Always wanted to plan a trip to Ooty but you were wondering how to go about this whole plan? Wondering which is the best time to go or how to reach Ooty or even wondering how many days to spend it Ooty as you do not quite know the places to visit there or wondering where to stay? I know it is all available on the internet, but a lot of you would not want to invest that kind of time in researching before your holiday, right? We are here to solve all that for you. Here is your mini travel guide to Ooty.
Check the Weather
Summers, monsoons or winters, Ooty is an absolute delight at any given time of the year. So you really do not have to think a lot to hit Ooty. But if you want to experience Ooty at its best then winters is the time to experience Ooty. The winter season in Ooty is from October to January, December being the coldest of all months. The best part about Ooty is that it never snows here. During Monsoons, Ooty is the epitome of beauty. The monsoon season in Ooty is from June to September, so you can expect rain at any given time in these months. So always carry an umbrella or a raincoat. If you cannot quite bear the cold and want to do all touristy things, then summer is the best time for you. Even during summer, you will never feel hot in this hill station. The summer season starts from March and lasts until May.
How to Reach
The closest airport to Ooty is The Coimbatore International Airport which is about 90 Kilometres to Ooty. You can take a flight to Coimbatore and hire a cab from Coimbatore and head to Ooty. Also, those who prefer self-drive, you can pre-book your car using any of the self-driving car services like Zoom Car, SRN Cars to name a few. You can also take a bus to Ooty from Coimbatore which is available on a frequent basis every day. Those who want to experience a train journey; they can take a train from Coimbatore Junction to Mettupalayam and board the famous Nilgiri toy train. This train would take around 4 to 5 hours to reach the destination but is sure that you can experience once in a lifetime. All you bike lovers out there, you should totally hire bikes from Coimbatore and set out on your adventure on a bike and you will love your ride till the very top.
Places to Visit
Ooty is a hill station that offers something for everyone. From lakes, gardens, peaks to parks, Ooty has it covered. The must visit places in Ooty is Dodabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, and more. Check out a detailed version of the places you need to visit in Ooty here. You can accordingly plan your holiday and the number of days. Depending on your number of days, you can pick the spots that you want to visit. Whatever it is, you sure are going to fall in love with this beauty of a place.
Restaurants in Ooty
The foodie in you will sure be satisfied with the options that Ooty gives you. Most of the good restaurants in Ooty are a part of the good hotels. Nahar Group of Hotels offers three brilliant restaurants that offer different cuisine. If you are heading here for lunch, I would recommend you Chandan vegetarian multi-cuisine restaurant. If you have a good appetite then you should totally order the Thali there of your choice. If you have craving for Italian then Sidewalk Café is the place to be as they have the mouth-watering pizza and pasta cooked in a wood fire oven. For dinner or evening snack you head to their Garden café which is a multi-cuisine restaurant and you can totally enjoy every single item on their menu. Apart from these, you can also try Jain Restaurant in Hotel Maneck, Shinkow’s Chinese Restaurant, Kabab Corner, Earl’s Secret at Kings Cliff and do try the Ooty Coffee House. Apart from these, any local restaurant of Ooty will sure meet your food needs.
Shopping in Ooty
When in Ooty, there are a few things that YOU SHOULD buy. You can say that this is almost an unwritten rule of Ooty. Ooty sure will surprise you because you can practically find the specialities of Ooty in the entire Hill Station and not just in one particular market. So you do not have to worry about the crowded markets because you sure are going to have a good shopping experience. So here are a few things that you should totally buy.
Number one on my list sure is essential oils. The second you enter Ooty, you can get the aroma of Eucalyptus and that’s one thing you should all buy from here and apart from Eucalyptus Oil are Camphor Oil and Citronella Oil. The best part about the essential oils in Ooty is that it is totally pure. The second on my list is the spices like pepper, cloves, and cardamom. They are so fresh that you will be surprised with the aroma of it. Next on my list sure is the famous Nilgiris Tea. The minute you enter Ooty, you are surrounded by Tea plantations, so why not take them back home and sip the tea while you miss your fantastic Trip to Ooty. Next on my list is the handicrafts and the wooden products, you sure will get some beautiful ones here in Ooty. Last but not the least on my list is the famous homemade chocolates. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, you should take home some homemade chocolates from Ooty and you will have a variety to choose from. Enjoy shopping while in Ooty.
Cottages in Ooty
Whether you want to stay in a home away from home that is a homestay or a classy cottage or a refreshing resort or even a private villa, we have got it all covered for you. Check our website Ooty Cottages to know more about what we have to offer. We guarantee a memorable stay in Ooty.
I hope this mini travel guide to Ooty comes in handy for you when you plan your next trip to Ooty and do not forget to carry your camera because you sure will find a lot of picture perfect shots there.