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Ooty, short for Ootacamund (an anglicized name for Udhakamandala), is a popular hill resort in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India.

The name Udhakamandala is derived from the TODA word "othakal-mund" which means "house in mountains". Udhaka Mandala also means "Water Abode" in Sanskrit. Ooty stands at 7,347 feet above sea level in the Nilgiri mountain range. It served as the summer headquarters of the Madras Presidency.


Located in the mountainous range called the Nilgiris ("Blue Mountains"), it draws swarms of tourists every year. The weather is quite pleasant at a mean of 15-20°C around the year, dropping to lows of 0°C during winter. The landscape is marked by rolling hills covered with dense vegetation, smaller hills and plateaus covered with tea gardens, and eucalyptus trees. Many portions of the hills are preserved as natural reserve forests, and special permits will be needed to camp in noncamp sites. *Ooty, is not the destination in itself, as much as it is the focal point of attraction. Auto touring the surrounding country side is certainly a must do. Unfortunately, the hill town suffers from overcrowding and erosion of natural resources. Tourism has placed an enormous strain on the natural resources resulting in pollution, water shortage and roads.

The hilly region also houses smaller towns like Coonoor and Kotagiri. These smaller towns are a better choice to visit and spend time in, since they are off the beaten path, yet less than 1 hour away from Ooty. They enjoy the same natural climes and prices are a lot cheaper.


There are plenty of cash machines in the town centre, but be aware that the most frequented ones often run out of cash by Sunday afternoon, or on three day weekends. So be careful.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The Coimbatore airport is the closest to the hills at 3-1/2 hours by road. There are flights into Coimbatore from Singapore, Sharjah, Colombo and most parts of India including Mumbai (Indian Airlines,Jet and Go Air), Chennai (Spicejet, Air India, Indigo and Jet) and Bangalore. The Calicut International airport is about 4 hours (130kms) away from Ooty by road and is well connected to destinations in the Middle East like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Muscat, Riyadh, Jeddah, Bahrain etc and also to domestic destinations Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. Flying to Calicut would be convenient for tourists arriving from the Middle East, Europe and North America because of the presence of airlines like Etihad, Qatar Airways and Oman Air whereas Coimbatore is better connected to major Indian cities. The road trip is quite scenic from either airport.

By train[edit]

The hills are connected to by a nightly train. The Nilgiri Express (Train No. 12671) leaves from Chennai at night, and reaches Mettupalayam (which Indian Railway spells as Metupalaiyam), a small town at the foothills of the Nilgiris early the next morning. The train The Nilgiri Mountain Railway leaves Mettupalayam at 7.10 pushed by a small steam powered historic locomotive that is a remnant of Swiss engineered trains imported in the late 1800s. The train journey will be a very good experience, but only 30 tickets are issued on the spot. A separate queue for this train is at Mettupalayam railway station. You have to be in queue atleast by 5 am. A token will be given from there and you have to take this token to ticket counter(outside the platform,yellow building),get the tickets and get back to the same queue. If you are a team, one can represent for taking token and tickets but all have to be present in queue while embarking the train. Try to get a seat to farther side of platform as this side offers maximum viewing experience. The steam train is much smaller, and can only accommodate a portion of the passengers that disembark at Mettupalayam.You have to book separate ticket for this journey (tickets can be booked through IRCTC( like any other rail ticket booking.), although many prefer the faster route of taking a cab or a bus from Mettupalayam.

The steam train takes a very scenic route, and the pace of travel will let you take in the beautiful scenery at leisure with stops at stations for the engine to take on water(the journey takes about 5-1/2 hours compared to 2 hours by road). The train uses a rack and pinion system to haul itself up steep slopes, and also to prevent the train from sliding down when stopping. The train is pushed from behind. There are brakesmen at the rear of every carriage who will apply and release hand powered brakes individually for that carriage. The train often travels only at 5 - 10 Kmph, allowing some adventerous passengers to disembark from the train and walk along the train. This practice is not recommended and can be dangerous, besides there is a good chance that the train will speed up, and you will be unable to get back on board.

If you don't have a confirmed ticket for that toy train then you would not get the chance to board in it as railways issue limited say only 30 tickets on the spot at mettupalayam starting at 5:00 AM , and at 1:00 PM at ooty for the full stretch journey from mettupalayam to ooty.

