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Ooty - weather

Best Travel Duration

In Summer: 25 C (Max) - 20 C (Min)
In winter: 15 C (Max) - 5 C (Min)


About OOty

The history of Ooty goes back to about 800 years when it was ruled by the Hoysalas. Though much is not known of its early phase, there is mention of the place being ruled by Vishnu Vardhana, the Hoysala king, from AD 1104 to 1141. The local tribe called Todas were one of the earliest inhabitants of Ooty. Ooty also finds mention in the writing of Jacome Ferico, the first European to visit this place in the year 1603.

This hilly region came under the rule of the British East India Company when they signed a treaty with Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatnam in the year 1799. It was developed into a hill station with the initiative of John Sullivan, a British collector.

A government house was built and a typical British lifestyle developed with the setting up of cottages and clubs, with facilities for tennis, golf, and horse riding. The establishment of numerous tea estates in the subsequent years secured Ooty's name in the tourist map of India.

Places to Visit

Government Botanical Garden

Description: Government Botanical Garden

Now maintained by the Tamil Nadu Horticultural Department this beautiful garden was laid out in 1847 by gardeners from London's Kew Gardens (Marquis of Tweedale), Covering an area of 22 acres this garden lies on the lower slopes of Dodabetta peak. This garden has immaculate lawns, lovely ponds with lilies, variety of ferns, fashioned beds laid out in an Italian style, over 30 species of eucalyptus, multicolored flowering plants, house ferns, orchids and nurseries. A fossil tree trunk of 20 million years is also preserved here. The best time to visit this garden is in the month of May when the annual flower show is held. A fossil tree trunk of 20 million years is also preserved here. The best time to visit this garden is in the month of May when the annual flower show is held.

St Stephen's Church

Description: St Stephen's Church

The small gothic-style St Stephen's Church, built in 1829 and situated northwest of Charing Cross, is one of the oldest churches in the Nilgiri mountains. Its huge wooden beam came from the palace of Tipu Sultan in Srirangapatnam, carried all the 120 km by a team of elephants. The attached cemetery contains the grave of John Sullivan, the founder of Ooty..

Ooty Lake

Description: Ooty Lake

About one Km. from Ooty, this lake was constructed between 1823 and 1825 by the then collector of Coimbatore, John Sullivan. It is about 2.5 km long and between 90 and 150 m wide. The graveyard of St Thomas's Church, built in 1870, overlooks the lake and has a huge pillar surmounted by a cross over the grave of William Patrick Adam, the Governor of Madras Presidency. This pillar is the tallest memorial in Ooty. Tamil Nadu tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) provides paddle and rowing boats for boating enthusiasts. Also worth seeing is a boathouse near which pony ride facilities are available. On the way to the Boat House is the Mini Garden housing the children's amusement park. A Deer Park is located at a on lake road and houses Sambars, Chitals and Hares besides water birds.

The Mukurti Peak & National Park

Description: The Mukurti Peak & National Park

At an altitude of 8,031 ft, the peaks are about 36 km from Ooty. The Mukkurthi National Park is located on the Southern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau. Nilgiri Thar (Hamitragus hilocrius) is the dominant flora. The area is chained by innummerable beautiful and perennial little streams, which fall into Bhavani Puzha allowing opportunities for boating and fishing. The Silent Valley in the Western Ghat is located on the Western side of these ranges.

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Description: Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

67 Km from Ooty enroute to Mysore, this Sanctuary lies at an elevation of 1140 mts. Extending over an area of about 320 it is located at the trijunction of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. A variety of habitats ranging from tropical ever green forest, moist teak forest, secondary grass lands and swamps are found. Mudumalai has one of the largest populations of elephants in India. A safari through the sanctuary provides a good possibility of sighting wild dogs, gaur (Indian bison), Nilgiri langur, bonnet macaque, jackal, hyena, and sloth bear. It even has a few tigers and panthers. The avifauna is varied, with Minivets. Hornbills, Fairy Blue Birds, Jungle Fowls etc.

How To Get To Ooty

By Air:


The nearest airport is Coimbatore(100 Km/62 mile) which is connected to Chennai, Mumbai and Bangalore. Transfer from Coimbatore airport to Ooty is possible by car, bus or train.

By Rail:


Ooty  on the narrow gauge railway is connected to Mettupalayam which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. Ooty is connected by a narrow gauge railway service from Mettupalayam which serves as the railhead for mainline trains. There are train connections from Bangalore and from Coimbatore.

By Road:


Ooty is connected by good motorable road to Chennai and Coimbatore. There are regular bus services connecting Ooty to Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanniya Kumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut and Tirupati.