from are , , and . They’re trusted sites and provide exactly what they mention on their descriptions and itineraries.

How to Get around Ooty

The easiest way to get around Ooty is no doubt by a private vehicle. For a solo traveler or just two, a bike is great for touring the city. But a car is more preferred for comfort.

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Here’s the tricky part – After asking around, many local rental agencies informed that self-drive car rentals are banned here as driving in Ooty by tourists can get risky. Vehicle rental sites like Zoomcar and Expedia don’t have car availabilities here. Most services have availabilities from Coimbatore. But when you rent a car from Coimbatore, then you also miss out on the 5-hour Ooty train ride. When traveling in a group, one will have to miss on the train journey to drive the car from or to Ooty.

Most local agencies only offer chauffeured vehicles where they take you to places around Ooty on a fixed schedule – basically a package tour. This itinerary is usually planned out by the agencies and the number of places and time slot for each is limited. But if you’re unsure about how to go about your itinerary, here’s one such local travel agency to check out .

Though there are tons of one-day trips to choose from various agencies that offer different attractions, here’s an open secret – it’s impossible to visit all of Ooty in one day.

How many days are required for the Ooty trip? A good 3 days should be enough to cover Ooty if you plan out your itinerary well and everything goes well. For a deeper and slower trip, 6-7 days is sufficient where you visit the outskirts of Ooty such as the infamous Pykara falls, Thoda tribe community, and even the nearby town – Coonoor.

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Travel Guide to Ooty: Essentials to Pack

Making a one-day trip to Ooty shouldn’t be a problem with only warm clothing, but staying nights on vacation here needs a bit extra.

Essentials to pack for Ooty:

  • Warm clothing : This is obvious. Pack your sweaters depending on the length of your stay.
  • Socks : Keep pairs of socks handy! Some cottages and hotels don’t have heaters installed. The floors can get chilly at nights – especially if they’re ceramic tiled.
  • Sports shoes : With the cold weather and a lot of walking to do, it’s perfect to bring a pair sports shoes.
  • Crocs / Flip flops : This is optional. When walking in or around your stay, this is quicker to slip into. Crocs are preferrable as you can slide into them along with socks to keep your feet warm.
  • Water bottles and dispenser : Plastic is banned in Ooty. There isn’t a shop I came across that sold bottled water. Only large 5-litre plastic jar are available here. It’s best to bring along personal bottles or even a mini-dispenser if you’re traveling with a group.
  • Moisturizer : When walking out in the open, one’s skin can get rough with the cold.
  • Head cap : Another option to beat the cold is with a beanie. You can also buy them from the Ooty markets where they have a tons of varieties – I went crazy over them!

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Ooty Trip Budget

Here’s a table below to sum up and give a clear picture of the trip budget:

With Ooty being one of India’s most popular spots for vacations, there are accommodation, places to eat and shop, and facilities for all price ranges.

For a budget traveler , it should cost anywhere between 1000 – 1300 rupees per day in Ooty for one person. This includes dormitory-type accommodation (Rs. 600-800 per night), food (Rs. 200-250), transport, and activities. The transport and activities vary on your choices.

It’s possible to tour Ooty on a budget when you make use of local transport such as buses and autorickshaws, eat at local restaurants, and stay at hostels meant for budget travelers. Another way to save more is to travel with more people – this way you can save up on accommodation and transport.

For a middle-range trip , Rs. 1800-2000 per day is reasonable. With this range, you can eat at better restaurants, stay in private rooms, and hire a taxi or rent a car for your transport. More activities like boating (costing Rs. 250 for two) fall under this category.

A luxury trip budget can go much higher , depending on the comfort you opt for. As I said, Ooty has facilities for all price ranges. You can spend much over Rs. 3000 – 6000 per day on luxurious hotels and villas, extravagant adventure activities like hang gliding and rafting, and eating at fancy restaurants.

Note : Keep in mind these are estimated values. Depending on how you travel, some days you’ll spend more and some days less!

Where to Stay in Ooty?

As I brought up earlier, there are accommodation facilities of all ranges in Ooty. Whether you’re booking online or finding stays offline, it shouldn’t be a problem. With the place heavily relying on tourism, you’ll find many people holding accommodation signboards by the busy streets here!

But to recommend, the best spots to stay by in Ooty is either by the Ooty lake or on a hill slope overlooking the view below. In contrast to the location, some luxury hotels have well-planned out cozy stays with their private garden spaces. Some of them are Two Seas Residence, Beverly Villa, and Kluney Manor.

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But we were looking for a budget stay, and here’s something learned: For better views, make sure the stay is located on higher grounds. It also shouldn’t be too isolated from the city – request for accommodation closer to other people.

On our trip, unsatisfied with the initial stay we’d booked, we requested a change of accommodation. The first stay was deep into valley pits where parking our car seemed impossible with the steep. So we paid a bit extra and moved to a villa on Ooty Tiger Hills – and it was perfect.

Travel guide to Ooty: Best Booking Resources

Here are my favorite go-to accommodation sites when I visit Ooty the next time. For Ooty, most agencies are best to deal with over a call or through mutual connections. But I trust these sites for booking, great customer support and even refund policy: : For accommodation, this is the first site to check out. With tons of stays to choose from and options to filter, get accommodation according to your needs. You don’t need to pay upfront here – book first and pay upon arrival. : This site is meant for budget and solo travelers for dormitory-type stays. Though only 2-3 stays are available in Ooty on this site, it’s been in the business for a long time and they provide high-quality assistance to their customers and maintain their accommodation well.

MakeMyTrip : This is one of India’s most trusted sites for flight bookings, accommodation, and even car rentals. Be it for domestic or international flights to Coimbatore, use this site for planning your itinerary for the best deals.

Ooty Taxi : This is a local Ooty travel site. With many tour packages, I thought this should be up here on this list. Before you book online, it’s best to enquire about the itinerary and pricing on call.

Best Things to Do in Ooty

1. check out the botanical garden.

One thing that Ooty is known for is its nature views. With the Botanical garden at the heart of the Ooty, it’s the first go-to spot through the bustles of the market. The 55-hectare spread garden boasts its lush well-maintained shrubs and pretty glasshouse inside.

The government-run attraction ticket costs Rs. 30 per person (and Rs. 15 for children).

2. Go boating at the Ooty lake

Ooty lake itself is a beautiful spot to walk around unless it’s crowded and noisy during the peak season. The boating is so much talked of here as it’s the most affordable (and relaxing) water activity compared to the rest.

I’m not going to lie, it was pretty fun too! It cost around Rs. 250 for a two-seater boat. The other activities were on land. It didn’t seem worth the rates as these were something we’d find anywhere else.

ooty lake boating house

3. Zip Line (and more activities) at the Eagles Dare Adventure!

The Eagles Dare Adventure, located right by the Tea Factory Museum on the way up to Doddabetta Peak, is for adventurous tourists. It’s great for families but seemed overpriced for us, budget travelers. While the spot targets most luxury travelers, the bridge viewpoint here is incredible!

4. Breathe in the view from DoddaBetta Peak

Seen those perfect picturesque pictures (or reels) of Ooty on Instagram? There’s a good chance it’s all shot here – Doddabetta Peak. While the main tourist point charges for the ticket fare (Rs. 6) and extra for taking pictures (Rs.10), the way to the peak itself is beautiful.

In fact, we never made it to the peak. As the point can get crowded with people, it’s better to park nearby the spot.

5. Sit by a campfire at night

This isn’t an activity that’s separately offered anywhere, but if you get a chance – don’t miss it out! For us, where we don’t see campfires every day, it was a whole different experience with flames and warmth at the center and chilly everywhere else.

The best way to experience this is to choose camping accommodation for a night. Depending on your stay, some stays offer campfire facilities for free and others charge extra. The campfire we made lasted for 3-4 hours. We stayed up well over midnight talking by the burning sticks.

6. Shop at the Ooty local market

Shopping at the local Ooty market was unlike any street shopping experience I had in India. It was simply wonderful! With the plastic ban in Ooty, the markets are effortlessly clean here. The best products that sell here are cute winter beanies, scarfs, warm jackets, socks, and tiny plants!

ooty market for tourism

Even the street food stalls are clean here. They give you the delicacies in paper wraps and drinks in large mugs. The plastic-free place seemed a world away from ours and much much better!

7. Taste Chocolate and Tea at its Factory and museum

Ooty is a beautiful destination. But to those who love tea, coffee, and chocolates, it’s heaven.

With the soils of the hilltop region fertile, it grows cacao trees and tea plantations. Thus explaining the cheap rates of chocolates here. With it, there are many chocolate and tea factory outlets around the place. Many of them also invite tourists to check out their processes and give samples to taste!

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8. Visit the Pykara Falls and Lake

This lies more on the outskirts of Ooty, but it’s worth the drive. Pykara itself is a village close to Ooty, hence its name. Regarding waterfalls, this is the most majestic one here and makes up for a perfect picnic spot.

The flow strength depends on which time of the year you visit. Here too, boating facilities like speedboating have been developed to attract more tourists.

Travel Guide to Ooty: More Places to Visit

People visit Ooty not just to tour the town, but the places nearby it. The lake, botanical garden, Dodabetta Peak, and chocolate and tea factories are all within the city’s range. But the other spots like the Pykara falls, Thoda tribe, and Heritage train are all in towns and villages nearby Ooty.

The Pykara falls and lake come by the Pykara village and the Heritage train is in Coonoor – 20 km from Ooty. Even the pine forest here is 15 km away from the city’s center. Thus there’s a lot more to the hill station than being just one tourist peak. But for the travel guide to Ooty, that suffices everything you need to know for planning your trip :)

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Ooty is a must visit place in India. I wish to settle there because of the atmosphere, Environment.

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We’ve been to Ooty, years and years ago now. All that I remember is that we paid the extra for 1st class on the toy train, only to have 10 billion people climb in through the windows as the train pulled off. Literally sitting on top of us. We were scrawny young backpackers then. Then in Ooty itself, ordering lunch, and there was mouse poo in my rice. But I think we had a nice day. I was required to hold several babies and be in lots of photos. I miss India. I wish Australia would stop holding us prisoner.

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Hi Alyson, I’m not sure if you genuinely had a good experience here in India or not. I never did have mouse poo in my food so far anywhere – I did find a stapler in a cookie recently. Either way, yes I’d agree, India is a whole different experience no matter what. If the time comes and Australia permits, you should visit India again!

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Ooty, the Queen of Hill stations, welcomes you with mesmerising meadows, soothing environment, cool weather and a wide array of sightseeing places to visit and admire. Each tourist attraction in Ooty promises a unique and lively experience that will leave you in awe for many days to come. However, if you are wondering what to do in Ooty and what to see in Ooty then have a look at the various sightseeing places that we have mentioned below. With these interesting tourist places to see in Ooty, you can be sure of having a memorable Ooty tour.

You cannot go back from Ooty without spending time at the scenic Coonoor. Hence, we have also added all the popular places to visit in Coonoor that you can explore during your holidays in Ooty.

1. Avalanche Lake

Places to Visit Ooty Avalanche Lake

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Located 28 km away from Ooty, Avalanche lake is a must visit when on Ooty Tour. This lake, beautifully lying amid the lush greenery of mountains and landscapes mesmerises every visitor. It was created due to a massive landslide somewhere around 1800s hence the name. It is popular for trout fishing and the required equipment for it can be taken from Trout hatchery. Along with exploring the surrounding areas and its rare flora and fauna, other activities that are popular here are camping, rafting and trekking to nearby hilly regions such as Upper Bhavani. It is also an ideal picnic spot.

2. Ooty Lake

Places to Visit Ooty Lake

One of the most important parts of every Ooty tour, Ooty lake is indeed a place to visit. nIt is an artificial lake that was built for fishing purposes. This lake is popular for boating. Tourists can be seen enjoying a refreshing ride on its serene waters. There is boating house located near the lake offering a wide array of boats on hire. Cycling by the side of lake is also worth experiencing. There are also a few shops located around the lake, selling various locally made items.

3. Emerald Lake

Places to Visit Ooty Emerald Lake

Located near the Emerald Village in the Nilgiri District, Emerald Lake lies in a place called as SIlent Valley. It is situated around 25 km away from Ooty. A beautiful lake offering an ideal place for picnic where you can relax and spend some quality time with your loved one. Tea plantation surrounding add on to the overall beauty of the lake. The view of sunrise and sunset from here is breathtaking and not to be missed.

