EverGreen Ooty

After more than a few dozen stomach-churning hairpin bends, ascending the ghat section from the foothills of the Nilgiri range in Tamil Nadu, you arrive in Ooty. A sense of calm takes over as the soft blanket of fluffy clouds slowly envelopes you. Udhagamandalam, Udhagai or Ootacamund as it is known officially is at an altitude of 2240m above sea level, making it a popular vacation destination for families and young couples alike.

 

The best time to visit Ooty is between January and March when you can avoid the high-season crowds (April-June & September-October). For people who would like to experience some cool and misty weather, June to September and November are good months to visit, but the nights can get very cold.

  

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Things to Do

Lake and vistas

You can rent a paddleboat or rowboat and glide across Ooty Lake, an L-shaped artificial body of water created by Sullivan, who dammed a mountain stream in 1824. 

Into the wild

An hour's drive from of Ooty towards the northwest is Mudumalai National Park, one of India's wildlife sanctuaries. Opt for a 45-minute tour, on which you'll spot wild elephants on an evening break.

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

While in Ooty you must ride The Nilgiri Blue Mountain railway. It takes 5 hours to traverse 46km but the journey is priceless. The ride covers smaller hill stations including Kellar, Coonoor, Wellington and Lovedale along the way.

 

Where to Stay

Club Mahindra Danish Villa #D560

"There are about 15 Villas here but really need some modernization. Beautiful surrounding with variety of plants & flowers. There is a tree house from which Ooty view is fantastic."

– Ranjith

Hill Country Resorts, Lovedale

Hill Country Resorts, Lovedale #5192

"This place is strategically located where you can view 180 degrees of the valley. Stay there only if you wanna spend quality time with your loved ones."

– Rinesh

Sterling Ooty - Elk Hill #3721

"Overall experience was really good, hotel is situated at the top giving full view of Ooty atmost. Service/guidance/food quality One should take a holiday package with sterling."

– Lakshaymalhotra

 

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