9 Best Things To Do In Ooty, India

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Holidays are very necessary for us. Most of our life is so busy, that we don’t have enough time for family and also no time for ourselves. So we should plan a short trip from time to time to feel relaxed and enjoy holidays with family. Ooty is the hill station in the south of Tamil Nadu in India. The other name of Ooty is Udhagamandalam. The climate of Ooty is cold throughout the year.

This hill station is surrounded with nilgri trees and also has a huge artificial lake for boating. The nearest airport is Coimbatore, which is 88 kilometers (55 miles) away from Ooty. This airport has direct flights from metro cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, etc. The nearest railway station is Mettuplayam, which is well connected to big cities like Chennai and Coimbatore. Once you make your way to Ooty, be sure to check out this list for the best things to do there to make the most of your vacation.

1. Nilgiri Mountain Railway (67 USD)

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The small train which starts from Coonoor to Ooty takes one hour to reach its destination. Here, you can enjoy seeing the tea garden and waterfall, which are very beautiful. You can take lots of pictures and enjoy the natural beauty; the environment seems to be very fresh, with the sweet fragrance of the flowers. The speed of this train is very slow and stops in very rare spots.

Nilgiri Railway

Address: Udhagamandalam Railway Station and Coonoor Railway Station

Website: Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Explore Ooty in a Toy Train

Price: 67 USD

Duration: 3 to 4 hours


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2. Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake
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When we plan holidays with family, we search for things that will bring happiness on the faces of kids. The Ooty Lake is a beautiful and huge lake where people can hire paddle boats or a boat with a driver. Small restaurants are also open on the bank of the lake, so that visitors can enjoy meals also after or before boating.

Ooty Lake

Address: Ooty Lake, West Mere, Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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3. Botanical Garden (63 USD)

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This garden is popular for the exotic trees and flora. In this garden, there is a walking path and also iron chairs, where visitors can sit and enjoy the natural beauty. The old trees are still there, which are beautiful and exciting to see how old they are. Tickets are inexpensive and the garden is very clean. Any aged visitor would like to visit this botanical garden, but nature lovers especially. Here you can relax and take many beautiful pictures.

Botanical Garden

Address: Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001

Mountains and Serenity: A Tour of Ooty

Price: 63 USD

Duration: 3 to 4 hours


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4. Mukurthi National Park

Mukurthi National Park
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To enter this national park one needs special permission from the forest department. This national park is popular for the wildlife and is called a tiger sanctuary. You can even stay for a night and take a 5 kilometer (3.1 mi) jeep ride through the park. Early morning you can see the animals moving in the park. Along with tigers there are deer and bison also in the park. This national park has a very splendid environment and is the best place to enjoy nature.

Mukurthi National Park

Address: Mount Stuart Hill, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001

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5. Cairn Hill

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This place is very beautiful for nature lovers, as you can see many species of birds and animals here. The animals you might see are nilgiri monkeys, giant squirrels and bison. Here you can visit the museum and can have a bridge walk.

Cairn Hill

Address: West Mere, (Behind JSS School) Mullikorai PO, Theetukkal, Ooty, Tamil Nadu

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6. Thunder World

Thunder World Amusement Park in Ooty,Tamil Nadu
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This place is popular among children, as it is a museum where children can see artificial dinosaurs, which look real! Children love to see the 5D show here, the rain forest and the horror room. In short, we can be certain that the kids will enjoy Thunder World a lot and it’s a great place to kill hours of enjoyment.

Thunder World

Address: North Lake Road, Near Bus Stand, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001

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7. Toda Temple

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This temple is 15 km (9.3 mi) away from Ooty. This temple was made by the Toda community, with a separate temple made for men and one for women. In this temple, tribal men had to lift the stone and upon winning, he was allowed to get married. The women received buffalos as a dowry. These tribal people mainly live on the earnings of dairy and agriculture. This is a great way to see new tribes and tradition.

Toda Temple

Address: Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643002

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8. Holy Trinity Church

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This church is a religious place for Christians, which was built very beautifully. You feel very peaceful upon entering. After enjoying various sites in Ooty, this church provides a great feeling of calmness and divinity.

Holy Trinity Church

Address: Summer House Road, Summer House Colony, Upper Bazaar, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643001

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9. Jolly World Children Park

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There are many parks in Ooty, but Jolly World Children Park is popular for children due to the rides and games it provides, and you can also go boating! Fun for the whole family.

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Start planning your trip to Ooty

Ooty is called the ‘queen of the hill stations’ because it is the coldest hill station in south India. The best time to visit is March to June, and the months of January and February are suitable for the people who enjoy very cold weather. Ooty is very beautiful, and perfect for a reprieve from the heat during your family vacation.

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