10 Best Trekking Tours in Ooty - 2020 (with 272 Reviews)
Trekking in Ooty

The views of the Nilgiri Hills, prolific natural topography and misty scenery is what you get while
trekking in Ooty. The 'queen of hill-stations', Ooty is surrounded by enchanting hills from the Western Ghats range. These hills along with many other terrains are quite popular as trekking sites.

Going through the trails, verdant tea-gardens, coffee-plantations, vibrant valleys, orange groves and rocky slopes are some of the many sights you get while trekking in Ooty. Moreover, there are many treks in Ooty that offer different altitudes, distances as well as difficulty levels meaning that anyone and everyone can enjoy a trekking trip in this hilly-town.

Some of the most popular Ooty trek trails are the Doddabetta Peak which is the highest mountain peak in the Nilgiri range, Mukurthi Peak which is situated in a national park and the trail presents the best of views of the wildlife here, and the Kotagiri trek which moves from expansive viewpoints to the Elk and Catherine waterfalls along with the Moyar River. Apart from these extremely renowned and beautiful treks, Ooty still has many unexplored or hidden trails that have hypnotic environs, waiting for you to discover them.

Further, trekking in Ooty is a year-round activity since the weather here remains pleasant and comfortable throughout the seasons, meaning one can plan a vacation here anytime. That being said, the summers here are a breeze while winters would require you to pack those warm clothes. Monsoons too are alluring here however, some of the more difficult treks may require extra preparation. Besides all this, Ooty is a dream destination for all types of vacations and vacationers.

Popular Ooty Trekking Tour Packages

Package Name Duration Price Rating Details
Camping by Tea Gardens Ooty - Flat 18% off 2D/1N ₹ 1800 5.0 star View Details
Wildlife Photography in Mudumalai National Park 2D/1N ₹ 4500 4.0 star View Details
Adventure at Jungles of Ooty 2D/1N ₹ 5199 5.0 star View Details
Ebbanad Trek in Ooty 7H ₹ 1000 4.0 star View Details
Parsons Trek, Ooty 8H ₹ 1000 3.0 star View Details
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Camping by Tea Gardens Ooty - Flat 18% off
Camping by Tea Gardens Ooty - Flat 18% off

2D/1N

Ooty

Factual InformationThis 4 acre property is one of the best places to camp in Ooty. Surrounded by tea gardens on majestic mountains. The verdant environment and serene ambience promises to give you an impeccable experience.ActivitiesHike to the mountains, walk with nature and visit the tea gardens; it is the perfect place to fulfil all your camping dezires. Watch the soaring birds in the sky flying like they’re never coming down. Learn tea farming with our local crew. Play fun outdoor and indoor games like badminton, volleyball, carrom, chess, ludo and playing cards. And dissolve in the evening as the bonfire kindles.StayTwo bedded tent with  extra bedding that can take upto 3 paxHow to Reach?This campsite is 9 km from Ooty bus stand. You can drive your own vehicle or you can also easily hire a cab from Ooty.Address- Doddabetta, Karrimodakku, OotyChild PolicyKids aged 6-12 will come under the child policy.Please go to book now page for pricing details.Check In Time: 11:00Check Out Time:11:0024 hours of adventure, fun and joy.
Excellent

49 Ratings

5.0

49 Ratings

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INR 2,200

INR 1,800

Wildlife Photography in Mudumalai National Park
Wildlife Photography in Mudumalai National Park

2D/1N

Mudumalai

About the ActivityEnjoy a jungle trip in Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu.Stay in a jungle dorm and indulge your senses among the beauty of nature.Explore and take photographs in the jungle and make beautiful memories. Go on a safari by jeep as you explore the jungle and the flora and fauna that it has to offer.Its a wonderful trip for those who wish to explore jungles and go on a safari on a budget.The check in and check out is at 12 noon.
Superb

