What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you want to get away from the hustle-bustle of city life? The serenity of the mountains. Promising solitude, unparalleled natural beauty and an escape from city chaos is the beautiful hill station of Ooty. One of the most popular hill stations in India, Ooty is located in the state of Tamil Nadu.
A favourite with honeymooners, art lovers and admirers of nature, this hilly hamlet is best explored through customised Ooty tour packages. Whether you are looking for a luxurious Ooty holiday or one packed with sightseeing tours, Ooty tour packages are ideal for all kinds of travellers.
This quiet hill station was a favourite during the British era and was developed as a summer retreat for the officers. The highlight of your Ooty tour packages will be the mesmerising train ride offered by the Nilgiri Mountain Railways. Said to be the steepest track in Asia, a ride aboard this train will become one of your most memorable experiences. Not only are the sights breathtaking but the sheer joy of riding through lush greenery and gorgeous mountains is incomparable.
Ooty is also home to numerous sightseeing spots and viewpoints which are part of all Ooty tour packages. Even though the town has become quite popular in recent years and sees thousands of tourists every year, you can always find a quiet spot to call your own. One of the most important tips before booking Ooty tour packages is to choose accommodation outside the busy town centre. Away from the market rush, homestays and resorts take you into another world and add so much more to your Ooty holiday.
Travellers have often claimed that there isn’t much to do or see in hill stations, but an Ooty trip will change your perspective. The most popular part of Ooty tour packages is a ride on the Toy Train. Also known as Nilgiri Mountain Railway, the train was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has charmed visitors for decades. Covering a distance of 46 km at a luxurious pace, the train offers you breathtaking views of the city. Traversing tricky terrains, the highest train route is at over 4000 feet and it’s said to be one of the steepest train routes in Asia. The journey begins from Mettupalayam and covers Coonoor, Lovedale and Ootacamund.
The journey is spectacular and should definitely be a part of all Ooty tour packages. You will cross tunnels, thick forests, verdant fields dotted with lakes and gorges before finally ending the five-hour journey. The best time to hop aboard the toy train is in the morning so that you have the rest of the day to enjoy other sightseeing sites.
Ooty Botanical Gardens is another tourist attraction in Ooty tour packages which is unmissable. Situated in the lower slopes of the Doddabetter peak, the garden is a treat for nature lovers. The highlight of the garden is Toda Hill which offers visitors a peek into the life of the Toda Tribe. One can learn more about their way of life while also admiring the huge variety of flowers in the garden. Among the rarest species of trees, the ones that stand out are cork tree, the monkey puzzle tree and an old fossil tree which is said to be as old as 20 million years. If you want to truly learn more about plants and different kinds of trees, you can also include a guided tour in Ooty tour packages.
To refresh your senses, you can include a visit to the mesmerising Ooty Lake. A part of Ooty tour packages, the lake is situated close to 2km from the main centre. One of the most popular tourist spots, the lake was set up in the year 1824. Visited by nature lovers and photographers, the lake truly offers a break from the chaotic sounds of a city. All you can hear is the melodic chirpings of birds and the soothing rustling of trees. If you are travelling with children, you must try boating in the lake. There is also a mini-train with tracks around the lake so you can enjoy pristine views as the train slowly chugs along. The best time to visit the lake is during weekdays or late in the evenings during weekends.
If nature and serenity are what you seek on a holiday, then you must include a visit to Rose Garden in Ooty tour packages. Known as Jayalalithaa Rose Garden, the Nootrandu Roja Poonga and the Centenary Rose Park, it’s a must-visit tourist attraction if you are travelling with children.
Located on Elk Hill slopes, the Rose Garden is maintained by the Horticulture department of Tamil Nadu and makes for an enthralling tourist attraction. The best time to visit the Rose Garden is in the evening just as the sun is setting and you can admire the orange-hued skies and the endless rows of vibrant flowers. If you want to relive your childhood, you can also enjoy a leisurely picnic amidst lush greenery and colourful flowers. We do recommend taking your picnic basket with you so you don’t have to depend on the snack stalls here. For those who have booked Ooty tour packages between March and June can also catch the flower show.
If you want to take a trip outside the city, you can include a visit to Emerald Lake in your Ooty tour packages. Located 22km away from the city in Silent Valley National Park, it is the ideal place to enjoy the surreal natural beauty. There aren’t too many tourists here so you can enjoy your time without the usual rush. Adventure enthusiasts can also enjoy trekking and hiking around the lake. If you enjoy cycling, there are a number of operators who rent out cycles to enthusiasts. At the same time, if you want to simply enjoy the beauty of Emerald Lake, we recommend trying your hand at fishing. Locals will help you in arranging a comfortable fishing trip.
