Ooty

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Ooty featuring a city

Nestled high in the Nilgiri mountains, Ooty is famous for excellent tea, stunning colonial architecture and breathtaking scenery.

Come to the “Queen of the Hill Stations” to enjoy the cool climate and sip exquisite tea in English-style rose gardens. Trek in the surrounding hills or learn about the native Toda people, who lived isolated for centuries before the British arrived.

Ooty, or Ughalamandalam to give it its full name, was established in the early 19th century after the British burra sahib John Sullivan noticed the area’s potential as a tea plantation. Within a decade it was one of the largest tea growing areas in the country. Back in the days when it was a hill station populated by elitist British ex-pats it was known as “Snooty Ooty”, though nowadays you’ll find no snobbishness here, just the gardens, architecture and tea plantations the British left behind.

The best way to get to Ooty is to take the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a quaint steam railway that offers superb views as it climbs the 2,286 metres (7,500 feet) to Ooty town centre. If you don’t fancy the train there are good road links through the mountains as well.

Once in town you should explore the many colonial features left by the British. The Government Rose Garden is the largest in India, while the Ooty Botanical Gardens has a huge variety of rare plants on display. Notice the distinctly British street names too; Charring Cross is the town’s main junction.

Out of town, explore the Nilgiri (Blue Mountains) and sample some of the freshest tea you will ever try when you visit one of the many plantations. Trekkers will enjoy the hike to Doddabetta Peak, the highest in the area, located just north of the city. Further afield, wildlife reserves such as Mudumalai National Park offer the opportunity to spot tigers and other wildlife.

April to June is the most popular time to visit Ooty, as the temperature ranges from cool to mild, a welcome break from the intense heat at sea level. October to March can be chilly, so bring warm clothes if you visit during this period.

Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
5 out of 5
Ootacamund 77 Sylks Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Situated in the mountains, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nilgiri Hills, Ooty Rose Garden and Thread Garden. Ooty Lake and Doddabetta Peak are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (77 reviews)
ooty taj retreat
"The taj is a very old traditional hotel with nice rooms with log fires if you get cold. In this covid period there is limited food but then the breakfast must improve as to not have proper coffee in a 5 star is not acceptable. the quality of breakfast does not meet 5star. The staff are very good ..."

Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2020

Savoy - IHCL SeleQtions
Fortune Retreats
Fortune Retreats
3 out of 5
Belmont Terrace, Tiger Hill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Situated in the mountains, this resort is within 2 miles (3 km) of Nilgiri Hills, Ooty Rose Garden and Doddabetta Peak. Ooty Lake is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
4.1/5 Very Good! (20 reviews)
Unpleasant stay
"Stayed for one night, terrible stay I must say. Hot water not working, power was not there for half a day, rooms are not clean and food quality too. Only one good thing is the location."

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2020

Fortune Retreats
Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
4 out of 5
73, Kungah House Road, Fern Hill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ooty Rose Garden, Nilgiri Hills and Ooty Lake. St. Stephen's Church and Thread Garden are also ...
3.5/5 Good! (53 reviews)
"Absolutely horrible horrible access routes to this hotel. Pick any other place."

Reviewed on 16 Oct. 2021

Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Abode Villa
The Abode Villa
2.5 out of 5
14f Arni House Rd, Stone House Area,Kil Kodappamund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$38 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Situated in the mountains, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Government Botanical Gardens and Nilgiri Hills. Ooty Rose Garden and Ooty Lake are also within ...
The Abode Villa
La Niebla Farm Resort
La Niebla Farm Resort
3 out of 5
6/205 The Woods Little Planeteers Road, Melur, Hullathy, P.O. Udhagamandalam, Ooty, TN
The price is AU$195 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Situated in Ooty, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nilgiri Hills and within 9 miles (15 km) of Mudumalai National Park and Ooty Rose Garden. Ooty Lake ...
La Niebla Farm Resort
Delightz Inn Resorts
Delightz Inn Resorts
3 out of 5
Belmonte Terrace, Tiger Hill Road, Melthalayatimund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The price is AU$128 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
This family-friendly Ooty aparthotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Nilgiri Hills, Doddabetta Peak and St. Stephen's Church. Government ...
3.7/5 Good! (20 reviews)
Helpful and friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere
"Very helpful and professional staff. Very nice outside breakfast area, nice and clean room with good view, quiet location (you can even hear bird song), relaxed atmosphere, a few km from central Ooty. Small hotel in decent condition, offers tours and more to surroundings"

Reviewed on 28 Jan. 2020

Delightz Inn Resorts
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