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Ooty Hill Station

Ooty or Udhagamandalam, as is known in the local language, touted as the “princess of hill stations” is by far the most famous hill station in South India. Charming flowers, tea gardens, roads lined with eucalyptus trees, mesmerizing low flying clouds kissing the mountains and the misty valleys – this is how one can describe Ooty tourism in a single line.

Ooty hill station, located at a height of 7400 feet above sea level in the Nilgiri mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, was first identified by the British in the 19th century as a summer resort and is ever since been a popular place of tourism for nature lovers from far and near.
There are many spots for sightseeing in Ooty. Ooty botanical garden is the place to locate the rare species of flowers and plants. Tourists can go for boating at the serene boat house lake in Ooty, which has been a place thronged by tourists since the times of British.

Pykara dam, the largest water body in the area, offers breathtaking scenes of the water gushing and has been a scene of many South Indian movies. Sightseeing in Ooty is never complete without a trek to Tiger Hill, Avalanche and Doddabetta. Wax museum is one of the latest attractions in Ooty.

A day’s stay at Coonoor is an integral part of Ooty tourism. Nestled away from the hustle of the Ooty city, this beautiful place is accessible by the Heritage toy train running from Ooty to Coonoor, taking the passengers through a mesmerizing journey through the steep valleys and mountain ranges.

Black Thunder, one of the first theme parks of South India, also attracts a large amount of tourists to Ooty. Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, located near Ooty is one of most prominent wildlife conservation parks of India. A visit to Mudumalai is a must for those who love watching wildlife.
Ooty tourism is well developed and there are a host of options available for accommodation. Budget hotels to 5-star accommodation are all available in various Ooty hotels and one can expect high-class service. Ooty cottages also offer good accommodation at economical rates as compared to the hotels. Authentic South Indian cuisine can be expected at the Ooty hotels and Ooty cottages.

The closest airport is Coimbatore (approx 120 kms) and Mysore (approx 160 kms). Ooty is well connected by road from Coimbatore, Mysore, Bangalore and Chennai. A drive from Coimbatore to Ooty ensures mesmerizing scenic beauty and the roads are well-maintained. The nearest railhead is Coimbatore and Mysore.

Ooty climate is at its best during September to December, while March to April is also pleasant to visit Ooty hill station, though during this time of the year Ooty is highly crowded. Monsoons can be better avoided as Ooty climate can be messier during rains.

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When to Go & How to Reach

Best time to Visit Ooty

The best time to visit Ooty is during the summers in the months of March and June. The hills come alive during this time with pleasant sunny weather, picturesque lakes and blooming gardens making it an ideal time for sightseeing and a great weekend jaunt for your entire family.
How to Reach Ooty

By Air: Coimbatore airport is the nearest airport to Ooty. It is 105 km away from Ooty. A number of private airlines give their services to Coimbatore. Coimbatore is well connected with many south Indian cities by air including Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai and Hyderabad.
By Road: Ooty is well connected with all most all south Indian cities by bus. There are regular bus services from Mysore, Bangalore, Madurai, and Kanyakumari and also from many cities in Kerala. State owned and private vehicles ply on this route.
By Rail: Mettupalayam, which is 47 km away from Ooty, is the nearest major railway station. There are regular train services from Coimbatore and Chennai to Mettupalayam. Mettupalayam and Conoor are connected to Ooty with toy trains.