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Where to stay in Ooty

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High in the Nilgiris, or Blue Mountains, Ooty is known as the Queen of the Hill Stations, and not without reason. Benefitting from mild temperatures and a subtropical landscape, Ooty is a fairytale land of sculpted tea plantations, waterfalls and mist-laden forests, which fragrance the air with pine and eucalyptus. It’s no wonder that Ooty is a popular weekend escape from India’s southern cities, and people chug up on the old steam-powered train to enjoy this cool, calm mountain resort.

Things to see

An attractive and festive town, Ooty is renowned for its beautiful gardens. Set against a backdrop of dusky Blue Mountains, the Botanical Gardens are a riot of colour and lush vegetation, as you might expect to find in India, but there’s also more than a touch of the English Country Garden feel – unsurprising as they were created by the British Marquis of Tweedale in the Victorian era. For more floral delights, visit the Rose Garden on the other side of town. There are creative topiary sculptures as well as enchantingly pretty rose beds, which release sweet perfumes. To ramp up the romance even further, why not take a boat trip on beautiful Ooty Lake? Surrounded by slender eucalyptus trees, the air is fragrantly cool and pleasant, and the water blue and clear. There’s only one way to complete such a whimsical day: by tasting Ooty’s gourmet chocolates, renowned throughout India.

Hotels in Ooty

Ooty hotels range from modern resorts equipped with mod cons and furnished to contemporary tastes, to rustic treehouse lodges and lakeside guesthouses. There are also some great hotel deals in Ooty, so it’s not hard to find mountain-style luxury on a budget. Ooty’s discount hotels offer modern, comfortable rooms, many with balconies offering mountain or lake views. Most hotels have restaurants and provide complimentary breakfasts. Some are set up for families, with large family rooms or self-catering cottages, and activity areas for children. The rustic mountain resorts offer spa tubs, swimming pools and simple but enchanting rooms, with sublime views.

Where to stay

There are numerous mid-range and budget hotels in Ooty town centre, with several family-friendly options. There is a choice of modern hotels and traditional guesthouses, so you’ll find something to suit your tastes. Staying here, you’ll be close to all the main attractions and amenities of the town. Ooty also provides a good base for hiking in the mountains and exploring the surrounding tea plantations. For a rural, romantic retreat, the appropriately-named village of Lovedale has several enchanting resorts. The neighbouring hill station of Coonoor offers more tranquil surroundings than Ooty and has a selection of charming resorts and guesthouses

How to get to Ooty

The closest airport to Ooty is Coimbatore, which receives flights from most major Indian airports, as well as some from Singapore. It’s located about 50 miles south of Ooty, though on twisting mountain roads, the journey takes just over 3 hours. If you don’t want to hire a car, there are frequent bus services to Ooty from Coimbatore. Buses also serve Ooty from other major cities in southern India, including Bangalore and Cochin. Travelling by train is the most atmospheric way to reach Ooty. From the mainline station at Mettupalayam, the mountain train travels over ravines and past rice paddies.

Ooty travel guides

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