All set to visit the Queen of Hill Stations – Ooty? At an altitude of 2240 m, Ooty lies in the Nilgiri Hills. April to June is the ideal time to visit Ooty, as the temperature is pleasant. The winter months from October to March get chilly.
Ooty was a popular summer resort during the British Raj. Places to visit in and around Ooty include St. Stephen’s Church, Government Rose Garden, Modern Stores, Pony Crafts Store, Upper Bhavani Lake, Avalanche Lake, Doddabetta Peak, and many more. You can make a trip to the tea factories, wander around the gardens or book a ticket for an enjoyable journey aboard the Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train. Do not forget to pick some Ooty homemade chocolates from the stores too!
For many people, having a good rest is equally, if not more, important for an excellent trip. Ooty city centre is a bit congested, so you may want to stay away from the main town. Here are some of the top-rated hotels to pamper you during your holiday in Ooty.
Best Places to Stay in Ooty
Distance from Ooty Lake: 1.9 km
Indicative Budget for 2 people/ 1 night: 6650 to 15500 per night. If including breakfast, 7150 INR and above. Taxes extra.
Recommended for: Old world charm, Easy access to Ooty, Great hospitality
This colonial property was built between 1834 and 1865. It’s spread over six acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens. The rooms are located in British-style cottages with chimneys and fireplaces. Places nearby include St. Stephen’s Church, the oldest church in the Nilgiris. While visiting the Church, do spend time walking around the adjacent cemetery – there are beautiful headstones from the British era, and the overgrown grass adds to the character.
Taj Savoy, Ooty
Distance from Ooty Lake: 3.5 km
Indicative Budget for 2 people/ 1 night: 5500 to 6500 INR per night. Taxes extra.
Recommended for: Family vacations, Weddings
Named after John Sullivan- the founder of Ooty, this is a top choice resort catering to families. With 67 rooms, it is ideal for large family reunions and destination weddings. Places nearby include the Government Rose Garden, which boasts of one of the biggest collections of roses in India.
Fortune Resort Sullivan Court, Ooty CC BY 3.0 / Jaseem Hamza. Rose Garden, Ooty
Distance from Ooty Lake: 21.0 km
Indicative Budget for 2 people/ 1 night: 8975 to 10800 INR per night. Taxes extra.
Recommended for: Peace and Quiet, Digital Detox, Activities for Children
Destiny has been a favourite with many travellers. It offers scenic views of the hills, green valleys and the Avalanche lake. There are two restaurants on the site; all meals are cooked with fresh ingredients from the farm. Experiences include a spa, rappelling, hiking, camping and even horse riding lessons!
Distance from Ooty Lake: 22 km
Indicative Budget for 2 people/ 1 night: 4860 to 6075 INR per night. Taxes extra.
Recommended for: Easy access to Coonoor, Heritage stay
WallWood Garden in Coonoor is a 19th-century Scottish style home converted into a heritage hotel. The staff is friendly and competent. Sim’s Park is at a walking distance from the property. A botanical garden spread over about 12 acres, it houses more than a thousand species of plants. The High Field Tea Estate is another tourist place you must visit — you can take a guided tour of the tea factory or just admire the views of the Wellington golf course.
Distance from Ooty Lake: 7 km
Indicative Budget for 2 people/ 1 night: 4500 to 5500 INR per night. Taxes extra.
Recommended for: Heritage stay, Home stay
The 160-year-old Lymond House is among the oldest houses in Ooty. With Victorian decor, your stay will be a true blue colonial experience. The rooms are tastefully furnished with antique furniture. Do remember to enjoy a cup of tea in the beautiful gardens.
Lymond House, Ooty
Distance from Ooty Lake: 32 km
Indicative Budget for 2 people/ 1 night: 11200 to 18200 INR per night. Taxes extra. All meals are included.
Recommended for: Nature stay
This resort celebrates the Kurumbas, one of the indigenous tribes of the Nilgiris. Set in a 10 acre wide spice plantation, this resort brings you up and close with nature. Be surrounded by sounds of the wind whistling through tall trees, calls of the birds, and the gushing streams. Activities offered at the resort include bird watching, plantation tours, tribal cooking classes, trekking and more.
Kurumba Village Resort
Distance from Ooty Lake: 4.6 km
Indicative Budget for 2 people/ 1 night: 2775 to 5575 INR per night. Taxes extra.
Recommended for: Scenic views, In-house restaurant
This ancestral mansion offers stunning views of Ooty. The heritage property was once frequented by the British officers and the visiting aristocrats for social and community events. Their in house restaurant – Earl’s Secret – is highly recommended by tourists for delicious Indian, Chinese and Continental meals. Enjoy dining at the glass house in the lawn. The mansion has nine rooms, each named after a Shakespearean character.
King’s Cliff, Ooty
Ooty holds so much beauty to discover, and staying in one of these hotels will make your memories of Ooty indeed unforgettable. It’s time to book your next trip to Ooty!