4. Ooty Botanical Gardens

Places to Visit Ooty Botanical Gardens

Maintained by the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu, Botanical Gardens of Ooty is undeniably one of the most popular places to see in Ooty. Spread over 55 acres of land, this garden is divided into five different sections such as Fern House, Lower Garden, Italian Garden, Conservatory and Nurseries. The flower show conducted here as a part of Ooty Summer festival is a major attraction. Another popular attraction of Botanical Garden is the Fossil Tree Trunk that is said to be around 20 million years old. The wide variety of plants here are worth exploring.

5. Deer Park

Places to Visit Ooty Deer Park

Located at a distance of 2 km from Ooty Lake, Deer Park is easily accessible by road. With its rich fauna along with varieties of deer such as Sambhar and the Chithal, Deer park makes up for an interesting visit, especially for wildlife enthusiasts. Equally rich is the variety of flora in this park. Spread across an area of 22 acres, this park was established in the year of 1986. It is one of the known wildlife sanctuaries of not only Tamil Nadu but of India presenting amazing opportunity to observe the wildlife and various animals from closer.

6. Doddabetta Peak

Places to Visit Ooty Doddabetta Peak

Located at an altitude of 2623 meters, Doddabetta Peak is the highest peak in the Nilgiris. At the junction of Western and Eastern Ghats, it is around 10 km away from Ooty. Covered by dense sholas, this peak is trekkers favourite point. The view fro the top of the peak is absolutely mesmerising, there is a telescope house at the peak with two telescopes presenting captivating view of the valley around. Rich flora and fauna here add on to the overall charm of Doddabetta Peak.

7. Kalhatty Waterfalls

Places to Visit Ooty Kalhatty Waterfalls

About 13 km away from Ooty, on the Ooty-Mysore Road, Kalhatty Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you will see on an Ooty Tour. This waterfall can be reached via a trek of 2 mile from Kalahatti village. It is believed that great Hindu saint Agastya has once lived here. With its rich avian fauna, it is often visited by bird watchers as well. Its scenic beauty is sure to leave you spellbound.

8. Kamraj Sagar Dam

Places to Visit Ooty Kamraj Sagar Dam

A popular place for picnics and film shooting, this dam is situated around 10 km from Ooty bus stand. Also known with the name of Sandynallah Reservoir, this dam offer peaceful environment with beautiful surrounding where tourists can spend some time at ease. Along with being a popular picnic spot, it is also visited by tourists for bird watching as well as for fishing. It is a popular site for researchers who come to study environment.

9. Mudumalai National Park

Places to Visit Ooty Mudumalai National Park

Connecting Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats, on the Ooty Mysore route, Mudumalai National Park is another place to visit by Nature lovers when on their tour to Ooty. This national park boasts of many wild animals and rich avian fauna along with equally rich flora. It has also been declared as a tiger reserve as it is home to approximately 50 tigers. If interested one can also find accommodation as many guest houses are offered by the Forest Department at different location of the park.

10. Mukurthi National Park

Places to Visit Ooty Mudumalai National Park

A part of Nilgiri Bio reserve, Mukurthi National Park promises a memorable time to everyone amid its enthralling scenic beauty and rich nature. Spread across 80, this national park has various streams and rivers flowing through it, which in turn add to the overall attraction of this place. Many animals and birds can be spotted around these sources of water. There are also a few watch towers located inside the national park. It is a popular site for trekking as well.

11. Needle View Hillpoint/Needle Rock View-point

Places to Visit Ooty Needle View Hillpoint/Needle Rock View-point

Located about 8 km from Gudalur, Needle Rock view-point presents a mesmerizing 360 view of the surrounding valley and areas. Gudalur is around 51 km from Ooty. Also known as Soochimalai, it is also a popular spot for trekking. This view point got its name as its shape resembles a needle. The view of clouds meeting hills, crossing you as you stand watching them is sure to take your breath away.

12. Ooty Rose Garden

Places to Visit Ooty Rose Garden

Rose Garden is another popular place to visit in Ooty. Maintained by Government of Tamil Nadu, this garden is spread across 4 hectares of land and proudly presents more than 20 thousand variety of roses. A well maintained garden, it also boasts of winning Garden of Excellence Award for South Asia from the World Federation of Rose Societies. The unparalleled beauty of roses promises a visual treat and an ideal backdrop for photography.

13. Ooty Toy Train

Places to Visit Ooty Toy Train

A part of Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Toy Train is a an integral part of every Ooty Tour. It runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty via Coonoor. The ride in this historical toy Train is unmatched to any other train ride; passing through lush green landscapes and breathtaking nilgiri mountains, this train runs on a track of 46 km. There are first class and second class coaches to choose from.

14. Tribal Research Center

Places to Visit Tribal Research Center

Situated around 10 km away from Ooty, Tribal Research Center presents a glimpse into the live of indigenous people. Along with researching into the lives of tribal tribes of SOuth India, it also houses a well stocked library. It also a museum displaying artefacts. Easily accessible by road, this place is an ideal place to understand the lives of local people.

15. Parsons Valley Reservoir Ooty

Places to Visit Parsons Valley Reservoir

As the name suggest Parson valley reservoir is located in Parson valley, which is spread over an area of 200 hectares at an altitude of 2,196 meters above sea level. Situated on the Ooty Mysore road, it can be reached via road. This hydel reservoir can be entered after getting a permission from the forest department. It is the primary source of water to the Nilgiri District. The view of the valley around the reservoir is worth travelling for.

16. Pykara Waterfalls

Places to Visit Pykara Waterfalls

Situated on the Ooty Mysore road, this waterfall is around 20 km away from Ooty. Developed as a picnic spot, this place is ideal to come and relax while admiring the scenic beauty of the waterfall and greenery around. There is boat house and a restaurant can be found also near the waterfall, where you can enjoy snacks while the beauty of pristine streams of water mesmerises you. The surrounding area is also popular for Toda settlements.

17. St Stephens Church

Places to Visit St Stephens Church

Dating back to 19th century, St. Stephan Church is a place to visit in Ooty for its architectural beauty and religious importance. Although comparatively simpler, this church has beautiful interiors. The painted glass windows along with the painting of Last Supper is especially captivating.It is said that the timber used in the construction of thsi chruch was brought from Srinangapatna as well as from the Tipu Sultan Palace.

18. Ooty Stone House

Places to Visit Ooty Stone House

The first bungalow which was built in Ooty is the Stone House. It was constructed by John Sullivan in 1822. Used to be called as Kal Bungalow by the locals, it was built on the land which was brought from the Toda people. Its an ancient architecture is worth seeing. Many tourists visit this place to have a glimpse of this bungalow.

19. Toda Huts Ooty

Places to Visit Toda Huts

One of the most attractive and unique sightseeing places in Ooty are the Toda Huts. These are the residing place for the Toda people, one of the indigenous tribes of Ooty. The huts are made in the shape of a semi-barrel. These huts don’t have any windows and very low doors where one has to stoop and enter. While once you are inside the hut there is space to stand as well. This close-knit community of Toda people mostly depend on cattle herding and farming for living.

20. Wax World Ooty

Places to Visit Wax World Ooty

Located at a distance of 2 km from center of the town, Wax World is definitely as place to see in Ooty. Many real-like statues of great Indian personalities have been displayed here. Some of the statues at this museum are of Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mother Teresa, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, late Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and many more. Replica of local people and their living styles has been been displayed here.

21. Wenlock Downs Ooty

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Over 80 acres of lush green landscapes also housing Hindustan Photo Films Company presents vast spread of greenery and calm environment. A walk here, amid the soothing touch of nature and its calm surroundings with nothing but the sound of birds and leaves hustling as the wind passes by, is something that will make your Ooty tour complete. The sight of sheeps grazing and long stretch of eucalyptus trees is sure to mesmerise you.

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Ooty is the majestic queen of the Hills. The towering mountains with lush green cover dotted by tea estates and vegetable fields are a sight to behold. As you drive up the winding roads, past the thrilling u-turns, the experience called “Ooty” begins. Or, you could have an entirely new experience and travel up the mountain in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. As the train chugs up the hill, you get a breathtaking view of the scenic vista. As the train travels through the tunnels and passes through forests of eucalyptus trees, you get to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.. 

Ooty has been the top summer vacation destination from the time of the British Raj. Yes, the English found the climate and landscape of the Nilgiri Mountain similar to their home land that they even made Ooty as their summer capital. After independence, Ooty began to develop as a major tourist destination, more so for those who were looking to escape the summer heat and still enjoy a holiday within their budget. From that day, till now, this hill station has been a major vacation spot for people from all over the country. Ooty is so popular that film makers from Bollywood to Kolliwood come here to shoot the romantic song sequences or exciting fight sequences. Did you know that there is even a place just outskirts of Ooty town that is called “Shooting spot” just because so many movies were shot in this region? Remember the famous song “Superstar yaaru keeta” where superstar Rajinkanth and Gowthami dance to a peppy tune with colour bombs blasting in the background? Do you remember the song where Kamalahasan and Sridevi played with a cute little puppy? Come to Ooty and visit those stunning locales captured in the movies.

What makes Ooty an Amazing Vacation Destination? Whether you’re travelling with your friends or your family, visiting Ooty for your honeymoon, on a school trip – there’s something for everyone in this hill station. If you are looking to relax and rejuvenate, take a walk in the paths that meander through the woods. Sit back and listen to the sounds of the birds as your stress slowly drains away. Want to have fun activities and adventure during your vacation? Go on a night safari in the thick Shola forests. You could get to spot to elusive tiger or stand back as the majestic gaur saunters past. There is so much to see and do on a vacation in Ooty. Right at the heart of the town is the Botanical Gardens where you can spend hours meandering through flower beds that hold flowers in every possible hue and shade. You could go boating in the beautiful Ooty lake that’s just close by or may be travel a little further to Pykara to enjoy a boat ride with you and your special someone. Indulge in your craving for chocolate with homemade chocolates. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, fudge – you’ll find all kinds of chocolates here.

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2 weeks agoo by Geetha Priya

It was a really good gesture with Nishanth the driver who made this trip memorable. (Read More) Covered all the places and patient enough to handle elders and kids.

10 months ago by Rajesh akula

I was extremely satisfied with Travel2ooty. Personally I thank Mr.Nishanth (cab driver ) has proven to be courteous and helpful from the very beginning. (Read More) His driving was professional and friendly. Also very punctual in pick up and dropping. I highly recommend Travel2ooty for your trip.

6 days ago by sg sekaran484

Hi Travel 2 Ooty, My sister came for Honeymoon trip 3day 2night. They enjoyed their trip very well. The hotel you have arranged for them was superb👌. (Read More) Driver & guide Mr. Nishanth, drives very safely. He gave good suggestions for them to visit places and also restaurants too.He followed their itinerary and changes they wanted to make along the trip. He mingled with them like our family member. Thanks to Nishanth bro👌👌👍. Thanks to Travel 2 Ooty. Strongly recommended. (Read More) travelling in June. Carry some light woollens. The Rose Garden, Botanical Gardens and Doddabetta peak are few of the famous attractions here. It would be a good idea to hire a tourist cab or a bus so that you can cover all the sightseeing spots easily. Apart from the wonderful experience this place has to offer, the homemade chocolates sold here are one of the best things that you can take away from the city.

5 weeks ago by sangeetha B

wow! awesome wonderful journey with travel to ooty and also tnk full to driver Nishanth....tnk u lotsss

2 weeks ago by prabhu karthik

Sooprb... Awesome tourist guide murali bro... Safety and secured.... Simply nice trip.

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Exploring Ooty: Your Ultimate Guide To The Queen Of Hills

Uncover this slice of paradise in tamil nadu and explore its unparalleled charm with our guide to the best places to visit in ooty..

By: Esha Dasgupta Published: Jan 26, 2024 05:00 PM UTC

Exploring Ooty: Your Ultimate Guide To The Queen Of Hills

The serene lakes, pleasant climate, and lush green landscapes of Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, make it a haven for those seeking tranquillity. Nestled in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu in southern India, this charming hill station with colonial architecture creates a postcard-worthy setting. Whether strolling through the fragrant Botanical Gardens or taking in the panoramic views from Doddabetta Peak, there is no shortage of things to do or places to visit in Ooty. Join us as we unveil everything there is to discover about Ooty.

Best time to visit Ooty

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Ooty experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year , welcoming visitors to its verdant green hills and valleys with open arms. The ideal time to visit is during the summer season, from March to June when the average temperature in Ooty hovers around 25°C, with occasional rains. Don’t miss the much-lauded Ooty Flower Show in May, a must-visit for floral enthusiasts.