25 Ratings

4.0

25 Ratings

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INR 4,500

Adventure at Jungles of Ooty
Adventure at Jungles of Ooty

2D/1N

Ooty

About the Activity:Get a chance to experience the fun and adventure while you head out on this amazing trekking expedition in the jungles of Ooty.Start your tour after getting picked up from Bangalore Tin Factory at 10:00 PM, Indiranagar at 10:30 PM, Koramangala at 10:45 and Jayadeva Flyover at 11:10 PM.Reach your campsite in the morning and freshen for the rest of the day.Soak in the amazing beauty of the region with vast greenery and meet your friendly guide.Trek through the dense jungle and witness the vivid flora and fauna of this region.Marvel at the sight of the scenic view as you continue your trek. Cover some of the famous treks like Hawks Nest.Enjoy some lavish food during this tour along with your friends and family.And during nightfall experience the joy of camping under the clear night sky.Before returning your tour also visit few of the famous places in Ooty and do a bit of shopping as well.Conclude your tour after 2 days and 1 night and head back home with lots of memories.
Excellent

23 Ratings

5.0

23 Ratings

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INR 5,199

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Ebbanad Trek in Ooty
Ebbanad Trek in Ooty

7H

Ooty

About the Destination:Ooty, also known as ‘Udhagamandalam’ is one of the most gorgeous and tranquil hill stations in the entire of South India. Famed as ‘Queen of Hills’, it was discovered in the late 1800 and is located at around 2,240m. Jotted with lush and evergreen plantations, forests and fascinating hills, it is one such place that cannot be missed! A testimony to the colonial era of India, Ooty truly displays or showcases the aura of its past and captivates its visitors with all its grace! Though this scenic hill station is known for its meticulous beauty, it also entices the adventure junkies in a large number. For the adrenaline junkies, Ooty hosts an array of activities; Ebbanad trek, cycling, trekking and several others. Moreover, the untouched beauty of this hill station, its varied options for its visitors and the wonderful tourist destination in Western Ghats is the indigenous home to the ‘Todas’ and is known for its lush and evergreen tea plantations About the Activity: Conducted throughout the week, the Ebbanad trek is indeed one of the best hiking experience in or around Ooty! Taking you to the scenic locales of Ebbanad, which is located around 18km from Ooty, this 6-7 hours trek will take you through several quaint settlements, scenic patches of forests and other natural marvels. The walk usually begins from the tribal village of Bikkapathymund that sits atop a mountain ridge; the way to this hamlet is in itself a blissful experience! Arriving in the village, hike till the end of its ridge and enjoy the amazing views of the Mayor River along with the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Border. Descending down further with the Ebbanad trek, you will reach the Toda Conical Temple that is situated amidst dense forests. Following this temple visit, trek through the lush acacia forests and reach a nearby village, where you can have lunch. Post lunch, start hiking towards the Murugan Temple; after this, the trail will continue from Doddabetti to Kothagiri and finally to Kothanad. Hereafter, the trek will descend down and will take you to Ebbanad or the ‘Hidehatty’ village. Spend pleasant moments in the village, interact with the locals and know more about its lifestyle. Post this, board a local bus from within the hamlet and travel back to Ooty.
Superb

30 Ratings

4.0

30 Ratings

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INR 1,100

INR 1,000

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Parsons Trek, Ooty
Parsons Trek, Ooty

8H

Ooty

About the activity: Get ready for an astonishing experience! Arrive during day time for this fun-filled Parsons Trek. Your 8km trekking excursion head starts from Sholur Junction which lies 11km ahead of Ooty. From here, get ready to walk through luxuriant thickets of Eucalyptus; walk past beautiful thickets till you reach the dam. Admire the elegance of the dam and the soothing greenery bordering it. Parsons Valley, Ooty is a relief from the buzzing city life as the temperature is throughout pleasant and the view is just something that you can only dream about. Continue your trek; walk past a Toda Tribal Village and get a glimpse of the tribal life. Climb Thirthor Bett, which is crowned at a soaring height of about 2,450m and enjoy panoramic views of the Nilgiris below. A perfect place for meditation, sit and relax in the soothing calmness enveloping this entire place. After a filling dose of nature, begin your downward trail through lush-green meadows and impressive thickets till you reach Koil Mund. Take a break to enjoy the stunning landscape, gather your wits and continue your descend. Pass Pykara Dam amidst your journey to Ooty, get smitten with colossal view of other mountain ranges. Enthral in a delightful experience! Make some good memories with other group members during Parsons Trek. Post this fun-filled time, prepare to head back to your respective places with a bag full of memories.
Very Good

