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.

Where to stay in Ooty

Kandal
Ooty Lake which includes water sports and a lake or waterhole as well as a couple

Kandal

3/5(2 reviews)

If you're spending some time in Kandal, Nilgiri Hills and Ooty Lake are top sights worth seeing.

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
Rs10,760
per night
20 Nov-21 Nov

Situated in Gudalur, this hotel is within 20 miles (32 km) of Meenmutty Waterfalls, Mudumalai National Park and Needle Rock View Point. Nilgiri Hills and Edakkal ...

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
Rs7,500
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec

This family-friendly Ooty hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nilgiri Hills and Government Museum. Ooty Lake is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away. Ooty Udhagamandalam Station ...

4.2/5Excellent! (66 reviews)
Old world charm !

"Taj Savoy is an old British property with 19th century style lawns and rooms yet well maintained by the management and staff. Special mention of Mr Ansari and Ms Sharmila who were excellent with their guest services. Had a good time exploring Ooty with this place as our stay base."…"

Reviewed on 12 May 2019

Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Gem Park Ooty
Gem Park Ooty
4 out of 5
Sheddon Road, Near Collector Office, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Rs4,492
per night
20 Nov-21 Nov

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Government Botanical Gardens and Ooty Rose Garden. Thread Garden is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Ooty ...

3.5/5Good! (41 reviews)

"Best location. Beautiful hotel. Good food. Swimming pool broken. Park not maintained long grass not cut properly. House keeping can be improved."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019

Gem Park Ooty

Popular things to do in Ooty

Nilgiri Hills
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Nilgiri Hills

4.5/5(6 reviews)

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

Ooty Lake
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Ooty Lake

4/5(5 reviews)

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

Doddabetta Peak
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Doddabetta Peak

4.5/5(4 reviews)

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

Mudumalai National Park
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trover photo by Mahesh Srinivas

Mudumalai National Park

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Mudumalai National Park, a lovely green space in Gudalur. Amble around the area's forests or visit its temples.

Ooty Rose Garden
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Ooty Rose Garden

4/5(5 reviews)

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

Government Botanical Gardens
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Government Botanical Gardens

4/5(5 reviews)

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

Reviews of Ooty

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Jul 2019

Amazing weather, perfect for a relaxing get away.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Jul 2019

Small place, congested even in off session, but drive to surrounding places and views etc are great and they are the ones that make Ooty worthwhile..

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Jun 2019

It was great experience overall as the weather was very pleasant and scenic. But one problem was of booking cab so my advice would be to take a whole cab service for to and fro

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Jun 2019

Overalls I Love Ooty........

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