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Ooty Tourism


A beautiful hill station named Ooty is one of the favorite tourist destinations among every kind of traveler. The city derived its name from the Toda word 'Othakal-mun,' which means house of mountains. In Sanskrit, the city was named Udhagamandalam, which means 'Water Adobe.' It is located in the Nilgiri district among the Nilgiri hills. The place is also called nature lover's paradise because of its lush green surrounding and the charming Blue Mountains and crystal clear lakes and alpine woods. Not only tourists but Indian cinema is also gets fascinated by the beauty of Ooty. It is said that these mountains derive those blue color from Eucalyptus trees or from Kurunji flowers that are blue in color and blossoms after every 12 years.

This Ooty travel guide on Ooty tourism will help you explore the city easily and inform you about the places to visit in Ooty, Ooty tourist places, the history and culture of Ooty, and the best time to visit Ooty.

History of Ooty

The evidence of the history of the city takes us back to in 11th century. In the 11th century, Ganga kings ruled the place, which Hoysala Kings followed by Vishnuvardhana later overtook. The place is also considered the home of many tribes like Todas, Badagas, Kotas, Irulasm, Kurumbas, etc. It is believed that all these tribes have been settled here since 1117 AD. Later, Tipu Sultan extended his borders to cover Nilgiris under his kingdoms. But his reign in Ooty was for a short span. In 1799 the place came into the eyes of the British, and gradually in 1832, East India Company laid their wings in the place. During their time, the place was known as the Summer Capital of British, where they spent summers. British did many developments in this place, and in the year 1891, the city witnessed the construction of Nilgiri Railways. In 1947 after India gained independence, the Govt. was interested in developing the location as a major tourist spot.

Culture and Traditions of Ooty

The Queen of Hill Stations, Ooty, is a charming city visited by lots of visitors during a year from in and around the country. One can see a good diversity in cultures, language, and religion in this city. Known by the name of Ooty since British time, the city has 6 major tribes Toda, Badges, rules, Paniyas, and Kurumbas. Among all, Toda is the most prominent tribe in the region. People from Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka can be seen here majorly. The locals' dialect is Tamil, and along with it, you can find people easily conversing in different languages like Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, English, and Hindi.

People of the city are largely depending on tourism and agriculture-based activities. Toda tribe still practices polyandry and lives in a house made up of bamboo and grass huts. The city's culture is highly influenced by Tamil Nadu, so that you can see the music, art, and dance of the regions being highly practiced here. The tribe has its own music and dance form according to its culture. The city is captivated by different tribes, and the place has a unique form of arts and crafts, showing the tribal culture within. The plunger is a special art form developed by the Toda tribe, which is done on shawls, mats, and runners, mostly in red and black color.

Cuisine in Ooty

Visiting the city and savoring the delicious cuisine of the place is a must-do thing in your itinerary. As the place has a high influence on Tamil Nadu, the city's food culture is identical to that of the food culture of Tamil Nadu. The food of Ooty is mostly cooked with coconut, coconut oil, asafetida, and tamarind. People of the city love to savor Idli, Dosa, Uttappam, Vada, and Uppama in breakfast. These dishes are served with coconut chutney and sambar. Local's tickle their taste buds with curry, rice, papads, and chutney in lunch and dinner meals at the various Ooty travel places.

Ooty Weather and best time to Visit


Language Spoken

Hindi, English

Ooty Map


Places to Visit Ooty


Ooty is a travelers' paradise and delight for honeymooners. However, thousands of travelers visit this place from in and around the country. Some of the best places to visit in Ooty are Ooty Botanical Gardens, Bellikkal, and Lovedale. Other major Ooty travel places are Droog Fort in Cooner, Avalanche Valley, Dolphin's Nose, Rose garden, and Kalhatti Falls. The city also houses some Wildlife Sanctuary and National Parks: Mudumalai National Park, Mukurthi National Park, Deer Park, Wax World, and Tribal Museum. 

Ooty Botnical Gardens:

The garden with major Ooty tourist places is also considered as one of the best gardens in India. It is a Govt. undertaking and is maintained and nourished by Govt. The place is full of lush green surroundings with a variety of trees and plants.

Bellikkal:

One of the places which the honeymoon makers cherish. The place is full of picturesque views and a scenic environment. The place features a lake of drinking water. This is also a popular spot for bird watching.

Lovedale:

The most lovable place among tourists. The pace is a perfect treat during summers. Considered one of the suitable places for honeymooners, the place is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the country.

Best Time to Visit Ooty


Ooty is a paradise for all nature lovers. The place is situated in south India and features a mild and pleasing climate throughout the year. Summers are pleasant, and winters are chilling. The best time to visit Ooty is between the months of October to June.

Places To Visit In Ooty

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Getting In Ooty

BY AIR
BY ROAD
BY RAIL

By Airways:

Three major international airports are closest to the city. These airports are Chennai International Airport, Cochin International Airport, and Bangalore International airport. Many international cities like New York are connected with Ooty via Bangalore.

By Roadways:

The well-clustered road of Ooty connects with the cities like Coimbatore, Chennai, Madurai, and Hyderabad, which are 90 km, 550km, 290 km away from the Queen of Hill stations. Hyderabad is a half-day away from the Ooty.

By Railways:

One can get the train to Ooty from Mettupalayam, which is merely 47 km from the city. Railways station of Chennai and Coimbatore also connects with Ooty via Mettupalayam.

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You will love your Ooty trip, and our Ooty travel guide will help you out to explore the city and Ooty tourist destinations. 

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