Ootacamund or Ooty as we know it today is a place magical enough to capture every traveller’s heart. Situated in the state of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is also known as Udhakamandala. Udhakamandala in the local language means ‘house in the mountains’ and ‘water abode’ in Sanskrit. Resting at a height of 7,347 feet above the sea level, the Madras Presidency used to regard Ooty as their summer headquarters.
Ooty is a vibrant hill station that is frequently visited by people from all around the world. A traditional aura lingers in the air and this proves to be quite appealing to people coming here from the hustle bustle of the city. Despite the lush green environment and mystical rivers, there are a lot of things to see and do when in Ooty. Due to this very reason, the popularity of Ooty Holiday Packages has been going uphill.
Ooty is mainly surrounded by deciduous forests and Nilgiri Mountain is present everywhere you look. Additionally, lush green plants and majestic waterfalls add to the aura. While the town remains mostly crowded due to the massive number of visitors, the countryside is usually calm and serene. In fact, it is everything that you would want to experience after a busy day at work. Natural silence envelopes the place and the only sound that keeps echoing are the bird cries and the rustling of the leaves.
With the best Ooty tour packages being offered by every travel agency, travelling to Ooty would now be just a sinecure. Moreover, it would prove to be an easy getaway from all the chaos of the city. It usually takes a day to reach Ooty from Cochin. Thus, you would board the bus at night for a goodnights sleep, and once you open your eyes in the morning, you would be greeted by the beautiful hill station.
There are many brilliant must visit places in Ooty including the Rose Garden and Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Rose garden is a beautiful place where you would find millions of roses surrounding you. While Nilgiri mountain railway is famous for its toy train ride. Additionally, Doddabetta – the highest peak present in the Nilgiri, Echo rock, Ooty Lake, and Botanical gardens are also equally important and beautiful.
Furthermore, Nilgiri is famous for the tea plantations. Thus, when in Ooty every visitor must enjoy a cup of aromatic tea. Residents of Ooty get to experience three seasons throughout the year - summer, monsoon, and winter. Monsoon extends from July through September and heavy rainfall can be experienced during this time. Ooty Holiday Packages are usually not conducted during this month as it could disrupt your plans.
On the other hand, winters are pleasant and beautiful with the temperature sinking down to around 5degrees. Winter and summer season is the best possible time to plan a visit as it is ideal to go around the city taking in the environment. With Ooty’s popularity soaring to the sky, the place is sure to undergo massive transformations in the future. Nonetheless, the aesthetic beauty is never going to fade away.
Ooty Lake- This is a large lake surrounded by Eucalyptus trees. Numerous streams come through the hills to join this lake. This lake is filled with numerous water birds from the Nilgiri mountain ranges. This has become a popular picnicking spot and offers boating facilities for the tourists.
Rose Garden- Vast garden with mesmerizing fragrant rose flowers are an attractive place to watch. During the season time, flower shows are conducted in this garden. Visitors can buy rose saplings for their garden or gifting it.
Nilgiri Mountain railway- This is a toy train that will take you by the mist and fog filled forests, bridges, and dark tunnels. It's a 46-kilometer long journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty. It is a 5 hour exciting trip through tea estates, waterfalls, steep hills, about 250 bridges, and 15 tunnels.
Botanical Garden- The lush green botanical garden spread over 22 hectares is a wonderful place to visit. The garden contains over 650 species of flowers and trees. The fossil tree in the garden is believed to be 20 million years old.
Emerald Lake- In the Emerald village 22 km away from the Ooty town, lies Emerald lake which is also a part of the Silent valley national park. This place is less crowded and is ideal for nature lovers. The deep blue lake covered by wonderful flora and fauna is home to exotic birds.
Kalhatti Falls- This fall is located nearby Veerabhadreshwara temple, making it ideal for those people seeking spirituality and serenity. This is surrounded by dense forest where you can also go for trekking. Droog Fort, Lamb's Rock, Simi's Park, Catherine falls, etc. are other nearby attractions.
Avalanche Lake- The lake got this name as it was formed naturally in the year 1823 due to a massive landslide. It is located 28 km away from Ooty in the Nilgiris. The lake is encircled by large mountains with many narrow waterfalls falling down from them and dense forest surrounding them all.
Doddabetta peak- The top of this peak is 8606 feet high from the sea level. This is the highest point in South India. The peak 10 km away from Ooty provides a breathtaking view of the Nilgiris.
Pykara waterfalls and Lake- This is a cascading waterfall amid pine trees and a wonderful lake, 20 km away from Ooty. This is a favorite location for both honeymoon couples and adventure lovers. You can enjoy speedboat rides on the lake.
Stone house- For history lovers, you have an ancient monument made in 1822. This is the first bungalow of Ooty. This bungalow has amazing architecture and was built by John Sullivan.
Trekking- Ooty presents many exceptional trails for the trekking lovers. While trekking in Nilgiri hills you can spot Langur, deer, and even elephants roaming in the forests.
Boating- You can go for boat riding, horse riding, etc. in different lakes in Ooty. Also, try fishing in the lakes. The equipment will be provided for those who are interested in angling.
Elephant safari- Mudumalai national park is a tiger reserve. This is the first wildlife sanctuary in South India. You can enjoy elephant safari and trekking here. Also, you can spot numerous wildlife in this place.
Mountain biking- With numerous hills and mountains Ooty is a wonderful destination for mountain bikers. Ooty also has a park designed for this sport.
Winter (October-February)- January and February are the coldest months in Ooty. During this season the nights are super chilling and the days are almost pleasant with a frequent cool breeze making it ideal for sightseeing. The temperature in Ooty sometimes goes below 5°C. A lot of couples come for their honeymoon to Ooty in this season.
Summer (March-June)- In summer the average temperature will be around a maximum of 20°C. Pleasant climate in this season make the activities and sightseeing easy and wonderful. And even in the summer season, the night is cool in Ooty.
Monsoon (July -September)- In the rainy season, Ooty receives almost heavy rainfall that might disrupt your activities and sightseeing. But there are nature lovers who love to see Ooty after a rainfall.
Air: Coimbatore airport, which is 88 kilometers away is the nearest domestic airport to Ooty. International tourists can book tickets to Bangalore airport known as Kempegowda International airport, which is approximately 300 km away. Taxi and bus to Ooty are easily available from both these airports.
Train: 40 kilometers away from Ooty is Mettupalayam which is the nearest railhead. From Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, and other nearby major cities you can get a train to Mettupalayam. Once you reach Mettupalayam you can hire a taxi or board on a bus to Ooty.
Road: You can get private and state transport buses to Ooty easily from all the major cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, etc. Or, you can self-drive through the well-maintained state highways.