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Ooty
Travel Guide

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

Glyngarth Resort
Glyngarth Resort
3.5 out of 5
2/213, Hullathy Village, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is $99 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Situated in Ooty, this resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nilgiri Hills and within 9 mi (15 km) of Ooty Lake and Government Museum. St. Stephen's Church and Thread ...

3/5 (3 reviews)

"Wonderful resort and worth paying money. Very homely service"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2021

Glyngarth Resort
WelcomHeritage Ferrnhills Royale Palace
WelcomHeritage Ferrnhills Royale Palace
3.5 out of 5
Nilgiris, Ootacamund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is $145 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

This family-friendly Ooty hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nilgiri Hills and Ooty Lake. Ooty Rose Garden and Government Botanical Gardens are also within 3 mi ...

4/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
Externally In bad condition with plaster peeling.

"Terrible service. Bad quality food. Despite claims of free wifif in reality wifi available only in restaurant and lobby and so free wifi of no practical use. No activitries or any other services from a tourist point of view."…"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2016

WelcomHeritage Ferrnhills Royale Palace
Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
4 out of 5
73, Kungah House Road, Fern Hill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is $66 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nilgiri Hills, Ooty Rose Garden, and Ooty Lake. Government Botanical Gardens is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) ...

3.6/5Good! (51 reviews)

"Very good location"…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Sterling Ooty Fern 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.

Vacation 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 $73 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

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 Jan 28, 2020

Delightz Inn Resorts
Colonial 4BR Home, Great for Families, Coonoor - BBQ & Bonfire available
Colonial 4BR Home, Great for Families, Coonoor - BBQ & Bonfire available
Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
The price is $91 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Situated in Coonoor, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sim's Park and Nilgiri Hills. Ooty Rose Garden is 12 mi (19.4 km) away.

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Overcharged for Chef services

"Overall, the property was an excellent choice. It was clean, the resident managers were readily available and very friendly. It was comfortable for 7 of us. We used the cottage as well. This property is advertised as coming with chef services. The person who cooked meals was the property helper and ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Colonial 4BR Home, Great for Families, Coonoor - BBQ & Bonfire available
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 mi (10 km) of Sim's Park and Longwood Shola. Catherine Falls is 7.2 mi (11.7 ...

Pihoo Villa by Vista Rooms
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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Reviews of Ooty

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May 17, 2019

Great place but very crowded. Do not recommend going to tea factory unless you want to get crushed in the crowed. Highly recommend toy train, botanical garden, boat house

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