How to Plan for ooty

A Beginner’s Guide for Planning a honeymoon to ooty

Complete guide for planning a trip to Ooty

Best time to go to ooty

October is the ideal time to visit ooty.

How To Get Around Ooty (Complete Plan/Itinerary)

As you can see below, These are the main attractions that we are going to explore!

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How to reach ooty?

Road/Self Drive

This is the preferred way to reach ooty. You will drive through some reserved forests and you will see some stunning scenery on the way to ooty.

You can also rent a car in Coimbatore and drive to ooty. Try to opt for full insurance for the car so that you don’t have to worry about the damages.

By Train

The nearest railway station is Mettupalyam. It is 40 kilometres from Ooty.

I would recommend you to try in "The Nilgiri Mountain Railway toy train" atleast once. You will be mesmerized for sure by enjoying the serene nature and dense forests.

Timetable for Ooty Toy Train

• The 56136/Mettupalayam-Ooty MG Passenger train departs Mettupalayam at 7.10 a.m and arrives in Ooty at 12.00 p.m

• the 56137/Ooty-Mettupalayam MG Passenger train leaves Ooty at 2 p.m. and reaches Mettupalayam at 5.35 p.m.

Pricing details for Toy train

The adult train fare is 205 rupees in first class and 30 rupees in second class for one way. The difference between first and second class is that fist class have some seat cushions and less seats.

By Air

Coimbatore is the nearest domestic airport from Ooty which is approximately 88 kms from ooty.

Complete Itinerary for Ooty

Day 1

Visit Government Botanical Garden

Plan to choose the stay location near Ooty Bustand. This is the city’s center.

Government Botanical Garden

It is a well maintained Government botanical gardens spread over an area of 55 acres.

You can see Fossil Tree trunk which is twenty million years old and enjoy the cool breeze and the gardens, flowers, Exotic species, herbs etc.

Timings: 7:00 am to 6:30 pm

Entrance fee: INR 30/person for adults and INR 15/person for children

The Tea Factory and The Tea Museum

Visit this of you are a tea lover. You can see the tea making process and you can buy some exotic varieties of tea.

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entrance fee: INR 10 per person

Doddabetta Peak

This is the highest peak in the nilgiris. You can see some breathtaking views. You can also do trekking.

There are two telescopes inside that you can look for the captivating view of the valley.

Timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entrance fee: INR 10 per person

Government Rose Garden

This Garden has been awarded as the “Garden of excellence” where you can find different varieties of flowers that are so beautiful to look at. You can find different varieties of exotic flowers.

Timings: : 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Entrance fee: INR 20 per person

Best restaurants in ooty

Italian Cuisines

For Italian Cushines, "Sidewalk Café" is one of the best restaurants in Ooty. It has good ambience.

You can have yummy fresh pizzas and breads!

South Indian Cuisines

"The Garden restaurant", or Nahar Restaurant, serves south indian cuisines. Food served here is vegetarian and cooked in south indian style.

For Non-Veg people, visit Junior Kuppanna for best non-veg cuisines in south indian style

Chinese cuisines

"Shinkows" is the best Chinese restaurant in ooty.

Chocolates and bakery items

"Kingstar" Confectionery is the place for bakery and chocolate items.

You should try traditional ooty biscuits called as “Varkey” and delicious homemade chocolates.

For Coffee Lovers

"Ooty Coffee House" serves the best iconic coffee.

"Willy's Coffee pub" is good shop for beverages, some quick bites

Day 2

Tamilnadu Tourism Ooty Boat House

It was artificially constructed just for the fishing purpose but now it is the popular tourist attraction.

Boating in it is the main attraction here.

You can enjoy a refreshing ride on its serene waters.

Timings: 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM

Charges: INR 10 for Indians, INR 560 for foreigners

Thunder World Dinauser Theme Park

This is like an amusement park which has different models of dinosaurs. Kid-oriented park with a dinosaur attraction & an indoor snow room and special effects 3D theatre and haunted house.

Timings: : 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Entrance fee: INR 210 per person for adults, INR 130/person for kids.

Kamaraj Sagar Dam

This dam is a good picnic spot in ooty.

This is ideal for nature lovers and you can find various species of fishes here.

Timings: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Entrance fee: Free

Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point

This has featured in lot of movies. This is a must place to visit.

This place is perfect for stunning views. You can capture breathtaking views and pictures

Timings: 09:00 AM to 06:30 PM

Entrance fee: Free

Pykara WaterFalls

This place is ideal to come and relax to admire the scenic beauty of the waterfall and greenery around.

You can see the roaring waterfall. This place is ideal for boating also.

Timings: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Water falls Fees : Rs 5 per person

Boating Fees : Speed Boat: Rs 785, Motor Boat(8 Seater): Rs 750

Day 3

Mudumalai National Park, Masinagudi

This place has good resorts to stay at. Enjoy the beauty of this place. Masinagudi is a small village.

You will definitely enjoy the journey ride. On the way you will see animals like deers, elephants etc.

The Mudumalai National Park is located in the border of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Mudumalai Wildlife Safari is a feast for Nature and wildlife lovers

A must place for a true nature lover.

Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

Charges: Rs. 15.0 per person for Entry. Rs 135 per person for jeep safari.

Day 4

Emerald Lake Back Waters

This place is not much crowded. Here you can see the blue water of emerald.

Lush greenery and slopes that are nice to look at.

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM

Charges: No entry fee.

How to reach Avalanche Forest Reserve (Avalanche Lake), Upper Bhavani Lake View Point?

Avalanche Forest Reserve (Avalanche Lake), Upper Bhavani Lake View

If you are a nature lover, then this place is a must visit. Be an early bird to visit here.

You’ll find the surroundings to be in lush greenery and more vibrant due to blooming flowers.

private vehicles are allowed only till the check post of Avalanche Lake i.e Avalanche Forest Reserve.

After reaching Avalanche Forest Reserve, you will find one check post where u have to pay 30 rupees per car as entree fee. you will have to leave your vehicles here.

The safari ride here is the crowd catcher. You need 2~3 hours if you want to do safari

To go to the Avalanche lake, you have to take safari ride (2hrs safari which covers 3-4 places).

You will visit cauliflower shola , bhavani amman temple, upper bhavani lake view point.

Cauliflower shola is very unique forest. Upper Bhavani lake view point is mesmerizing. It is a must visit to take breathtaking photos.

As they have limited number of jeeps, you need to reach here as early as possible may be around 9am.

They charge 200 Rs per head. it's very scenic and good for taking photographs in Avalanche Lake.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM

Charges: Bus will cost you 200/- per person, whereas a jeep will cost you 250/- per person.

Until now, Ooty journey has come to an end.

Day 5

Visit Baralikadu

When you are returning back to Coimbatore, you will find popular tourist attraction ‘Baralikadu’. It is 45 kms from Mettupalayam. You should try visiting once.

Before visiting, you need to book in advance. This is available only on weekends! Visit the link to book it.

Best part is coracle ride. The river will be smooth and food from tribal people will be very delicious.


Baralikadu ecotourism package costs ₹ 500 for adults and ₹ 400 for children (aged below 13)

The package includes a lunch (vegetarian/ non-vegetarian) prepared by tribal women and a bath in Athikadavu River.

That’s it! Happy journey!