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Just over the border in Tamil Nadu, this former grand hill station (complete with golf course and race track) remains popular with Indian tourists enjoying the cool air.

Though the centre of Ooty retains a certain charm, the countryside is spectacular and we recommend you stay outside the town for a peaceful experience.

Blue Mountain Railway

The Nilgiri Blue Mountain RailwayOoty can be reached by road but the sedate, four-hour journey from Mettupalayam along the narrow-gauge Blue Mountain Railway, is a must for railway enthusiasts.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Ooty

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Ooty, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places near Ooty

    Our expert guides to exploring Ooty

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Ooty, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Ooty at its best.

    • India’s toy trains: Shimla, Darjeeling and Ooty
      Steam train up to Shimla

      India’s toy trains: Shimla, Darjeeling and Ooty

      India’s toy trains: Shimla, Darjeeling and Ooty

      The toy trains of India cross valleys, ravines and rivers to access some of the country’s most scenic landscapes. India specialists share their experiences of riding on mountain railways from the Himalayan hill stations of Darjeeling and Shimla to the tropics of Ooty.

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    Accommodation choices for Ooty

    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Ooty. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Ooty

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Ooty, and which use the best local guides.

    • Blue Mountain Railway to Coonoor
      Toy train to Ooty (Blue Mountain Railway), Coonoor

      Blue Mountain Railway to Coonoor

      Blue Mountain Railway to Coonoor

      The famous Blue Mountain Railway which was built by Nilgiri citizens and finished in 1898, is one of the oldest and steepest operating rack and pinion systems. Ten years later the link to Ooty was completed.

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