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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.

Gateway Coonoor - IHCL SeleQtions
Gateway Coonoor - IHCL SeleQtions
3.5 out of 5
Church Road, Upper Coonoor, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs9,000 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Located in the heart of Coonoor, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sim's Park and Nilgiri Hills. Ooty Rose Garden and Government Botanical Gardens ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (55 reviews)
Gateway Coonoor - calm serene relaxing
"Great location within Coonoor. Sprawling green property with plenty of open space , gardens and trees. Calm and serene surroundings. Food is good, overall very friendly and helpful staff includes front desk , house keeping and restaurant. The improvements are mostly to do with age of the bungalow ..."

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2021

Gateway Coonoor - IHCL SeleQtions
Wild Planet Resort
Wild Planet Resort
4 out of 5
Devala, Between Wayanad Hills and, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Gudalur, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs11,440 per night from 13 Jul to 13 Jul
Situated in Gudalur, this hotel is 17.4 mi (28 km) from Western Ghats and within 32 miles (52 km) of Nilgiri Hills and Silent Valley National Park.
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"It’s good but not as much as it has been advertised and there is nothing wild."

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2021

Wild Planet Resort
Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
5 out of 5
Ootacamund 77 Sylks Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs10,400 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
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! (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
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Delightz Inn Resorts
Delightz Inn Resorts
3 out of 5
Belmonte Terrace, Tiger Hill Road, Melthalayatimund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is Rs4,932 per night from 30 Jun to 30 Jun
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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