About Ooty

Verdant hills draped by mist, weather that calls for a sweater, dewy tea plantations and a mouthwatering sampling of chocolate and cheese. It is no wonder that Udhagamandalam, better known as Ooty, is called the Queen of Indian hill-stations.

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Sight Seeing

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Government Botanical Gardens

The picturesque Government Botanical Gardens sprawls over the lower slopes of the Dodabetta Peak. With over a thousand species of exotic and indigenous plants and flowers, and a fossilised tree trunk said to be twenty million years old, a walk here is immensely enjoyable.
Time : 7:00 AM
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Tribal Research Centre Museum

The Tribal Research Centre Museum showcases the indigenous tribes of the Nilgiris and the Andamans. The lives and traditions of communities like the Todas and Kurumbas are detailed through photgraphs and artefacts.
Time : 10:00 AM
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St. Stephen’s Church

The stately St. Stephen’s Church, constructed in 1829, is the oldest church in the Nilgiris. Admire its gorgeous stained-glass windows and large wooden beams as you say a silent prayer.

Activities To Do

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Float along tranquil waters

A boat ride across the calm waters of Ooty Lake is a delightful experience for both families and couples. Catch a beautiful sunset from the water, or delight in the moment as the early morning mist rises, and take in the gorgeous views in front of you.
Time : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Stand tall

The highest point of the Nilgiris at 2,633 metres, the Doddabetta Peak offers glorious views of Ooty and its surroundings on a clear day. You can either hike up the steep slopes or make the drive up.
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Stop and smell the roses

Marvel at the staggering variety of roses at the award-winning Rose Garden. This garden has two thousand varieties of roses that bloom on over twenty thousand bushes. Walk along the fragrant, terraced slopes, taking in the colours – you will even find black roses here!

Shopping

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Indulge your sweet tooth

Specialising in handmade chocolates made from pure cocoa, Modern Stores, known locally as Moddy’s, is probably the best place in town to pick up chocolates from. It has over a hundred varieties to choose from, in flavours like cranberry, Irish cream, mint and more.
Time : 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Shop for a cause

Browse through a range of incredible tribal crafts and organic produce at Green Shop. A fair-trade store, all the items are produced by the indigenous tribespeople.
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Treat yourself to tea

The Nilgiris, carpeted in lush tea plantations, are reputed for their tea. You will find an ample selection of teas of all types – from dust to leaf, and black, green and white are available. You will also find a multitude of flavours, both classic and innovative.
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Immerse yourself in nature and culture: Marvel at the views from Dodabetta Peak, visit the Botanical Gardens, explore the Rose Gardens, visit St. Stephen’s Church, and take a boat ride on Ooty Lake.
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Behold the Views from Doddabetta Peak
Wander Through the Government Botanical Gardens
Delight in Roses at the Rose Garden
Catch a Quiet Moment at St. Stephen’s Church
Glide along Ooty Lake
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