40 Ratings

3.0

40 Ratings

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INR 1,100

INR 1,000

Rangaswamy Pillar Trek, Ooty
Rangaswamy Pillar Trek, Ooty

1D/6H

Ooty

About the activity with details: Arrive with your family and friends for this fun-filled Rangaswamy pillar trek in Ooty! Prep up for a delightful trekking experience and begin your 6 hours long excursion by travelling from Kotagiri to Kil Kotagiri which is a 31km drive from Ooty. From here, get ready to walk through lush-green tea estates, walk past beautiful deciduous forests and hike through the rugged terrains to you make your way to the top of the peak. Brace up yourself as you ascend towards the 400ft pillar of Rangaswamy. Get smitten with colossal views of the Nilgiris and other stunning mountain ranges from the top. Admire the awe-inspiring beauty of the entire vicinity surrounded by vast meadows. Located at an altitude of about 1500m, this pillar is set in one of the most fascinating setting with a river flowing through its boundary and a tribal village further glorifying this entire trek. Enthral in a delightful experience! Make some good memories with other group members during Rangaswamy Pillar trek, Ooty! Post this fun-filled time, prepare to head back to your respective places with a bag full of memories. Activities : Trekking Difficulty Level:  Easy  
Very Good

41 Ratings

3.0

41 Ratings

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INR 1,000

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Budget Stay with Adventure Activities in Mudumalai
Budget Stay with Adventure Activities in Mudumalai

2D/1N

Mudumalai

About the ActivityEnjoy a jungle trip in Mudumalai National Park, Tamil Nadu.This trip is budget friendly for students.Stay in a jungle lodge and indulge your senses among the beauty of nature. Go on a jungle safari by jeep as you explore the jungle and the flora and fauna that it has to offer. Its a wonderful trip for those who wish to explore jungles and go on a safari on a budget.The check in and check out is at 12 noon.
Superb

23 Ratings

4.0

23 Ratings

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INR 2,500

Stay at British Bungalow in Ooty
Stay at British Bungalow in Ooty

2D/1N

Ooty

About the Activity:A bungalow overlooking an enchanting waterfall would be a rare image that any nature lover seeks to capture and here is a chance to satiate your hunger for a stay amidst greenery and silence.This British style bungalow in Ooty promises you the best stay experience any can possibly ask for; the property is encircled by tea plantations and Kalhatt waterfalls adds a cascading effect.There are five vintage cottages that can accommodate up to 20 people at a time as well as facilities like snooker, swimming pool etc.The package includes food, accommodation, campfire along with music, trekking etc.Check-in at around 12:00 noon and check-out around 11:00 AM, the following day.
Very Good