Best places to visit in Ooty

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Ooty is home to several places of tourist interest, from natural wonders to cultural extravaganzas worth your visit.

Avalanche Lake: A serene location amidst lush greenery, perfect for trout fishing; gear is available at the nearby trout hatchery.

Ooty Botanical Garden: Covering more than 55 acres of land, the Ooty Botanical Gardens house a diverse array of plants. It has five sections featuring ferns, saplings, non-native plants, and more.

Doddabetta Peak: As the highest peak in the Nilgiris, Doddabetta is a haven for trekking and nature enthusiasts. A telescope house on top offers breathtaking panoramic views.

Kalhatty Waterfalls: One of the most beautiful and best spots for bird-watching in Tamil Nadu, the Kalhatty Waterfalls can be reached via a short trek from the Kalhatty village.

Mudumalai Tiger Reserve: Connecting the Western and Eastern Ghats, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is renowned for its rich wildlife and avian population, making it a hit among nature lovers.

Ooty Lake: Whether for boating, relaxation, or an impromptu picnic, Ooty Lake is one of the best places to visit in Ooty.

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Things to do in Ooty

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Ooty caters to a diverse range of activities, ensuring something for every preference, from adventure enthusiasts to families and tea connoisseurs.

Ride the Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train: Enjoy a scenic train ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train from Mettupalayam to Ooty, spanning over 45 km in 5 hours. Traverse bridges, tunnels, and picturesque landscapes for a laid-back and delightful experience.

Spend a day at Ooty Tea Factory: Witness the entire tea-making process, from plucking to processing, at the Ooty Tea Factory. Immerse yourself in the aromatic world of tea and gain insights into the fascinating tea-making journey.

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Ooty features plenty of amazing hotels, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Top choices include Sterling Ooty Elk Hill, Accord Highland, Hotel Lakeview, and Gem Park Ooty, each offering a range of amenities for a pleasant experience.

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Indulge in the diverse culinary scene of Ooty, where you can savour regional delights and global cuisines.

Place to Bee: Known for authentic and flavourful Italian cuisine prepared with organic ingredients, Place to Bee is a popular choice for food lovers.

Angaara: Offering a fusion of Italian, Arabian, Chinese, and Indian delicacies, Angaara is a delightful culinary destination. Don’t miss their signature dishes like vegetable nuggets and Mutton Angaara.

Adyar Ananda Bhavan: For authentic regional fare and plenty of choices, Adyar Ananda Bhavan is a go-to spot. Must-try items include Tandoori Chicken and the Special Thali.

King’s Cliff: Offering a vintage-style dining experience, The King’s Cliff presents an eclectic mix of international and Indian dishes, including grilled steaks and Bamboo Steamed Rice.

Ooty nightlife & shopping

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Explore the vibrant nightlife and shopping scenes in Ooty for a memorable experience.

Nightlife: Enjoy good music and a diverse drinks menu at establishments like The Valley Bar, Alto Espirito, and Aliens. Dance the night away while relishing delicious finger foods and beverages.

Shopping: Ooty offers plenty of shopping options catering to various preferences. Lower Bazaar Road Market is perfect for Toda shawls and junk jewellery, Commercial Road Market for locally-made products such as handmade chocolates, ceramics, aromatic oils, and leather items, City Centre for spices and baked items, and Charring Cross Market for branded stores.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

-What makes Ooty a popular travel destination? Ooty’s salubrious climate and diverse activities cater to people from all walks of life. Accommodation and dining options abound, catering to every budget.

-When is the best time to visit Ooty? The best time to visit Ooty is during the summer season, from March to June.

-What are the must-visit attractions in Ooty? Some of the best places to visit in Ooty include Ooty Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, and Mudumalai National Park.

-How do I reach Ooty? Coimbatore Airport is the closest airport, approximately 80 km away, while the Mettupalayam Railway Station is approximately 40 km away.

-Are there any adventure activities in Ooty? Popular adventure activities in Ooty include hand gliding at Kalhatty Waterfalls and camping in designated tea gardens/forested areas.

-What is the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and how can I experience it? The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a metre-gauge railway connecting Mettupalayam and Ooty. It is the only rack railway in the country and the steepest track in Asia, offering an unforgettable picturesque journey.

-Is Ooty suitable for a family vacation? Ooty is well-suited for a family vacation as it caters to people of all ages with aplomb.

-What shopping experiences can I have in Ooty? Ooty is perfect for shopaholics, offering local street markets and shopping malls with branded ware.

-Are there any cultural experiences in Ooty? Cultural experiences in Ooty include festivals like the Mariamman Temple Festival and the Ooty Tea and Tourism Festival.

-What are the recommended day trips from Ooty? Coorg, Coonoor, and Wayanad are ideal for day trips from Ooty.

-Can I find accommodations with views of the Nilgiri hills? Many stay options in Ooty offer views of the Nilgiri Hills, either from the rooms or common areas.

-Is there a local cuisine that I must try in Ooty? Must-try dishes in Ooty’s local cuisine include Pandi Curry, Akki Roti, and Avarai Uthakka.

-Are there any wildlife sanctuaries or parks in Ooty? Wildlife sanctuaries/biosphere reserves in Ooty include Mudumalai National Park, Nagarhole National Park, and The Mukurthi National Park.

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Esha is a traveller at heart, with a penchant for exploring the unchartered. She has previously worked with TravelTriangle and Internet Moguls. When not in work mode, she can be found downing endless cups of coffee while reading Enid Blyton/Sidney Sheldon.

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Ooty is often called as ‘Switzerland of India’ and no doubt the beauty of Ooty totally justifies this name.  Ooty is dotted against the highest peak in Nilgiris, Ootacamund. The deep verdant valleys, clear blue skies, emerald grassy slopes, traditional and colonial style buildings, beautiful tea and coffee plantations and mesmerizing forests of Eucalyptus will seduce your eyes and tickle your lenses for amazing pictures. It is one of the best scenic hill stations of South India. It has something for every traveler. The vintage feel of Ooty will lure the history buffs, the gorgeous vistas will soothe the soul of every nature lover and honeymoon couple. In fact, due to its immense beauty and pleasant climate Ooty is one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations in India.

This popular summer as well as winter retreat in South India is blessed with many interesting tourist attractions. The stunning government Botanical Garden, Ooty Lake, mesmerizes Doddabetta Peak to one of the largest valleys in the world, Ketti Valley. The sights and sounds of Ooty will never fail to surprise you.

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Doddabetta Peak Ooty

Doddabetta Peak should not be missed on your travel itinerary if you are in Ooty. It is one of the highest peaks of the Nilgiris. If you are a nature lover, then this sight will definitely delight your heart. The place is decorated with stunning eucalyptus plants, ferns and sholas. On clear days, you will be spellbound to behold the picturesque green landscapes.

Not only that, the most gorgeous summits of Kulkuri, Kattadalu and Hecuba offer the most stunning views to cherish for a lifetime. Here you can also hold the hand of your loved ones and spend some quality time together. It is indeed one of the top sightseeing attractions in Ooty.

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Botanical Garden Ooty

At an elevation of 2500 ft, the stunning Botanical Garden at the lower slopes of Doddabetta mountain is one of the most popular attractions to see in Ooty. If you love to spend time amidst the serenity of nature then this place is perfect to listen to the silence of nature.

The garden is divided into six sections-, Conservatory, Fountain Terrace and Nurseries, Lower Garden, Italian Garden, New Garden. It houses natural flora of Nilgiri Peaks, Cork Tree, 20 million old fossil trees, manicured lawns, rare species of floras, Italian garden, fern house which has a variety of ferns and orchids, a monkey puzzle tree to blow your heart away. Visiting here would be a one-of-a-kind experience with nature.

Highlight – Every Year a Flower Show is organized by the Tamil Nadu Horticulture Department in the month of May.

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Rose Garden Ooty

Dale Carnegie has well said that “We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” If you are in Ooty then the Rose Garden is one of the best attractions for your honeymoon trip. It is a perfectly romantic setting to spend some special time with your beloved.

It has around 2500 varieties of roses which till now is considered as the largest collection of roses in India. You will behold hybrid tea roses, ramblers, green roses, miniature roses, black roses, floribunda and rose creepers and so on. The breathtaking view of the entire gorgeous landscape from Nila Maadam offers much delight to the eyes and soul of a traveler.

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Ooty Lake

If you had the most beautiful evening and the most joyful boat ride then Ooty Lake must be the reason behind it. The most interesting thing apart from a delightful boat ride is to see several boat races which can be seen throughout the year. The awesome amusement park and mini garden are the major attractions here that will make your weekends in Ooty more cheerful.

The lush greenery all around and stunning eucalyptus trees makes the ambiance of this lake worth capturing on your lens.  The lake covers an area of around 65 acres and was constructed by John Sullivan in 1824. It is also one of the most favorite spots for birdwatchers. The beautiful backdrop of the Nilgiris makes this place a scenic wonder to escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

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Deer Park Ooty

If by nature you love thrill and adventure then Deer Park in Ooty is a perfect place for a lot of adventures. This Park is exclusively made for deers. Variety of deer species like Sambhar deer, chitals, different species of flowers and plants, varieties of birds, hares and rabbits makes the ambiance of Deer Park soul pleasing.

The Park is very close to Ooty Lake. So, if you are planning a great weekend or a family vacation in Ooty, you must visit Deer Park for long lasting memories.

Timings – 10;00am to 5:00pm

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Upper Bhavani Lake Ooty

Hidden in the Nilgiri Hills and located above the avalanche area, Upper Bhavani Lake’s blue waters are a sight of serenity and tranquil bliss. The lush green mountains covered in mists and fog and verdant forests are the thing of beauty and joy forever. These sights will never fade away from your memory even after you have left this scenic place.

The immense beauty of greenery all around, the lofty mountains will again call you to spend some moments of peace. It is one of the best places to visit for honeymoon couples in Ooty. Spend an evening roaming around the greenery enriched lakeside or simply sit idle to feel the romanticism of solitude.

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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Do not miss the amazing ride of Nilgiri Mountain Railway otherwise you will miss the best opportunity to view the stunning landscapes. Nilgiri Mountain Railway runs from Mettupalayam to Ootacamund or Ooty. It covers 16 tunnels and 250 bridges during the journey. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The structure and design of Nilgiri Mountain Railways has still kept the aura of colonial times intact. The steam locomotives look absolutely stunning. The first two stations are lovedale and Ketti which are surrounded by enchanting forests which opens up to emerald tea plantations, lush green valleys, from Coonoor to Mettupalayam the route is a bit steep, the misty hills and coconut and palm trees all around will take you to the world of bliss. This toy train ride is one of the best things to do in Ooty.

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Avalanche Lake Ooty

If you are looking for day trip options from Ooty avoiding sound and crowd, simply head to Avalanche Lake which is around 28km from the center of the city. The emerald lake is surrounded by thick forests, even the light of the sun finds it difficult to come here. The entire landscape is blessed with shadows.

It is said that the lake got its name from a major landslide that took place in the 1800s. It is one of the best spots for adventure activities in Ooty. Tourists can enjoy trekking, camping, fishing and rafting for a memorable family holiday. Just imagine your day around the blooming flowers, the lush foliage and the stunning lake with plenty of opportunities for adventure. Isn’t it amazing?

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St Stephen Church Ooty

Apart from the scenic natural wonders and adventure activities, one must look for surreal bliss and spiritual wisdom. There is no better place than St Stephen Church which you must not miss if you are planning a trip to Ooty. Built in colonial times, St Stephen Church is an amazing piece of British style architecture.

It houses the painting of ‘The Last Supper’ and the wall paintings which depicts the scenes from Jesus Christ’s life.  The stained-glass windows, wooden architecture delights the eyes of the tourists. It is one of the most popular religious tourist attractions to visit in Ooty.  The peaceful ambiance of the church and the surreal architecture of the bygone times makes the church a beautiful retreat for solace seekers.

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Mariamman Temple Ooty

Embrace the divine peace in the abode of goddess of Rain, Mariamman Temple. The temple is located near the market of Ooty. The goddess Mariamman is a form of Goddess Kali who is also known as Mahamaayi or Sheetala Gowri.

As per the legends it is said that one day two sisters of divine look appeared in the market of Ooty. When they asked the locals for a place to stay they were told to stay under a tree nearby. The locals didn’t know that those two sisters were goddesses. When they were under the tree, a sudden flash of lightning appeared and the sisters disappeared. Locals after seeing that understood that they were goddesses.

