Explore Ooty: Wrapped in the panoramic beauty of the Nilgiris, Ooty is one of the major tourist attractions in South India. Affectionately named as the 'Queen of Hill Stations', this misty place offers many scenic delights for the weary eyes of the city dwellers. Along with this, Ooty offers a perfect amalgamation of adventure and relaxation for tourists, travellers and backpackers. It is at this hill town that you get to wake up to the chirping of the birds, views of the hills clad in a snug blanket of mist and enjoy a hot cup of freshly brewed tea.
Getting There: While there are a number of ways to reach Ooty, three of the simplest ways are by bus, train and air. Travelling by bus is probably the most tedious, but economical way to reach here. You can take a bus from Bangalore or Chennai, which are at a distance of 267 km and 556 km from the city, respectively. If you decide on travelling by flight, the nearest International Airport is in Coimbatore, which is at a distance of 88 km from Ooty. Coimbatore International Airport is well connected to all the major cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, to name a few. Travelling by train is another preferred choice to get to Ooty. This hill town has its own railway station, which is situated on the major New Delhi - Coimbatore railway line and is connected to New Delhi, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Chennai, Cochin, Mysore and Puri.
Where To Stay: The idea of enjoying the vacations amidst lush green hills and shady avenues is compelling, and the best way to do the same is by staying with the locals at the homestays in Ooty. This will allow you to take in the first-hand information of the culture, traditions and cuisine. You can explore the hidden gems and travel to the unexplored places with the help of locals. Being a tourist hub of South India, there are a wide range of Ooty homestays, ranging from private villas to cosy cottages, rustic holiday homes and contemporary farm houses. All these are family run homestays offering the convenience and comfort of a home.
The splendour of lofty hills, a dewy freshness of the valleys and the warm hospitality of homestays in Ooty makes for a blissful vacation. The homestays comprise of refurbished heritage bungalows tucked away in the hills, cottages covered in pockets of Eucalyptus tress, guest houses designed so as to give a taste of colonial-style living and many more. With the majestic mountains posing as the backdrop, Sierra Vale Homestay, Crossways Cottage, The Ataraxia and Green View Rest House are some of the homestays that offer one-of-a-kind experience in Ooty. These properties are nestled within tea estates and surrounded by fascinating forest trails. Garden View Resort, The Midway Jungle Resorts, Farm Kamp Masinagudi, Wildways Mudumalai Homestay and Whispering Willows are Ooty homestays which stand elegantly amidst lush and verdant tea estates. These heritage homes tell the tale of a bygone era and offer eco-friendly stay to its patrons. Tour of tea estates and trekking are some of the main attractions of these homestays. The stay at these properties is ideal for couples, families and nature lovers. Talking about the comfort, are we? Ooty homestays including Kollakambay, Wellington, Sree Harshav Cottages and Peakview Cottage are known for their luxury and comfort. These beautiful hill retreats will embrace you and make for a delightful experience. Book with Travelguru Homestays and get the comfort of home, wherever you travel.
What To See: The breathtaking natural beauty in Ooty can be witnessed in the verdant landscapes, pristine lakes, extensive tea gardens and cascading waterfalls. While these are the natural draw for thousands of tourists, some other offerings of this hill town include Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Doddabetta Park, Ayappan Temple, Wax Museum, Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Emerald Lake, Pykara Lake and Pykara Falls, and Pine Forest. These attractions in Ooty are going to keep your days packed with activity and excitement. For thrill seekeres, Ooty has got plenty of activities planned such as trekking, boating and horse riding, to name a few. Indulge in these activities and take in the glorious views from various vistas and vantage points.
What To Eat: Ooty is a hub for street food lovers. Much of the best value food is found on the streets and in the markets at small vendors. Also, there are some famous bakeries where you can lose yourself in temptations like fudge, strawberry chocolates, buns and a variety of cakes. Equally popular here are the local and exquisite varieties of tea and wine. You can also relish North Indian, Chinese and South Indian cuisines to take your taste buds on a tour to the various states of India.
Where To Shop: To everybody's surprise, Ooty is packed in more small malls than any other hill station in India. Also, there are some famous markets, namely Charing Cross Road, Commercial Street and Etiness Road where you can get your hands on woolen apparels, clothes with Toda embroidery and antiques to take back home.
Insider's Tip: Take a road trip to Parsons valley and Porthimund lake, and travel off the beaten paths.