||2479 sq km
||2,268 m above sea level
||25░C in summer to 5░C in winter
The queen of the hills in South India, Ooty is a popular hill station that is known for its pleasant climate, tea plantations, fruit orchards and scenic hills of the Nilgiris. An ideal destination to beat the heat, Ooty is perfect place to enjoy nature. Hill Resorts in India takes you down south to one of the most exotic hill stations in India.
Ooty - Location
Ooty is nestled in the verdant hills of the Niligris. The beautiful hill resort is situated at an altitude of 2,268 m and is part of Tamil Nadu.
Ooty - History
Most hill stations in India are founded and developed by the British and Ooty is no exception. It was founded by the British in the 19th century. The British found Ooty similar to England and this is how Lord Lytton, Viceroy of India described Ooty to his wife "ůsuch beautiful English rain, such delicious English mud."
Ooty- Sites to Visit
Such is the beauty of Ooty that you will fall in love with the scenic locales and mist-engulfed mountains. There are a number of places in and around Ooty that make a wonderful tour. Ootacamund Club that still flaunts the old world charm is well preserved of all the yesteryear British clubs in India. You can tee off at the Wenlock Downs or enjoy Ooty Hunt, one of the many activities offered by the club. Raj Bhavan, built in 1877 by Duke of Buckingham and the Governor of Madras is one of the beautiful buildings in Ooty. The other two monuments to watch are St. Stephen's Church and Kandal Cross.
A walk around the Botanical Garden is definitely a beautiful experience on your tour to Ooty. The Botanical Garden was laid in 1847 and has beautiful lawns, ponds with a variety of flowers and shrubs. Besides, a tour to tea plantation is another exciting activity that a tourist to Ooty can enjoy.
Ooty- Sites Nearby
Ooty's exotic locales have been a favorite haunt of honeymooners. But there are other beautiful places around Ooty that one can include in one's tour itinerary. Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, which is renamed, as Jayalalitha Wildlife Sanctuary National Park is about 67 kilometres from Ooty. The park is home to a number of animals that include wild dogs, gaur (Indian bison), Nilgiri langur, hyena, jackal and sloth bear. But elephants are the prized attraction of the park. Mukurti Peak, about 36 kilometres from Ooty is an ideal place to visit. You can enjoy fishing and boating at the Mukerti Lake. The other places that one can visit include Sanctuary Avalanche, Kalhatti Falls, Tiger Hill and Marlimun Lake.
Ooty is known for its antique Toda jewellery and lovely Toda shawls that you can find in the main bazaar. The other important items that you can shop in Ooty are a variety of teas. Nilgiri Honey is another interesting item you can shop in Ooty.
Ooty- How to Reach
Coimbatore is the nearest airport to Ooty, which is 105 kilometres from Ooty. Those who want to enjoy a train ride can choose the Swiss Vintage Hill train that runs from Mettupalayam via Coonoor. The train ride offers excellent views of the region. Ooty is also well connected by road to other parts of the country. From Bangalore, Ooty is about 298 kilometres.
Ooty - Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Ooty is November and March, however you can also visit Ooty during April-June, but during this period the hill station remains a bit crowded.
Ooty - Where to Stay
There are a number of hotels in Ooty that serve as the ideal base to tour Ooty. You can choose hotels according to your choice and budget. Hotels in Ooty are well equipped with all the modern facilities and offer warm hospitality. Hill Resorts in India offers online booking for a number of hotels in India.
Ooty-Fairs and Festivals
If you are touring Ooty in January, celebrate Pongal. In May Ooty is host to the annual flower and dog shows that are held in Botanical Garden.