So, they built the temple for the two sisters, Goddess Kaliamman and Mariamman. It is the only place where the goddesses are seen together. Tuesday is considered as an auspicious day to worship Goddess Mariamman. In case you are in Ooty in April, try to look up the dates of Ooty Mariamman Temple Festival so that you can fix an appointment. It is one of the best places to visit in Ooty.

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Mukurthi National Park

Higher altitude of Nilgiris is one of the top places to visit in Ooty as it is blessed with the most beautiful Mukurthi National Park. extremely stunning landscapes, dense sholas, ferns, Orchids and Rhododendrons and lush vegetation teeming with rich wildlife like Sambhar, Barking deer, Otter, Jungle Cat, Nilgiri Tahr, Butterflies, woodcocks, wood pigeons, black eagles and so on. Your eyes will not be able to rest, there are infinite things to behold.

If you want to enjoy the best of Ooty tourism then camping and trekking in Mukurthi National Park is absolutely a must not miss to enrich your travel experience. It is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Visiting Mukurthi is absolutely worth it for an amazing family vacation in Ooty.

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Ooty Golf Course

Have you ever played the game of golf amidst the thick woods and that too at an altitude of 7200ft? No? then do visit Ooty Golf Course. No doubt it is one of the most popular tourist destinations and an attractive golf course in Ooty.

The gorgeous lush greenery all around, avalanchi ranges and amidst the thick forests playing a game of golf in an eighteen-hole golf course is one-of-a-kind experiences difficult to find somewhere else. The trees of Eucalyptus, Rhododendron, Oak, Fir will soothe your eyes as it enhances the scenic beauty of this golf course.

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Kalhatti Waterfalls Ooty

In the village of Kalhatti, lies the scenic and forever enchanting Kalhatti Waterfalls. The journey to this cascading waterfall requires a 2-mile trek which is a wonderful adventure in itself.  On your way to this waterfall, you will witness an age-old bridge and a stone path which was built during colonial times. The stunning waterfall offers the mesmerizing views of picturesque landscapes teeming with rich wildlife. You will come across bison, wild buffaloes, rare black panthers, deers, and wild dogs. The entire landscape is decorated with greenery.

It is also one of the best spots for bird watching if you are a bird watcher and a nature lover. The spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, pepper and sandalwood plantations around the area increase the magnificence and beauty of Kalhatti Waterfalls. It is one of the top tourist destinations to visit around Ooty.

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Ketti Valley View

Starts from the plains of Coimbatore and ends in Mysore plateau, Ketti Valley View is one of the largest valleys in the world. It is a must not miss tourist destination if you are in Ooty for a family vacation. It is decked with 14 scenic villages which are an epitome of refreshing vibes and bliss.

The stations of Lovedale and Ketti look absolutely gorgeous and they are worth spending some quality time with family and friends. The absolutely stunning mountain ranges, green Oaks, scenic tea plantations will make your day. This is also one of the best honeymoon destinations in Ooty. The place has so much to offer in terms of beauty, serenity, refreshment, nature escape, romantic views and peace. One can also visit the World Wax Museum and needle making industries.

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Tribal Research Center Ooty

If you are interested to know about the tribal culture and traditions of Tamil Nadu in minute detail, perhaps TRC (Tribal Research Centre) of Ooty is the best option. You will definitely get useful insights on tribal culture and heritage. Artifacts like ornaments, paintings, hunting and fishing materials, agricultural tools, pottery, weapons and sculptures of 36 different ethnic communities of Tamil Nadu will blow your heart away.

It is a great way to spend time in Ooty. After all, what is fun is seeing only attractions without knowing deeply about the traditions and culture of the place? The center has an open-air tribal museum along Audio-video system where you can enjoy tribal dance and song. It is definitely one of the top tourist destinations to explore in Ooty.

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Lamb’s Rock

Lamb’s Rock is a popular tourist spot in Coonoor where you should travel only if you know to respect the relationship between solitude and the beauty of nature. If you can reach here in the morning at around 8 or so you get to see the valley at its best. Placid, coated with the layers of cloud and decked with abundant greenery, this viewpoint lets you witness the beauty of Coimbatore Plains along with the coffee estates and tea estates growing on the slopes of the Nilgiri Hills.

Timings – 9:00am to 5:00pm

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Glenmorgan Ooty

Glenmorgan offers the panoramic views of picturesque landscapes and a chance to spend best quality time with friends and family. It is very popular for its rich wildlife and tea estate. From the foot of the tea estate, you will witness the forever enchanting Moyar Valley, it is a valley dipped in serenity and Pykara powerhouse.

Also, the breathtaking views of Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary will rejuvenate your toil – weary soul.  If you are a birdwatcher, you should definitely head to this place. It also has a small ropeway running from a power house in Singara to Glenmorgan. The beauty of this place is so magical that one cannot resist to satiate the hunger of greenery-loving eyes. It is one of the must-see places for an amazing holiday in South India.

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Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Located on the banks of the river Moyar, lies the extremely scenic paradise for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary which is also considered as one of the top tourist destinations to see in Ooty. It is the most popular Tiger Sanctuary and a bird watcher’s paradise.

Birds like black woodpecker, brown dove, falcons, king vultures are in abundance here. The park houses around 266 species of birds along with critically endangered Indian white-rumped vulture and long-billed vulture. Apart from that you will witness elephants, sambhar deers, mouse deers, reptiles like crocodiles and snakes, Indian Leopard and Gaur etc.

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Stone House Ooty

Stone House is considered to be an identifier of Ooty as it was built by the first collector and the founder of the British settlement in Ooty- John Sullivan. It is one of the most popular heritage attractions to explore in Ooty. It is believed to be the first ever British bungalow constructed in Ooty.

The bungalow was called Kal Bangla by the tribals. Today, the house is converted into Government Arts College of Ooty. The night view of the house is superb and you should explore the collection of relics inside the house. Currently you cannot explore it from inside but the outside and fence will take you back in colonial times.

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Catherine Waterfalls

Popular nature escapades, serene ambiance and refreshing vibes that can heal your mind, body and soul, Catherine Waterfalls near Ooty is a blissful attraction to spend some quiet time with your family. Lush greenery of Nilgiris, stunning landscapes, the gorgeous views of the Kallar river and from beyond the mountains the stunning Catherine waterfalls – what an amazing view this could be to captivate your senses. The emerald tea gardens and lush forests around the waterfalls look absolutely stunning for some adventurous trekking trails. Claimed to be the second highest waterfall in Nilgiris, this double-cascaded mountain stream is one of the most favorite destinations to visit around Ooty.

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Holidaying in Ooty would be so much pleasurable if you consider all these places in your Ooty travel itinerary. Trust us you will never regret visiting these places. Ooty is considered as one of the best hill stations to visit in South India. No matter how beautifully we write about such destinations, the real aura of the place can only be felt after visiting it. So, if you are planning a trip to Ooty, don’t wait, pack your bags and hurry up. Also share your delightful travel experiences with us in the comment section of the blog.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. what is the best time for holidaying in ooty.

The climate of Ooty is pleasant throughout the year. Ooty always gives refreshing vibes. It is one of the best hill stations to visit in South India. March to June is the best time to visit Ooty to escape the sultry weather of plains and during winter Ooty is very popular for adventure and trekking, if you like misty mountains and chilly weather then winter is the best time for you to visit Ooty. During monsoon Ooty gives the best views of nature. The waterfalls will not be dry, you will feel the freshness of nature, the flowers will bloom, the rain will shower on you frequently but the roads get slippery and fog will decrease the visibility on roads.

Q. What is the nearest airport & railway station to Ooty?

  • Nearest Airport - Coimbatore Airport is closest to Ooty. Apart from that one can also consider Mysore Airport which is 4 hours away from Ooty.
  • Nearest Railway Station- Mettupalayam Railway Station is the closest railhead to Ooty and one can also consider a toy train ride from Coonoor to Nilgiri Hills.

Q. How many minimum days are required to explore the best of Ooty tourism?

It depends on you how much time you want to spend amidst the refreshing vibes and serenity of Ooty. It has so many places to explore and with the thrill of adventure activities you can enjoy the best of Ooty tourism. Come here for a week to explore this scenic hill station and enjoy some fun filled activities for a memorable holiday.

Q. What are the best activities to do in Ooty for tourists?

  • Nilgiri mountain Train Ride
  • Botanical Garden Visit
  • Pubs and Bars of Ooty
  • Wax World Museum
  • Visit Deer Park
  • Kotagiri Trek
  • Temple hopping
  • Enjoy Tea and Tourism Festival

Q. What are the top tourist attractions in Ooty?

  • Kalhatti Falls
  • Nilgiri Mountain Train

Published: 07 Dec, 2021

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A Perfect Ooty Itinerary For 4 Days – 96 Hours In Ooty

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Udagamandalam or famously known as Ooty is a popular hill station located in the western ghats of Tamil Nadu. Tucked between the magnificent beauty of Nilgiri Hills, Ooty along with Kotagiri and Coonoor makes the Golden Triangle of Nilgiris . So, a visit to Ooty will introduce the beauty of tea estates, the diversity of plants & flowers at the botanical garden, magnificent views of Nilgiris from Doddabetta peak, amazing waterfalls, ancient Toda tribe at Todda village, scenic lake beauty and many more. But to make your Ooty trip memorable you would need a perfect itinerary that makes sure you’re at the right place at right time. So, here we shared the perfect Ooty itinerary for 4 days that make sure you’ll have the best time in Ooty –

Why Visit Ooty?

why visit ooty

Ooty is a perfect place to visit for different kinds of vacations including family trips, backpacking trips, or honeymoons. Surrounded by the lush green beauty of Nilgiri hills, Ooty has no dearth of places to visit including tea estates, a government botanical garden, rose garden, Doddabetta peak, tiger hills, Nilgiri mountain railway and many more. And the proximity to Kotagiri and Coonoor gives you the options that everyone looking for vacation.

Best Time To Visit Ooty

Situated at an elevation of 2240 meters, Ooty is blessed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. However, October to May is the best time to visit Ooty .

How To Reach Ooty

  • Being the most popular hill station in the country Ooty is well connected to major cities and towns in South India and reaching it is very easy.
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport to Ooty situated at a distance of 90 KM . From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Ooty.
  • By Train: The nearest major railway station to Ooty is Coimbatore Junction, which is around 85 km away. From Coimbatore junction, you can take a taxi or bus to Ooty.
  • By Road: Ooty is well-connected by road to major cities in Tamil Nadu and neighboring states. You can take a bus or hire a taxi from cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, and Chennai.
  • By Toy Train: The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, also known as the toy train, is a popular way to reach Ooty. The train runs from Mettupalayam, near Coimbatore, and takes you through scenic landscapes and tea plantations. It is a slow but enjoyable way to reach Ooty.

How Many Days Would Be Enough For Ooty?

The number of days would depend on your agenda. A minimum of 3 days would be needed to enjoy the local tourist attractions of Ooty. But there are many places that are not visited by travelers frequently. So, if you want to explore the offbeat attractions and nearby villages like Kotagiri and Coonoor then 5 days would be the minimum you need.

Ooty Itinerary

Day 1 in ooty.

  • Enjoy scenic views at Doddabetta Peak – 8 KM from Ooty
  • Explore the Government Botanical Garden – 6 KM from Doddabetta peak
  • Boating in Ooty lake – 4 Km from Botanical garden
  • Enjoy scenic ride on toy train

Capture photos at Ketti Valley View Point

  • Do some shopping in the Ooty market

Day 2 In Ooty

  • Explore beautiful lakes – Avalanche lake, Upper Bhavani lake and Emerald lake
  • Pykara Falls

Toda Village – 5 KM from Ooty

  • Halasana Falls – 12 KM from Ooty

Enjoy the sunset at Tiger Hill

Day 3 in ooty, needle view hill point – 40 km from ooty.

  • Explore Coonoor and stay – 20 KM from Ooty

Day 4 In Ooty

  • Explore Coonoor and day trip to Kotagiri – 19 KM from Ooty

Enjoy Scenic Views At Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta Peak

Starts your day early in the morning with amazing views of the highlands of Mysore and Coimbatore plains from the highest peak of Nilgiri Hills , Doddabetta Peak. Located 8 KM from Ooty, it is a commercialized place which means you can expect a bit of a crowd.

