Stretches of lush, forested mountains, in places bursting with the raw energy of waterfalls, or easing out to thick carpeted valleys, or making way for slopes of fragrant tea plantations – the Nilgiris or the Blue Mountain range runs through the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Ooty, nestled in the Nilgiris, in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu is a hill station that lets one experience the beauty of the Blue Mountains. Being a popular tourist destination, Ooty tour packages, which include accommodation, sightseeing and car hires, are available both online and through private and government tour operators.
Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is called the « Queen of Hill Stations » Ooty is well accessible by roads, railways and airways. The nearest airport is at Coimbatore which is about 100 km from Ooty. This airport is connected by flights by various domestic air operators from Chennai, Kozhikode, Bangalore and Mumbai. Moreover, railway and bus services are also available from major cities in India to the city.
Ooty can be a wonderful hideout during the summers. Even the British who founded the city spent much of their time in this city during the summers. The Nilgiri Mountain Railways which is among the UNESCO World Heritage list, as any reliable Ooty Travel Guide will tell you, is also a wonderful experience. The wooden coaches and the large windows of the train is a marvel of engineering and is known as the Nilgiri Toy Train. The train is perhaps the slowest train in India with a speed of about 10.4 km per hour and one can see numerous tea estates, lofty mountains, dense forests and sprawling grasslands while traveling.
The tour packages for Ooty may be of short or for a long duration. The short duration tour package is basically of two to three days and covers the hill town of Ooty exhaustively. The long duration tour package may take six to seven days and includes other places in South India like Bangalore and Mysore along with a comprehensive coverage of the hill station of Ooty. Tourists are advised to look at the packages before coming to the city in order to enjoy a complete holiday in this city. Here we will concentrate on what the tour packages for Ooty generally include so as to provide you with an exclusive Ooty travel guide.
If you choose the long duration tour, then the tour starts basically from Bangalore. On your arrival at the Bangalore International Airport, tour representatives generally escort you to a pre-booked hotel. The first day generally starts with a tour of the Bangalore city from where you will be taken to Myosre where you will be visiting the Tipu Sultan’s Fort at Srirangapatnam and other places of interest. After Mysore, you will be taken to Ooty for enjoying the scenic beauty of the city. Here you will explore the Nilgiri Hills and visit wonderful temples and other places of interest including the ride in the toy train. From Bangalore, you will be transferred to the Bangalore International Airport for you to board your flight to your way back home.
In the short duration Ooty Tour packages, you will be collected from the Coimbatore Airport by a representative. The tour starts basically from the next day where you will be visiting the Lake, Botanical Garden, and the Dodabetta Peak. From there is a drive to Coonoor where you will be visiting Sim’s Park, Dolphin Nose, and Lamb’s Rock. After a visit to these sites, tourists are transferred to the airport for your journey to your way back home.