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The best bit about Ooty is that Ooty tour packages can be booked all year round because the weather is wonderful at any given time. The monsoons especially are a great time to visit the peaks and trek routes, offering exemplary views of nature.
Undoubtedly, winters are the best time to visit, because not only is every sight easily accessible, but the strong winds and temperatures as low as 5°C are bound to make your trip a memorable one. Days are relatively warmer in winters, but the cool breeze certainly makes up for it. Luckily, summers are a good time too.
Temperatures range between 20-30°C, which is quite bearable. You can check out indoor sights during the day and head out to experience tranquility outdoors only in the evenings.
Embark on exciting trekking tours at Ooty to witness the beauty of this region. Trek through passing through the tiny hamlets taking a peek into the life of the simple hill people of this region. You can also enjoy simply the beauty of the tea estates, or the Gokarna Beach. You can pick from:
Ooty, also known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations' has a plethora of trekking trails. Here is a list of the best treks around Ooty for the adventurer in you:
Kotagiri Trek @ Flat 21% Off
Trek to Sengottaraayar Malai in Coonoor near Ooty @ Flat 18% Off
Parsons Trek, Ooty @ Flat 9% Off
Adventure at Jungles of Ooty @ Rs 5199 Only
Glenmorgan Trek, Ooty @ Flat 9% Off
Ooty is full of breathtaking sights to explore. Make sure your Ooty packages include the following, among others:
1. Botanical Garden: Sprawling across 55 acres, there is a unique variety of indigenous and exotic plants to admire. Especially the Cork Tree and the Monkey Puzzle Tree, which are rare.
2. Kalhatti Falls: Located 15 kms from Ooty, the falls are known for their encompassing lush greenery and wild species like the black panthers, that inhabit it.
3.Ooty Lake: Enjoy a range of activities here like the motorboats and mini toy trains, while the Nilgiris beyond leave you in complete awe.
4.St. Stephen’s Church: one of the oldest churches in the area, known for its carved wooden elephants, brought from Tipu Sultan’s palace and stain-glass windows.
5.Deer Park: If you’re a nature lover, make sure you visit this tourist spot for its flora and fauna. There’s a lot more here apart from deer.
Outdoor activities are always an attraction for tourists. Staying in camps in Ooty is an unforgettable experience. You are not under the open sky yet outdoors. Stargaze if you want to else curl up inside your tent. Along with your cycling tours, you can take the additional benefits of camping out with
1. Destiny Farmstay
2. Ooty Hidden Valley Jungle Camp
3. Aventura Ooty
There are a plethora of camping sites in Ooty to give you a taste of spending time in nature. Here we have created a list of the best of them:
Kotagiri Camping and Trekking @ Rs 3080 only
Camping by Tea Gardens, Ooty @ Rs 1800 only
Adventure Camping in Ooty @ Rs 1350 only
Jungle Camping and Adventures in Ooty @ Rs 1250 only
Hiltop Camping in Adventure Activities @ Rs 2399 only
Ooty also satisfies the needs of those seeking inner peace. The tranquil environment and sacred religious sites of this place offer the perfect location for people to discover their spiritual self. It is a haven even for people who do not believe in any particular religion but in spirituality.
1. Mariamman temple
2. Nasiyan Jain Temple
3. St. Stephen’s Church
4. Holy Trinity Church
5. Kandal Cross
6. St. Theresa Church
7. Union Church
8. Big Mosque
Thought Ooty tour packages may vary, a majority of them include the following things to do:
1. Trek to Doddabetta Peak: The highest point in the Nilgiris with superlative views of thick forests around and a Telescopic House.
2. Relax at the Shooting Point: Much before we had Bollywood shoots abroad, we had them in Ooty, for its surreal beauty added charm to any scene. Live your filmy moment, at this picnic spot.
3. Take a tour of the Tea Museum: Oh, the fragrance of fresh tea leaves and a hot cuppa, with the view of the mesmerising mountains in the cold weather! Definitely an experience unparalleled.
4.Spend some time at the Wax World Museum: The venue houses realistic wax statues of historical and political personalities. A great place for learning, for kids and adults, alike.
5.Thunder World: An amusement park with 20 species of dinosaurs, an artificial rainforest, fascinating rides and some wonderful sound effects that add to the fun.
Check out the following list of the best places to stay in Ooty that are luxurious as well as pocket friendly:
Stay in a Bungalow @ Rs 2000 only
Heritage Bungalow in Gokarna @ Rs 1360 only
Cottage Stay amid Organic Farms @ Rs 1875 only
Luxury Homestay with Swimming Pool @ Rs 1750 only
Stay in Cottages @ Rs 1320 only
Ooty is a tourist’s paradise. There are so many places to visit that you will be left puzzled for choice. Go to temples or churches, enjoy the remnants of British rule, take a ride on a boat, check out on wildlife or indulge in adventure sports Ooty has it all.
Ooty has a range of reasonable resorts, hotels and homestays. Some of the more popular ones being:
1. Accord Highland Hotel
Location: 4/278, Kotagiri Road Doddabetta Junction, The Nilgiris, Major District Road 994, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001
Price: Starting at Rs. 7,000 per night
2. Sterling Ooty Fern Hill
Location: #73, Kundah House Road, Fern Hill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643004
Price: Starting at Rs. 7,000 per night
3. Savoy, Ooty
Location: 77, Sylks Rd, Monterosa Colony, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001
Price: Starting at Rs. 20,000 per night
4. Delightz Inn
Location: Belmonte Terrace, Tiger Hill Road, Melthalayatimund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001
Price: Starting at Rs. 6,500 per night
Location: 444, Gorishola Road, Thalayathimund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001
Price: Starting at Rs. 6,000 per night
Shopping is possibly the best activity of Ooty. It houses more small malls per square mile than any other hill station in India. Visitors have a vast choice of shopping in outdoor and indoor markets in Ooty. Naturally, you would want to take back as memories bits and pieces from the place you visit not only for yourself but for friends too.