There you can easily spend an hour enjoying the stunning views of the hills, forest and border of Tamil Nadu. There are a few food and tea stalls for refreshing yourself. And don’t miss the ice cream.

  • Entry Fee – 6 INR for adults and free for children

Explore the Government Botanical Garden – 6 KM from Doddabetta Peak

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Just 6 KM from Doddabetta peak there is another famous sightseeing place named Government Botanical Garden. Spread over an area of 55 acres, Government Botanical Garden is home to thousands of exotic and local plants & trees including hundred species of ferns, groups of flowering plants, herbs, bonsai plants, fruit trees, rare plants and many more.

If you’re visiting Ooty during summer (May) then don’t miss out the Summer Festival which is a flower show in this garden. Overall, it is a great place for nature lovers to spend good time in peace.

  • Timing – 7 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Entry Fee – 30 INR for adults, 15 INR for Children, 50 INR for taking still camera and 100 INR for taking video camera.

Boating in Ooty lake – 4 KM from Botanical garden

ooty lake

Spread over an area of 65 acres, Ooty lake is an artificial lake that is famous for boating. The primary purpose to built this lake was fishing but with time it becomes a prominent tourist attraction of Ooty. In the summer festival, Ooty lake hosts a boat race that attracts tourists from all around.

Surrounded by the trees of eucalyptus, you can sit here and enjoy a sense of calmness. There are shops around the lake selling herbal oils and local handcrafts including eucalyptus oil and shawls.

  • Things to do here – Motor boating, paddle boating, row boating, cycling, horse riding, photography, having fun at an amusement park and enjoying the local food.
  • Timing – 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Entry Fee – 13 INR per person
  • Boating charge – 240 INR for a 2-seater paddle boat, 260 for a 4-seater and 290 for a 6-seater paddle boat.

Enjoy the Scenic Ride of Toy Train

ooty toy train

After boating in Ooty lake now it’s time to enjoy the scenic ride of the famed Nilgiri Hill Mountain Railway. A train ride to Coonoor from the Ooty railway station is one of the best things you can do in Ooty. The journey from Ooty to Coonoor will take 1 hour and 15 minutes. During the journey, you’ll get to see the lush green surroundings of western ghats, tea estates, serene lakes, verdant meadows, scenic villages and beautiful tunnels.

Either you can book tickets online on the IRTC website or book tickets through the ticket counter at Ooty railway station which is situated next to the bus stand. But due to the popularity of the toy train tickets get sold out pretty quickly so make sure you stand in front of the queue.

After reaching the Coonoor you can take a cab or bus to reach Ooty back.

  • Ticket Price – 205 INR per person in first class, 30 INR per person in second class and 15 INR for the unreserved category.

Located on the Ooty Coonoor road just 4 KM from Ooty, the Ketti Valley viewpoint is the best place in Ooty to watch mesmerizing sunsets & sunrise. Often referred to as the Switzerland of South India, Ketti Valley viewpoint provides panoramic views of Ketti Valley which is the largest valley in Nilgiris . There is a telescope room to get a clear view of the valley.

This place is perfect for nature lovers who love to spend time in peace while watching the sunset over the horizon of lush green meadows. The valley is home to many ancient tribes including Todas and Badagas which you’re going to explore on day 2.

Do Some Shopping in Ooty Market

Now it’s time to end day 1 in Ooty with shopping in the Ooty market. Roaming around the bustling market while shopping and eating is the best thing you can do in Ooty after sunset. Essential oils, chocolates, tea, coffee and handcrafts are the best thing you can buy.

Explore Beautiful Lakes – Avalanche lake, Upper Bhavani lake and Emerald lake

emerlad lake

Start your day 2 in Ooty with the serenity of lakes located around Ooty. Leave early in the morning around 7 AM so you can skip the crowd and have the best time enjoying the scenic beauty of the lakes.

Surrounded by captivating flowers and trees, Avalanche lake is situated at a distance of 21 KM from the Ooty bus stand. After reaching the lake you’ll be awestruck by its sheer elegance, simplicity and grace. This beautiful lake is best to enjoy mountain trekking, rafting, trout fishing, horse riding, rappelling and open jeep riding.

Just 5 KM from Avalanche lake there is another beautiful lake named Emerald lake. Nestled amidst the dense forest, tea estates and mountains this picture-perfect lake is perfect to spend quality time with family and friends. Sitting here while admiring its natural beauty gives you mental peace.

Now it’s time to visit the lesser-known and hidden beauty of Ooty, Upper Bhavani Lake. Prior permission from the forest department is needed to enter the area. It is the most beautiful lake in Ooty so we must recommend to you include this place in Ooty’s itinerary.

To reach the lake first you’ve to reach the forest department office from where you’ll get the jeep or bus which takes you to the Upper Bhavani lake. The entire back & froth journey will take around 2 hour time.

toda village

Located 5 KM from Ooty, Toad is a beautiful ancient village known for the Toda tribe and Toda huts. Toda huts are small unique huts-type rooms built of bamboo and decorated by the Toda art form. These huts look cute and beautiful. During the visit to this village, you can learn about their culture, food, clothes and a number of things about their community like the Toda tribe wearing homemade shawls and jewelry and their livelihood depends on dairy farming. And the most fascinating thing about this tribe is that their land is a UNESCO world heritage site .

Halasana Falls – 12 KM from Ooty

Gushes from a height of 150 feet, Halasana falls is a beautiful waterfall located on the privately owned property of Kollamuby Estate. To visit these falls you need to take permission from the owner.

The natural beauty of this fall will leave you awestruck especially after reaching the top which gives you a scenic view of the estate.

Day 2 in Ooty will end with mesmerizing sunset from Tiger Hill. Perched at the lower region of Doddabetta peak, Tiger Hill is the perfect place for relaxation in Ooty. At the top of the hill, there is a freshwater reservoir and cave which quenches the thirst of those who come here. There is also a resort that offers the perfect stay.

Needle valley view point

Start your day 3 with the 360-degree view of Nilgiris mountains at Needle View Hill Point. Located in a place called Guddalur on the Ooty-Mysore route, Needle View Hill Point is the place where you can literally touch the clouds . It is also known as the Needle viewpoint or Soochi Malai.

Away from the hustle and bustle of town, it is a perfect place for nature lovers who love to spend time alone.

To reach the top you need to walk for 1 KM. But it’s all worth it as you’ll get the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary, Bandipur and some parts of Mysore & Kerala.

Explore Coonoor And Stay – 20 KM from Ooty

coonoor village

Your trip to Ooty can’t be complete without visiting Coonoor . After Ooty, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in Nilgiri Hills . Blessed with a subtropical highland climate, Coonoor enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year. The famous toy train of the Nilgiri railway passes through the Coonoor. It will take 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Coonoor from Ooty via toy train.

Coonoor is home to a wide range of flora & fauna especially various kinds of wildflowers and birds. The unparalleled landscape of Coonoor provides the perfect setting for activities like trekking, hiking, and mountain biking. The abundance of tea plantations makes the surroundings beautiful enough to attract travelers.

Things to do in Coonoor

  • Learn about tea processing in detail at Highfield tea factory.
  • Enjoy a good time with your family at Sim’s park.
  • Explore beautiful waterfalls – Katary falls, Law’s falls, and Catherine falls.
  • Enjoy the scenery at Hidden Valley.

Explore Coonoor and Day Trip To Kotagiri – 19 KM from Coonoor

Kotagiri village

After spending a good time in Coonoor now it’s time to explore the 3rd hill station of Nilgiri Hills, Kotagiri. Surrounded by the blue mountains and Shola forests, the natural beauty of Kotagiri will leave you amazed. Even a short drive from Coonoor or Ooty to Kotagiri is magnificent with the fragrance of tea and lush green trees flanking both sides of roads.

The beautiful landscapes of Kotagiri offer a number of opportunities for trekking, hiking and rock climbing. Also, the leisure walks through the tea plantation allow you to watch the locals pluck the tea leaves.

Things to do in Kotagiri

  • Trek to Kodanad, Catherine falls and Longwood Shola.
  • Watch the splendor of Elk Falls.
  • Witness the past of Kotagiri at John Sullivan Memorial.

Where To Stay In Ooty?

Being India’s most renowned hill station Ooty has no dearth of staying options. From a luxurious resort with a private balcony to a campsite away from the city which gives you the nomadic experience or a budget-friendly hostel to engage with minded tourists like you, Ooty has all kinds of accommodations. But choosing accommodation will depend on your agenda, a hotel near the bus stand will give you the option to explore the attraction with ease while a resort away from the bustling city amidst a jungle will give you mental peace. So here we listed the best places to stay in Ooty with the cheapest booking code –

Best Hostels In Ooty

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to visit ooty.

Yes, Ooty is generally a safe place to visit. The town is well-developed and caters to a large number of tourists throughout the year. The crime rate in Ooty is low. However, you need to take a few things like avoiding climbing the hill after sunset as the region gets dark and the private taxi drivers in Ooty are not safe.

Which are the best places to visit in Ooty?

Doddabetta peak, Ooty, Upper Bhavani Lake, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Government botanical garden, Pykara falls, Nilgiri mountain railway, Murugan temple, Toda village, Ketti valley viewpoint, avalanche lake and Wenlock downs 9th mile shooting point are the best places to visit in Ooty.

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Ooty Itinerary for 4 Days: Exploring Ooty and Nearby Places for the Weekend

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Are you planning a trip to Ooty soon? If yes, then check out this Ooty itinerary for 4 days to plan an epic weekend getaway to this destination.

In this Ooty trip plan for 4 days, you can easily cover both the offbeat and popular places. As someone who has traveled to Ooty multiple times, I can assure you that it is a lot of fun to do both the touristy and non-touristy things.

A popular weekend getaway in South India, Ooty is the perfect place to head to if you are looking to spend some time in the mountains.

So, whether you are traveling with your friends or family or solo, this Ooty itinerary is going to be perfect for all kinds of plans.

And you can also spend some time in the tea plantations and learn how one of the most delicious teas is processed in Ooty.

Day 1 – Spend a Day Exploring Ooty

Depending on when you leave for Ooty, it is safe to assume that you won’t be able to explore anything other than Ooty on the first day.

I have been a couple of times here and every time, we are so tired from the journey that we end up exploring our surrounding areas.

So, a good idea would be to first check in to a hotel and rest for a while before heading out.

Thankfully, there are many good hotels in Ooty near the bus stand so you should easily find one. After you have rested and freshened up, you can head out for the following places in Ooty.

Dodabetta Peak

The highest mountain peak in the Nilgiri Hills range, Dodabetta Peak is a perfect spot to get a look at the Karnataka and Kerala borders from Tamil Nadu.

It is a crowded location but the sight of the Shola forest is definitely something to look forward to.

And you can spend around 40-50 minutes here, just enjoying the surrounding hills and forest views. There are also a few food and tea stalls here for refreshments which you can enjoy.

Although I didn’t like how commercialized this place was, I did enjoy a delicious ice cream here along with the beautiful hilly view.

How to Reach

Since it is just 9 km away from Ooty, you can easily reach here by cab or bus. An auto to this place will easily cost you around 500 INR for one side . And you can get an auto for 700-800 for the return trip including the wait.

You can also take a bus to the base of this peak which will cost you 15 INR from the Ooty Bus Stand . From the base, you will get shared taxis to the peak for 50 INR per person.

Finally, you can also take a cab which will again cost you around 700-800 INR and can also be negotiated to include a stop at the Tea Museum and Factory on the way.

girl looking at mountains ooty itinerary

After spending quality time in Dodabetta peak, you can make your way back and explore Ooty Lake next. An artificial lake that was built in 1824 , Ooty Lake is a popular boating area for tourists.

Surrounded by the Eucalyptus trees, you can enjoy different styles of boating here including padding boating, row boating, motor boating, and so on.

There are many food and entertainment stalls here to immerse yourself in. And you can also buy good woolen caps and mufflers here for yourself or your loved ones.

To reach here, you can easily take an auto from the bus stand for 100-150 INR . Or you can walk as well since it is only 1.5 km from the bus stand. I did walk here and the walk itself was so serene and peaceful.

And on the way, I met a few locals as well who were so nice and interesting to talk to and shared their life stories with me.

Nilgiri Railway Ride

One of the best things about taking a hotel in Ooty near the bus stand is that you are close to the Udhagamandalam Railway Station.

As a result, it is quite easy to go for a train ride to Coonoor and enjoy the services of the famed Nilgiri Hill Mountain Railway . So, once you are done boating in the lake, you can head to the Railway station which is just next to the bus stand.

