Ooty 4 Day Itinerary | A Long Weekend In Ooty

Hello fellas,

How have you all been? We spent a recent long weekend in Ooty with our family and explored almost all of tourist places. I thought of listing them all for you to plan yours next ūüôā

Ooty 4 Day Itinerary | A Long Weekend In Ooty

Day 1: Botanical Garden, Rose Garden

I’m assuming this would be your day of arrival. Since we drove from Bangalore to Ooty (started by around 6:30 am), we reached by 1:00 pm and only started¬†seeing places after 3 pm. We visited the widely known Government Botanical Garden. It has a terraced layout and covering an overall area of 55 acres. It was filled¬†with lush green trees, ferns and grass. It was such a pleasure walking around the green garden. It was super crowded since it was a weekend.¬†Adding couple of pictures for you guys to check out.

Entrance of Ooty Botanical Garden

Entrance of Ooty Botanical Garden

McIvor House: The oldest building in Ooty Botanical Garden

McIvor House: The oldest building in Ooty Botanical Garden

View from the top of Ooty Botanical Garden

View from the top of Ooty Botanical Garden

Rose Garden was a bummer this time of the year. There were not many flowers! Not that big of a shocker since it was completely¬†off-season. But I would have loved to see more blossomed¬†roses. The architecture of the whole garden is very nice and intriguing. There are 5 terraces, one below the other.¬†One has to climb down to reach each terrace. And each terrace has different species and type¬†of rose flowers planted there. Yearly¬†flower show is held in May and a competition¬†for locals as well (for them to showcase the flowers they grow). I’m guessing you won’t even get 10 sq meter place to take a pic then ūüėõ

Rose Garden Entrance, Ooty

Rose Garden Entrance, Ooty

Rose Garden , Ooty

Rose Garden , Ooty

We finally found a rose!

We finally found a rose!

But it was a very nice walk indeed. The weather, mist, and the natural beauty added it’s own charm. There are lots of small arches where you can take very nice frame-worthy pictures.¬†Due to the cold, my hands had frozen beyond repair, yet I couldn’t¬†make myself leave the place sooner. I’m sure you would enjoy this place.

Day 2: Doddabetta Peak, Tea Park, Avalanche Lake + Safari, Emerald Lake

Doddabetta peak is a short drive Рhardly 7kms from the town. The roads are bad only in the last stretch, but could still be easily managed. This IS the place to see the Sahyadri/Western ghat ranges. Do visit this place as early as possible to avoid crowd (and fog) and get a better view from the place. This too is very well maintained. You could trek to this place too, but our plan got cancelled last minute and we decided to take our car till the top instead.

Doddabetta Peak, Ooty

Doddabetta Peak, Ooty

View from Doddabetta Peak

View from Doddabetta Peak

Tea Park was a treat for the eyes. We couldn’t leave the place without feeling sad that we were. Lush-green tea plantations out of nowhere. And it wasn’t even on “our list” for the day. This is right beside Doddabetta peak (~2kms) and kids (and adults!) would love it here. There is ample space for the kids to play and for visitors¬†to walk around. It’s a very nice place to relax and have a “feel” of being in Ooty.

Tea Park Entrance, Ooty

Tea Park Entrance, Ooty

Tea Park, Ooty

Tea Park, Ooty

Tea Plantations at Tea Park, Ooty

Tea Plantations at Tea Park, Ooty

We literally drag-raced to Avalance Lake¬†from Tea Park as we found out that the Avalanche Safari would close by 3:30 pm (but still weren’t guilty for spending more time in Tea Park :D).¬†It’s not exactly a safari, it’s a 1 hour rough-ride up to Avalance Lake. This would cost around Rs.1,200/jeep. Approx Rs.150 per head. Try to split the fare with¬†other tourists if you don’t mind sharing a jeep with them. Though there wasn’t much water in the lake, it still was a great place to be.¬†The safari isn’t too fun, to be honest. All-in-all, you would need around 3 hours to visit this place.¬†We missed the Emerald Lake which was nearby, as it would close by 5 pm. But you could try to visit that as well.

Avalance Lake, Ooty

Avalance Lake, Ooty

Avalance Lake Safari, Ooty

Avalance Lake Safari, Ooty

Day 3:¬†Ooty Lake, Sim’s Park, Lamb’s Rock, Dolphin’s Nose

The visit to Ooty Lake¬†was fun. We did the regular touristy boating ūüėÄ It’s Rs.450 per 8-seater speed boat. Again, you could share this with others, if you¬†are less than 8. The weather was great. Little sun and mist covering the entire place. Usually crowded, but wasn’t that day, on a Sunday! Lucky¬†us.¬†Get a lot of pictures clicked here, comes out great, for sure. Do visit this.

Ooty Lake

Ooty Lake

Since we didn’t get tickets for the Toy¬†Train (which by the way, has amazing views/tunnels etc) we drove to Coonoor. The first place we visited was Sim’s Park. It was a hugeeee park, we hardly gottu walk around half of it. Neverthless, good. You could do pedal boating here as well, but you could call it a pond,¬†not a lake.

