BEST Places to Visit in Ooty
Sightseeing & Tourist Attractions in Ooty …
The average temperature during summers does not rise beyond 20 degree Celsius. July to September: These months constitute the monsoon season in Ooty. The town receives heavy rainfall and this might disrupt the routine day sightseeing activity for some of you. …
Places to Visit in Ooty
- Doddabetta Peak. If you are fond of nature photography and want to capture the best possible views of the valleys below, Doddabetta Peak should be your first pick without any second thought. …
- Botanical Garden. …
- Rose Garden. …
- Ooty Lake. …
- Deer Park. …
- Upper Bhavani Lake. …
- Nilgiri Mountain Railway. …
- Avalanche Lake.
Area :- 36-sq-kms
Population :- 8,1763 (1991 Census)
Altitude :- 2,623 metres
Clothing:- Light woollen in summer and heavy woolen during winter
Languages Spoken :- Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and English
STD Code 0423Temperature Range (deg C):-
Summer- Max 25ºC, Min 10ºC
Winter- Max 21ºC, Min 5ºC
Rainfall 121 cms
When to Go:-
Because of its cool climate, the hill station of Ooty sees tourist traffic all through the year.
May to September: These are the summer months in Ooty and temperatures hover around 25C, offering much needed respite from the heat of the plains. Ooty also experiences light rainfall in May, which infuses fresh life in to the flora and fauna of the Nilgiris Hills.
October to February: These are the winter months in Ooty and temperatures dip considerably. The daytime high is around 16C and can go down to 3C. The morning fog makes way for bright sunshine on most days!
By Air: The nearest airport to Ooty is in Coimbatore, which under a 100 kilometres away. The drive from Coimbatore Airport to Ooty’s city centre approximately takes up to four hours.
By Road: Ooty is accessible by road and makes for a great drive from Bengaluru (295 kilometres), Kozikhode (185 kilometres) and other nearby towns like Coonoor and Kotagiri. Public state buses and private taxis ply from nearby towns and cities in Karnataka and Kerala.
By Train: The charming Nilgiris Mountain Railway runs between Mettupayalam and Ooty. The ascend takes about four hours with picture postcard views accompanying you throughout.
- Take a Toy Train Ride: The Nilgiris Mountain Railway was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Covering a distance of 26 kilometres from Mettupayalam to Ooty, the ‘toy train’, as it’s called, makes its way through 16 tunnels and 250 bridges. With over 200 mountainous curves to navigate, the views throughout the entire journey are absolutely spectacular.
- Go Boating on Ooty Lake: The single most visited attraction in Ooty is the Ooty Lake. A manmade lake commenced in 1824 by then British Governor John Sullivan, the lake is a recreational hub for locals and tourists alike. Boating is a popular activity at the lake and enthusiasts can choose from paddle, row or motor boats. The views from the middle of Ooty Lake of the surrounding forests and gardens are magnificent.
- Embark on a Tea Plantation Tour: The hillsides of Ooty are prolific tea country. A variety of teas flourish on the plantations scattered around Ooty and taking a tour of these tea plantations makes for an enlightening experience. Depending on the time of year, you can see tea buds being cultivated and harvested. Sampling tea at the town’s tea plantations is a year-round activity!