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Priya Khan

28 November 2015

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 tre

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Hiranmaya Khan

01 April 2016

Our journey from Ooty to Kokkal Kota showed us a lot of greenery and we were in love with the place. We loved the Glenmorgan trek as we got to see the clouds at our feet and the climate was very pleasa


Shantanu Dutta

29 December 2015

If you are looking for a nice trek while in Ooty, Glenmorgan Trek should be your ultimatum. This is just so perfect. Taking this tour pack helps as it will reduce the burden of finding a gang to trek w...

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Sarla Iyer

18 April 2016

Some of the pros of this trek are that it doesn’t need a person to be pro trekker to finish or enjoy the trek. Any average or beginner level trekker can take this trek. Also, this trek is very much cos


Arjun Kapoor

25 March 2016

As a beginner level trekker, I enjoyed this trek a lot. This trek is easy, short, and fun. The surroundings are so beautiful that it makes the trek even more wantable and appealing.


Udit Mishra

18 March 2016

What a pleasing trek. We went as a family, and all the cousins wanted to do trekking while the parents had gone for shopping. We roped in almost at the last time, and it was well organized. We had a ni...


Ashok Iyer

02 February 2016

It was a very good trek experience. If you are in Ooty, then you should definitely take this. It’s worth it.


Chakravarti Patel

14 December 2015

This trek was so nice. Firstly it was very easy and beginner level. After going on all crazy, big time treks, I still wanted to trek, but have a basic one so that I can enjoy trekking as well as not ti


Bhaves Abbott

13 November 2015

We were looking for an easy trek within Tamil Nadu for a weekend getaway and we happened to find this. Ooty was more of sightseeing place when I was a child. I got bored of sightseeing here always, so ...

What You Should Know More About Ooty

  • Q. About the destination

    Ooty or Udhagamandalam may seem a bit boisterous for some tastes. The town center of Ooty may often give the feel of an ugly botch. However, when here it shouldn’t take you long to make your way to the greener and more peaceful areas where the tall pines tower over and give the Ooty roads, a look and feel of the English country lanes. 'The Queen of Hill Stations', Ooty fuses the hustle bustle of the streets and the Hindu temples with the lush green gardens and parks. At every nook and corner of this green town, you can see tantalizing Raj-era bungalows that account for the most spectacular (and over priced) places to stay.

    Established in the early 19th century by the Britishers, this town was earlier used as the summer headquarters of the Madras government. Fondly nicknamed as Snooty Ooty, the progression started here only a few decades ago however the Old Ooty hasn’t vanished completely. You may just have to tread a bit in the interiors to explore it.

    Journey in Ooty’s much acclaimed miniature train is crowd pleasing and romantic. Even the roads descending from the plains is every bit impressive. Ooty sees a maximum footfall during the warm months from April to June when people from hotter plains come here for a cooler relief and during the colder months from October to March, when the town is in absolute bliss. During these months, the temperature may even drop to 0°C.

    The bus and the train stations lie at the west of the race course which is located at the lowest part of the town. Charing Cross, Ooty’s commercial hub is just a 20 minutes walk from the bust station.

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • Ooty is not a very unsafe place. There are little dangers to the visitors as the crime level is exceptionally low here. Violent crimes towards the tourists isn’t heard of. However, you still cannot take the low crime rate for granted.

    • Don’t flaunt your valuable or wealth in public.

    • Avoid carrying a lot of hard cash with you.

    • Keep yourself hydrated.

    • The outdoors are steep and can prove to be dangerous sometimes. Wear comfortable shoes.

    • If you have motion sickness, carry the necessary medications with you.

    • Keep touts at bay.

    • Don’t entertain the beggars.

    • Keep away from drugs in any form.

    • Don’t let the strangers lure you into anything that is not appropriate.

    • Even if you are on honeymoon, avoid public display of affection.

    • Since it is a hill station, you must carry warm clothes even when it is hot on the plains. The place may get colder during the nights.

    • Carry a raincoat with you.

    • Do not eat at the street stalls.

    • Check for the seals before buying a bottle of water.

    • Carry with you an ID proof.

    • If you have a naughty kid with you, make them wear an ID card or put some phone number or ID card in their pocket.

    • Don’t litter around and keep the beauty of the place intact  

  • Q. Drinking Law

    Ooty (Tamil Nadu) has a legal drinking age of 21 years. If you are aged below 21, you cannot publically buy or consume alcohol.

  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Tea Factory
    There is a very small and a nice tea factory located in Ooty. It is frequented by several visitors though there is not much to do here. However, the fresh aroma of the fresh tea leaves is enticing enough to bring you here.  

    Doddabetta Peak 
    Standing at a height of 8650 feet, it is indeed the highest peaks of South India. This is a great trekking spot and has a plenty of picturesque locations for photographers and solitary wanderers.  

    Avalanche Lake
    Located in the Nilgiris about 28 km from Ooty, this lake is indeed a wanderer’s heaven. The landscape surrounding the lake is equally mesmerizing. You can camp besides the lake and also enjoy some fishing. 

