Udhagamandalam or Ooty (also often known as Ootacamund), is a town in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu . It is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiris Hills in south India, and is dubbed “Queen of Hills”, and is a popular holiday and honeymoon destination.
Udhagamandalam/Ooty is a hill station town filled with natural beauty, and offers a lot in terms of things to see and places to visit and explore. Here are the top places to see in Ooty –
Nilgiri Mountain Valley (a train station and a World Heritage Site built by the British East India company – The popular “Toy Train Ride” in Ooty begins here – this must-experience ride is said to be a captivating experience, with views of stunning landscapes, dense forests, a flowing river sunsets and sunrise/sunsets on its path, and steep paths including high altitudes).
The major festivals celebrated by people in Ooty include –
If you’d like to buy some souvenirs, the best things to buy from are local made items like tea, fruits cheese, essential oils and chocolates, and some handicraft and decor items. Some of the best shopping spots to check out in Ooty are -
Ooty has an interesting food scene – with dishes and delicacies ranging from local coffee and chocolates to spicy street foods including north Indian (Kebabs, Chaat, etc) and Indo-Chinese, as well as regular south Indian meals and dishes. Here are some of the top restaurants and eateries to explore or dine at in Ooty -
Some of the best hotels in Ooty for a comfortable stay include the following –
Ooty also has a few good bars and pubs having good food, drinks and ambience, for people to hang out or entertain themselves during late hours. These include –
Ooty STD Code – 0423 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers:
Tamil is the most spoken language of Ooty.