Ootacamund, often called just as Ooty, is one of the most popular tourist destinations attracting hordes of tourists every year from Bangalore. Also known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is located in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu. Situated at an altitude of 2286 m, the hill station is also popularly called as “Queen of Hill Station”. Experience Ooty's captivating scenic beauty and pleasant weather with our custom designed Bangalore Ooty tour packages. The hill station is at a distance of 105 km from Coimbatore and 252 kms from Bangalore. The place makes for an interesting weekend trip offering refreshing and exciting holidaying options.
Snapshot of Ooty from Bangalore
- State: Tamil Nadu
- Location: The Queen of the Blue Mountains sits at the centre point of the Nilgiri Range, at a height of 7,440 ft
- Distance: 297 km South West of Bangalore
- Journey Time: 7 hrs by road, By rail 8 hrs + 3 hrs by road, By air 55 mins + 3 hrs by road
- Route: Sh17 to Mysore via Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna; NH212 to Gundlupet via Nanjangud and Begur; Nh67 to Ooty via Bandipur, Mudumalai and Gudalur
Ooty got its name from the Toda word ‘othakal-mund’ which means ‘the house of single stone.’ The hill station has lush green vegetation and numerous tea gardens along with fine pine and eucalyptus trees, majestic mountain, all creating a mesmerising natural setting.
The hill station offers its tourists with opportunities to go for various outdoor activities. Trekking is one of the most popular activities that visitors opt for. There are several trek routes varying in distance, altitudes and terrain presenting good trekking environment that you can opt with our Ooty tour packages from Bangalore. Other sports that you can try are hang-gliding, angling that includes Goad Trout, Carp and mixed water.
Ooty Toy Train | Ooty Mountain Railway
Visit to Ooty is incomplete without boarding the toy train. Travelling to Ooty in the toy train that connects it with Mettupalayam. Running since 1899 and at a speed on 33 kms per hour, it covers a distance of 46 kms. In this slightly more than 4 hours of journey to Ooty, visitors can experience the captivating scenic beauty of long stretches of rice fields, lofty hills along with 13 tunnels and 26 viaducts. the journey presents you with excellent photography opportunities as well.
Few places of tourist interest
Located on the hillock of Ooty, Ooty Botanical Garden makes for an interesting visit with exquisite flora to look at. Spread across an area of more than 50 acres along the Dodabetta peak, highest peak in the region, it is one of the best botanical gardens of the country. Along with rich collection of flora, there are also various programs organized by the locals for the entertainment of tourists.
Situated in the heart of Ooty in a L shape, Ooty Lake stays is perfect place to spend a relaxed day with your loved ones. Boating here is exceptionally refreshing. there are various boat races also conducted at the lake which are full thrill and excitement. you also have boat houses presenting a wonderful opportunity for staying.
At an altitude of more than 2,623 meters, Doddabetta peak is the highest known peak in the region of Ooty and is one of the most preferred sightseeing places with our Bangalore to Ooty tour packages. The peak is 10 kms from the city of Ooty. The place is perfect for photography with breath taking view of the surroundings. It offers tourist with a soothing atmosphere to spend some quality moments in the lap of nature.
Tiger Hills is located to the east of the hill station and towards the lower end of the Doddabetta peak. One of the most beautiful spots in the region, it is at a distance of almost 16km from the main town. If interested one can fort trekking till Tiger hills and enjoy the scenic beauty side by side. close to the hill, there is a cave as well which is said to have religious significance and makes for a good picnic spot.
Other places that are worth visiting around Ooty are Coonoor (Dolphin's Nose, Hidden Valley, Ketty, Wellington's Golf Course, Sim's Park, Lamb's Rock, Law's Falls, Second World War Memorial Pillar), Red Hills, Bellikal (Kalhatti Falls, Bison Valley, Bellikkal Lake).
Best time to visit Ooty
Best time to visit Ooty is throughout the year. However, it is batter to avoid visiting during the heavy rainy days in monsoon season. One can also visit during the annual Tea and Tourism Festival.
Reaching Ooty from Bangalore
By Air:The nearest airport is Coimbatore which is 105 km from Ooty. Coimbatore is well connected to other cities of the country such as Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai and Hyderabad.
By Train:The nearest major railway station is Mettupalayam which is 47 km away from Ooty. You have regular train services between Mettupalayam and Coimbatore and Chennai. One can also take toy train from Mettupalayam and Conoor to Ooty. There are taxis as well from Mettupalayam to Ooty.
By Bus:There are regular bus services running from cities like Mysore, Bangalore, Madurai, and Kanyakumari, etc. to Ooty. You have both private and public transport to choose from. There are also many tour packages organising trips to Ooty.
Accommodation at Ooty
The hill station has umpteen number of accommodation to offer its tourists catering to different needs and budget. From luxurious to budget ones, you have numerous options to choose from. It is better to have booking done in advance due to high popularity of the place amongst tourists. Some of the staying facilities are Sedgemore Wells, Preethi Palace Hotel, Hotel Blue Bird, Sterling Holidays Fern Hill, King's Cliff, Holiday Inn Gem Park, Club Mahindra Danish Villa, Hill Country Holiday Resorts, etc.