The state of Tamil Nadu is full of mesmerizing cities, towns and hill stations that make for great weekend escapes for those looking to escape the tiring grind of everyday life. Out of the various destinations the state has on offer for you and your loved ones, the city of Ooty is particularly a delight. I have written a Ooty Travel Guide, a blog on the best places to visit in Ooty.
This popular weekend getaway destination has something for everyone, it is a great place for families, solo travel or adventure but is possibly the best place to travel to if you’re looking for to rejuvenate and re-energize yourself over a weekend staycation. Ooty has everything a staycation needs – scenic views, gorgeous villas, homestays and hotels, great food, and amazing weather. It is also easy to access through Coimbatore, Chennai & Bangalore.
If you’re travelling from Coimbatore, your travel options are numerous, and you could choose to hire a Coimbatore to Ooty taxi, catch a bus or hop on a train. One particular option could add to the vibe of your journey which is hiring a self-driven car.
A staycation is all about indulging yourself, and that starts with choosing the right place to stay. Here are a few beautiful options we think are perfect for your weekend getaway.
SaffronStays Milton Abbott Estate
Nothing says luxury and comfort like staying in an ancient, 150-year-old villa for a weekend while enjoying some of the most scrumptious South Indian and Sri Lankan meals. That is exactly what this wonderful estate has on offer. Adding to the mesmerising landscapes surrounding this villa is the charming Old India architecture and interiors. You could choose to have a small picnic on the lawn with the kids or a romantic night in front of the indoor, working fireplace and wake up to the heartwarming sounds of birds chirping while sipping on traditional hot Ooty tea. The Saffron Stays Milton Abbott Estate is our first pick for a perfect staycation in Ooty.
Fern Hill Holiday Resort
Nestled in the beautiful Nilgiris hills, approximately 2000 meters above sea level in Ooty is the staycation destination of your dreams, the Fern Hill Holiday Resort. This beautiful resort has rooms with forest views, an in-house spa and sauna, a grocery store and a café. It has everything you need for the perfect staycation. Imagine an evening at this resort, in your room, out on the balcony, cozying up in your blanket with a hot cup of chai, reading a book while overlooking an endless vista of green trees or waking up to the sound of birds chirping away to the melody of the wind as it whistles through the forest. You will be greeted by the most scrumptious breakfasts from the in-house café and traditional Ooty teas too.
Ooty is full of various wonderful staycation destinations, so we recommend you do your due diligence when travelling here. Remember that the hill station is popular amongst young couples all year round, so book your hotels and rent your cars well in advance. Car rental in Coimbatore aren’t too hard to come by, and nothing kicks off your vacation like a comfortable journey on the roads at a pace you’re comfortable with while being surrounded by beautiful landscapes.