A trip to Ooty provides a tranquil retreat amidst the exquisite natural splendor of the pristine Nilgiri mountains. Ooty or Ootacumund is a tranquil hill station that is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. Ooty is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and is visited by thousands of travellers every year from all corners of the world. Ooty is known for its verdant valleys covered with wild flowers and lush forests. The lovely tea plantations add to its scenic value.
In the southern part of India, Ooty is a popular summer retreat. The original name of Ooty was, 'Udhgamandalam'. However, the British found it next to impossible to pronounce the word. Later the name reduced to an easygoing 'Ooty', which instantly became everyone's favourite.
A travel to Ooty would take you to a lush green retreat nestled among the Blue Mountains that is the Nilgiris. The rolling green slopes lined with peaches, plums eucalyptus and pine have inspired many Bollywood movies.
Shopping in Ooty
Shopping in Ooty would be a nice experience for the passionate shoppers. Although the region does not have any special handicraft of its own, there are many other things for shopping in Ooty.
On the slopes of the great Nilgiri range, the region grows some of the best qualities of coffee and tea in India. The sprawling plantations and the heady smell are feast to senses. You may choose to buy some coffee or tea while shopping in Ooty.
Hand-made chocolates are also popular items for shopping in Ooty. Also pick up aromatic oils and spices while shopping in Ooty.
Besides, there is the wide variety of handicrafts of Tamil Nadu. The ace craftsmen of Tamil Nadu are skilled in making fantastic Jewelry, painting, pottery, and stone crafts. Look for such artifacts as you go on shopping in Ooty. You may also come across some tribal crafts in the shops. The local bazaars are replete with private shops and Government run emporia, where you can shop till you drop. Many hotels have shopping arcades where of course the price would be a bit on higher side. More...
Places to visit in Ooty
- Ooty Hill Stations
- Nilgiri Mountain Railway
- Botanical Gardens
- Government Museum
- Hindustan Photo Films
- Kamraj Sagar Lake
- Kandal Cross
- Lamb's rock
- Ooty Golf course
- Ooty Lake
- Rose Garden
- St Stephens Church
- Tea Factory
Hotels in Ooty
- Global Village
- Woodberry Residency
- Accord Highland Hotel
- Meadows Residency
- Taj Savoy Hotel
- Sherlock Hotel
- Club Mahindra Derby Green, and many more.
Best Time to Visit
Ooty can be visited at any month of the year. However, the ideal time is considered to be between March and June. The temperature does not rise more than 20 degree Celsius at this time of the year.
How to Reach Ooty
The nearest airport to Ooty is located in Coimbatore. The hill station is at a distance of about 98 kilometers from the Coimbatore Airport. The airport is connected to Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Cochin by Indian Airlines flights. In order to reach Ooty from the airport, one has to hire a taxi or a bus.
The hill station of Ooty has a railway station of its own. It is called the Udhagamandalam railway station and can be reached by The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (a.k.a. Toy Train) from Mettupalayam. Though the toy train isn't very fast but the scenic beauty of this route attracts many tourists. Mettupalayam is the nearest major railway station to Ooty. One can also hire a private taxi to reach Ooty here. The distance of Ooty from Mettupalayam is about 52 km.
Ooty is also connected to all the nearby towns and cities by good roads. The hill station connects to various other important cities of South India like Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, etc. The road to Ooty from Coimbatore is popular for its scenic beauty. As Ooty is located on NH 67, several tourist buses and taxis commute here without any hassle.