Ooty

Ooty is a beautiful town located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is widely known as Ootacamund and is the Queen of hill stations. It is the capital of Nilgiris district and is one of the most famous tourist spots in India. It is a favorite destination among tourists seeking tranquility and natural beauty and the destination is widely featured in Indian Cinemas. Some of the renowned places to visit in Ooty that are situated in and around the town are Raj Bhawan, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Government Museum, Ooty Botanical Gardens, Ooty Lake etc.

Ooty is also famous as The Blue Mountains as it is situated in the Nilgiri Hills. It was originally a tribal land which was occupied by the Todas alongside with other tribes through trade. Ooty is a land of picturesque picnic spots having blooming vegetation and astonishing tea gardens and fine pine and eucalyptus trees which keep pleasing to the eye the beauty of the place. The Annual Tea and Tourism Festival create an occasion for the crowd to gather in huge numbers to have a great time in this wonderful place. Ooty also encircles some eminent tourist destinations of India like the Bandipur National Park, Coonoor, Mysore, Coimbatore and Palakkad.

Weather

This hill station in south India bears a mild and pleasing climate throughout the year. The month of March marks the start of summer season and it lasts till May. The weather in Ooty is quite pleasant during the months of April and May. The temperature during this period ranges in between 22 degree and 27 degree whereas from June, after the first shower, the temperature drops to a minimum of 17 degree. The summers remains comfortable and is apt for sightseeing and other pursuits.

Ooty experiences monsoons between the months of June to September. Heavy rainfall is the characteristic of the season. During this period nature lovers can enjoy the green fresh look and the more picturesque side of the place. The temperature in October nestles in between 15 degree to 20 degree whereas the bracing November bears a temperature swirling around 12 degree and 15 degree.

The Month of November marks the start of winter season. The temperature in December and January dwells in the range of 5 degree and 10 degree whereas it hops up to a cuddling spring. The temperature in February and March cuddles at 15 degree to 22 degree.

The weather in Ooty is quite pleasant during the summers whereas winters are cool, and monsoons are enticing. Nonetheless the best time to visit is from October to June.

How to Reach

Being one of the frequented hill stations in India it has an easy access from other major cities in India. Ooty also encircles some of India’s tourist destinations and major cities. The distance from major tourist locations are as follows: Coimbatore  – 90 km; Chennai – 550 km; Madurai – 290 km; Hyderabad – 850 km & Tirupati is 540 km. Ooty encircles vast foliage dotted with wild lives and thus one can even drive to the Mukerti National Park and Lake, Madumali National Park and Bandipur National Park. The distance from Bangalore is approximately 270 km whereas from Mysore it is only 120 km. If you are planning to drive from Cochin, then you need to cover a distance of 270 km.

One who is willing to reach by train has to opt Mettupalayam, which is 47 km away from Ooty whereas Coimbatore and Chennai acts as the busiest railway stations that connects the city via Mettupalayam. Mettupalayam and Conoor are connected to Ooty with toy trains.

The Chennai International Aiprort, Cochin International Airport and the Bangalore International Airport are the closest airports from Ooty. Mysore Airport is the closest domestic airport that connects Ooty by air to rest of India.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

From north to south, India is blessed with nature’s most beautiful creations that turn the country into a heavenly abode for travelers. One such pristine resort nestled at a height on Nilgiri Hills in South India is Ooty, which is often referred to as the “Queen of Hill Stations”. If anyone wants to travel back to the colonial era, explore the heritage bungalows and traverse across lush greenery dotted with alpine woods and rippling lakes, then a holiday in Ooty would be the ideal choice.

Popular attractions in Ooty are Droog Fort in Coonor, Avalanche Valley, Dolphin’s Nose, Lamb’s Rock in Coonor, Rose Gardens and Kalhatti Falls. Several tea gardens and sparkling lakes like Kamraj Sagar Lake, Bellikal Lake and Ooty Lake are some famous sightseeing in Ooty that adds to the excitement of a vacation. This is not all, because other Ooty attractions like Mudumalai National Park, Mukurthi National Park, Deer Park, Wax World and Tribal Museum will equally surprise visitors with their infinite beauty.

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