Sim's Park Entrance

Sim’s Park Entrance

Sim's Park, Coonoor

Sim’s Park, Coonoor

Friendly dog at Sim's Park

Look who I found in Sim’s Park!

The drive to the Lamb’s Park (~6kms from Sim’s Park) was crazy, fog-filled, no-view drive. You gottu be extremely careful when it’s foggy.¬†There was no view, as it was completely filled with fog. We couldn’t find the difference between sky, clouds and fog, it was that WHITE everywhere.¬†Hence we didn’t bother to visit Dolphin’s Nose. My tip would be either to visit these places in the morning, or during the season.

Day 4: Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Shooting Point, Pykara Waterfalls, Pykara Boathouse

We found out that the famous Deer park had been closed. This park is right beside the Ooty lake, in fact you can see it if you go for boating.¬†We left for Bangalore and on the way visited some more places. We took a detour via Pykara to Bangalore in order to visit these places.¬†We didn’t go to the official Kamaraj Sagar Dam, instead we gottu see it from a view point on the way. We were satiated by that and hence decided to¬†visit the waterfalls instead.

Shooting Point is in between and worth a visit. You could do horse riding and would definitely be worth it! The views make you feel as though you are surrounded by mountains in Kashmir. Do not miss this, you could visit on the way from Bangalore or the other way like us.

Shooting Point, Ooty

Shooting Point, Ooty

View from Shooting Point, Ooty

View from Shooting Point, Ooty

Pykara Waterfalls didn’t have much water but wasn’t so bad either. There was enough water ¬†for us not to feel bad ūüėõ¬†The entrance fees is Rs.5. You have to walk around 700m from the main road to reach the edge of the waterfalls.

Pykara Waterfalls, Ooty

Pykara Waterfalls, Ooty

Pykara Boathouse is another place next to the waterfalls (hardly ~0.5km from the waterfalls). The view is simply superb and speed boating here is a must!¬†You could sit here, relax for a while and leave for the long journey ahead ūüôā

Pykara Boathouse, Ooty

Pykara Boathouse, Ooty

Travel Tips to survive Ooty trip

  • Be prepared to shell out money for parking, entrance fees etc. Do keep aside 1k or so just for parking + entrance + camera fees (if you are 3 or more).¬†Apart form Pykara falls, everywhere else it was at least Rs.30-50 for each of the above!
  • Do NOT rely on GPS while exploring places within the town. We ended in such a horrible place, wish I had a pic to show. Do ask the locals. We found them very helpful and most of them would be more than glad to help you with the shortcuts, tips, suggestions etc.
  • Instead of carrying big padded jackets, layer your clothes! Carry light fleece jackets, sweaters, mufflers etc and layer them when needed¬†or take √©m off when not. Do carry woolen socks and gloves if you are traveling in winter. Might come handy.
  • Sunscreen is a must! I forgot to apply couple of times and now I have a big sunburn on my nose!¬†Unless you want to be in pain after the joyous trip (or worse, look funny!), do carry a sunscreen with good SPF and USE IT!
  • Book the Ooty-Mettupalyam train tickets online, in advance. We had tough time! We ended up driving instead, as we didn’t get tickets in spite of standing in the queue for more than an hour.
  • From Mysore, take the bypass road instead of passing through the city. The road is beyond awesome. Its a 6-lane road, nicely maintained. Do keep a tab over the speedometer though. Drive¬†safe ūüôā
  • Winter wear is cheaper in Ooty, you could go on a crazy shopping spree. You can buy big padded jackets of good quality starting from 1k¬†(good enough to even trek in the Himalayas). And sweaters for as low as 200/250.
  • Visit all the hilly places in the morning only. After 11/12 the view-point places are usually covered in fog and you won’t be able to witness any “views”.
  • It’s always better to explore a place in one’s own vehicle/rental. Beware of the drivers charging a bomb for a day, do research a bit and then book.
  • All the places are very well maintained. The tourist places are clean. You would find restrooms in all the tourist locations.¬†Ooty has scored huge points from my side for being extremely tourist friendly.

A general rule of thumb, kindly do not litter any place. Almost all the places in Ooty are very well maintained and you would find dustbins everywhere. I will definitely go back to this place again and next time it would be either a relaxed stay or more of an off-beat exploration.

You can compare the prices of hotels and book here.

Also, check out the budget hotels in Ooty.

Budget hotels in ooty

Was this post useful? Do leave a comment ūüôā If you have already been to Ooty, leave a comment on your experience and suggestions if you have any.

All pictures courtesy: Harsha Photography

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34 thoughts on “Ooty 4 Day Itinerary | A Long Weekend In Ooty

  1. Sindhu

    Great.. I remembered my trip to Ooty with my family..BTW did u see the pine trees and Niagara falls? There is a big yard of trees and a small lake near that. It has also got horse riding.

    1. Anuradha Post author

      No, was it within the vicinity of Ooty or somewhere in the outer skirts just like the Shooting Point?
      Sounds good, will definitely visit those next time!