Ooty - Coonoor Train Timings

Ooty to Coonoor

9:15 AM - 10:38 AM

12:15 PM - 1:38 PM

2:00 PM - 3:26 PM

6:00 PM - 7:22 PM

Coonoor to Ooty

7:19 AM - 9:05 AM

10:14 AM - 12:00 PM

12:09 PM - 1:50 PM

4:04 PM - 5:45 PM

By bus[edit]

There are buses and shared taxi vans that can be boarded from Coimbatore to Ooty. If you don't want wake up early to take the train from Coimbatore, plenty of buses are also going to Ooty.Also there are plenty of buses leaving from Bangalore and Mysore for Ooty. The Coimbatore "new bus station" has frequent bus service to Ooty via Mettupalayam, and it takes around 3-1/2 hours to get there. On the way back in morning, some busses make a 10-15 minute stop over at Mettupalayam for breakfast. From the "new bus station" it takes about 25minutes by (another) bus to reach the Coimbatore railway station. From Kozhikode (Calicut) there are two government buses daily, leaving 05.00 and 07.00, travel time is about 6 hours. Mysore is served few times a day, too. From Kannur there is a KSRTC Bus starting at 7.30 am everyday and a Tamil Nadu Bus at 10PM everyday reaching ooty at 4PM and 7am next day respectively.

By car[edit]

The Nilgiris are in Tamil Nadu, but it is quite near the borders of neighbouring states Karnataka and Kerala. The hills consequently can be reached from within Tamil Nadu by travelling up a heavily forested winding road, with many sharp hair-pin beds. The road trip from any state is quite scenic, although the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty road (i.e. the Tamil Nadu route) is the most travelled and well maintained. All roads to the Nilgiri hills are toll roads, although the tolls are quite nominal. If you are planning to visit Ooty and Coonoor from Bangalore then the road trip from Bangalore is the best option to enjoy the scenic beauty & opportunity to click lovely pictures of mountain peaks & tea-coffee plantations. One can travel by booking a taxi from rental service providers.

Ooty is 284 km from Bangalore by road. The journey takes about 8 hours, depending on the condition of the road. One can take a shorter route for which a diversion has to be taken at Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary. This route will take you past the small towns of Masinagudi and Kalhatti. This route will curtail the distance to Ooty by about 50 km. Keep in mind that this road is closed at night as it passes through the jungle, so you may actually have to spend a few hours at the check post which is closed invariably at night. Only good drivers should take on this road as it is very narrow and steep. You'll find some eateries and a fuel station in the town of Masinagudi. There are some wonderful resorts around Masinagudi town where one can rent a cottage. These places are a good weekend getaway for rest and relaxation. There are eating places between Bangalore and Mysore, and within Mysore, but from Mysore to Ooty one should carry some food, as there are very few restaurants. One can hire a comfortable cab with well-experienced drivers from Bangalore to Ooty. Start early if you can so that the drive through Bandipur and Mudumalai forest can be done leisurly taking in the occassional animal sightings.

Distance from Ooty to various cities:

Get around[edit]

Taxis, tourist cabs, auto rickshaws are available in plenty. There are no standard rates except tourist cabs. Rickshaws charge a minimum of Rs 30. Town buses are also available to all important places. Conducted sight seeing tours are arranged by the private operators and the Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). There are around 3-4 different day trip routes/packages available. Bus day-trip cost around Rs 125-150 and taxi day-trip cost around Rs 900-1100. Even if you arranged the taxi through the hotel (even TTDC), please verify with the hotel and operator before the trip that there are no hidden costs. Because the taxi drivers demand high parking fees extra and lunch, which is already paid for. The bus/taxi drivers get commission from remote restaurants and shops and they are overpriced, try avoiding such restaurants. Both bus and a taxi will take tourists to some remote high-priced restaurant for lunch, try not to eat in such places because the food is cold, overpriced and the place is not clean beyond the facade, and you will end up paying for taxi driver's lunch too. You can get a one-way cab from Coimbatore which is quiet economical, starting at Rs 1200/- for one side, especially useful if you are planning to stay for long. Once you reach Ooty you can hire another taxi or other means for local sightseeing and use the one way taxi again to go back to Coimbatore or if you plan to exit from Mysore or Bangalore Also, avoid auto drivers recommendation they will take you to the hotels for accommodation where they get 20% commission which will be already added in your room tariff without your knowledge. If you are a solo traveller or a backpacking couple, or a group of adventure enthusiasts, it is best to hire a two wheeler. You can really enjoy and explore areas in and around Ooty with the two wheeler. There are plenty of two wheeler rental shops. An Activa will cost you around Rs. 400 to Rs. 500 per day with Rs. 1000 deposit. You can search on Justdial for two wheeler rental shops, call them in advance, and book your bike. Many shops can deliver a bike to your hotel at a nominal charge of Rs. 50. Before taking a delivery, make sure to inspect the two-wheeler and take its photographs in your phone from all the sides. Make sure it is fitted with rear view mirror.

