OOTY- The Queen of Hill Stations

Ooty is a beautiful town in the in the Nilgiris district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, situated at an elevation of 7349 feet above sea level. It’s surrounded by green hills and has lots of pretty sights to see. Ooty was Known formally as Udhagamandalam, this picturesque town is a favourite  destination for travellers seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its refreshing climate, sprawling tea estates, and breathtaking vistas, Ooty offers a perfect retreat for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. There are tall hills, thick forests, and little streams everywhere. The air smells fresh, especially near the tea gardens where tea leaves grow. Ooty stays nice all year round. It’s not too hot in the summer, so it’s a nice break from the hot weather down in the cities. In the winter, it gets a bit chilly, but it’s cozy and perfect for walks and sitting by a warm fire.

Time to visit:

Summer (March – June): The summer temperature varies between a maximum of 25 degrees and a minimum of 10 degrees

  • Perfect for exploring Ooty’s beauty.
  • Ideal for outdoor activities.

Winter (October – March): The winters can get much chillier with a maximum temperature of 21 degrees and a minimum temperature of 4 degrees

  • Chilly nights and comforting sunshine.
  • Great for sightseeing and enjoying the hill station

Monsoon (July – September):

  • Freshly washed surroundings give Ooty an ethereal charm.. Rainfall is higher during this season. Consider visiting if you don’t mind rain.
  • If you are visiting Ooty during this time you might be surprised to find a lot of seasonal waterfalls appearing out of nowhere and disappearing into the deep forests below.

Places to visit in Ooty:

Ooty Botanical Garden:

One of the major places to visit in Ooty. Its one of the most renowned botanical gardens in India. Established in 1848, the garden is maintained by the Horticulture Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Visitors to the botanical garden can explore a wide variety of plant species, including rare and exotic ones, carefully curated across different sections. Some of the highlights include the fossil of a tree that is believed to be more than 20 million years old, a vast collection of roses, and a fascinating array of flowering plants, shrubs, ferns, and orchids. he highly diversified botanical garden designed by William Graham Mcivor in 1847 houses more than 200 varieties of blooming plants including balsams, zinnias, verbenas, petunias, salvias and French lilies

Ooty Lake:

The Artificial Lake created by John Sullivan is dotted with groves of eucalyptus trees. The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation acquired the lake in 1973 for its promotion as the major tourist spot and runs a boat house which houses different types of boats including paddle boat, motor boat and row boats for the tourists. The Boat Cruise is the best way to experience the spectacular views encircling the glassy lake waters.

Ooty Rose Garden

Ooty’s Rose Garden is a sight to behold offering more than 20000 varieties of roses. Striking displays of miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, yakimor, polyanthas, ramblers and floribunda is a feast to the eyes

Toy Train:

Also known as the Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train, the Toy Train is the key attraction of all the Ooty tourist places. Incepted in the year 1899, it continues to charm its visitors with the best views of forests, tunnels, sloes, fog, and birds bestowed upon them. Rated as one of the most visited Ooty tourist places, this toy train ride is a must-try for all the travelers.

Wax Museum Ooty:

Another key attraction among the places to visit in Ooty includes the Wax World located in a 130 year old colonial mansion. The Informative Wax World has wax creations of Indian freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopal Krishna and Gokhale as well as social figures like Mother Teresa and our former President Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.

Toda Hamlet:

The Toda Hamlet offers unforgettable insights into the distinctive social and cultural identities, beliefs and customs of the Toda tribes that dwell in the Nilgiris.

It is Interesting to learn about their traditional attire, intricately designed jewellery and distinguished typical huts made of bamboo.

Pykara Lake:

Pykara Lake is a popular getaway that is at a distance of about 20 kilometres from Ooty. Pykara Lake is formed as a result of the dam and power plant constructed on the Pykara river. The Boat Club (or Boat House, as popularly called) in the vicinity, adds to the charm of this little panoramic tourist complex among the hills.

Biggest festival in Ooty:

Ooty summer festival (During May):

The various activities conducted during this festival attract a large influx of domestic and international tourists for the festival. The Summer Festival comprises a variety of cultural programs and events, such as Boat race, flower show, fruit & vegetable show, spice show etc. This show at the summer festival is a fantastic approach to illustrate how art can be portrayed through bringing many fruits , vegetables under one roof.

Tea and Tourism Festival (January):

The Ooty Tea and Tourism Festival is being held with the intention of promoting both tea plantations and tourism in the hill station. uring the festival, tea varieties from all over the world are on display, including white chai, Darjeeling tea, Matcha, Assam Tea, Shincha, and Nilgiris tea. The event also provides a wide range of culinary products through food stalls, including unique tea-flavoured combinations like ice cream, bread types, and fruit-infused tea. Every year, lakhs of tourists participate in this festival and indulge in tea tasting to celebrate the magical elixir.

How to get there:

Ooty is accessible from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka all through the year. It is widely connected to all these states through a good network of roads. But the mountain roads can also get pretty nasty during the monsoons, though the chances of getting stranded are close to nil when you compare it with the Himalayas.

The nearest airport to Ooty is Coimbatore International Airport, located approximately 88 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Ooty. Mettupalayam railway station is the nearest railway station from Ooty, at a distance of 50 Kilometers. Mettupalayam is connected with cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Mysore and others