This renowned hill station once housed the Madras Presidency during the British Rule and possesses many remnants in the form of regal looking bungalows, such as the Stone House, The Ootacamund Club, Government House and Fernhill Palace. This along with the tall pine trees in the green areas almost makes you believe you are in old English country. Ooty is also home to some of the most breathtaking lakes in the country, such as the Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake and the popular Ooty Lake. For some adventure, one can hop on the Nilgiri Toy Train and enjoy a ride through the blue mountains, winding through dense forests, dark tunnels and valleys from Ooty to Coonoor. Ooty is heaven for nature lovers and a trek through the Mukurthi National Park will be etched on your mind for years to come, offering a stunning panorama of carpet like green hills, home to the tallest peak of the Nilgiri Range, several wildflowers and beauties such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Leopard, Bonnet Macaque, Mouse Deer, Otter, Small Indian Civet and many more. If you still want more, you can take a mesmerising walk through the charming 19th century Government Botanical Gardens. Ooty's beauty can be explored more adventurously with everything from horse riding to hand gliding and mountain biking, all arranged by various resorts. Avid readers will be overwhelmed to visit the 19th century Nilgiri Library, sheltering around 25,000 books and hosting many events to promote reading habits among all age groups. Chocoholics should place King Star on the top of their itineraries for purchasing a plethora of delicious homemade chocolates. More delicious food from vegetarian, cafe to non-vegetarian cuisines can be enjoyed at popular places such as Quality Restaurant, Earl's Secret and Willy's Coffee Pub, which also has a commendable library for one to delve into while enjoying their drink. Witness Ooty come alive in the month of May, with its vibrant boat races and flower shows, hosted across the town.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Ooty is from March to June and from September to November
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
This is the highest peak in the Nilgiri region and is about 10 kilometres from the city of Udhagamandalam or Ooty. The main attraction here is the center for tourists on the peak of this hill. There is an observatory on the top floor of this tourist center and there are twin telescopes hre. From the glass paned observatory, with the help of telescopes, you get awesome views of the whole district till far away places.
Home to more than 650 species of plants and herbs, this is a prime attraction in the Queen of Hill Stations which is Ooty. There are a number of rare species of plants and herbs here along with a number of varieties of flowers. The main attraction here is the monkey's puzzle tree which has a strange shape and the name is given because even monkeys fail to climb this tree. There is also a paper bark tree and also a fossilized tree. The other sections of this garden are the Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Fountain Terrace, conservatories and fountains. The Government also organizes a check everyday via the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu. The Summer Festival is a sight to behold out here.
Located in the main hill station of the Nilgiris which is Ooty, this is a lean and large lake. People come here for site- seeing, photography or boating usually. Other than this, picnics are a common site here because spending fun time with the family amidst such natural beauty is sheer happiness. There is also a boat house here from where you can hire boats. You get an option when it comes to the type of boats. You can anything from speedboats to the normal ferry boats. The latter can usually carry about 8 persons which means the whole family can enjoy a boat trip together.
This is the prime attraction of Ooty and is an artificial lake which was constructed by John Sullivan in the year 1824. This was made by making dams run by the waters from the river which flowed down to the valley region. The main motive was to help fishermen by making fishing ferries out here. T^he lake is beautiful and is surrounded by eucalyptus trees and one one side runs a railway line too. The boathouse from where you can hire boats of all kind. This was opened by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Department and boating is the main activity near this place. During the summer season, anumber of boat races and paegentries are held here.
Originally named as the Government Rose Garden or the Jayalalitha Rose Garden after the name of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, this is a wonderful place to spend time in. This garden is spread over a hilly area and it is an extremely beautiful and romantic place. You should best visit this place during mid- summer to find the roses in full blossom. The different colours and the sweet fragrance of the flowers are just awesome. This place is perfect for spending time during the afternoons on the lush green fields of this rose garden.
