Ooty-Queen of Nilgiris…………..
Ooty officially known as Udgamandalam, a famous hill station in South Indian State of Tamilnadu. Ooty is located 86 km from Coimbatore and 128 km from Mysore . It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. Local Residents call it Queen of Hills. Weather here in Ootacamund is cold and chill throughout the year.Tourists visit here especially in summer. It is the popular attraction for tourists ,especially honeymoon couples.
How to reach Ooty?
By Road: Ooty is 86km from Coimbatore(3hrs),128km from Mysore(5hrs),265km from Bangalore(8hrs) and 555km(11hrs) from Chennai. There are many buses from Coimbatore, Bangalore and Mysore including Private, TSRTC & KSRTCs NON AC,AC, Sleeper buses which can be booked online. One can hire Taxi or Cab once reached to the nearest convenient city mentioned above.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Mettupalyam which is just 40km away from Ooty. From Chennai Central (MAS) Nilagiri Express 12671 which runs between Chennai to Mettupalyam(MTP) starts at 08:55pm reaches at reaches at 6:15am .One can board the train from Coimbatore at 5:00am. There are many trains to Coimbatore from Mumbai,Hyderabad,Chennai,Delhi ……..Once reached Mettupalyam,comes the Nilgiri mountain Railway ,the steam locomotive train leaves at 07:10 hours and reaches Ooty by 12:00 hours. You get both first class and second-class tickets on IRCTC and if you are a person who loves some quiet and calm, go for the first-class tickets and enjoy the mountains.
By Air: Nearest Airport is Coimbatore International Airport,there are many flights flying daily from Hyderabad,Delhi,Mumbai,Pune,Bangalore. Some of the international flights directly land Coimbatore Airport.
Bangalore International Airport (265 km) is also a good option ,one can reach Bangalore and travel by road to Ootacamund.
Places to Visit in Ooty
Once you reach Ooty, there are many places to visit. You can get individual and group sightseeing packages from local agents which have tie-ups with the Hotel you stay or you can book by your own visiting the travel agent’s office .You can get Cab packages as well as bus packages .According to budget or convenience we can book the package ,if we inform a day prior it will be good.There are different packages based on the interest like Filmy chakkar,Village Tour,Forest Tour…..
Below are the popular places to visit in Ooty ,
OOTY BOAT HOUSE
NILGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY
PYKARA WATERFALL &BOATHOUSE
6th MILE & 9th MILE
TEA FACTORY & MUSEUM
THINGS U SHOULD NOT MISS TO TRY IN OOTY:
1.Dont miss to taste varieties of tea like ginger tea, elaichi tea,lemon tea,green tea,especially chocolate tea.
2.Evening/Night walk on roads may give you a different experience .
3.You should not miss to taste hot Bread omelette and Bhajjis from roadside Thelas which is the perfect combination with cool weather.
Things you should buy in Ooty:
1.Ooty is famous for different varieties of aromatic oil like eucalyptus, citridora, Gaultheria and champhor oil.
2.Popularly tea production is done in here ,different flavours of tea is speciality .Cardamom, Ginger, Masala, Chocolate, dust, green tea are must buy. The sellers have all flavours in one pack which may be perfect gift you can give to your loved once.
3.Dont miss to taste Ooty special Vareky, homemade chocolates.
4. Woollen wear with different variety is available. It is pocket friendly aswell.
5.Authentic whole Spices and Khada Masalas are the must buy.
Duration to Visit Ooty:
Minimum of 2-3 days with planned iternary is fine to visit , and if you want to explore as holiday 5-6 days is perfectly ok to enjoy and explore.
Best time to visit Ooty:
Ooty has cool weather throughout year. Best time to visit here is from February to June, in May Flower Show is one of the best time to visit here . October to January is ideal time when city is not too crowdy and weather here shows real spike of Ooty.
Famous food in Ooty:
Ooty is famous for south Indian food, Idly dosa different types like ghee roast, masala dosa, egg dosa, vada,pongal for breakfast, Authentic south Indian thali which includes rice sambar rasam, appam poriyal, special beetroot coconut curry, payasam. Paniyaram,banana,mirchi bhajji,aloo bonda for snacks.Idli dosa upma,semiya upma are for dinner.Especially every dish is served on Banana leaf.
Nahar is one of the restaurant which provides large variety of South Indian Dishes.
Anand bhavan is one of the good and pocket friendly restaurant for South Indian Food.
Nearby Places To Visit From Ooty:
You can visit Coonor just 18 km & Kotagiri just 30 km from Octamund, Coimbatore , Bandipur Tiger Reserve,Mysore, Bangalore,Coorg,Yerucad, Kodaikanal are nearby places to visit .