Misty blue Nilgiri mountains, a dreamlike toy train, rows of tea & coffee plantations, a touch of colonial elegance, and the hustle-bustle of a little town in the hills- Ooty has all of it and more! Established as a hill retreat during the colonial era to beat the tropical Tamil heat, Ooty still retains its old-world charm and is still one of the most preferred hill destinations in south India. Well, the town has now reverted to its traditional name Udhagamandalam, but its nostalgic Ooty-snooty charms remain the same!.

Alluring Attractions of Ooty

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Over a hundred years old and still going strong, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, fondly called the toy train, is loved by both adults and kids alike. Chugging through the mountains, bridges, and tunnels, this toy train from Mettupalayam to Ooty, with halts at quaint & charming stations, is certainly a slow but the most picturesque way to get to Ooty.

Doddabetta Peak

Doddabetta Peak

The highest point in the area, Dodabetta Peak at 8650 ft, is a gorgeous vantage point for spectacular sights of misty Nilgiris and expansive valley views.

Dodabetta Tea Factory & Museum

Dodabetta Tea Factory & Museum

Learn more about India’s favorite beverage during a guided tour of this tea factory and museum. Watch the tea processing where lush green leaves are transformed into lustrous, copper-colored tea. The factory depicts the 9 steps process including withering, shifting, fermenting, and packaging of tea. Be sure to buy various flavors of tea at this interesting factory-museum.

Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake

Filmed in many Bollywood movies, this beautiful lake is the tourist hub of Ooty. Fringed with mountains & tall pines, Ooty Lake is a favorite with the honeymooners, vacationing families, and locals alike. Hire a boat, and go pedaling on the shimmering waters, buy a cotton candy from lakeside vendors, and eat some delicious street food at the stalls dotting the lakeside.

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

A sprawling 22 hectares of greenery greets you at these Raj-era gardens. Its artistic flower beds, Italian –style gardens, fountains, nurseries, conservatories, and a 20 million years old fossil tree trunk are much admired by visitors to the gardens. With over 650 varieties of flora, this spectacular garden is a nature lover’s delight.

Other Attractions of Ooty

Other Attractions of Ooty

Rose Garden- A rainbow of colorful roses set in a garden on the slopes of Elk Hill
Thread Garden- A collection of flowers & plants skillfully crafted from colorful threads.
St. Stephen’s Church- A charming colonial-era church

Nearby Excursion Ooty

Nearby Excursion

Bandipur National Park (40 km) - Jeep Safari in the wilderness of Bandipur Tiger Reserve and National Park

Fairs and Festivals of Ooty

Fairs and Festivals of Ooty

The Summer Festival- An colorful gala with flower shows, boat races and cultural programs, celebrated in May
Tea and Tourism Festival- Celebrating Ooty’s tea legacy, held annually in January / February

Shopping in Ooty

Shopping in Ooty

Assorted flavors of Nilgiri tea, local fruits & aromatic spices, homemade chocolates, and aromatic oils are some of the best stuff to buy from Ooty.

Best Time to Visit

Ooty is an all-weather destination. But the summer tourist season is from April to June, and the winter season is from September to December.

How to reach

By Air - Coimbatore Airport, around 88 km away, connects Ooty with major Indian cities.

By Rail - Mettupalyam, around 40 km away, is the nearest railhead that connects Ooty with various cities in the region. The UNESCO-listed Nilgiri Mountain Railway also starts from here.

By Road - A well-developed network of meandering roads takes you to Ooty.

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