Ooty awaits: its gardens, forests, castle and more!

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.

Known for

Gardens, Forests and Natural Parks

Where to stay in Ooty

Kandal
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Kandal

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

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Top hotels in Ooty

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India
3.5 out of 5
Ooty Mettupalayam Road, Hillgrove Post, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Rs11,860/night
21 Aug-22 Aug
4.3/5Excellent! (33 reviews)

Situated in a state park, this resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nilgiri Hills and within 12 miles (20 km) of Black Thunder and Sim's Park. Ooty Rose Garden and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (33 reviews)
Mystical and Beyond Compare

"This resort, its name an homage to the indigenous tribe known as the Karumbas, is tucked into a mystical nook of the Nilgiris (Blue Mountains) near Coonoor Taluk. The grounds are replete with lush tropical greenery and gorgeous acorn, clove, and jacarada trees, and much more. The birds are fantastic ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2019

Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India
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Sinclairs Retreat Ooty
3.5 out of 5
Gorishola Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Rs4,500/night
25 Aug-26 Aug
3.3/5 (63 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Government Museum, Nilgiri Hills and Ooty Lake. St. Stephen's Church and Thread Garden ...

3.3/5 (63 reviews)

"Location is very good,staff specially Front Office,House keeping Bharat are really good"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2019

Sinclairs Retreat Ooty
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Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
4 out of 5
73, Kungah House Road, Fern Hill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Rs3,900/night
11 Sep-12 Sep
3.6/5Good! (48 reviews)

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

3.6/5Good! (48 reviews)

"Peaceful and relaxed place . Great food and staff General cleanliness was poor. Rooms were not cleaned on time . Bathroom was moldy"…"

Reviewed on 24 Dec 2018

Sterling Ooty Fern Hill

Popular things to do in Ooty

Nilgiri Hills
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Nilgiri Hills

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

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

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

Ooty Rose Garden
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Ooty Rose Garden

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

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

St. Stephen's Church
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St. Stephen's Church

One of the oldest churches in the Nilgiris region combines charming architecture and fabulous stained-glass windows in a mystical woodland setting.

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