1. Charing Cross Road
2. Commercial Street Market
3. Ooty Lake
4. Market Road
5. Hill Bunk Road
6. Pykara Road
While Ooty tour packages are inclusive of food, you may also check out some restaurants in the vicinity.
1. Shinkow’s: Known to be one of the oldest restaurants in Ooty, it promises a good Chinese culinary experience at reasonable prices.
2. Curry and Rice: Eat like royalty at this fine-dine that serves up Anglo-Indian dishes and stately food, with recipes passed down the ages from the rulers of Mysore.
3. Nahar’s Sidewalk Cafe: A quaint cafe known for its wood-fire pizzas and pasta.
4.Place to Bee: This arty restaurant is surprisingly located in a Bee Museum. With local produce and wild honey, the unique dishes are certainly worth a try, and this is definitely the place to ‘bee’!
5. Shri Velmurugan: When in the South, dine like the locals. Indulge in some finger-licking fish curry and filter coffee, here.
Ooty with its beautiful scenic beauty is a paradise for cyclists. It is an activity full of fun and excitement. Enroll yourself with cycling tours, explore and discover the alluring, serpentine trails of Ooty and its outskirts. At eleven rupees per hour with unlimited kilometers, it is a great deal. Some interesting routes are:
1. Ooty – Katabettu
2. King of Mulli
4. Ooty – Dodabetta
5. Ooty – Godalur
Another interesting activity to launch in, whether it be for honeymoon couples or families, is boating. The place to do it -
1. Ooty Lake
2. Boating in Pykara Lake in Ooty
A morning cup of hot tea is most welcome to all of us. Many of us drink the tea that is grown in the Nilgiri hills. Famously known as Nilgiri tea it is generally a dark, aromatic, fragrant and flavored tea grown in the hills of the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Why not visit the place where it is grown? The best tea plantation tours can be taken in:
1. The Tea Factory The Tea
2. High Field Tea Estate
Toda Huts are the original homes of the indigenous people of Ooty. Ooty may be a popular tourist destination in present times but was not so earlier. These simple people have been affected by the modernization that has crept into Ooty. Though one may say that they have joined the mainstream it is also sad that they have lost their tradition and those unwilling to accept the changes have moved away leaving behind remnants for us to reconstruct their history.
It is important that you visit them to get the feel of those times. Toda Huts depicts a curious hamlet like structure with the complete absence of any windows. These Huts are semi-barrel shaped and the entrance is rather very small. Today the Toda population is decreasing to just a few numbers.
There are several lakes one can visit in Ooty just to feel the serenity and tranquility or for boating. Pick your boat and take your time moving in the calm waters of the several lakes at your disposal in Ooty. Don’t miss out on this bit on your visit.Take your pick from:
1. Upper Bhavani Lake
2. Emerald Lake
3. Pykara Lake
4. Ooty Lake
5. Avalanche Lake
The two Wildlife sanctuaries of Mudumalai and Bandipur are the important wildlife zones in the vicinity of Ooty. There are many hair pins with mirrors on the bends so that you can view the upcoming traffic as you keep driving along this stunning route. Before you reach the base of the hills there is a watchtower over and park your vehicles giving you a stunning view of the Kalhatty valley blending into Masinagudi. If you are in possession of a good pair of binoculars, you may happen to sight elephants or Gaur grazing on the valley.
Another about two kilometers from the viewpoint, you arrive at the base of the hills. To achieve this you will have to drive through one of the steepest road routes in the Southern part of the country. The best wildlife experience you can get is from the Mudumalai National Park. Apart from the places that have already been mentioned you may also visit-
4. House yourself in a jungle dorm
5. Explore and photograph the jungle and its flora and fauna.
6. Go on a safari by jeep to explore the jungle
7. Go Birdwatching
There is no better way to celebrate a bonding than the Ooty honeymoon holidays. You can enjoy visiting the beautiful tourist attractions and enjoy quality time. Go boat riding or just enjoy the beauty of the pine forest. You may want to share the joys of sharing an interest in the British remnants or watching wildlife. There are many places to visit.
Horse riding is a unique experience in Ooty. Pick your way through the pine forests, or down the hilly terrain with the wind sweeping through your hair, riding can really make your tour interesting. The perfect riding experience can be gained by taking horse rides:
1. To experience the hilly terrains of this alluring place
2. Around the lake
3. Quaint plantations of tea,
4. Villas from the pre-Raj era
There is a park specially built on the region’s hilly terrain, designed for mountain bikers. The hilly region already has natural bumps to which additional difficulty elements like the teeter-totter, switchbacks, sponge pits, suspension bridge and various jump ramps, have been added. At a minimal fee of Rs. 10 per lap, indulge in the great adventure of mountain biking.
If you’re looking for adventure rather than tourism there is much in store for you. Hang gliding courses are held for the adventure loving tourist. Kalahatty is a famous hang-gliding point. The training is held between March and May.