If you plan early enough then you can get a ticket online on the IRCTC website. But if you don’t get a ticket online, then you can always get a ticket from the station.

However, you would need to arrive an hour early and stand in online to wait for the counter to open. There are a few tickets sold on the spot but they get over pretty quickly. So, make sure you are standing in front of the queue.

A second class ticket will cost you around 20-30 INR for Ooty to Coonoor and will take you through numerous tunnels and valley views on the way.

It takes around 1 hour 15 minutes to reach Coonoor and it is a completely amazing experience on the train.

I still remember our time on the train and how awestruck we were by the views passing us. Plus, since we had taken the 6 p.m. train, we also watched the sun setting down in a completely magical setting. 

Since this place is next to the bus stand, it is quite easy to reach. If you are staying in a hotel in Ooty near the bus stand, then you can simply walk to this place. Otherwise, you can get an Auto or Cab from most other locations.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Ooty Market

Finally, once you have enjoyed your amazing train ride to Coonoor, you can get a bus or a cab back to Ooty. And you can roam around the bustling Ooty market for food and shopping.

I would definitely recommend you to try out the chocolates here and the essential oils which can be found in abundance over here.

Plus, most of these essential oils are quite useful as well. You will find oils for headaches, stomachaches, skin problems, hair problems, and so on.

Apart from the chocolates and the essential oils, you will also find a variety of tea and coffee packets here. Since Ooty is quite famous for its tea, you have to try them out.

And they have a wide range of tea flavors available like jasmine tea, chocolate tea, cardamom tea, black tea, and so on.

You can easily spend 2-3 hours looking around the market and then have a nice lunch at one of the local joints like Hotel Saravana Bhavan or Amma’s Kitchen for an authentic South Indian Dosai.

If you are staying in a hotel in Ooty near the bus stand, then you can simply walk to this place. We didn’t mind walking 2-3 km in Ooty at all. Otherwise, you can get an auto or cab which can cost you anywhere between 150 – 400 INR , depending on the distance.


Day 2 – Explore the Lakes in and Around Ooty

Morning – avalanche forest reserve (avalanche lake and upper bhavani lake).

On day two, the best thing to do is to explore all the lakes around Ooty. Make sure that you start early today so that you can enjoy the places without too many tourists.

Leave your hotel around 6 – 7 a.m. as it will take approximately an hour and a half to reach the Avalanche Forest Reserve.

Here, you will go on a 45 to 60-minute tour which will cover the Cauliflower shola forest , Bhavani Amma temple, and the gorgeous Upper Bhavani reservoir .

Honestly, Upper Bhavani lake is one of the most beautiful lakes that we have witnessed in Ooty. So, I would definitely recommend you to include it in your Ooty itinerary and do spend adequate time here.

You will also find this area is surrounded by pine trees so you can spend some time admiring those as well.

Avalanche Lake itself can be found near the entrance of the Forest reserve. So, once you are done with the tour, you can head to the lakeshore and spend some time here.

The entire lake is surrounded by trees so it is quite peaceful and beautiful here. You can also enjoy a short lunch on the shore here and can just take in the dazzling view in front of you.

After spending 2-2.5 hours in the Forest Reserve, you can leave for Emerald Lake.

You will need to hire a cab as there aren’t any buses going to the Avalanche side. You might find a shared cab going to this side but you will have to struggle and wait a lot. So, unless you are traveling solo, I would definitely recommend you take a taxi.

It will charge you around 1800 – 2000 INR for 6-7 hours and will include Avalanche Forest Reserve, Emerald Lake, Vegetable Land, Tea Plantations, Toda Village, etc.

Upper Bhavani Lake

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is around 8.5 km from Avalanche Forest Reserve so it would take you around 30-45 minutes to reach here. A part of the Silent Valley National Park in the Nilgiri district, Emerald Lake is a perfect place for nature lovers.

Since it is a relatively secluded spot and is surrounded by a tea plantation, it is a popular picnic spot for locals. And honestly, the view from the road of the Emerald Lake and the village is quite enchanting.

Plus, we literally never saw anyone around here which was a bonus.

So, if you love spending time in nature, away from the crowds then spending a few hours in the Emerald village is the perfect way to do that.

You can rent a scooter/scooty and reach Emerald Lake. But if you don’t know how to drive a two-wheeler, then you will need to get a cab.

A cab will cost you around 1500 INR for this location . So, it will be better to get the Avalanche Forest Tour Package.

Tea Plantations and Vegetable Land

It will take you around an hour to reach Ooty from Emerald lake but before that, you have other 2-3 stops on the way. You will stop at the Tea Plantation where you will see the locals farming on their tea farms.

You can enter these farms and interact with the locals to learn more about the process. And you can even take pictures of these farms to hang at your home later on.

If you are interested, then you can even buy the tea leaves from them. They will give you authentic tea leaves which will produce the most delicious tea ever.

After the tea plantation, you will come across the Vegetable land which is quite a colorful patch on this route. Here, you can stroll around in the farms and see how the locals grow herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables , etc.

You can rent a scooter/scooty and reach this place. But if you don’t know how to drive a two-wheeler, then you will need to get a cab.

A cab will cost you around 1000 INR for this location. So, it will be better to get the Avalanche Forest Tour Package.

Tea Estates Ooty

Toda Village

Finally, you will reach the end of your tour which is at the Toda Village. Here, you will learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Toda tribe which is an ancient Nilgiri Hills tribe.

Their major livelihood is dairy farming and they build half-barrel-shaped huts which are known as Todas.

These small huts have small doorways so that the animals cannot enter inside. Made up of bamboo and decorated with Toda artform, Toda huts are really unique and beautiful to look at.

The people in the Toda tribe wear jewelry and homemade shawls which have black and red embroidery on them.

One of the most fascinating things about this tribe is that their land is known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site .

By the time you complete all these sights, it will be around 2-3 p.m. in the afternoon and your cab will drop you off from the point where it picked you up. So, you can rest for a while before heading out in the evening again.

It is just 2 km from the Ooty Bus Stand so you can always get an auto to this place. An auto will charge you around 150 INR for this place or you can walk here too.

If you are going to Avalanche Forest then you can take the tour package which includes a visit to the Toda Village.

Tiger Hills

Since most other places near Ooty will take at least a day for you to explore, the best thing to do in the evening is to go to Tiger Hills.

A completely secluded spot from the rest of Ooty , Tiger Hills Dam is the perfect place to watch a sunset in Ooty.

Surrounded by the Shola Forest on one side and Nilgiri Hills on the other, this place is inexplicably beautiful. And the best part is that not many people come here. In fact, even we got to know about this place on our third visit.

But yes, if you are looking for some peace and secluded time in Ooty, then Tiger Hills is definitely a good place to include in your Ooty itinerary.

However, do remember that since it is near the forest, you could encounter wild boars, tahrs , etc. here. So, always be careful when you come here.

It is just 5 km from the Ooty Bus Stand so you can always get an auto to this place. An auto will charge you around 300 INR for this place or you can walk here too.

If you stay near the Tiger Hills area then walking would definitely be a good option.

Tiger Hill

Day 3 – Spend a Day in Kotagiri

Any Ooty itinerary is incomplete without spending a day in Kotagiri and I agree with that. Honestly, the best part of our Ooty trips has been the trip to Kotagiri because you see so many wonderful sights on the way.

And since most people stay in Ooty and don’t venture this far, you can actually enjoy the views in peace.

So, make sure you include Kotagiri in your Ooty itinerary if you want to enjoy some offbeat locations near Ooty.

Kotagiri is situated around 33 km from Ooty and is a perfect alternative to this crowded hill station.

Honestly, there is so much to see and do here that a day is just not enough. But if you are in Ooty for a long weekend getaway, then you might not be able to spend too much time here.

Well, not to worry, because there is a lot that you can do in just a day too. 

Kotagiri gets its name from the Kota Tribe and is actually located in the heart of the Nilgiri hills.

This small hill station is surrounded by blue mountains and shola forests which gives it a magical feel. Even the drive to Kotagiri is gorgeous with tea plantations flanking the roads on both sides.

In Kotagiri, you can walk around the village and take in the beautiful view around you. You can also take a bus to go to Kodanad Viewpoint or Catherine Falls from here.

To reach Kotagiri, you can take a cab for 2000 INR and explore this hill station at your own pace. You can also take a bus which will take 1.15 hours to reach Kotagiri and cost around 30 INR .

There is a bus leaving from the Ooty bus stand every hour for Kotagiri. But make sure that you start early since there is a lot to cover in Kotagiri.


Kodanad Viewpoint

From the Kodanad Viewpoint, you will get a beautiful view of the Nilgiri mountain range . That’s not all though, you also see Catherine Falls, Dolphin’s Nose, etc. from here too.

Although the actual viewpoint is too commercialized, the nearby area is perfect for a light stroll.

Since we aren’t too keen about being around crowds, we walked a little from the viewpoint. And we were blessed with an unobstructed view of the Rangaswamy Peak from here.

Plus, the tea plantations surrounding the roads made the whole landscape quite surreal to look at.

You will need to walk 300 m further from the Kotagiri Bus Stand to get a bus to Kodanad Viewpoint . It will take you another hour and 30 INR to reach this place but trust me, it will be completely worth it.

Kodanad Tea Estates

Kodanad Tea Estates are actually quite beautiful and are on the drive to Kotagiri. We actually walked around an hour or something before we stopped a bus.

\It was truly amazing to be walking on the road with tea plantations surrounding you on both sides.

There is only 1 bus leaving from this viewpoint every hour. So, you will need to wait before you get a bus back to Kotagiri. You can take this bus and get down wherever you want near the Kodanad Tea Estate.

On the way to Kotagiri, you will also come across a small village called Ellada. We randomly got down here because we loved the views around this place.

It was a good decision as, after 5-10 minutes, we did come across a beautiful viewpoint.

So, if you don’t mind walking a little then I would definitely recommend you to get down here. If you have your own cab then it is even better as you can stop here for a while to enjoy the views.


Catherine Waterfall

Once you are back at Kotagiri, you can head to the waterfalls nearby. There is the Elk waterfall which is situated 7 km from Kotagiri. This is a cascading waterfall that is surrounded by lush greenery.

But the most famous waterfall in Kotagiri is the Catherine Waterfall.

This waterfall is at an altitude of 250 ft . and is around 8 km from Kotagiri. The fall joins the Kallar river as it flows down and actually got the name from a Coffee Planter’s wife name.

There are a few other places like the Rangaswamy Hill, Longwood Shola Forest , etc. which you can cover. But make sure you take your time to enjoy the places and don’t be in a hurry to cover them all.

You will get a bus to both the waterfalls from the Kotagiri bus stand. The cost will be somewhere around 15-20 INR and it will take you around 20 minutes to reach.

Day 4 – Enjoy a Safari Here

Finally, on your last day of the Ooty trip, you should definitely head to the amazing Mudumalai National Park and the Pykara Lake Dam .

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to go to the National Park because we went for a weekend so we didn’t have an adequate permit with us.

But you can learn from our mistakes and get a permit beforehand so that you can include this place in your 4-day Ooty itinerary.

Mudumalai National Park

A tiger reserve that shares boundaries with neighboring states of Kerala and Karnataka, Mudumalai National Park is the home to endangered animals in India.

This park is divided into 5 sections and is home to animals like Indian leopards, Bengal tigers, etc.

This park is located on the northwestern side of Nilgiri Hills and is around 43 km from Ooty. Here, you can see the animals in their natural habitat.

With a population of 50 tigers and over 500 species of animals, reptiles, etc., this place should definitely be a part of your Ooty itinerary.

You can easily spend half a day here and enjoy a short safari. On this safari, you will also see around 266 birds here.

For the permit, you will need to go to the Forest Reserve Department in Ooty itself.

However, if you are planning a visit during the weekend, then get a permit from the Chennai office. This is because Forest Reserve Department is closed during the weekends so you won’t get a permit from here.

Note: Earlier, Mukurthi National Park was also open to tourists but it isn’t anymore. So, if you were looking to enter the park and enjoy a safari or trek there, it is not possible. You will need to have contacts in the National Park in order to enter there.

Safari Options and Timings

There are different types of safaris available, depending on your time and budget. Bus Safari costs 135 INR per person and is a 30-minute safari in total.