    Government Rose Gardens
    These are largest rose gardens of India and lie at an elevation of 2200 meters above the sea level. Lying on the slope of the Elk Hill, it houses the largest collection of roses and has within it 20,000 different varieties.

    Pykara River
    It is said to be a sacred place for the Toda People. The river flows through the plateaus and gushes down to form waterfalls and cascades. 

    Ooty Lake
    Spread over an area of 65 km, it is a man made lake that was found in the year 1824 by the Brtishers. You can try boating here. 

    Mudumalai National Park 
    Mudumalai National Park or the Tiger Reserve is a home to several bird and animal species. You can find rare species of birds and animals here. Some of the animals housed here include Indian Bison, Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephants and leopards. 

    Emerald Lake
    Located amidst the reserve forest, this lake is off the limits for the visitors. It can however be seen via a view point on the dam found nearby. 

    Stone House
    Stone house was built in the year 1822 and used to be the bungalow of the former British Governor, John Sullivan. It is considered to be the first bungalow of Ooty and today happens to be the residence of the principal of the Government Arts College in Ooty.  

    Toda Huts
    These are the last remaining bastions of the Todas. Found near the Botanical Gardens of Ooty, these remain one intriguing specimen of the Ethnic architecture of southern India. 

    Ooty Mountain Railway
    The Mountain Railway of Ooty was built by the British in the year 1908. It is declared as the UNESCO world heritage site. The trains running here are powered via traditional steam engines. 

    St. Stephens Church
    St. Stephens Church is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu. It was built way back in the 19th century and the foundation of the church was laid in the year 1829. 

    Wax World
    Wax Museum is situated inside a 142 year old Bungalow of Ooty. The sculptures you get here might not be as impressive as the wax museum of the Madame Tussauds, but they do display an insight on the life, culture and tradition of the people from Ooty and other surrounding areas. 

    Tribal Museum
    Anyone who is impressed and keen to know and understand the culture of the people from Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Tamil Nadu, this museum is the choice to make. It is a part of the Tribal Research Center Campus. Inside the museum you can find some of the rarest artifacts that showcase the life of the various tribes in the Nilgiris. 

    Deer Park
    Lying close to the Ooty Lake is the deer park. It is one of those few high altitude zoos of India. You can find a plethora of different deer species here. Some other rare animals and birds are also found here. 

    Mariamman Temple
    The temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of rain and is located at a height of 2,240 meters above sea level. It is an architectural marvel and is built in the proto-Dravidian style of architecture. Several sculptures and stucco figures can be seen here.

  • Q. What you will like there?

    Clean Air
    Want a relief from the pollutants in the air? Head straight to Ooty! It is a natural exuberance with tons of clean air to pamper your lungs. Breathe in, Breathe out!

    A Great Place to Unwind
    Ooty is one of those splendor beauties of India. You can either hike outdoors, walk exploring the infinity or stay indoors, whatever you do, you’ll only love the place more. The peace and the serenity here is unbeatable. Indeed, a great stress buster and relief from the monotony of life. 

    From One Mountain to Another
    Ooty indeed is a beautiful place. But it is way more than its greenery and wildlife. The hill station resides amongst the highest peaks of the area. A good look at the mountain while sipping a hot chai can make your mornings!

    The Weather
    Weather in Ooty is one prominent reason for people to pick Ooty over the other tourist destinations of India. Usually, the weather here is cloudy, freezing cold or raining. Just when you wake up in the morning, the fog will be all over your bedroom especially in the months from October to February. The days maybe slightly warmer here but not warm enough to let you roam around in shorts. Best time to visit Ooty is definitely during the winters.  

    Tons of boat rides
    Who doesn’t enjoy a boat ride? Ooty offers tons of it! The lakes here take you in and around the city in a conundrum of ways. 

    Botanical Gardens
    Bangalore may be revered as the city of Gardens but it pales when compared to the gardens of Ooty. Here you can find an array of plants and flowers. It is impossible to not be mesmerized by them. Different colors here will only leave you stunned and wanting for more.  

    Schools? Did we just say schools? Are we taking you back? Well, Yes! The schools of the Ooty are some of the most artistically crafted and designed schools pan India. They are a delight and can be visited any time of the day. They hold within them a history that is untold to all.  

    Lack of People
    Reasons to like Ooty? Nah, it should be one reason to love Ooty! The sheer lack of people here makes it all the more lovable. This can be an absolute delight for people who come from crowded metros. Several times of the day, it may even look like a haunted town! But, there’s no complaining at all! It definitely complements the place, well! 

    Home Made Chocolates
    Last, but definitely the most ravishing – Ooty’s Home Made Chocolates! Ooty stocks some of the best home made chocolates in India. You can buy them in abundance and take them home to share with friends and family. 

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)


    TripAdvisor Ooty Forum


    Tamil Nadu Tourism