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Ooty

Ooty

Weather

Ooty experiences moderate weather throughout the year. Summers, extending from the month of March to May, are quite pleasant with the average temperature ranging between 15°C and 20°C. Monsoon in Ooty starts from June and lasts till September with moderate railfall. The atmosphere becomes quite humid and the temperature ranges between 25 to 32°C during monsoon. Winter begins by the beginning of November and lasts till January. Winters here are very cool and pleasant and minimum temperature will be of 5°C. The best time to visit Ooty is from October to June.

How To Reach

By Road:

Ooty has an efficient road network with connects the city to almost all major South Indian cities. Regular bus services can be availed from Bangalore, Kanyakumari, Mysore and Madurai as well as several cities in Kerala. The route is mainly used by private and state-owned buses. Buses ply on a regular basis to Doddabeta and Conoor.


By Air:

The nearest airport to Ooty is Coimbatore Airport, located at a distance of 105 km away from the city. Several private airlines offer services to Coimbatore, connecting the region with many South Indian cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Madurai and Chennai. 



By Rail:

Regular train service is available from Chennai and Coimbatore to Mettupalayam which, being situated at a distance of 47 km away from the Ooty. This is the major railway station closest to the city. Ooty is well-connected by toy trains to Conoor and Mettupalayam.


Overview

Ooty, the Queen of Hill Stations, is one of the most renowned tourist resorts in India. A land of wonderful picnic spots, the city was famous since the colonial days as it was the summer and weekend getaway of the British. Situated at an altitude of 2,240 metres above sea level, the visitors are greeted here by the mighty mountains, lush green forests, expansive grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens. Many gurgling brooks, tunnels and sharp curves add an element of thrill to the region.

 

Ooty occupies an interesting place in the history of the country. There are no traces of any dynasty or kingdom here. But the history of Ooty is connected with Toda tribes who handed over Ooty to the British governor of Coimbatore. Traces of the imperial days are still evident in many parts of the town.

 

The natural beauty of Ooty ensures that people fondly remember their visit to Ooty. There are several unique experiences for tourists here, especially the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track.

 

Ooty is a veritable shopper’s paradise offering a great selection from both local traders as well as high end brands. Visitors will come across many small shops selling a wide range of locally-produced handcrafted items including clothing and jewellery. Tribal crafts are in great demand among tourists. The Nilgiris region in particular is noted for its exclusive products like tea, natural oils, coffee and indigenous fruit spices.

 

Ooty cuisine includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. The region is popular for baked goods such as cookies, tarts, pies and brownies. Chettinad cuisine – known for being hot and spicy – occupies an important place in the food habits of the city. Tea and coffee are part of the daily lifestyle.