  2. shajahan

    Very good explanation……it was rather a virtual toy r to Ooty….we booked toy train in advance….thanks for your information…

    1. Anuradha Post author

      Thanks, Mohit!
      We visited around 2 months back, during the last week of Jan. It was very very cold then! Used to get foggy by 6pm.
      March is totally a good time to visit. March till May is the best time to visit Ooty.

  3. Divya

    Hi Anu we went ooty last weekend.Your post about ooty helped us a lot:). We decided few places from your ooty pics nd details about the places. We visited coonoor (all the view points), private tea estates, avalanche lake, pykara falls nd boating, 6th mile and 9th mile shooting points. Drive to avalanche and coonoor was superb! Also we could get to go private pine forest on the way back from pykara. We didn’t visit any places inside ooty town since it was too much crowded. Overall it’s the best getaway from hot Blore. Best place for nature lovers ūüôā p.s I did lots of shopping in ooty!! how can I miss shopping;)

    1. Anuradha Post author

      Hi Divya,

      Wow. Very glad to have been of help. Ooty is one of the best places near Bangalore for a cool weekend away. Glad you had a great weekend! ūüôā

  4. Nisha koshy

    Hi.
    That was a fantastic and detailed post. I am sure it would be super helpful.
    we are planning to take a short trip to ooty for about 3nights and 4 days in the 1st week of june. We plan to travel from thrissur to ooty. Can you suggest the best conveyance from thrissur to ooty as we have a 3 year old too. And can you suggest a good hotel or homestay that is safe and not overly priced.

    Thank you

    1. Anuradha Post author

      Hi Nisha,

      Thank you ūüôā
      We had traveled from Bangalore, so I’m not sure about best way to travel from Thrissur. We had stayed in Horticulture Dept, but you could check out some of the options here – Hotels in Ooty.
      Hope it helps. Happy and safe trip! ūüôā

    2. kiran

      hi nisha i have made booking i goibibo website Hotel Blue Hills International

      State Bank Road, Ooty , The Nilgiri’s , Ooty…

      and my family too going in 1week of june we have made booking in this place hope its good

  5. kiran

    Hey Guys, really cool views shared by all, can any one give the vehicle or cab details which they have rented while visiting ooty or coonoor…it will help me find a good cab guys for our trip to ooty

  6. leeroy

    can you tell me about the toy train ,how to book it , what is the source and destination and which places does it cover.

    1. Anuradha Post author

      Hi Leeroy,

      Like I have mentioned in the blog, we couldn’t take the toy train and hence not aware what exactly it covers. It starts from Ooty and ends at Mettupalyam. I have heard that the route is really good and offers great views.
      For booking you can check if this works: IRCTC.

  7. Rishav

    Hi,
    Can u suggest any places for lodging in ooty/ Coonoore. Are there any good homestays available?
    Also can we rent 2-wheelers for sight seeing. Is it advisable?

    1. Anuradha Post author

      Hi Rishav,

      You can check out the below links for Hotels in Ooty & Coonoor. Give out your travel dates and it would suggest a bunch of suggestions for you, with reliable user reviews. I suggest you stay somewhere near FernHills, which is closer to town and all the main tourist attractions.

      Hotels in Ooty
      Hotels in Coonoor

      Also, I don’t suggest 2 wheelers for sightseeing there. Since many places are at least 10 kms apart, riding on the highways/main roads on 2-wheelers can be quite risky. You could hire a taxi or rental car, but I’m not sure if there are any service provider there (we had taken our own vehicle from Bangalore).
      You should be able to find rental cars with a quick search on Google. Hope this helps. Have a safe and fun trip!

  8. Dr Anand

    Was recently in Ooty with family in June. Wanted to share a tip, in case you are travelling from Coimbatore by road and do not have your own vehicle try http://taxi1way.in which will give you an economical drop to Ooty or from OOty to Coimbatore. YOu can do the local part on your own or they also book the entire trip (is costlier). We tried it and it turned out to be cheaper than all the quotes we got.
    Another thing in local shopping is hand made chocolates and local spices which are a must buy.
    Thanks

  9. shiva

    hi anuradha,
    i am planning from bangalore to mysore and after ooty, can i travel mysore to ooty at night and reach at morning, or else to take journey on morning from mysore

      1. shiva

        hi anuradha , thank u for u r information. can i travel night journey from ooty to bangalore. as i have early morning filght on bangalore at 4am.
        to reach bangalore at what time i should start from ooty, i have taxi vehicle with us

        1. Anuradha Post author

          Hi Shiva. Since you need to be at the airport 2 hrs earlier for domestic and 3 hrs for international flights, you should be at BIAL at 1/2pm.

          I strongly suggest you leave by 6 in the evening. At the max 7pm.

          1. shiva

            can i travel night journey from bangalore to ooty, cause my flight night departure, at what time i will reach ooty

  10. AnupDhareshwar

    Hey great blog there… Planning to go to ooty from Coimbatore…What is advisable traveling by a car(zoom car) or train.

    1. Anuradha Post author

      Thank you, Anup. We are always biased towards taking own transport (car). Depending on your comfort levels you could go for anything. Hiring a cab for sightseeing shouldn’t be a problem. Just check with your hotel once before planning.

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