Car Rentals[edit]

  • (Savaari Car Rentals), 09045450000 (), [1]. India's largest inter-city and local cab booking service who have a presence in 98 cities across the country. You can book a cab to Ooty either on their website or through their Call center  edit
  • Ooty Taxi (ootytaxi). Local service provider in Ooty. They support website bookings  edit
  • Ganraj travels (Taxi service in ooty), Survey No.84/2A/60, Parijaat Colony, Jawalkar Nagar, Near Kalpataru Society, ooty, +91 7038400300 (), [2]. 7 AM to 12 PM. Ganraj Travels is one of the most trusted taxi service in Ooty.  edit
  • Ooty Travels (ootytravels). Another local service provider in Ooty. You can make enquiries through their website or call their customer service number  edit
  • (Meru car rental), 02244224422 (), [3]. Car rental in Ooty with Driver: Meru is the best online self drive car rental portal where you can book SUVs, Luxury, and Sedan on rent.  edit

See[edit][add listing]

  • Ooty Botanical Gardens

If you are on a sightseeing tour to Ooty[12], you might want to visit the Government Botanical gardens, which were laid out in 1847.The picturesque gardens that are maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 hectares. The Gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old. Some trees towards the interior uphill side are more than 100 years old. And one should walk down till very end (uphill) to see the tall eucalytus tree pair. The garden is very popular with nature lovers and those who long to walk among greenery and see rare ferns and shrubs up close. If you are in Ooty in the month of May, then you can also be a part of the summer festival, which is held here annually. The festival holds flower shows and various cultural programs showcasing the talent of the locals and the renowned artists.

  • Avalanche Biosphere Reserve

It is located about 20 km from Ooty. It an amazingly dense forest. You need to park your vehicle at the entry post and purchase tickets for the jungle Safari. Government vehicles will take you on a 2-hour ride into the deep forest. You can spot wild animals such as Deer, Sambars, Bisons, Foxes, and Elephants. Carry a camera with a telephoto lens (or zoom lens). If you are visiting this place during monsoon (June to September), carry full rainproof jackets and trousers (or raincoats). Usually this region gets a lot of rainfall. Last stop during the safari is Avalanche lake (also known as Upper Bhavani lake) backwaters. It the most beautiful place for photographs and relaxation.

  • Doddabetta peak

The Doddabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. It is merely 10km from Ooty so you can simply grab your camera and head straight to the peak, and click amazing pictures of the valley below. Many say that on a clear day, which is honestly not that often, one can see far off areas, even the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of can get there by catching a bus from ooty bus stand which will just charge you 10 Rs. but will have to walk about 3 km. from the stop where the bus will drop you. you will enjoy the way up the peak ,if you love walking.

  • Doddabetta Tea Park

Doddabetta Tea Park is situated right next to the Doddabetta Peak in Ooty. It is also simply called as Tea Park. It is a treat to the eyes, with lush-green tea plantations and lawns for the tourists to walk around. It is a great spot to relax with the family, with lot of place for the kids to play. It has a children's playing area as well. As soon as you get down the Doddabetta Peak, instead of taking left to the Ooty town, you need to take sharp U-turn. From there the Tea Park is about 2 kms. An arch towards the right of the road welcomes you to the Tea Park.

  • Fern Hill Garden (front of Hotel Mayura Sudarshan (Karnataka State Tourism-KSTDC)

Recently developed by Ooty horticulture department. This has a large variety of flowers and florals shaped in different kinds of animals. It's a large garden with varirty of cactii plants. Good for family and kids to enjoy and relax in the open area.

  • Annamalai Temple

Annamalai Temple is a situated about 20 km distance from Ooty. This place has grown as a famous temple of Lord Muruga, known as 7th Hill house of the lord. The view from the Temple is really awesome. There is an observatory at the top of the hill for the public to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view.

  • Ooty Rose gardens

It is an amazing and very large area garden. You can enjoy varieties of roses there. The roses bloom only for 2-3 months a year (not sure when), so going during the off-season is not very interesting. If interested can buy the seeds and plants also.