41 Ratings

3.0

41 Ratings

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INR 10,000

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17 April 2019
Excellent
Great place to watch nature in fullest. The view from the top will amaze you. it was a memorable experience for the group. just the trek was tiring but it was worth it. there were small streams and waterfall allover and a perfect place to enjoy with my friends. also, a night stay was very refreshing away from the city. do this trek i am sure you will all love it like i did.
28 November 2015
Excellent
This was such a fun trek. Firstly, it was all easy peasy and not much of a challenging or tiring ones. Plus, it was a day trek that was neither too short nor too long. If you are planning to have a trek with family, then this is the right one.
Excellent
The Kotagiri Trek by Thrillophilia had everything that I wanted from a trek. You can see the thrillophilia reviews about this trek and they were all true. As a solo traveller who thrives on budget tours and tries to enjoy different places as much as possible, this trek to Kotagiri was a major tick on my bucket list. From adventurous forest trails to walking alongside ice-cold river paths, it is safe to say that not just me, but everyone in the trekking group enjoyed this trek a lot. The support staff, guide and even the whole process (from the booking to the post-trek service) was an organised one, thanks Thrillophilia. The most enjoyable experience for me was sleeping in the cosy tents on the sleeping beds and gorging on the yummy food. With this trekking tour by Thrillophilia, they have surely gained a permanent customer who is going to keep coming back to them to go for more such exciting and adventurous tours.
My wife and I love to go on different treks whenever we get the time. This time, we were looking to go on a trek somewhere near home. Thanks to Thrillophilia, we found out about the Kotagiri Trek, which seemed perfect to us. With over 20 percent discount and such affordable rates, the trek also included accommodation, food and a guide. This was nothing short of a sweet deal for us! Soon after we decided to do the booking, we were surprised to find out how easy and smooth the entire process actually was. Everything, right from the booking procedure, to the mode of payment was easy and without any issues. Thrillophilia even made sure that we were taken care of during the Kotagiri trek in Ooty, which not many people look after. It is due to them that not only we could enjoy such an amazing trek, but also capture the sights of such beautiful waterfalls and tea estates, that too near our home.
"it was a great experience. such a lovely guides and group..????????"
29 January 2020
Superb
I was looking for an adventure place where I enjoy with my family so my colleague suggest me to visit Kotagiri trek which was very popular and this trek was awesome we do many activities there and saw mesmerizing waterfall and sunset point . This trek give me life time experience. HIGHLY RECOMMANDED
03 February 2020
Superb
This weekend was amazing I booked Kotagiri trek for my family to spend some time with them, this place is for all age group the view from the top is superb, we take many photograph especially at the time of sunset, the guide was knowledgeable , the food quality was good. MUST VISIT
09 March 2020
Excellent
I was very excited to do this Kotagiri trek so I book this trek in advance from Thrillophilia and we all friends enjoy very much by doing trekking and see beautiful things there nilgiri valley was my favorite. I wish to visit this place again. Must doing activity and try to go with bigger groups.
11 January 2020
Superb
I reached here with the group of 15 friends to do trekking and enjoy together, instructor was professional and polite, the food was yummy and we take many pictures for fb and instagram this was one of the best holiday.
06 March 2020
Excellent
This was the best trek I ever had in my life, extremely joyful with everything was so managed, especially the food, that was up to the mark and the guide showed us the hidden places too. Recommended.

People Also Ask About Trekking in Ooty

  1. Which are the famous places to visit in Ooty?

    Ooty, also known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations' has a plethora of tourist spots. Here is a list of the best places to visit in Ooty:

    1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway (It is the steepest track in Asia and as the train takes you to the higher altitudes, you will experience how treasured Nilgiri is)
    2. Rose Garden (Located on the slopes of Elk Hills, it has a wide variety of roses and other flowers)
    3. Ooty Lake (A lake, artificially constructed just for the fishing purpose has now become one of the most popular tourist places in Ooty)
    4. Needle View Hillpoint (You can climb up the rocks and get a panoramic view of the splendid scenery spread here)
    5. Mudumalai National Park (It has been declared as a tiger reserve thereby increasing its importance and making it a must in the best places to visit in Ooty if you are a wildlife enthusiast)
  2. Is it safe to do trekking in Ooty?

    Ooty is completely safe for tourists. The trekking places in Ooty are bustling with tourists all the time and the crime rates in the area are very low. With proper guidance, the trails pose no threat to hikers and trekkers. The local people are friendly and ready to help in case of any emergency.

  3. Are guides available to assist trekkers?

    The availability of guides depends on the package you’ve chosen for your vacation. However, for long and arduous excursions, guides are readily available. There are guides hailing from local tribal communities who have a sound knowledge of the routes. For the first-time trekkers, a professional guide is recommended so that you can fully enjoy your trekking in Ooty without fussing about directions.

