Ooty

Travel Guide
Ooty featuring a city
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

Fortune Retreats
Fortune Retreats
3 out of 5
Belmont Terrace, Tiger Hill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 643001
The price is ₹2,250 per night from 13 Feb to 14 Feb
₹2,250
per night
13 Feb - 14 Feb
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Ooty. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (20 reviews)
Unpleasant stay
"Stayed for one night, terrible stay I must say. Hot water not working, power was not there for half a day, rooms are not clean and food quality too. Only one good thing is the location."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2020

Fortune Retreats
Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
5 out of 5
Ootacamund 77 Sylks Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 643001
The price is ₹13,450 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb
₹13,450
per night
3 Feb - 4 Feb
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Ooty. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (77 reviews)
ooty taj retreat
"The taj is a very old traditional hotel with nice rooms with log fires if you get cold. In this covid period there is limited food but then the breakfast must improve as to not have proper coffee in a 5 star is not acceptable. the quality of breakfast does not meet 5star. The staff are very good ..."

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2020

Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Sterling Ooty Elk Hill
Sterling Ooty Elk Hill
4 out of 5
25, Ramakrishna Mutt Road,Elkhill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 643004
The price is ₹7,540 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar
₹7,540
per night
5 Mar - 6 Mar
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Ooty. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.5/5 Good! (44 reviews)
"Clean and nice place to stay"

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2021

Sterling Ooty Elk Hill
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.
La Niebla Farm Resort
La Niebla Farm Resort
3 out of 5
6/205 The Woods Little Planeteers Road, Melur, Hullathy, P.O. Udhagamandalam, Ooty, TN, 643007
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Ooty. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private hot tubs. Popular attractions Raj Bhavan and Raj Bhawan are located nearby. ...
La Niebla Farm Resort
GuestHouser 3 BHK Cottage 563f
GuestHouser 3 BHK Cottage 563f
2.5 out of 5
Church Hill Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 643001
Stay at this business-friendly cottage in Ooty. Enjoy free parking, room service and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Diyanamyam Mutt and Union Church ...
GuestHouser 3 BHK Cottage 563f
Pine View Stay
Pine View Stay
3.5 out of 5
#184 Bellie Maistry Lane, Fingerpost Ooty,The Nilgiris, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 643006
Stay at this 3.5-star villa in Ooty. Enjoy free parking, room service and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Government Museum and Thread Garden are located ...
Pine View Stay
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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