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OotyIndia

This hillside town in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu is known for its mountainous scenery, stunning views and outdoor recreation.

Ootacamund has botanical gardens, lakes, forests and plateaus swathed in tea plantations. The upland town is more commonly known as Ooty and is surrounded by the eucalyptus-covered Nilgiri Mountains. This area of outstanding natural beauty was once a popular vacation spot for the British during colonial times. Today, it appeals to visitors from all over the world who come to experience its natural and cultural attractions.

Ooty’s gardens are among its biggest draws. Walk along the terraces of the Ooty Botanical Gardens on the slopes of the Doddabetta Peak. More than 600 species of exotic and indigenous plants are spread over 54 acres (22 hectares). They include a fossilized tree that is believed to be 20 million years old. You can smell the fragrant Government Rose Garden long before you see it. This is one of the largest rose gardens in India.

Ooty is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Go for long walks among the mountains and trek to the top of Doddabetta Peak. This is the highest point in the area, with an elevation of 8,650 feet (2,623 meters). From the summit, enjoy superb views of Ooty and the valley below. Rent a boat for a ride across Ooty Lake, then enjoy a picnic on the lake’s shores.

See more of Ooty’s scenery with a trip aboard the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. One of the steepest rail journeys in Asia takes passengers through forests, along valleys and up hills, pulled by a steam locomotive.

Ooty has more to offer in addition to its scenic splendour. Tour the early 19th-century St. Stephen's Church and see effigies of historic Indian personalities inside the wax museum. Look out for the Todas huts in the hills above the botanical garden. These oval-shaped bamboo dwellings are where a pastoral community known as the Todas live.

Despite its remote location, Ooty has good transport connections. Bangalore, the third-largest city in India, is approximately 165 miles (266 kilometers) away, and regular bus services operate between the two locations. In and around Ooty, you can enjoy a vigorous or relaxing time among nature.

Top hotels in Ooty

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Wild Planet Resort
Wild Planet Resort
4 out of 5
Devala, Between Wayanad Hills and, Mudumalai Tiger Reserve, Gudalur, Tamil Nadu
The price is £170 per night

Situated in Gudalur, this hotel is 21.3 mi (34.4 km) from Nilgiri Hills.

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"We had an amazing first trip together after starting our new phase of our life. It was an unforgettable moment in our life. We appreciate for all hardworking and help from all team in sorting our needs😍😍😊😊"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019

Wild Planet Resort
Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India
Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India
3.5 out of 5
Ooty Mettupalayam Road, Hillgrove Post, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
The price is £126 per night

Situated in a state park, this resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nilgiri Hills and 9.8 mi (15.9 km) from Black Thunder. Longwood Shola and Catherine Falls are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (35 reviews)

"I don't like the climate and booking amount is toomuch and not worth for this ok"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jun 2019

Kurumba Village Resort – Nature Resorts, Nilgiris, India
Gem Park Ooty
Gem Park Ooty
4 out of 5
Sheddon Road, Near Collector Office, Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Government Botanical Gardens and Ooty Rose Garden. Thread Garden is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Ooty ...

3.6/5Good! (43 reviews)

"Best location. Beautiful hotel. Good food. Swimming pool broken. Park not maintained long grass not cut properly. House keeping can be improved."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019

Gem Park Ooty

Popular places to visit in Ooty

Nilgiri Hills
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Nilgiri Hills

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Nilgiri Hills, a popular green space in Ooty. Wander the gardens or discover the area's mountain views.

Ooty Lake
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Ooty Lake

4/5(6 reviews)

Relax by the water and go for a paddle on this peaceful lake, just minutes from the busy city center.

Doddabetta Peak
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Doddabetta Peak

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Enjoy spectacular views and an array of plant and tree life at the tallest mountain in the Nilgiri range.

Mudumalai National Park
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Mudumalai National Park

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Mudumalai National Park, a lovely green space in Ooty. Wander the forests and gardens while you're in the area.

Ooty Rose Garden
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Ooty Rose Garden

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Discover thousands of species of rose while you enjoy a serene environment and a magnificent city backdrop.

Government Botanical Gardens
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Government Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(8 reviews)

At the foot of Doddabetta Mountain, this expansive garden has stunning displays of tropical flowers and an array of rare tree species.

Top things to do in Ooty

Ooty And Coonor Sightseeing Tour
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Ooty And Coonor Sightseeing Tour

£15
Per adult
Tribal Experience In Ooty
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Tribal Experience In Ooty

£17
Per adult
Ooty Sightseeing Tour
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Ooty Sightseeing Tour

£9
Per adult
Ooty Pykara Sightseeing Tour
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Ooty Pykara Sightseeing Tour

£14
Per adult
Avalanche Full Day Sightseeing Tour
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Avalanche Full Day Sightseeing Tour

£12
Per adult
Jungle Trek And Camp In Mudumalai
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Jungle Trek And Camp In Mudumalai

£21
Per adult

Reviews of Ooty

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Jan 2020

Take some winter clothes while visiting this place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Nov 2019

The Nilgiri Express narrow gauge railway was an interesting experience with excellent panoramic views, but the carriages were shabby inside.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Sep 2019

I give good because we were so upset with the route. No proper direction given. Even in mobile we were showed wrong direction. Address board can be made more.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Jul 2019

Amazing weather, perfect for a relaxing get away.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Jul 2019

Small place, congested even in off session, but drive to surrounding places and views etc are great and they are the ones that make Ooty worthwhile..

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Jun 2019

It was great experience overall as the weather was very pleasant and scenic. But one problem was of booking cab so my advice would be to take a whole cab service for to and fro

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