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Ooty - The Hill Station

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the Queen of hill stations. It is the capital of Nilgiris district and one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Nilgiris means Blue Mountains. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots which used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. It is favourite destination for movie shootings for Indian films. Most of the celebrities owns guest houses, estates in Ooty.

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Tourist Attractions

  • A beautiful & historical city, hill station with its cool and misty weather
  • The hills, valleys, streams... everything exites a visitor
  • The lakes, boating, tea farms and gardens with thousands of variety flowers
  • A fantastic ride on the hill train, passes through green meadows, tunnels & valleys

Sightseeing in Ooty

In the city of Ooty
  • Doddabetta Peak
  • Botanical Garden
  • Ooty Lake & Boating
  • Thread Garden
  • Rose Garden
On Ooty - Coonoor way
  • Valley View Point
  • Cantonment of Wellington
  • Lamb's rock
  • Lady Canning's Seat
  • Dolphin's Nose
  • Catherine Falls
  • Coonoor Tea Estate
On Ooty - Mysore way
  • Kamraj Sagar Dam
  • Pine Forest
  • Wenlock Downs
  • Pykara Falls & Dam

Where is Ooty

Ooty city is in Udhagamandalam Taluk, The Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu state, India - 643001

How to Reach

  • Distance From: Bengaluru - 270 km, Mysuru - 126km, Erode - 150 km, Coimbatore - 87 km
  • Nearest Airport: Coimbatore
  • Nearest Bus Station: Ooty
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ooty, Coimbatore
  • Transport: Ooty is conncted by road from Mysore and Coimbatore. But people usually prefer to come by hill toy train from Mettupalayam or Coonoor to enjoy scenic beauty.

Where to Stay

There is no dearth of accommodations, with many hotels and inns that cater to every budget. Accommodations are no more expensive than most cities in India, and the popular Indian hotel chains have a presence here.

Hotel Mayura Sudarshan (Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation) at Fern Hill. Book online @ http://www.karnatakaholidays.net

Check yatra.com, makemytrip.com and other popular travel booking websites for best Ooty tour packages.

What to Eat

There are various restaurants in Ooty , mostly offering South Indian food, but some offer North Indian food. One can also obtain some Chinese food from restaurants such as Wang's kitchen, Shinkows and Western food such as pizza and sandwiches from chains like Hot Breads.

Do not miss trying Ooty's famous buns, varkis, cakes, and other baked goods, as well as fruit and nut chocolates.

Shopping

Homemade Chocolates, Eucalyptus oil, Cloves, Cinnamon, Bay Leaves, Nilgiri Tea are the main shopping attraction of Ooty. Woolen wears are good and cheap.

The Coonoor tea estates are famous for Tea, eucalyptus oil, Citridora Oil, Almond Oil, Lemon Grass oil, Olive Oil, Heena Oil and Nilgiri spices.

Festivals / Events

Summer is the festival season for Ooty. Many programmes are conducted like fashion parade, cultural programs etc. Of them the important are,

  • Boat Races and Boat Pageantry in Ooty (May)
  • Flower show in Ooty (May)
  • Fruit show in Coonoor (May)

Best Season & Time to Visit to Visit Ooty

October to December, when you will see complete green grass land. From Jan on words grass will turn into brownish color.

Ooty Toy Train Timetable

There’s only one toy train departure daily in Metupalaiyam & Coonoor. The train is scheduled to connect to the Nilgiri Express, which comes from Chennai.

  • MG Passenger train leaves Metupalaiyam at 07.10am, will reach Coonoor by 07.45am and Ooty by noon.
  • MG Passenger train leaves Ooty at 2 p.m. and will reach Metupalaiyam at 5.35 p.m.

During the peak summer time (April to June) an additional train service will be given by Nearest Railway dept. Sometimes disrupts train services due to Ooty receives high rainfall during monsoons.

Tickets can be booked online @ www.irctc.co.in

Things to Take Care

Hill Train:

  • Do book in advance as it gets quite tough to score a ticket, especially in peak season.
  • Try to get a window seat for the best views and travel first class if you prefer nice wide windows.
  • Carry your own refreshments, as you wouldn't get any on the train.

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