And the vehicle safari is available only during 6 – 10 a.m. slot and 2- 6 p.m. In the vehicle safari, you also have the option of hiring a gypsy for 3000 INR . There are only 2 gypsies available and the entrance fee is 15 INR per person along with an eco-preservation charge of 100 INR.

The cost of using a Still Camera is 25 INR and the cost of using a Video Camera is 150 INR. They also offer Elephant Safari for 1120 INR (maximum 4 people). And it is a 40-minute long safari with only two available slots: 7 – 8 a.m., and 4 – 5 p.m.

Another popular activity to do here is to go to the Elephant Camp and see how the elephants live and eat here. The entrance fee for this activity is 15 INR per person and the camp is only open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

You will find many cabs and taxis for Mudumalai National Park which will cost around 2000 INR . You can actually get a customized package that will include both Mudumalai and Pykara lake. Apart from that, there are a few buses heading to Mudumalai National Park as well.

But no one knows the timings so you will need to ask at the bus stand the day before.

Ooty - Avalanche Forest Reserve

Pykara Waterfall and Lake

After you have enjoyed some time in the Mudumalai National Park, you head to the Pykara Waterfall. This waterfall/lake will come on the way from Mudumalai to Ooty.

So, you just need to add a stop here and spend a few hours exploring and enjoying yourself.

Pykara Lake is a popular tourist spot so you will find a lot of people around here. But it is a huge place so you can easily find a quiet spot for yourself.

You can enjoy a nice lunch here by the lake or the waterfall. And if you are interested then you can also do boating here.

You will easily spend an hour or two, relaxing beside the waterfall and the lake. And you can even dip your feet in the cool water here before heading back to Ooty.

You can get a customized taxi package for Pykara lake which will cost around 800-1000 INR .

Apart from that, there are a few buses heading to Pykara Lake so you can opt for those too. It will cost around 30-50 INR by bus to reach Pykara Lake .

Once you reach back to Ooty, you can start your return journey, depending on your travel mode. If you are taking a bus to some nearby place then you can go to the bus stand and get a bus from here.

Most Volvo buses leave from near the Railway Station so they will be easy to find and are quite comfortable as well.

lake surrounded by foliage ooty itinerary

I have been to Ooty thrice now and each time, I have had wonderful memories of this place. And the best part is that there is so much to explore that you never get bored.

In fact, I have discovered so many places in and around Ooty because I have visited this place three times.

So, although a 4-day Ooty itinerary is not sufficient to explore the mysteries of this hill station. But it is definitely a good way for you to start exploring this wonderful place.

If you think we are missing out on some important place in this Ooty itinerary, then do let us know in the comments.

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Overhyped destination. Visited Few months back. Very poor & narrow roads leading to traffic congestion. Very limited restaurants. No proper eateries. Ooty has failed to live up to its name as a tourist solace.

That’s true, precisely why I prefered Kotagiri 6 years back as well. 🙂

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19 Best Places to Visit in Ooty (2024): ✔Timings, Entry Fee

Budget Hotels > Travel Blog > Destinations > Ooty > 19 Best Places to Visit in Ooty (2024): ✔Timings, Entry Fee

The summer capital of the Madras Presidency during the Raj, Ooty is a nature lover’s paradise. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Ooty (also known as Udhagamandalam) is a perfect destination for those looking for a break from one-dimensional city life. From picturesque valleys to mystic waterfalls , and from fascinating grasslands to lush green tea estates, the place has it all.

The green cover is not just a treat for the eyes but also for the soul. The hill station beckons tourists in large numbers every year to soak in its charm. While its hugely popular botanical gardens attract those looking for serenity, it has plenty of options for adventure enthusiasts too. Be it a road trip, a trekking holiday, or a relaxing retreat that you’re looking for, Ooty has something for everyone. There are many places to see in Ooty and its sister town, Coonoor that would leave you mesmerised. Here are the Ooty tourist places list with images for a more immersive reading experience.

Places to Visit in Ooty:

1. government botanical gardens.

Government Botanical Gardens,Ooty

Government Botanical Garden|#1 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

This is one of the best places to visit in Ooty for those who love trees and flowers. Even if you aren’t particularly interested in these, the aesthetic appeal of this attraction is sure to warm your heart. The popular tourist attraction was laid out in 1848 by Graham Mclvor. It is divided into six sections: New Garden, Conservatory, Lower Garden, Nurseries, Italian Garden, and Fountain Terrace. The entrance is lined with varieties of gorgeous flowers, ferns, and orchids. The stunning shades of violet, red, white, and green make every corner of this garden picture-perfect.

Spread over 22 hectares, the gardens have many exotic as well as indigenous species of herbs, shrubs, bonsai, and trees. The most fascinating attraction is the fossil tree trunk which is more than 20 million years old; it was brought to the garden from the National Fossil Park in Thiruvakkarai.

  • Timings : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee : Free (up to 5 years); ₹ 15 (5-10 years); ₹ 30 (10 years and above)
  • Best time to visit : April to November
  • Things to do: Picnic, Relaxing amidst nature, Nature Photography
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand (2.6 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport (85 km)
  • By Train: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Railway Station (2 km)
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Ooty Botanical Gardens

2. Ooty Lake

Ooty lake

Ooty Lake |#2 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

If you are looking for places to visit in Ooty in 1 day, you must include Ooty Lake in your itinerary. Formed during the British Raj in 1824, this artificial lake is spread across 65 acres. Surrounded by lush mountains, the landscape is magical, especially with the mist lingering around the green cover. A boat ride in this scenic setting is an absolute must. You can opt for paddle, motor or rowing boats. There are also other recreational activities around the lake like an amusement park , toy trains for children and horse rides. Also, there’s a flea market to engage the shopaholics in addition to a food court serving different dishes. 

  • Boating Timings : 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily
  • Boating Fee : ₹ 1000 to ₹ 2000, depending on boat
  • Best time to visit : October to June
  • Things to do: Boating, Horse riding, Picnic, Cycling, Nature Photography
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand (1.6 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport (87.8 km)
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Ooty Lake

3. Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta Peak,Ooty

Doddabetta Peak|#3 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

To enjoy a panoramic view of the Nilgiris hills, take a trip to Doddabetta Peak. In fact, include this in your itinerary if you are looking for places to visit in Ooty Doddabetta, the highest peak of the Nilgiris, which is located 10 km from Ooty.

Surrounded by dense forests consisting of beautiful pine trees and other flora, the region is spectacularly green. Trekking is not very difficult here, but make sure you wear comfortable shoes when visiting this peak. There’s a telescope house run by the state tourism department to let tourists enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Ooty sightseeing places. Enjoy the view and then a meal at the al fresco cafeteria. There’s also a small market, selling spices, tea, fresh carrots, corn, and roasted peanuts. You can also buy warm clothes and accessories from here.

  • Timings : 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee : Free (children); ₹ 6 (adults)  
  • Things to do: Trekking, Photography, Enjoy scenic views
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand (8.3 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport (90 km)
  • By Train: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Railway Station (2.6 km)

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4. Doddabetta Tea Factory

Doddabetta Tea Factory,Ooty

Doddabetta Tea Factory|#4 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

Tea estates are synonymous with the landscape of Ooty; therefore, the Doddabetta Tea Factory and Museum automatically feature in the list of Ooty tourist places. At the tea museum, you can see several artifacts and other things related to tea. You can gain an insight into the different stages of tea production and also read about the popularity of tea not just in India but globally as well.

  • Timings : 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee : ₹ 10 (factory); ₹ 10 (museum)
  • Best time to visit : October to May
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand (6 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport (95 km)
  • By Train: Mettupalayam Railway Station (48 km)

5. Pykara Falls and Pykara Lake

Pykara Falls and Pykara Lake,Ooty

Pykara Falls and Pykara Lake|#5 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

The picturesque charms of Pykara Falls have attracted many Kollywood filmmakers to shoot songs here. No wonder, the natural beauty of this place along with Ooty tourism allures tourists in large numbers to this magical place. Located about 20 km from Ooty, Pykara Falls makes for an ideal picnic spot . The best thing about this tourist place in Ooty is that it is still unspoiled by commercialisation. You can enjoy a boat ride on the lake here, and the memories of dense trees and crystal-blue waters will remain etched in your heart forever.

  • Boating Timings : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Boating Fee : ₹ 60 to ₹ 1210, depending on boat
  • Best time to visit : October to February
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand (25 km)
  • By Train: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Railway Station (25 km)

6. Kamaraj Sagar Dam

Kamaraj Sagar Dam,ooty

Kamaraj Sagar Dam|#6 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

Kamaraj Sagar Dam is yet another splendid picnic spot; hence a popular tourist place in Ooty . The area looks stunning with dense mango and coconut trees covering the region. While it is extremely popular as a picnic spot, it also attracts angling enthusiasts as the dam reservoir is home to a variety of aquatic life. Also, the dam has emerged as a popular spot for environmentalists and nature enthusiasts who spend hours here for research purposes.

  • Timings : N/A
  • Entry Fee : N/A 
  • Things to do: Photography, Enjoy scenic views
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand (20 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport (100 km)
  • By Train: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Railway Station (20 km)

7. Elk Hill Lord Murugan Temple

Elk Hill Lord Murugan Temple,Ooty

Elk Hill Lord Murugan Temple|#7 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

Considered as one of the most beautiful hills in Ooty, Elk Hill is home to the famous Elk Hill Lord Murugan Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan, well known as the warrior god. A life-size golden statue of Lord Murugan makes for an awe-inspiring sight in the backdrop of the beautiful hills. Not only is the view from the temple breathtaking, but the atmosphere inside it is also remarkable.

  • Entry Fee : N/A
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand (2.5 km)
  • By Train: Mettupalayam Railway Station (47 km)

8. Government Rose Garden

Government Rose Garden,Ooty

Government Rose Garden|#8 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

Your trip to Ooty would be incomplete if you do not include the largest rose garden in the country in your sightseeing plans. Located on the beautiful slopes of Elk Hill, the Government Rose Garden is a place that will give you the best of pictures and most amazing memories. Home to almost 20000 varieties of roses, it has been one of the most popular tourist spots in the state since 1995. You can also spot black and green roses here. Enjoy a lovely stroll and spend quality time soaking in the beauty of flowers. Touching the flowers or plants here is strictly prohibited, but clicking them is not! Unleash your photography skills capturing the most gorgeous roses around.

  • Entry Fee : ₹ 15 (children); ₹ 30 (adults)
  • Best time to visit : April to June
  • Things to do: Nature Walks, Photography, Enjoy scenic views
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand (2 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport (80 km)
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Rose Garden

9. Mariamman Temple

Mariamman Temple,Ooty

Mariamman Temple|#9 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

Dedicated to Goddess Mariamma, the regional goddess of rain, Mariamman Temple is among the famous Ooty places to visit. According to a legend, every Tuesday, merchants from Coimbatore visited this region for trade purposes. Once came two sisters looking for a place to stay. They were asked to take refuge under a tree; that night a flash of lightning appeared, following which the sisters disappeared. It was then that the locals understood that the sisters were goddesses. They then constructed a temple for both the divine figures. Just like most temples in South India, it features a pyramidal tower called Vimana, which is studded with colourful sculptures of deities.

  • Timings : 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Best time to visit : September to May

10. Tribal Museum

Tribal Museum,Ooty

Tribal Museum|#10 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

If you are someone who is interested in history and cultures plan a visit to the Tribal Museum. The museum, also known as Tribal Research Centre, displays several relics related to regional tribal people. You can see here the expositions of various tribal movements that took place in the state over centuries. There are also some rare photographs of tribal populations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The research centre here focuses on enabling the tribal population to adapt to the changes of urbanisation while maintaining their culture.

  • Timings : 10:00 to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Entry Fee : N/A  
  • Things to do: Tribal culture, Photography, Artifacts
  • By Train: Udhagamandalam (Oo

11. St Stephen’s Church

St Stephen’s Church,Ooty

St Stephen’s Church|#11 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

One of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris built during the British era, St Stephan’s Church, Ooty is one of the best Ooty visiting places to see colonial architecture. There is a remarkable painting depicting the Last Supper. Other than that, stained glass windows depict other scenes such as Mother Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms.