  • Sims Park (Coonoor)

This is in (Coonoor) which is 32km away from Ooty and usually accessible via toy-train. Similar to ooty botanical garden, very rare plants and trees are present. The park is famous for the fruit show it hosts annually during summer festivals. Some very old and rare trees are found in this garden. Recently some activity is going on to add a small man-made lake/pond to this garden, and add kids' play area.

  • Thread Garden

An exibition of artificial flowers and paintings made from threads. Its collaborative effort of many weavers and brought into the limelight by some NGOs. Its located in front of Ooty Lake.

  • Ooty Lake

The small lake which gets water from the rain-water from hills. Govn is developing this as a tourist spot by opening boating facilities. But lake water is deteroriating Ooty Lake

  • Wax World - (Wax Museum)

Its a private investment not supported by Govt. Don't expect much like other foreign wax museums which are helped by tourism authorities for advertisements and promotions. But for sight seeing its good. More attraction is the very old house, where the museum is set up. Candles are available. But it is suffering from funds for expansion so they request tourists to visit so that they can get help from them, which is the only form of support.

  • The Tea Factory

Several Tea gardens and factories are there. On the way, you will get lots of them. They will approach you with free tea taste and offer some tea packets to buy. But be cautious if you don't have much knowledge about tea, better not to buy from them as the packet tea has not the same taste as they gave you to taste. The spices quality is not so good. They also have a chocolate factory, but you may get better chocolates from Ooty Market as well.

  • Boating at Pykara

It's an awesome experience. Though the rate of boating is a little bit high but still it is worthy. Fresh air, good feeling and good view. The rates are as follows (June 2017): 8 seater motor boat Rs 750 (for 20 mins); 20 seater motor boat Rs 1200 (for 20 mins), 2 seater speed boat Rs 600 (for 10 mins). It is best to go with 8 seater boat. If you do not have engough numbers to make it 8, just ask people standing in a ticket queue and you form a group of 8 people. There is no compulsion that 8 seater boat should always carry 8 people. If you want, you can have the entire boat for yourself by paying 750 Rs.

  • Falls at Pykara
  • Historical Dam with Power station at Pykara
  • Hidden Valley
  • Echo Rock

Some called it as 'Lambs rock" naturally took the shape of a lamb. Go through a very small forest and then you can see the rock.

  • Shooting point / 9th Mile

It has beautiful meadows on the rolling hills. It will be full of lush green grass during the rainy season. To experience the beauty, you need to climb the hill and look around. This location is on the way to Pykara lake.

  • Pine forest

It's a natural beauty. Beautiful pin forest to click lots of photos or to just relax and enjoy the shade. There is a lake if you climb down from the forest trail. Be careful while walking on the trail as it is steep. This location is on the way to Paykara lake.

  • Dolphin's Nose

The area is near Coonoor, which is 32KM from Ooty. From Coonoor, you need to hire a Jeep/Taxi to visit the local spots.

  • Ooty radio telescope

The Ooty Radio Telescope (ORT) is a 530-metre (1,740 ft) long and 30-metre (98 ft) wide Cylindrical Paraboloid telescope. It an inspiring place to visit, if you are an Engineer or interested in Astronomy/Astrophysics.

Do[edit][add listing]

Most travel agents / hotels conduct guided tour packages that will bundle you into a bus, and tick off the most important and hence crowded "tourist" spots in the area. Some hotels also arrange for private cars like Indica, TATA Sumo.

