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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

Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
5 out of 5
Ootacamund 77 Sylks Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs8,000 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

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! (76 reviews)
very nice

"very nice."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Treebo Trend Bellflower
Treebo Trend Bellflower
3 out of 5
No 4/932, Fun City, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs2,022 per night from 10 Feb to 11 Feb

Situated in Ooty, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Stephen's Church and Nilgiri Hills. Government Botanical Gardens and Ooty Rose Garden are also within ...

3/5 (2 reviews)
No food No proper breakfast No Hot water.

"Hot water and breakfast always problem. Not in time."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019

Treebo Trend Bellflower
Hotel Lakeview
Hotel Lakeview
3 out of 5
West Lake Road, the nilgiris, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs2,800 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan

This family-friendly Ooty hotel is located in the mountains, within a 5-minute walk of Nilgiri Hills and Ooty Lake. Ooty Rose Garden and Government Botanical ...

3.4/5 (48 reviews)
Peaceful

"Everything was good, only problem we had was everything was charged really high. One night we decided to parcel our dinner from out and we asked for 3 plates their answer was since we took our dinner from out they can't give us plates instead they gave us really bad disposal plates that were charged ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2018

Hotel Lakeview
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Ooty

Delightz Inn Resorts
Delightz Inn Resorts
3 out of 5
Belmonte Terrace, Tiger Hill Road, Melthalayatimund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs5,294 per night from 20 Jan to 21 Jan

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
Pihoo Villa by Vista Rooms
Pihoo Villa by Vista Rooms
3.5 out of 5
Halakkarai Village, Atti, Halakkarai Post, Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

Situated in Kotagiri, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nilgiri Hills and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sim's Park and Longwood Shola. Catherine Falls is 7.2 mi ...

Pihoo Villa by Vista Rooms
GuestHouser 3 BHK Cottage 563f
GuestHouser 3 BHK Cottage 563f
2.5 out of 5
Church Hill Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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18 Jan 2020

Take some winter clothes while visiting this place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Nov 2019

The Nilgiri Express narrow gauge railway was an interesting experience with excellent panoramic views, but the carriages were shabby inside.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Sep 2019

I give good because we were so upset with the route. No proper direction given. Even in mobile we were showed wrong direction. Address board can be made more.

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

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