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OotyIndia

Nestled high in the Nilgiri mountains, Ooty is famous for excellent tea, stunning colonial architecture and breathtaking scenery. 

Come to the “Queen of the Hill Stations” to enjoy the cool climate and sip exquisite tea in English-style rose gardens. Trek in the surrounding hills or learn about the native Toda people, who lived isolated for centuries before the British arrived.

Ooty, or Ughalamandalam to give it its full name, was established in the early 19th century after the British burra sahib John Sullivan noticed the area’s potential as a tea plantation. Within a decade it was one of the largest tea growing areas in the country. Back in the days when it was a hill station populated by elitist British ex-pats it was known as “Snooty Ooty”, though nowadays you’ll find no snobbishness here, just the gardens, architecture and tea plantations the British left behind.

The best way to get to Ooty is to take the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a quaint steam railway that offers superb views as it climbs the 2,286 metres (7,500 feet) to Ooty town centre. If you don’t fancy the train there are good road links through the mountains as well.

Once in town you should explore the many colonial features left by the British. The Government Rose Garden is the largest in India, while the Ooty Botanical Gardens has a huge variety of rare plants on display. Notice the distinctly British street names too; Charring Cross is the town’s main junction.

Out of town, explore the Nilgiri (Blue Mountains) and sample some of the freshest tea you will ever try when you visit one of the many plantations. Trekkers will enjoy the hike to Doddabetta Peak, the highest in the area, located just north of the city. Further afield, wildlife reserves such as Mudumalai National Park offer the opportunity to spot tigers and other wildlife.

April to June is the most popular time to visit Ooty, as the temperature ranges from cool to mild, a welcome break from the intense heat at sea level. October to March can be chilly, so bring warm clothes if you visit during this period.

Top hotels in Ooty

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wild Planet Resort
Wild Planet Resort
4 out of 5
Devala, Between Wayanad Hills and, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Gudalur, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs11,500 per night from 15 Oct to 16 Oct

Situated in Gudalur, this hotel is 17.4 mi (28 km) from Western Ghats and 21.3 mi (34.4 km) from Nilgiri Hills.

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"We had an amazing first trip together after starting our new phase of our life. It was an unforgettable moment in our life. We appreciate for all hardworking and help from all team in sorting our needs😍😍😊😊"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019

Wild Planet Resort
Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
5 out of 5
Ootacamund 77 Sylks Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs6,500 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct

Situated in the mountains, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nilgiri Hills, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Thread Garden and Ooty Lake. Ooty Rose Garden and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (75 reviews)
very nice

"very nice."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India
Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India
3.5 out of 5
Ooty Mettupalayam Road, Hillgrove Post, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Situated in a state park, this resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nilgiri Hills and 9.8 mi (15.9 km) from Black Thunder. Catherine Falls is 30.6 mi (49.3 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (35 reviews)

"I don't like the climate and booking amount is toomuch and not worth for this ok"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2019

Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India

Top Holiday Rentals in Ooty

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Delightz Inn Resorts
Delightz Inn Resorts
3 out of 5
Belmonte Terrace, Tiger Hill Road, Melthalayatimund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs2,200 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

This family-friendly Ooty aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Nilgiri Hills, Doddabetta Peak and St. Stephen's Church. Government ...

3.7/5Good! (20 reviews)
Helpful and friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere

"Very helpful and professional staff. Very nice outside breakfast area, nice and clean room with good view, quiet location (you can even hear bird song), relaxed atmosphere, a few km from central Ooty. Small hotel in decent condition, offers tours and more to surroundings"…"

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2020

Delightz Inn Resorts
GuestHouser 3 BHK Cottage 563f
GuestHouser 3 BHK Cottage 563f
2.5 out of 5
Church Hill Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs7,059 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

Located in Stone House Area, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Nilgiri Hills, Government Botanical Gardens and Ooty Rose Garden. Ooty Lake is 1.6 mi ...

GuestHouser 3 BHK Cottage 563f
Hotel Nilgiris Inn
Hotel Nilgiris Inn
2.5 out of 5
183/b, ettines road, opp to race course, Ooty

Situated in Ooty, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Nilgiri Hills and Ooty Rose Garden. Ooty Lake and Government Botanical Gardens are also ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Good hotel at reasonable price without breakfast

"Easy accessable, cooperative staff, clean rooms, overall was good to stay at reasonable price. But always book without breakfast as they don't have kitchen and breakfast is outsourced with limited options, which is not of good quality. However, Managers there helped me to get more breakfast choice ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2018

Hotel Nilgiris Inn

Popular places to visit in Ooty

Nilgiri Hills
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Nilgiri Hills

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Nilgiri Hills, a popular green space in Ooty. Wander the gardens or discover the area's mountain views.

Ooty Lake
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Ooty Lake

4/5(6 reviews)

Relax by the water and go for a paddle on this peaceful lake, just minutes from the busy city center.

Mudumalai National Park
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Mudumalai National Park

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Mudumalai National Park, a popular green space in Ooty. Wander the forests and gardens while you're in the area.

Government Botanical Gardens
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Government Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(8 reviews)

At the foot of Doddabetta Mountain, this expansive garden has stunning displays of tropical flowers and an array of rare tree species.

Ooty Rose Garden
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Ooty Rose Garden

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Discover thousands of species of rose while you enjoy a serene environment and a magnificent city backdrop.

Doddabetta Peak
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Doddabetta Peak

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Enjoy spectacular views and an array of plant and tree life at the tallest mountain in the Nilgiri range.