  4. Do I need training for trekking?

    Most of the treks in Ooty are of easy to moderate difficulty level. No specific training is needed to prepare for trekking in Ooty. It would help if you are physically fit with good cardiovascular endurance. A little warm-up and light exercise before starting the trek are enough to put your body in the right condition for the trek.

  5. Where is Ooty? How can I reach Ooty?

    Ooty is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Being a popular tourist destination, it is easily accessible by air, train or bus transport.

    1. By Air: Ooty is 88 km away from Coimbatore airport which is connected to major cities of India. You can reach Ooty by bus or cab from the airport.
    2. By Train: Mettupalayam railway station, at a distance of 40 km from Ooty, is the nearest railway station. There are regular trains from Coimbatore, Bangalore, Chennai, and Mysore to Mettupalyam.
    3. By Bus: One can find both government and private buses from Chennai, Mysore, and Bangalore to Ooty. The journey is comfortable and includes overnight travel in most cases.

  6. Is Ooty better than Coorg for trekking?

    Both places have their own charms. Ooty being a town in Nilgiri district is more commercialized as compared to Coorg which is a district in Karnataka. Ooty offers gurgling waterfalls, lakes, blue hues of Nilgiri, tea estates and colonial architecture.
    On the other hand, Coorg provides peace and serenity to its visitors in its coffee plantations, lush green valleys and dense thickets. However, Ooty has been more popular among tourists for a summer vacation due to a number of activities to undertake and tourist-friendly culture.

  7. Is there a chance of facing wild animals in Ooty?

    You may encounter rare species of animals like barking deer, Indian bison, Nilgiri Langur, macaque and elephants on Ooty treks. However, there is seldom any trouble faced by tourists because of wild animals. In fact these netizens of Ooty forests will enhance your experience and make your trip memorable.

  8. Is there any chance of facing wild animals in Ooty?

    It is very rare that you will give any wild animals during the trek in Ooty because the trek route is pre-tested and it is assured that the travellers be safe while they enjoy trekking here.
  9. What is the best time to visit Ooty?

    The best time to enjoy your vacation in Ooty is from April to June and September to February. During April-June, the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities. September-February are the winter months in Ooty and cool breezes envelope the atmosphere providing a thrilling experience to hikers and trekkers.

  10. Do we need to book a group tour for trekking? Can a solo person do it as well?

    No, you don’t need to book a group tour for trekking because even a solo traveller can book for trekking. There are many operators who involve different solo travellers and form a group for trekking if you wish you can join such groups. Going solo is also not a problem as the local people of Ooty are really helpful and will guide you whenever you need.

  11. Is it safe to trek in Ooty during monsoon?

    Treks in Ooty indeed become slightly more difficult during monsoon season due to slippery trails and marshy patches of land. Outdoor activities are also limited during monsoon and there is also a threat of insects and leeches emerging out during the rainy season.
    However, with the right equipment, clothing and precautions, monsoon will not be a hindrance to your trekking experience. In addition to that, the beauty of the landscapes is multiplied during rains with sparkling leaves highlighting the forests, cool breezes and the heavenly smell of rain-fed soil. Ooty treks in monsoon will leave you in a trance that is worth all the risks.

  12. Is it safe for a solo female to trek in Ooty?

    Yes, it is safe to travel alone in Ooty as it is a popular tourist spot and the crime rate against women is also very low in and around Ooty. However, some necessary precautions should always be taken on the trip like sharing location with friends and family, taking cabs from trusted companies and avoiding any late-night solo trip.

  13. What are the best treks in Ooty?

    Ooty is replete with lush green tea gardens, roaring waterfalls, blue hills and scenic landscapes. All of this, combined with fresh mountain air, sets a perfect destination for trekking in Ooty. Some of the famous trekking places in Ooty are:

    1. Kotagiri Trek: An unexplored beauty in the lap of Nilgiris, Kotagiri boasts of enticing tea gardens, cascading falls and a wide variety of flora. The landscapes are vivid, and the tea gardens are a perfect spot for camping and star-gazing at night.
    The Catherine waterfall, just 8 km from Kotagiri, is a sight to behold. Spine-tingling views of the Nilgiris, cascading waters of St. Catherine, and the Dolphin's nose can be enjoyed from Kodanad viewpoint near Kotagiri.