  • Enjoy the weather.
  • Travel on the railway. The charming Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR), blue and cream with wooden coaches and large windows, is widely regarded as a marvel of engineering.
  • Go for long walks and hikes.
  • Visit a tea plantation and if possible a tea factory.
  • Ooty is famous for its chocolates, and the best place to have them is at King's Star. They have around 4 outlets in Ooty and are the first chocolate makers in ooty. (the shops are run by the 3rd Generation of the family)
  • Travel the countryside in a 4x4.
  • Catch a round of golf at the Gymkhana Golf course (membership or introduction required)
  • Visit the local Army cantonment - the Madras Regimental Center and the DSSC (Defense Services Staff College).
  • Visit terrace farmed cabbage fields around Ooty.
  • Visit the Mudumalai forest sanctuary (1-2 days minimum).
  • Visit the Needle industries which is around 6km from maintown Ooty in Ketti.
  • Visit 9th mile and also the 6th mile where lot of movies are shot:-)
  • Visit the Municipal Market and shop for fresh local fruits.
  • You can get farm fresh carrot on the way.
  • Horseback riding. It's popular here. In one hour you can go around the lake or longer rides you can visit countryside around Ooty. Some knowledge of horses would be good as the guides are local men who don't speak too much English, teaching is minimal. On top of the price, you have to pay for the guide. used for per hour.  edit
  • Bakasura Malai. Some say that this was the place where Tipu sultan hid himself during the time of war. One can see all the three states from this point. Though you will reach the place, the entire walk could be the most memorable in your life. It is usually not recommended by taxi/cab drivers as the place is remote and most of the distance needs to be covered by walk.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Ooty and Nilgiris are well known for a variety of local products like tea, eucalyptus oil, chocolates, spices and gourmet cheese. There are a lot of shops that deal these products, though you have to be careful you get an authentic product.

  • Green Shop is an extension of the Keystone Foundation that has been working in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve over the last 15 years (since 1995) with indigenous communities on eco-development initiatives. and makes available their handicrafts and products like bee honey, bee wax and other hand-crafted artefacts. They also stock excellent gourmet cheeses like Gouda, Colby, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Haloumi and Herb Cream Cheeses made by Acres Wild Cheesemaking Farmstay in Coonoor. They also have a bee museum that is certainly worth a visit as they show documentaries on wild bees and honey collection.
  • Local sight-seeing includes a visit to a tea factory that takes one through the journey of making tea right from being leaves to appearing in the cup in front of you. Do not miss buying Nilgiri tea. The natural elaichi flavour is not something you find elsewhere.
  • Home-made chocolates are a speciality of the place. You are going to find a variegated range of flavours; choose whatever suits your taste.

Visit Taj Bakers, Main Bazaar, Ooty. For traditional Ooty Biscuit called (Varkey)and other bakery items like home made chocolates, cakes etc.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are various restaurants in Ooty , mostly offering South Indian food, but some offer North Indian food.

  • Hotel Sri Velmurugan (Hotel Velmurugan), Walsham Road, Green fields, Ooty (On the road connecting Alankar Theatre (in Ettines road) and the Commercial Road), +919944817139, 0423-2444968 (), [4]. 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Home to Traditional and Authentic South Indian Dishes at affordable prices, the name Hotel Sri Velmurugan will itself draw your attention if you love South Indian food. And if you are in Ooty, a visit to this place is a must. Be it the relaxed setting or the casual interiors, a meal here is a delight for a famished soul. The staff is very friendly and serve the food in a jiffy. This is a popular homely South Indian Restaurant in Ooty, and you can walk in at this place for wholesome meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner! You can eat in or take it to go. The feeling is friendly and the food is fabulous and homely. Moderate. (11.408889,76.706944) edit
  • Earl's Secret, Kings Cliff.  edit
  • Modern Stores (, Garden Road,Ooty, 04232442678,2447353, [5]. Best Home made chocolates in ooty since chocolates,tea,spices and ooty related products  edit
  • Side Walk Cafe (restaurant). Italian cuisine.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

The Nilgiris is famous for Teas.

Hotel Blue hills on Commercial Road. Best Non-veg hotel in Ooty. Serving biriyani and other dishes for more than a decade.

  • Krishan. lower bazaar, near bus stand, ooty  edit
  • Hotel Darsahan, Lake Road Near Boat House Ooty (In front of Boat House Ooty), 0423 2452288, [6]. 7.30am-10.00pm. Best Hotel To Stay and Dine Veg Foods in ooty  edit
  • Modern Stores, Garden Road ooty (Way to Botanical Garden ooty), 9894042678, [7]. Best Place to buy Ooty Home Made Chocolates,Tea,Spices and Many more....  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is no dearth of accommodations, with many hotels and inns that cater to every budget. Accommodations are no more expensive than most cities in India, and the popular Indian hotel chains have a presence here.

