Ooty is a tourist destination in the Nilgiri Hills also popular as the Blue Mountains. The natural beauty of the place is the major draw and Ooty looks stunning in the spring season that lasts from March-May.
Summers are also pleasant on the hills of Ooty with temperatures ranging from 10-25 degrees Celsius. Springtime in Ooty is colorful with the botanical gardens and hill edges blooming with a variety of flowers.
As spring is the peak season, you need to make hotel bookings and flight tickets early. Coimbatore is Ooty’s closest airport from where you can hire a cab taking up to 3 hours. Train service is available from Chennai, New Delhi and Bangalore. A toy train ride with Nilgiri Mountain Railway will be an interesting one from Mettupalayam station.
The heavily forested roads add an extra charm to your journey by car in the spring season.
When to go
February-March is the time when most tourists and especially honeymoon couples throng the place. Situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters, winter is cold but the tourist season in Ooty lasts until the onset of the rainy season in June-July.
Best Places to Visit in Ooty
Ooty is replete with several scenic locales, gardens, parks, and peaks worth visiting to experience the charm of spring. Here are some places to visit in Ooty.
Ooty Botanical Garden
The best place to be during the spring months, Ooty Botanical Garden is one of the oldest tourist places as well as being built in 1847. Covering around 22 hectares, this garden is perched at 2,400 meters and dotted with green slopes, shrubs, medicinal herbs, and rare species of plants. There is an Italian-style garden, a fern house with orchids, and a pool. The main attraction for spring is however the Summer Festival which usually takes place in the month of May.
Just minutes away from the central bus stop at Ooty is the beautiful lake stretching around 2.75 km. John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty built this lake in 1825 by tapping the water from the mountain streams. Today, it is a noteworthy attraction. The cool breeze of the afternoon, flowers blooming on its banks and the boating facilities make Ooty Lake a scenic delight for tourists visiting during the spring season.
Ooty Rose Garden
Situated at the heart of the hill town, this garden is popular as Centenary Rose Garden and is laid on 10 acres. You will come across around 3500 varieties of rose plants offering a stunning sight in winter and the onset of spring. There are Hybrid Tea Roses, roses of various colors and miniature rose galleries at the park that are worth exploring during the tour.
This peak in Ooty measures around 2,623 meters above sea level and is the highest point in the region. The distance from Ooty town is around 10 km and offers excellent views of the surrounding valleys.
Around 20 km drive from Ooty town, the source of Pykara Falls is River Pykara, the largest in the district. The water of this river is regarded holy by the ancient hill tribe called Toda. The falls rise above the Mukurtji Peak and are a beautiful sight.
Places to stay in Ooty
Savoy Hotel Ooty, Lakeview Hotel, Rgency Vilas Palace and Fortune hotel Sullivan Court are some of the popular places to stay in Ooty.
Entertainment in Ooty
Ooty is a prominent location for photography and film shoots. Trekking is also popular among adventure enthusiasts.
Shopping in Ooty
Shopping is not only leisure, but also an important source of entertainment for the guests especially after sunset. Nilgiri Tea is famous all over the world. Natural oils, dry fruits, and Toda accessories are also popular buys from here. The Municipal Market of Ooty is the best place to shop for handicrafts.