About Ooty – The Uncrowned Queen Of Hill Stations
Ooty is a beautiful hill town located in Tamil Nadu and famous among those who come seeking for natural beauty, tranquility and uniqueness. Ooty or Ootacamundis called as the Queen of hill stations and is an important tourist attraction and honeymoon destination in Southern India.
Ooty is the Narnia of spellbound tea gardens, dew filled vegetation, pine forest, picnic spots, valleys, trekking routes and much more. If you are looking for a destination that will lead you closer to the nature, Ooty is the best spot to choose. Read here about Ooty Travel guide like best places to Visit, How to Reach etc.
Best Places to Visit in Ooty
- Doddabetta Mountain Peak
- Ooty Lake
- Mountain Toy Train
- Government Rose Garden
- Avalanche Lake
- Mukurthi National Park
- Emerald Lake
- Stephen Church
- Government Museum Of Ooty
- Botanical Garden
- Stone House Of Ooty
- Pykara Waterfalls
- Tiger Hills
Suggested Tour : 6 Days – Mysore Ooty Kodaikanal Karnataka Tour
Also Read : Top 10 Places to Visit in Tamilnadu
Weekend Getaways from Ooty
Apart from these interesting spots, you can enjoy a weekend trip from Ooty to surrounding tourist destinations like
- Top Slip
- Sulthan Bathery
Also Read : Best Weekend Getaways from Bangalore
Suggested Tour : 6 Days – South India Hill Stations Tour
How to Reach Ooty
This destination is one of the most frequently visited destinations. Thus, road route to the hill station is smooth and easy to access. No matter where you are, you need to reach Ooty via Coimbatore or Madurai. Madurai to Ooty is one of the least sought routes unless your itinerary includes Madurai. Distance between Coimbatore and Ooty is 90 km and more than three-fourth of this distance is the winding hill route. The nearest international airport is located in Coimbatore. There is also an airport in Madurai. Madurai is 290 km away and You can easily find flights from various cities inside Tamil Nadu and from other states to Coimbatore, every day.
Also Read : 8 Best Places to Visit in Madurai
From the airport, you can find cabs, mini-buses, jeeps and other road transportation that will take you directly to Ooty. If you are planning to choose train travel, you can reach Mettupalayam, which is around 40 km away from Coimbatore, on the route to Ooty. From Mettupalayam, you can find the heritage toy train, which takes you to Ooty. You can also find direct trains from Chennai, Coimbatore, Coonoor and other destinations.
You can find cabs from Coimbatore or Madurai to Ooty throughout the year. However, the price of the service varies with season. Government buses runs from and to Ooty, every day at frequent intervals.
Best Time to Visit Ooty
Since the medieval times, Ooty has been a summer resort spot. The summer starts in March and ends in May and it is the tourism season. During this season, the climate remains pleasant. All the tourist activities will be open to tourists and all trekking routes will be accessible. You can find flowering plants at bloom during this season. The botanical garden and rose garden will be at prime beauty during this season. Early morning plantation stroll is more pleasing during summer season. Apart from all these, summer is the best time for enjoying the tourism festival that takes place in May. You can find exhibition, flower shows, guided tours and much more. Many unique souvenirs are commonly at sale during summer season.
The monsoon season is one of the most aesthetically pleasing times for Ooty. The place receives mild to moderate drizzling and the vegetation will be filled with dewdrops. Yet, this is the worst time to visit the place. The first reason is the increased risk of landslides due to continuous rain. This increases the risk of reaching Ooty and enjoying other adventure activities. The second reason is that the cloud cover will be heavy and the sky will not be clear enough to enjoy any view point. Mist makes it harder for any activity. Vegetation will be sprouting during this season and thus, flowers and fruits are not commonly spotted. Monsoon starts in July and ends in October.
Also Read : Top Ten Places to Visit During Monsoons in India
Winter is very cold in Ooty and mist is very heavy. Winter starts in November and ends in February. If you are visiting in winter, make sure to view all attractions before evening. As the evening approaches, the place gets filled with mist.
Also Read : Top 10 Winter Destinations in India
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- 6 Days – South India Wildlife Safari
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- 25 Days – South India Tour
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