  • Hotel Darshan[13], near Lake Boat House, 0423 2452288,2443378,2443807, [email protected] 1.25 km from the bus stand and railway station. 34 rooms facing the lake, restaurant, room service, 24 hrs hot & cold water, in-house laundry, carpeted rooms, cable tv, parking, camp fire, doctor on call, travel desk, group accommodation available for small and large groups. 900 and up.
  • Hotel Mayura Sudarshan (Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation)[14],Fern Hill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, 0423-2443828,Contact: Mr.Suresh 8970650052,[email protected] Clean and large cottages. Location gives a very pleasant view in the morning with all the cloud and mist around. They have a garden with decorative plants for a good walk in evening or morning. Reasonably priced. Recently Ooty Horticulture department has developed a large garden on fern-hill, which is just in front of this Hotel. Good for nature lovers and family.
  • Sunshine Inn Mobile - 99433-33323 or 98942-96961 Three-star property with 70 rooms. Includes a restaurant, room service, in-house laundry, travel desk, and car parking is available inside the hotel premises. Season tariff starts from Rs.1800 + tax.
  • Reflections Guest House. A short walk along the main road - turn right coming out of the train station, or left coming out of the bus stop (which is opposite the train station). It is tidy and with good views of the lake and hills. Stayed there in September 2010 at a cost of Rs550/night for an upstairs room. The location is very good - short walk to train station and bus stop, short walk to the boat house, Thread Gardens and other tourist attractions. The food in the restaurant is good value for its price and nicely cooked. The owners are helpful and professional, and the common spaces make it a very friendly place to stay - I made several friends in my 3 nights there.
  • Sherlock Hotel [15]. A newly renovated colonial villa several kilometers away from the town with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and warm and friendly service. Rooms have cozy fireplaces and cost between Rs. 1875 and Rs. 3000 depending on size and view. The restaurant alone is worth a visit serving outstanding murgh boti masala and mint paranthas. Several short walking trails start nearby. A trip to Ooty is worth it just for a stay at this hotel.
  • Hotel Savoy from the Taj Group is one good option.Sitting firm on a rising hill, the Hotel sprawls over six acres of landscaped gardens, offering colonial style cottages that were built between 1834-1865. Colorful flowerbeds merge to form a multi-coloured quilt around the cottages, adding to their gentle refinement and old English Charm. A quiet retreat, the Savoy Hotel offers a little pocket of paradise.
  • Hotel Sinclair, Gorishola Road, +91-0423-2444309 (, fax: +91-0423-2444229), [8]. Great view of Ooty and surrounding hills. 5 minutes drive to go to the town market and restaurants. The hotel has its own restaurant and a bar. Complete renovation in progress December 2011 but should be completed by end Feb 2012. from Rs. 2000 to 10000.  edit
  • Hotel Maneck, Main Bazaar, 2443494. Very central hotel near horse race track with good economical restaurant on basement. Both hotel and restaurant are under Jain management. The rooms start from INR 850 ( ~ 15 USD )  edit
  • Sullivan court, Near Rose Garden, [9]. 5 Star Luxury Hotel of Ooty. Most famous hotel, best rooms, part of ITC Hotels India.  edit
  • Sterling Ooty Elk Hill (A Sterling Hoiday Resort), No 25, Ramakrishna Mutt Road, R.K.Puram, 0423 2452634, [10]. checkin: 12:00; checkout: 10:00. Amid lofty Nilgiri peaks and low passing clouds, the sloping roofs and terracotta tiles of Sterling Holidays Elk Hill Resort emerge and vanish. As you look out on Ooty valley from your room’s balcony or sit-out, time seems to stand still. 3000 to 4000.  edit
  • Funstay, 9902860849, [11]. Funstay cottages, Resorts and Tents are the best experitential stays in and around Ooty with attached washrooms, party space, Room services, Food service, car parking, In house laundry and Hot running water. These homestays in Ooty are just 3 to 4 km away from Ooty bus stop and railway station. Starts from 1550 to 6500 per person per night.  edit

Get out[edit]

There are a few comfortable KSRTC buses which ply for Bangalore, 510rs. Book with a tour agent. Takes about 8 hours and there is a food stop along the way.

By train[edit]

There's four daily services to coonoor, with the 2 pm train continuing to metupulayam. Unreserved tickets can be purchased the same day from the unreserved ticket counter at ootys train station. Tickets to coonoor are sold throughout the day, depending on the departure time of the train (timings are shown on a board inside the station), tickets to mtp though are sold from 8 am on. Queues build up well in advance, so make sure to arrive at least an hour early, especially for the 2 pm train to mtp, since tickets are strictly limited.

Ooty to Coonoor
Train No Departure Tickets issued from
56139 9:15 8:00 56142 12:15 9:30 56137 14:00 12:30 56140 17:30 16:45

Ooty - mtp

56137 / 14:00 / 8:00Create category