Tourism in OotyAll planning and regulation with regards to tourism in Ooty is carried out at the state owned department of Tourism, ‘The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation’(TTDC). Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation constantly efforts at promoting tourism and providing public conveniences during the over-crowding seasons in the state. TTDC Tamil Nadu state has surpassed about 1877 crore footfalls in 2012 that included a large number of foreign visitors. All the queries and problems related to Tourism in Ooty are heard at the office of Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation and Department of Tourism.
Ooty, the mesmerizing hill station is settled around Nilgiri Mountains. The small town holds beautiful grasslands, hills, mountains and beautiful lakes. The district area of Ooty is 36 sq Kms with a population of about 87,763. The climate of Ooty remains pleasant throughout the year lying between a maximum of 25°C to a minimum of 5°C. Although the temperatures are not extreme but light woolens should be carried while during the summer visits and heavy woolens be carried during winter seasons. April to June and September to November is an idol time for a visit to Ooty. Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and English are the locally used languages of this city.
TTDC in Ooty
TTDC runs a telescope House in Doddabetta peak offering beautiful view of Nilgiris. The boat House adjacent the Ooty Lake was opened by TTDC. This boat House facilitates boating in the lake, with different types of boats. There is a canteen, amusement Park and mini train for recreation around the lake, offered and managed by Tourism Department. TTDC also organizes summer festival in Ooty that conducts many cultural programmes and various shows at different locations of the city.
Attractions in Ooty
The mesmerizing scenic spots of Ooty attracts thousands of tourists from India and abroad. The unmatched beauty of this hill station inspired the British to get this tribal district connected to rest of the states and use it as their Summer Capital during their colonial reign in India. Today Ooty is famously known for its varied tourist spots catering to different types of interests of visitors. Here is a list of some important visiting spots in Ooty.
- Ooty Botanical Gardens
- Doddabetta peak
- Annamalai Temple
- Ooty Rose gardens
- Wax World
- Sims Park
- The Tea Factory
- Falls at Pykara
- Hidden Valley
- Echo Rock
- Pine forest
- Dolphin's Nose
- Lake Park
- Kalhatty falls
- Elk Hill
- Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary
Hotels and Resorts in Ooty
Ooty being a prominent tourist location of South India, there are varied accommodation options available with ease. From Luxury hotels to budget hotels, resorts and lodges, there are ample accomodation facilities. For a comfortable stay comprising all modern facilities, Taj Savoy and Fern hills Palace can be relied upon. Amongst the deluxe hotels of relatively lesser charges Fortune Hotel Sullivan is the suggested place of stay. While Lake View Hotel, Hotel Silver Oak, King's Cliff , Hotel Royal Paradise, Hotel Lake Residency, Hotel Darshan, Glanton Manor are a few prominent hotels providing accommodation at budget prices.
During the surge in demand for accommodations during peak seasons it is advisable to plan the trip with prior bookings to avoid inconveniences at arrival. TTDC also offers accommodations at different locations of Ooty with a facility of online bookings ahead of time. These Hotels exist with the name ‘Hotel Tamilnadu’. These Hotels provide nominal cost of accommodations even during peak seasons, when the other hotels charge the highest prices.
Tourist information Centres in Ooty
Tamil Nadu Tourist Office Wenlock Road, Ooty-643001
Ph: 91-423-2443977, 9176995875
Udhagamandalam Tourist Information Centre,
Tourist Office, Government of Tamil Nadu, Supermarket
Complex, Charring Cross, Udhagamandalam -1
Best time to Visit : April to June and September to November
District Area : 36 Sq Kms
Temperatures : Maximum of 25°C to a minimum of 5°C
Languages : Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and English
Nearest Airport : The Coimbatore Airport
By Road : Can be reached via Coimbatore-Ooty road