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|Attractions||: Hill Station, Nature, Botanical Gardens|
|Season||: January to December|
|Weather||: Summer (12 to 28°C), Winter (5 to 23°C)|
Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations of Southern India. It has been a popular summer retreat right from the days of the British East India company. Originally this area belonged to the tribal sect of Todas. Ooty is surrounded by the Nilgiri mountain ranges and blessed with pleasantly mild conditions throughout the year making it one of the most sought after vacation spots in South India.
It is a sprawling 22 acre garden founded in 1847. It hosts many species of plants, shrubs, ferns, trees and other exotic varities of collections. The garden is well maintained and is a fun places to visit. Every May, a flower show and exhibition of rare plant species is held.
The Government Rose Garden is the largest rose garden in India. It is located on the slopes of Elk hill. Exotic and large varities of roses can be found in this 5 terrace rose garden.
There is a nice garden at Fern Hill maintained by the horticulture department of Karnataka. There is a KSTDC hotel available as well at this location which offers opportunity to stay.
Ooty lake provides a nice opportunity for a boat ride around the pristine surroundings. The other side of the boat house houses a Deer park which is closed now. There are many shots and eatery places in this 65 acre property.
Standing at a height of 2623 m, Doddabetta is the highest peak in the Nilgiris. It is around 10 km from the Ooty town. There are good view points from the Doddabetta peak. A small view point has been made for visitors at the peak to have a wonderful view of the surroundings. There is also a trekking trail to reach the peak.
The tea park is less than 2 km from the Doddabetta peak and is a great place to spend some time. The team garden is well maintained with a small park created for kids and some shelters made for visitors.
The ride from Ooty to Coonoor is one of the most popular tourist attractions. The UNESCO has added this to the World Hertiage list. It was been operational since 1908 when the British commissioned this under Madras Railway Company. The views in this journey is amazing filled with the glory of Nilgiris
Ooty has a bus station with good connectivity from many parts of South India.
Udhagamandalam Railway Station, Ooty is the railway station connected with Mettupalyam.
Coimbatore is the nearest airport which is around 100 km away.
There are state KSRTC buses which run on a daily basis between Bangalore to Ooty. There are other private players too which operate in this route. It is approximately a 7 hour jurney.
There are do direct trains from Bangalore to Ooty. Ideally the preferred way to reach Ooty from Bangalore is by road. By train, there are several trains available from Bangalore to Coimbatore. From Coimbatore, Ooty is just 2 hours by bus.
Bangalore to Ooty distance is 270 km via National Highway 275 and is approximately a 6.5 hour journey. From Bangalore connect to Mysore road to National Highway 275. Follow National Highway 275 to National Highway 212 and National Highway 67 to MDR Theppakadu. From here connect to National Highway 67 to reach Ooty. This route goes through Mandya, Srirangapatna, Mysore, Nanjangud, Gundlupete, Bandipur National Park, Theppakadu, Masinagudi to reach Ooty.
There are state KSRTC buses and private buses from Mysore to Ooty.
Mysore to Ooty distance is 147 km and is approximately a 3.5 hour journey. From Mysore, take Stage Highway 86 and National Highway 67 to MDR 700 in Theppakadu. Follow this road to National Highway 67. This route goes through Gundlupete, Bandipur National Park, Masinagudi to reach Ooty.