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Ooty Travel Guide

As its lofty mountains and sprawling tea gardens greet tourists arriving here, one look around and you know instantly why the beautiful hill station has been named the "Queen of the hills.

  • Ooty Lake in Tamil Nadu
Ooty At a Glance
  • Average Climate:5°C - 25°C
  • Best Time to Visit:October - June
  • STD Code:0423


Arguably the best hill station in South India and one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India, Ooty - officially referred to as Udhagamandalam - with its picturesque hills, emerald lakes, waterfalls and distinct colonial charm is one of the must visit tourist places in Tamil Nadu. In Ooty, you’ll find a seamless blend of the characteristic hustle and bustle of India with inimitable Raj era charm as you walk a bit further from the heart of city and walk by the sprawling bungalows shrouded in lush surroundings.

The many tourist places in Ooty include mesmerizing natural sights, watch points, museums and well manicured gardens. Visits to Avalanche Lake, Botanical Garden, Kalhatty Falls and Dolphin’s Nose etc. are counted among the top sightseeing activities in Ooty. Some other popular attractions in Ooty include the Wax World, Deer Park, Tea Museum and Emerald Lake.

A ride aboard Nilgiri Mountain Railways, popularly referred to as ‘Toy Train’ is not just one of the top things to do in Ooty but the most awe inspiring and scenic route to reach Ooty, that is not to take anything away from how you reach Ooty by road, which presents amazing vistas of Nilgiris and the countryside - even if somewhat less romantic than the train ride.

The best time to visit Ooty - and the busiest season - is from April to June when the families, couples and professionals head to Ooty to seek respite from the much hotter & humid plains. During winter months from October till March, mercury in Ooty could even plummet to 0°C. However, with warm clothing, this period is equally good to experience the bucolic charm of Ooty.