Top Places to Visit in Ooty
This Ooty Travel Guide Blog lists top places to see in Ooty, I created this blog post after my recent Ooty trip. Good thing is when it comes to Ooty sightseeing there are a lot of choices for everyone!
I had been to several hill stations in India, while many of these provide genuine respite in the summer, but some of such hill stations are fake (e.g. Matheran in Maharashtra). I loved backpacking through Gangtok, and I loved backpacking in Kerala and Karnataka too.
Depending on whether it is a one day trip to Ooty or a 2 days trip to Ooty or even a longer one, you can choose from a variety of great places to visit in Ooty. Honeymoon in Ooty is also very popular among tourists and there is no dearth of best honeymoon resorts in Ooty. The sceneries of Ooty are just too majestic for couples.
I have compiled a list of famous tourist places in Ooty. This is ideal for honeymoon trip to ooty, along with solo and couple trips too. Check below my best list of tourist places in Ooty:
List of places to visit in Ooty:
1. Doddabetta Peak
The beautiful Doddabetta Peak is surely, one of the top places to visit in and around Ooty. Located in Nilgiri Hills Doddabetta Peak (which literally means big mountain) is the highest peak with a height touching 2,637 meters. The peak is surrounded by protected forest making the whole area very picturesque. From the top you get amazing 360-degree views of the valley. Also, at the top you will find a telescope house with two telescopes available at a minimal fee.
If you have a car, to get here from Ooty take the Kotagiri Road, the peak is at about a distance of 10 km. Alternatively, you can take the government bus from the Ooty bus stand to reach here. The ticket costs a whopping 15 rupees! From the bus stop you need to walk a distance of about 2.5-3 km to reach the top, the walk however is very pleasant and highly enjoyable. The peak is perfect for one day sightseeing in ooty.
Don’t forget to take selfies standing in the field. The beautiful tea gardens are must see in Ooty.
2. Pykara lake and falls
My favorite sightseeing places in Ooty is none other than the quaint Pykara Lake. The little village of Pykara offers two attractions – the lake and the falls. The beautiful waterfalls are on the river Pykara and is among must visit places of interest in ooty.
There is also an option of boating in the lake but I think at a price of around 400 rupees it is bit too steep. Apart from the lake and the falls the place offer fantastic views of grassy meadows (called shola).
Our Ooty Travel guide suggests that it is best to visit the Pykara lake in Ooty in the monsoon when there is greenery all around. Surely, recommended as one of the best places in ooty to visit.
3. Fern Hills Palace
Are you feeling lazy and just take an afternoon walk to somewhere? Take a break from the regular sightseeing in Ooty and visit one of historical place in Ooty! Fern Hills Palace is an erstwhile palace of the Maharaja of Mysore, now transformed into a heritage hotel. The palace was constructed in the 18th century and the design of the Fern Hills Palace is inspired by Swiss architecture.
As Fern hill is well within the town, it is an ideal choice for one day sightseeing in Ooty.
4. Ooty Botanical Gardens
Despite the large crowd, the Botanical Gardens remains a good choice as one of the best places in ooty for sightseeing. Conveniently located within the little town of Ooty and spread over 20 acres is the quite well maintained Ooty Botanical Garden. The park is operated under the Horticulture division of the Tamilnadu Government. It is for sure among the must see places in Ooty.
You’ll certainly be mesmerized by hundreds of varieties of flowers and it is recommended to walk around the south-east part of the circumference of the park (with respect to the entrance). The best time to visit Ooty Botanical Garden is during the flower show which takes place in the month of May.
If you are looking for places to visit in Ooty and nearby, definitely add the Botanical garden to the list!
5. Ooty Rose Gardens
If you are in the tourist season, rose garden is definitely one of the top places for sightseeing in Ooty. There are about 20,000 different varieties of rose plants cultivated in the garden making it one of the largest such garden in India. I recommend you to climb up the observation deck to get a bird’s eye view of the entire park.
I strictly recommended you to visit only when the roses are in bloom, otherwise it is just an empty park. Recommended season – Best: May. Okay: Jun. July.
May is when all the roses are in full bloom in the Rose Garden. If you are there in May month, it is probably the best season to visit Ooty. If are in a short trip Rose garden should be in your places to visit in ooty in 1 day.
6. Ooty Lake
One of my personal favorite and overall best places to see in Ooty is the Ooty lake.
The beautiful Ooty Lake is spread over 65 acres is located near the town center and close to the TN Ooty government bus stand area. However, it is a bit of a walk (about 2 km) from the bus stand to reach the entrance of the Ooty lake if you are interested in boating or the lake view.
Thread Garden museum is located bang opposite to the entrance, but it is highly recommended that you save your money and spent it on buying decent homemade Ooty chocolates! Due to its proximity, the Ooty lake is surely among the unmissable attractions in Ooty.
7. Ooty Emerald Lake
If you are looking for pristine, untouched environment which is unscathed from the relentless development then Emerald Lake is your top choice among places to visit in ooty and Coonoor. Yes, the Emerald lake can also be visited from Coonoor hill station.
But do understand the irony of the situation, by visiting the place you are actually making a detrimental effect on its ecology.
Emerald lake is a beautiful lake nestled amidst the beautiful green hills of Nilgiri range. It is located at a distance of about 25 km from Ooty in the area known as Silent Valley. The lake is surrounded by tea gardens growing on the slopes of the nearby hills. The picturesque landscape makes Emerald Lake area an ideal picnic spot. Places to visit in ooty in 2 days should include a trip to the Emerald Lake!
Emerald Lake in Ooty is also highly recommended for witnessing sunrise and sunset. Unfortunately, the access to the lake is restricted by the forest department but with little negotiation with the forest guard you can have a chance to get in. Nevertheless, the views are as amazing from a distance as from the lake.
If you are looking for accommodation in the area, Redhills resort is your only option. With the help of the hotel you can also indulge yourself in activities like bird watching, cycling and trekking.
If you are in Ooty for longer time, then I’d say Emerald Lake is really one of the best places to see in Ooty in 3 days. Emerald Lake is for sure at top of the list of must visit places in Ooty.
Bangalore to Ooty trip
Are you wondering how to go Ooty from Bangalore? It takes about 7-8 hours to reach Ooty from Bangalore. It is easy to find a bus to Ooty as there are several options available! My top recommendation is Bangalore to ooty ksrtc bus. The bus is fully air condition and goes via Mysore. The entire bangalore to ooty route is very scenic and enjoyable.
In case you are unable to get the ticket, another option is to first reach Mysore by bus or train and then take Mysore to Ooty bus. There are several private operators too for taking Bangalore to Ooty bus. You can take the KPN travelers if you are coming from Chennai to Ooty. Similarly, limited direct options are also available for bus from Pondicherry to Ooty.
There is also a railway station in ooty but it is only for a toy rail. The nearest railway station from Ooty is Mysore, from where you can reach in around 5 hours.
There are no airport in Ooty, the nearest airport to Ooty is Bangalore Airport. From bangalore airport you can either directly take a flybus to Mysore and then change to Ooty from there. Or you can go to Bangalore’s Mysore satellite bus station to catch the bus from Banglore to Ooty.
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