Dodabetta Tea Museum and Factory
When we are talking about the best hill station of the nilgiri range we are always talking about Ooty or the Udhagamandalam. There are a number of mountains which are close to it and are a part of the Nilgiri Hill Range. Out of these the Doda Betta is the highest mountain and is about 10 kilometres away from Ooty. After you have finished trekking and have reached the peak of the mountain there is something very nice waiting for you. It is a visitors observatory center. This is a two- storey building and the second floor is in the form of an observatory. The whole gallery is circled with glass panes and there are placed two large telescopes. With the help of these you can take a closer look of the surrounding peaks and the amount of beauty they possess.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway
This was a railway line in the state of Tamil Naddu which was built by the British in the year 1908. The passenger railway moves along 16 tunnels, over 250 bridges and 208 curves. The main stations withing this route are the Mettupalayan, Kallar, Adderly, Hillgrove, Runnymede, Kateri, Conoor Lovedale and others.
Bangalore is such a good place. It is kind of center to execute all kind trips. Off-road, hilly, forest etc, everything is just very near. I just wait for long weekends so that I can mark those places on my calendar “one more done” ! Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra and Maharashtra each and every place with their own attractions. Valpari forest, ooty’s 36 hair pin bends, NH4; a clean green open highway, wayanad; jungle hi jungle and never ending list...this place is blessed for people who love to explore who love to travel.
The Tea Factory and The Tea Museum
Then we headed towards Tea factory which was walking distance from our hotel . Only fragrance inside the factory was of tea , tea and tea. There was a guided tour in the factory and we saw entire process of how tea is being prepared from tea leaves. It was worth watching . We purchased some home made chocolates and few varieties of tea . Then in the evening explored local market.
Next morning we went downhill towards the main market of Ooty . Luckily we spot a shop which gave bikes/scooty on rent and charged 400 bucks per day for bike. Its better to opt for this option to explore the city as local cabs/auto drivers would ask for a way too high price . Proper quilted jacket is needed if you wanna go for bike ride at this time as weather was too cold. I was enjoying the chilly ride thoroughly .
Government Rose Garden
After spending great time over here we headed towards rose garden . There were variety of multicolored roses . We thought of trying out some local food . In one of the small restaurant we tried idli sambhar and dosa with some peculiar kind of chutney and just loved it . Please do try local cuisine in any small restaurant .It was already evening by this time and temperature was dropping more as it was monsoon season so we went back to hotel and played some indoor games over there .
KINGSTAR OOTY CHOCOLATES AND FUDGES SINCE 1942
And this brought our trip almost to an end. The only thing left was buying Ooty's famous homemade chocolates. Our friends assured us that King Star was the best place for chocolates, and they had no other branches apart from Ooty. I bought two flavours- fig& honey and caramel and the sweet taste of the Nilgiris continued to linger in my mouth, much after I reached back to Delhi.The next morning, I took a car to Coimbatore airport and boarded my flight to reach back to Delhi with the beautiful Nilgiris still in my memories....
Club Mahindra Danish Villa
Dejected, we ended up going to the other Club Mahindra property: Danish Villa, where we enjoyed a nice buffet. The last night at the Club was the most eventful one - we enjoyed watching Herbie Fully Loaded and Impractical Jokers while savouring a pizza. The three days flew past us pretty quick - I only realized how much we had enjoyed only when our stay came to an end.
On the second-last day we wanted to experience breakfast at a restaurant called "The Earl's Secret" in Ooty. Although the hotel "King's Cliff" to which the restaurant is attached is at an enviable location, our experience was less than satisfactory. There was no coordination among the staff - we were told on phone that there would be a buffet (and even quoted the per-head price beforehand), there was none.
The Queen of the Hills is famous for the road called Coonoor that has a number of tourist-friendly hotels and restaurants. Fortune Retreats is located at Belmont Terrace and is spread over 20 acres. The place offers the best of what Ooty has and is famous with tourists. Hill View Resort offers a calm getaway and a great view of the tea gardens, mountains and lush forests. The Paradise is a restaurant at the Hotel Glanton Manor that serves Pan-Indian cuisine with its locally sourced produce. It's ice cream parlour is famous among the locals and tourists.