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The Definitive List Of Things To Do In Ooty Amidst The Blue Mountains
Duration: 4 Days

Ooty or the Queen of the Nilgiris, which is also known as the Blue Mountains, is one of the most fascinating hill stations in south India. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 7,500 ft, Ooty boasts of prolific vistas, tea and coffee plantations, clear lakes, hills and stunning valleys.

Ooty is where the Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats submerge to become one. One can encounter rare species of flora and fauna here and the roads in Ooty are often surrounded by huge Eucalyptus trees and forests that seem to end at infinity.

Ooty has always been an allurement for the people in south India but now it attracts tourists from the world over. This Ooty itinerary is your one stop guide to answer all the questions that you might have as you plan your next weekend getaway to Ooty.

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Getting here and around

By Air:

The best way to reach Ooty from any major location across India is to take a flight to Coimbatore which is about 88 kms away from Ooty.

By Train:

Alternatively one can take a train until the nearest station Mettupalyam which is 40 kms from Ooty.

By Road:

As Ooty is one of the most famous tourist destination in southern India, it is well connected by the buses, private and government alike. The drive to Ooty is simply alluring and a road trip in a self driven car is the name of the game if you want to experience some adventure on the run. Ooty is a favourite among bikers and solo travellers as well.


Amazing Things To Do In Ooty

1. Climb the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills, Doddabetta

Include the Doddabetta peak in your Ooty itinerary to get lost in the surreal landscape that boasts of a spectacular view of the seamless Nilgiris or the 'blue mountains'. Your visit to Ooty is incomplete without immersing yourself in the vastness of the Nilgiris.

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2. Visit the pristine Bhavani Lake

Visit the Bhavani lake which is serene and highly untouched by the tourists. You can visit the Avalanche lake, Emerald lake and Bhavani mandir en route to Bhavani lake. The road is also full of picturesque trees that converge into dense forests. Taking a trip to all the lakes is one of the best things to do in Ooty.

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3. Love nature more than people? Then visit the Botanical Garden

If you are really interested in trees, plants, bushes and shrubs, this is the place to be! The Botanical Garden in Ooty boasts of not only trees that are as old as 300 years but also a variety of rare flowering plants, cacti, orchids and much more. If you plan Ooty tourism in May you've just got luckier as rare flower exhibition takes place during this time and visiting it is one of the best things to do in Ooty.

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Where To Eat In Ooty:

1. Hyderabad Biryani House: South India, especially Hyderabad is famous for biryanis. This place in Ooty offers biryani that is equally compelling and relishing for the foodie taste buds.

Where: Hill Bunk Junction, Ooty-Mysore Main Road, Near Hotel Welbeck Residency, Ooty

2. Place to Bee: This place is combination of excellent food, responsible sourcing, great customer service and budget pricing. The pizza, pastas and cheese cakes are something that people go gaga about. The Italian food served here is very tempting and unmatchable as compared to any other restaurant nearby which makes dining here as one of the best things to do in Ooty.

Where: 176/A, Club Rd, Near Hill Bunk, Ooty

3. Cocoapods: This cafe is a must visit for the chocoholics as it offers a wide variety of chocolate options to choose from. Plain dark chocolate over here is fantastic and so is the chocolate ice cream. Buying some chocolates for your home or friends from here is one of the best things to do in Ooty.

Where: Westbury road, Ooty,

Suggested Stay:

Taj Savoy Hotel

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Plan a day trip to Coonoor as a part of your Ooty trip, which is just 20 kms away from Ooty. Coonoor and Kodaikanal are a must in an Ooty itinerary.

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Amazing Things To Do In Coonoor

1. Visit Sim's park to stroll endlessly on the slant surfaces of the garden and encounter some rare species of birds and plants for photography as you move around. Its an ideal place to spend leisure time with friends and family. You could also opt for boating in the lake nearby.

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2. Experience the intoxication of the aroma liberating from the vast tea estate called Tranquil tea. Sip a cup of masala tea yourself as you admire the sanctity of the place from where you could be getting your morning tea. 

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Where To Eat In Coonoor

1. The Culinarium: Culinarium is a well thought out concept that has a boutique shop with a cafe. You will absolutely love the croissant, pastas and the desserts served over here.

Where: Bicketty, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu 

2. Green Field Restaurant: This restaurant is simply value for money and offers really delicious food which makes dining here one of the best things to do in Ooty. The non vegetarian food and biryani is something that makes people come back to this place again and again.

Where: Hotel Vivek, 42, Ground Floor, Coonoor

Suggested Stay:

Kurumba Village Resort 

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The distance between Ooty and Kodaikanal is 255 km and taking a taxi is the best way to ply on this route which costs Rs.5,000 approx.

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Amazing Things To Do In Kodaikanal

1. Kodaikanal lake and Berijam lake are the two lakes in Kodaikanal that have unparalleled beauty to showcase. Spend an evening in the zephyr while you row the boat upstream and come across spectacular scenes.

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2. Perumal Peak is the viewpoint from where you get to look at the beautiful place called Kodaikanal. A true feast for the eyes and a perfect extravaganza for the people who are passionate about photography.


3. You ought to walk through the pine forest in Kodaikanal to be able to appreciate the interplay of the sun rays from the sky with the tall trees creating a palette full of greens and blues that will soothe your eyes to fulfilment.

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4. Fairy falls in Kodaikanal truly suggest that mystic places in the fairytales actually exist in this place called earth. The cadence of the pouring water can get you high without any substance and set a tranquil and thoughtless state of mind.

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Places To Eat In Kodaikanal

1. Manna Chocolate Factory: Trying out homemade chocolates is one of the best things to do in Kodaikanal. Though you would find a lot of shops to buy dozens from Manna Chocolate Factory is the first choice for many.

Where: Shop No:5, Golden Parks Inn Complex, Ground Floor, Anna Salai, Kodaikanal

2. Astoria Veg Restaurant: It is a decently priced veg family restaurant that serves very delicious south Indian food.

Where: Anna Salai, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

3. Cloud Street: If you are in a different mood and want to try continental food Cloud Street will come to your rescue. They serve mouth watering pastas and pizzas. Coffee over here is also a must try!

Where: 1st Floor, Opposite Govt. Tourist Office, P.T. Road, Sunday Market Road

Suggested Stay:

The Carlton 

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We hope this Ooty itinerary helps you to get the best out of the paradise!

Ooty would feel like a perfect weekend escape from the bustling city. Nature surprises you at its every encounter when you are here!

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