  • Timings : 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Best time to visit : September to June
  • By Train: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Railway Station (5 km)

12. Nilgiri Mountain Railway

ooty tourist information

Nilgiri Mountain Railway |#12 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

You may not find the mention of railway or a station in the list of places to visit anywhere else. But in Ooty, the railway line built by the British is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Nilgiri Mountain Railway line is known as an engineering marvel, being built at such a high grade. The train with its wooden coaches covered in unusual colours is stunning too. Its major highlight is the views a journey on it offers as the train ascends hills, crosses rivers via bridges, wooshes past lush fields and goes through tunnels. No wonder then that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

  • Timings : Morning departure 07:10 am and afternoon departure 2:00 pm
  • Ticket Price : First class is ₹500-600 and the second class is ₹100-200
  • Best time to visit : April to June and October to February
  • By Bus: Ooty Bus Stand (3 km)
  • By Train: Mettupalayam Railway Station (starting point)
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Funcity

13. Parsons Valley Reservoir

Parsons Valley Reservoir

Parsons Valley Reservoir |#13 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

Parsons Valley Reservoir promises a rejuvenating experience amidst nature’s beauty. Whether you choose to explore the reservoir, indulge in nature walks, or capture the scenic landscapes through your camera lens, it’s a place that will leave you refreshed and spellbound by its tranquility.

  • Timings : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Ticket Price : No entry fee
  • Best time to visit : October to March
  • Things to do: Trekking, Wildlife Spotting, Nature Photography
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand  (25 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport  (90 km)
  • By Train: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Railway Station  (26 km)

14. Mukurthi National Park

Mukurthi National Park

Mukurthi National Park |#14 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

Mukurthi National Park is a magnificent wildlife sanctuary known for its diverse flora and fauna. It is a pristine natural reserve spread across an area of approximately 78.5 square kilometers. It is home to several endangered and endemic species, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Some of the famous places are Mukurthi Peak, Pykara Lake, Silent Valley, and Upper Bhavani Lake.

  • Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Ticket Price: 15-20 rupees
  • Best time to visit: October to May
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand  (44 km)
  • By Train: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Railway Station  (47 km)

15. Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake |#15 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

Resting deep inside Nilgiri Hills, Emerald Lake is a popular scenic place in Ooty. Whether it’s taking a peaceful boat ride on the calm waters, strolling along the lakeside to soak in the tranquility, or capturing breathtaking photographs of the scenic landscapes, Emerald Lake provides a perfect setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. It is definitely one of the most highly recommended places to visit in Ooty in 1 day. With its close proximity to other attractions like Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Botanical Gardens, and Pykara Lake, a visit to Emerald Lake becomes even more rewarding, offering a delightful blend of nature’s splendor.

  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand  (20 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport  (95 km)
  • By Train: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Railway Station  (23 km)

16. Deer Park

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Deer Park | #15 of 19 Places to Visit in Ooty

Deer Park in Ooty is a popular tourist attraction known for its natural beauty and the opportunity to spot graceful deer in their natural habitat. You will find some of the most majestic deers in the designated areas within the park that offer stunning views and great photo moments.

  • Ticket Price : ₹20-30 
  • Best time to visit :  October to February
  • Things to do:  Deer Spotting, Nature Photography
  • By Bus: Udhagamandalam (Ooty) Bus Stand  (2 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport  (88 km)
  • By Train: Mettupalayam Railway Station  (3 km)

Places to visit in Coonoor

  If you are looking for places to visit in Ooty in 3 days, then you might as well plan a trip to Coonoor, a neighbouring town with numerous attractions, including:

17. Sim’s Park

Sim’s Park,Ooty

Sim’s Park|#17 of 19 places to visit in Ooty

Sim’s Park is a photographer’s delight! A park and a botanical garden, it is spread across several terraces. You will find a variety of flowers, trees, and shrubs – all well-maintained by the Tamil Nadu Department of Horticulture. Like other botanical gardens in and around Ooty, this one too attracts tourists looking to revel in a sea of colours. It is an ideal attraction, especially for those travelling with kids. You can enjoy paddle boat rides within the park. Also, there is a small children’s play area to engage the little travellers. If you are visiting in May, you can witness the annual fruit and vegetable show here.

  • Entry Fee: ₹ 15 (children); ₹ 30 (adults)
  • Things to do: Enjoy Tea Tasting, Picnic, Photography, Nature Walks
  • By Bus: Coonoor Bus Stand  (1 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport  (80 km)
  • By Train: Coonoor Railway Station  (2 km)

18. Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin’s Nose,ooty

Dolphin’s Nose|#18 of 19 places to visit in Ooty

A 10 km drive from Coonoor brings you to this fabulous tourist attraction. A protruding rock in the shape of a dolphin’s nose gives it its name. The roads leading to this spot are absolutely stunning with several hairpin bends and tea plantations on the way. It might get a little tiring for some, but the views from the point make it worth the effort. You can see the majestic Catherine Falls that drop onto the dense forest several hundred feet below.

  • Things to do: Visiting Cathedral, Enjoy Tea Tasting, Picnic, Photography, Nature Walks
  • By Bus: Coonoor Bus Stand  (12 km)
  • By Train: Mettupalayam Railway Station  (30 km)
  • Places to Stay: Hotels near Coonoor Road

19. Lamb’s Rock

Lamb’s Rock,Ooty

Lamb’s Rock|#19 of 19 places to visit in Ooty

While on your way to Dolphin’s Nose, stop by at the mystical Lamb’s Rock as well for a gorgeous view of the mountains. Soak in the beauty of the lush green cover, accentuated with coffee and tea estates in addition to the beautiful forests and valleys. Just like Dolphin’s Nose, Lamb Rock also provides gorgeous views of the region.

  • Things to do: Enjoy Tea Tasting, Picnic, Photography, and Nature Walks
  • By Bus: Coonoor Bus Stand (7 km)
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport (75 km)
  • By Train: Coonoor Railway Station (7 km)

So, what’s the delay? Plan a trip, book a hotel in Ooty and begin the most memorable vacation of your life yet.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ooty

Q. What is the best time to visit Ooty?

A.  Ooty remains pleasant throughout the year. However, the months from March to June are ideal to plan a trip to Ooty if you don’t wish to face chilly winds or heavy rains.

Q. Where can I go for shopping in Ooty?

A.  There are many amazing shopping places in Ooty including Lower Bazaar Road, Commercial Road, Upper Bazaar Road, Charring Cross, Ooty Municipal Market, Tibetan Market, Main Bazaar, and Ooty Lake Market.

Q. List some good places to visit in Ooty at night.

A.  Ooty has a lively nightlife that can be best experienced at places like Canterbury Bar, Four Quarters Lounge Bar, The Valley Bar, Selbournes Bar, Alto Espirito, Fern Hill Bar, The Cheers Bar, Wild West Bar, Club Mahindra Derby Green, and Pint O Fun.

Q. Any suggestions for places to eat in Ooty?

A.  There are many good restaurants in Ooty, with Sidewalk Cafe, Garden Restaurant, Ooty Coffee House, and Kingstar Confectionery being the preferable choices for vegetarians. Non-vegetarians can explore Shinkows, Curry and Rice, Quality Restaurants, Hyderabad Biryani House, Kabab Corner, and Angara.

Q. What is one must-have experience in Ooty?

A.  When in Ooty, you absolutely have to take a ride on the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway. This UNESCO World Heritage Site connects Ooty to Coimbatore and offers exhilarating views during the journey.

Q. How to reach Ooty?

A. Take a flight to Coimbatore International Airport (90 km) and from thereon, travel to Ooty by road; the road journey is about 3 hours long. Another option is to take a bus or hire a taxi to Ooty from different parts of Tamil Nadu or the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Kerala.

Q. What are the top attractions to visit in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)?

A. Some of the most famous tourist places in Ooty are Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta Peak, Pykara Lake and Waterfalls, Rose Garden, and Ooty Lake.

Q. Which is the mini Switzerland of Ooty?

A. The mini Switzerland of Ooty is often referred to as the town of Coonoor. It is located in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu and is known for its stunning natural beauty and scenic landscapes that resemble the charm of Switzerland.

Q. What is the famous dish in Ooty?

A. One of the most famous dishes in Ooty is the “Ooty Varkey” or “Ooty Varkey Biscuit.” It has a unique taste and texture, making it a favorite among both locals and tourists.

Q. Which is the coolest month in Ooty?

A. January is considered to be the coolest month in Ooty with the temperature ranging from 5°C to 15°C. The cool weather during this month adds to the charm of Ooty’s hill station atmosphere, making it a popular time for tourists to Ooty sightseeing and enjoy the pleasant climate.

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The glory of the blue-hued Nilgiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu enhance the charm of the little town, Ooty. Charming bungalows, bustling town center streets, and chaotic streets strike as unique tourist attractions in Ooty.

People seek Ooty for pleasant family vacation, romantic honeymoon time or even a relaxing weekend. Bask in picturesque scenery while riding the Nilgiri Toy train, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Doddabetta tea factory welcomes with the aroma of freshly brewed tea.

Beautiful trails to trek, amazing boating experiences as well as panoramic views make your holiday worthwhile. Ooty also specializes in delicious chocolate which make for delightful shopping.

Information About Tourist Attractions In Ooty

  • Visit Rose Garden - A tremendous number of visitors come hooked for exploring the gardens specialized for growing roses. It is said that there are 17256 rose plants and 1919 varieties of roses that attracts tourists frequently.
  • Ooty Tea Factory - Located 4 km from city center, perched at an altitude of 1839 m, quench your thirst for knowledge of tea.
  • Visit Doddapetta park - Basically known as big mountain, the peak is specialized for panoramic views of Eastern and the Western Ghats. The enamoring Nilgiri mountain ranges provides sight of beautiful views of sunset and nature. Telescopes are provided by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation to watch the distant hills of Chamundi hills.
  • Visit Botanical Garden - Spread over 22 hectares, the garden is known as the home of flowers and also more than 650 species of trees. Also, get the chance to pay a visit to Todas who are original tribes of Ooty.
  • Mudumalai Bird Sanctuary - Located just 2 km from the city, the national park is a well-known for tiger reserve sanctuary. One can spend wonderful moments at Mayar waterfalls. It is haven to wildlife, like deer, spotted deer, peacock, grey jungle fowl, and other migratory water birds.
  • Ooty Lake - The star attraction of Ooty, the lake is spread over an area of 65 acres. Skirted by Eucalyptus trees, the lake is fed by streams flowing down the hills. It is best regarded for beautiful snapshots and amazing scenarios. It is also specialized in hiring boats, paddle boats, and other motor boats from the house. It is advised to visit Ooty Lake on weekends.

Best time to Visit Ooty

A wonderful hill destination, Ooty remains largely pleasant for most of the part of the year. However, different seasons have different charms in Ooty. A year wise break up of different seasons in Ooty can be given as below.

The summer season in Ooty is from March to June. The weather can be attributed as pleasant during this time although days can be hot sometimes. The season plays host for a number of tourist activities and attractions. There are a number of fruit shows, flower shows as well as other allures and interests for the visitors. The range of temperature varies between 15-20 Degree Celsius. Enjoy Summer festival & many cultural programs.

The monsoons in Ooty begin in July and continues till September. The rainfall is usually high and can render sightseeing and other tourist activities difficult, although, the town gets beautifully transferred into an abode of freshness and greenery. The temperature falls sharply and cool breezes brings in an element of pleasantness in the weather.

The month of October brings in the onset of winter season and the season lasts till February. This is one of the best times to enjoy the real charm of Ooty with cool temperatures and delightful weather. This is also the principle honeymoon season in the town as many couples could be seen enjoying the beautiful ambience. However, it can also get really cold with mercury falling lower than 5 degrees during night. January and February are the coldest months of the season. More information on the best time to visit Ooty .

How to Reach Ooty

The nearest airport to reach Ooty is Coimbatore which is located at a distance of 100 kilometers. The domestic airport is well connected to many important cities like Chennai, Madurai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. The nearest international terminal to reach Ooty is Bangalore Airport, at a distance of 295 kilometers. Bangalore is connected to many important international cities as well locations within the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, etc. Regular taxis, cabs and buses are available from the airport to carry the travelers to their destination in Ooty.

The nearest railway connection to Ooty is Mettupalayam railway station, located 40 kilometers away. The station connects to important destinations like Mysore, Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore etc. One can also board the heritage train, The Nilgiri Mountain train from here. Taxis and cabs are available from the station to take you to the uphill journey to Ooty.

The exotic hill station connects well linked to many important South Indian cities. There are regular and efficient bus service (both government and private) from Madurai, Bangalore (Bengaluru), Mysore, Kanyakumari, Chennai as well as many other cities in Kerala. Self-driving to Ooty is also an incredible option as it takes you through the mesmerizing reserve forest area, full of most fascinating sights.

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