HOW TO REACH OOTY:
By Air: Coimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport.
By Rail: Nearest railway station to Ooty is Mettupalayam, only 47 Km away served routinely by Coimbatore and Chennai. Other stations are Kozhikode, Coonoor and Mysore.
By Road: A good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty with all major towns and cities.
Though October to June months are most preferable by the people, still Ooty is one of those few places in South India that remains on the cooler side throughout the year making it an idyllic place for round the year visiting. Though to visit the place remains a personal decision, summers, for example, are good for sightseeing and winters, are invite to honeymooners and young generation people. On the other hand, monsoons are more enjoyed by people who just want to see the place drowned in the green freshness and brightness brought by downpour.
Ooty, Imagine a holiday with your loved ones and enjoying being with them amidst the best natural surroundings, trying out some daring sports and spending some time with them all at one place. It would definitely be a WOW moment for all of you.
And Yes, Ooty is one of the places where you can spend some cosy and relaxing time with your loved ones. The Ooty hill station is a picture of perfect vacation that we all longing for. With captivating scenery, breath-taking tea gardens, pine and eucalyptus trees along with magnificent lush green mountains around, Ooty tour offers an energising background to spend few special days of your life with family and friends.
The name Ooty is derived from Ootacamund, also generally known as “Udhagamandalam or Udhagai” in the local language.
Ooty, a charming honeymooner’s paradise and a de-facto filming location, is one of the best hill station of India in the state of Tamil Nadu and been called the ‘Queen of hill-station’ or ‘Blue Mountains’. Situated at an altitude of approx 2600 Mts above sea level is the capital of Nilgiris district, its natural beauty and historic sites are attractive enough to lure the tourists.
Move around the town and have fun in the gorgeous surroundings. The beautiful hill station greets the passengers with lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens on their route to Ooty. A trip to Ooty during the Tea festival makes the outing more meaningful, as tea lovers from different countries meet at this point to rejoice and enjoy this festival. Tea and Tourism Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January or February. Besides these coffee and tea plantations, Ooty is also scattered with trees like conifers, eucalyptus, pine and wattle forest.
This “Queen of the Hill Stations” is full of nice outdoor activities like hiking, boating in Nilgiris, fishing, horse-riding, trekking, long walks, excursions, tea and tourism festival, flower show and shopping.
It is very much obvious to think what one should do to enjoy while visiting a place on vacation. Before planning the tour one for sure would be searching the net to see what the city offers to its tourists.
Here is what Ooty has in store for tourists to enjoy their vacation to the fullest. One can choose from too many options available in and around the hill city, like trekking, visiting educational tours in Museums, visiting coffee and tea-testing plantations, wildlife viewing, boating and fishing opportunities in various lakes along with enjoying picnics with friends and family.
Furthermore, for adventurers, they can experience the beautiful hills while doing cycling, mountain biking, hand gliding etc.
You can pack your bag to travel to Ooty and set off for a fairy-tale ride in the famous Nilgiris toy train which will take you to Connor. The toy train ride makes an excellent trip with the mind blowing scenery all around. Moreover, you can step out every time the train stops and click photographs.
Covering a distance of 46 km in around 5 hours, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway takes tourists from Mettupalayam to Ooty. The drive is full of picturesque beauty; banks of rivers, impressive heights, tunnels all are included in the journey.
The history of the train can be traced back to the times when it was very difficult to reach Udhagamandalam (Ooty). Travellers needed to ride on a horse back or carried on ‘dollies’ through a forested path to reach Ooty. It was due to this difficulty that gave birth to an idea of constructing a rail line to connect the hilly areas of Coonoor and Ooty from plains.
Paddle boating is one more activity that can pamper you at the Ooty Lake. And while you were enjoying your boating ride you can come across the stunning views of the hill station.
Tourists also have the choice of going for a boat ride in the Pykara dam and lake. You can opt for the customary rowing or can attempt the trendy speed boating. There are many boat rides that you can choose from like motor boats and pedal boats.
Boating at Pykara Lake is also very well-liked among tourists. Head here for some unsurpassed calmness, while you paddle and your boat smoothly slides over the lake.
Fishing is the popular pass time at the town’s various lakes, waterways and streams. Both fly fishing and Spin Fishing (angling technique) options are available for an enjoyable adventure to fishing Lovers. And if you want to enjoy trout fishing, the facility is available at Avalanche lake.
Consent from the Fisheries Department is necessary to go on fishing experience. The Assistant Director of Fisheries will give you the license for fishing in these areas.
Horse riding is a cool and exceptional experience in Ooty. Be it with the help of a guide or by you. it is the most excellent approach to experience the hilly environment of this appealing place. The summer months (April-June) are a preferable season for this popular sport. Ooty Race Club is one of the best race courses in India. You can see some of the fancied thoroughbreds in action here.
Ooty is one of the most excellent places for adventure sports like trekking. Moreover, the pleasing climate conditions further boost the experience.
Trekking is the best way to explore some impressive landscapes and natural scenery of Ooty and Nilgiris. Ooty offers a number of treks routes and while enjoying your trekking tour you can spot some rapacious animals. You can take the service of a guide if you want. Lose yourself in the marvellous nature of Ooty as you trek through beautiful surroundings of the hill station.
Permission for trekking has to be attained from the District Forest Officer.
Every year, in January or February, a Tea and Tourism Festival is organised in Ooty for 3 days. The once a year celebrated Tea and Tourism Festival draws visitors in the enormous figure to have a great moment at this stunning place that families, couples and nature lovers are attracted to.
Tea and Tourism Festival has been giving appreciation to the beautiful city. The tea gardens are festooned in flourishing beauty. To have fun and to get to know the knowledge of Tea and its tastes, the Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India came up with the idea of a tea festival. During a festival, varieties of tea are on display. Visitors can taste and select and buy from the wide varieties of tea available and bring the taste to their own country.
A very big extraordinary event in Ooty held every year in May, the very own affair of Ooty locals and i.e. Annual Flower Show which displays different varieties of roses, carnation, gerbera, dahlia, floribundas, lily and much more. The gardens are officially laid out with lily ponds, and there are clipped shrubberies in the form of elephants, with the trunks lifted up. The Flower Show draws many locals and tourists from all over the globe to come here in order to get a glance of this good-looking captivating panorama
Shopping in Ooty can be enjoyable and exciting. The Ooty hill station is familiar for its traditional silver trinkets, shawls by Toda tribe aromatic tea leaves, other locally made handicraft items, natural and medicinal oils and fruits.
You can also buy some delicious homemade chocolates, fresh honey is further another must buy the item; even the natural Eucalyptus oils are easily available here in the local shops of Ooty.
The Municipal Market, Co-operative Super Market, Upper and Lower Bazaar Roads, Main bazaar are the primary shopping location from where you may buy different varieties of tea, oil, chocolates.
The stunning Ooty Lake is a much-loved place by tourists. The lake was artificially constructed in the year 1825, by Mr. John Sullivan, the then Collector of Coimbatore. This lake was structured in L-shape and stretches to some 2.75 km and the tall Eucalyptus trees and shrubs’ surrounding the lake is a scenic delight. Ferries were used to getting across from one side to the other.More Info
The gardens boundless and generous collection of flora makes it one of the best attractions of Ooty that is frequently congregated with researchers and nature lovers. Botanical gardens’ is one of the most important holiday-making spots for those who visit Ooty, and one of the most well-liked hill stations of India. The garden is maintained by Horticulture Department of Tamil Nadu in an area of 22 hectares at 2400 m above sea level, the garden has the diverse range of flowers from different parts of the world.More Info