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
    Location: It is located approximately 30 km south-east of Ooty and 47 k from Coimbatore airport.

    2. Sengottaraayar Malai: At an altitude of 1800 m, Sengottaraayar peak overlooks the blue hues of Nilgiri. It offers splendid views of Palakad silent valley and Mukurthi National park.The 12 km long trail passes through the small peaceful town of Wellington and takes you to the aromatic tea estates and coffee gardens of Coonoor. Passing the Shola forests, one would witness a rich diversity of flora and fauna and may even spot some rare species like a barking deer or Indian Bison.

    Difficulty level: Easy (Ideal for first-time trekkers)
    Location: It is located on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in Coonoor at a distance of 35.5 km from Ooty.

    3. Glenmorgan Trek: Glenmorgan is one of the less explored treks in Ooty. It is famous for the Glenmorgan dam nestled deep into the old tea estates of Glenmorgan village. The trekking trail takes you to the Pykara powerhouse which serves you an unparalleled sight of Mudumalai National Park of Mysore and the Moyar valley. A beautiful lake in the vicinity makes the place a perfect picnic spot.

    Difficulty level: moderate
    Location: It is located at a distance of 35 km north-west of Ooty.

    4. Rangaswamy Pillar Trek: The Rangaswamy peak, at the height of 1788 m, offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the blue mountains, gurgling Bhawani Sagar Dam and quaint tribal settlements along the bank. The 400ft Rangaswamy pillar is a marvelous sight with an emerald river that flows through its boundary. The trek uphill is marked by stone steps giving way to narrow trails. The sprawling tea estates around the trails will glut your travel-hungry soul.

    Difficulty level: Easy
    Location: It is located at a distance of 31 km from Ooty on Kil Kotagiri road.

    5. Parsons Trek: The trek starts from Sholur Junction and passes through copses of eucalyptus till one reaches the Parsons dam. It is the onset of the Parsons valley, and the trek further takes you past the Toda tribal villages. From there you can trek uphill the Thirthor Bett to enjoy splendid vistas of the valley. While you descend, enjoy the lush meadows and gorgeous landscapes.

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
    Location: It is located in Pykara region at a distance of 18 km from Ooty.

    6. Ebbanad Trek: It is a 6-hour trek that starts from the rustic village of Bikkapathymund set upon a mountain ridge. The trek passes dense acacia forests and patches of lush green meadows. Further down the ridge, you will reach the Toda conical temple amidst thick forests. The trek also offers the mesmerizing sight of the Mayor river along Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. It is one of the most adventurous and thrilling treks in Ooty.

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Location: Ebbanad is located 18 km north of Ooty.

  14. What kind of climate is there in Ooty?

    Located at a high altitude, Ooty enjoys a year-round temperate climate. The summers are pleasant and refreshing with temperature ranging from 10 -25 degrees. Winters in Ooty are chilly with temperature ranging from 5- 21-degree centigrade. Winter nights can be very cold.

  15. How far is Ooty from Bangalore?

    Ooty is approximately 266 km away from Bangalore, and it takes a 6-hour drive to reach Ooty from Bangalore.

  16. What are the things to carry for trekking?

    Below is a list of essential items you need to carry for treks in Ooty:

    1. A spacious backpack
    2. Trekking shoes
    3. Warm clothes like sweatshirts/ jackets
    4. Basic medication
    5. Torch or flashlight
    6. Sunglasses and Binoculars
    7. Caps or hats
    8. Water bottle
    9. Packed Food
    10. Camera(optional)
    11. Tissues or napkins
    12. Umbrella

    Note: Avoid carrying plastic bags or bottles

  17. What should I wear while trekking in Ooty?

     You should wear warm clothes as the atmosphere in Ooty is chilly throughout the year. A light jacket and sturdy shoes are recommended for a trekking trip. You can also carry a raincoat in handy.