Traveller tips and suggestions make trips far easier to plan. Especially if you are heading to a popular place which promises a busy itinerary. Ooty is full of places to visit and things to do which keep travellers busy and offers an action-packed trip. In fact before booking Ooty tour packages, one must go through a few travel blogs for authentic recommendations and reviews to ensure you have a great trip. Here are a few snippets from travel blogs which will help you book Ooty tour packages.
“The most exciting Day 3 starts with "Udagamandalam(Ooty)-Mettupalayam Train Journey" which takes almost 5 hours to reach Mettupalayam from Ooty. Journey covers most beautiful and breathtaking natural attractions through various stations like Coonoor, wellington etc. You can return back to Coimbatore from Mettupalayam in 1-2 hours by bus or taxi which is around 35kms.” – Sonesh Bansal
“9:30 a.m.: On the foothills of Doddabetta are the oh-so-beautiful Botanical Gardens of Ooty. The most photographed place in Ooty boasts of a wide range of exotic flora, a glass house, well-planned gardens and the 20-million-year-old fossilised tree, which is sure to be the highlight of your visit.” – Ragini Mehra
“Each one of us has thought this while travelling to Ooty and trust me guys, you will not going to regret coming at Tea Garden although while entering to Tea garden you have to pay an entry ticket of 10rs whereas if you wish to see the whole procedure and making of different kind of Teas, then you should go to Tea factory whose entry is free as they just tie a band on your wrist. The time you enter tea factory, your nose is flooded with different aromas. There you will see every flavour of tea be it cardamom, Masala, ginger and guess what? To your utter surprise, they have kept Chocolate flavour also.” – Priyanka Manral
The best time to visit Ooty will completely depend on your travel preferences. Since it's located in Tamil Nadu, it is a year-round destination and you can book Ooty tour packages for any time of the year.
But, similar to all hill stations, the peak season is between the months of October and June. Marked by winter and early summer, the day temperatures are pleasant and nights are chilly. Owing to its geographical location, it tends to get a little windy and travellers must carry enough warm clothes.
Monsoon in Ooty is during the months of July, August and September. Ideal for budget travellers, this is when tourist rush is minimum and discounts on Ooty tour packages is maximum. You can enjoy a quiet, relaxed holiday in a luxurious resort at half the price. Owing to the rains, the entire town is covered in refreshing greenery and the lakes are brimming with fresh water. It's also the best time to plan sightseeing tours, especially to the waterfalls.
Summer in Ooty is typically between April to June. But the weather is not too harsh and you can expect a wonderful trip. Most tourists make their way to this beautiful hill station during summer and that's why you'll find that Ooty tour packages are most expensive during this time. However, if you are planning a luxurious trip, you can choose among a range of customised Ooty packages without any hassles.
Hill stations spell romance and if you are planning a trip with your partner, there can’t be a better place than Ooty. Of course, an Ooty tour package for couple is the best way to explore the local attractions including a visit to lakes, a ride on the toy train, a tour of tea plantations and cafe hopping. Another thing that couples must keep in mind before planning Ooty tour packages is booking the best resorts in Ooty for honeymoon. There are several homestays and luxurious resorts in the outskirts of the hill station which promise luxury and comfort.
On the other hand, if you are planning a family vacation then an Ooty tour package for family will ensure that you don’t miss out on popular tourist attractions and activities. From guided tours of stunning lakes, visits to the local markets, fishing expeditions, hiking tours to boating, a ride on the toy train and a visit to nearby attractions – there are a bundle of experiences which can be included in well-planned Ooty tour packages. Since the terrain of a few attractions is slightly tricky, we recommend hiring a local guide for the entire duration of your trip. Also, if you are travelling with the elderly, we recommend organising guided tours for some attractions.
No visit to any destination is complete without tasting the local cuisine. The mesmerising beauty of Ooty combined with delicious food is a real treat for travellers. Ooty has both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies to satisfy your food cravings including countless types of dosas, brilliant coffee and delicious seafood.
Since Ooty is surrounded by Kerala and Karnataka and is situated in Tamil Nadu, its cuisine is a melting pot of varied flavours. This little hill station will surprise you with fish-based delicacies with flavours from Kerala and lip-smacking chicken chettinad. With the advent of tourists from across the country, you'll also find dishes like butter chicken, daal makhani and Chinese fare, that are surprisingly good.
The local bakeries and sweet shops are also a delight for foodies. One must try the local coconut barfi and coconut biscuits that are simply mouthwatering. And finally to wash it all down, nothing is better than a cup of locally brewed coffee, that'll take you back to the coffee plantations in the Nilgiris.