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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India
Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India
3.5 out of 5
Ooty Mettupalayam Road, Hillgrove Post, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Rs11,419
per night
29 Apr-30 Apr

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

4.3/5Excellent! (35 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
Gateway Coonoor - IHCL SeleQtions
Gateway Coonoor - IHCL SeleQtions
3.5 out of 5
Church Road, Upper Coonoor, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
Rs10,400
per night
3 May-4 May

Situated in Coonoor, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sim's Park and Nilgiri Hills. Longwood Shola and Ooty Rose Garden are also within 12 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (49 reviews)

"Beautiful property and service is excellent"…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2019

Gateway Coonoor - IHCL SeleQtions
The Majestic Crown
The Majestic Crown
3 out of 5
959 by A WESTBURY ROAD OOTY TAMIL NADU, Ooty Mysore Road, Ooty, TN
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs2,099
per night
15 Apr-16 Apr

Located in Kandal, this hotel is steps away from Government Museum and Nilgiri Hills. Ooty Lake is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away. Ooty Udhagamandalam Station is 15 minutes ...

The Majestic Crown

Popular things to do in Ooty

Nilgiri Hills
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Nilgiri Hills

4.5/5(7 reviews)

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

Ooty Lake
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Ooty Lake

4/5(6 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(5 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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Mudumalai National Park

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Mudumalai National Park, a lovely green space in Gudalur. Wander the forests and gardens while you're in the area.

Ooty Rose Garden
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Ooty Rose Garden

4.5/5(7 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(8 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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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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