Udagamandalam, or Ooty as it is commonly known, is one of South India’s most popular hill stations. Rightly known as the Queen of the Nilgiris, Ooty is located in the Western Ghats at a height of approximately 7,500 ft. It offers verdant valleys, breath-taking lakes, majestic hills, and tea and coffee plantations. And if that isn’t enough, it has no dearth of exotic flora and fauna. Even the roads here are lined with countless eucalyptus trees, making them picturesque. Ooty is a great spot for adventure trips with family. Here are some adventurous activities you can include on your family holiday:


Ooty is one of the world’s 14 biodiversity hotspots, thereby lending itself to wonderful trekking sites. Treat yourself to different land routes such as Mudumalai National Park, Doddabetta Peak and Pykara falls, that are also beautiful tourist spots in their own right.


The stunning clear lakes in and around Ooty are made for fishing. Pykara Lake is a great spot to catch some fresh goad trout and carp. Do get yourself a fishing license from the Fisheries Department (near Ooty bus stand) first.

Horse Riding

Exploring the Nilgiri Hills on horseback is an enjoyable way to sightsee. Most horse-riding enthusiasts go to the North Lake and ride on the hillsides and lush grasslands.

Hang Gliding

Travellers with a thirst for thrill must definitely try hang gliding. An Ooty vacation is the best time to tick this off your bucket list, since Kalahatty (20 km from Ooty) offers splendid hang gliding opportunities. However, this activity is only open from March to May every year.

Mountain Biking

Ooty has a dedicated mountain bike park, a boon for adventure enthusiasts. The bumpy trails of the park are perfect for biking, with a modest fee of INR 10 for each lap. 

Planning an Ooty holiday is a hassle-free experience with Club Mahindra Ooty Resorts. Simply book your stay and the staff will take care of the rest, including airport drops and pick-ups. After a tiring day exploring Ooty, just head back to your room for a shower and the staff will have your delicious, hot meal served at the in-house restaurant. You can also book yourself with massage at the resort spa, or go for a swim in the sprawling pool.

The reviews of our Club Mahindra Ooty Resorts will tell you how numerous families are enjoying their holidays. Take a Club Mahindra membership for exclusive offers and facilities to take your vacation experiences up by several notches!

Indulge in several activities and experiences on your next stay at our Ooty resort, any of the other Club Mahindra resorts in Tamil Nadu. With several things to do at our resorts in Ooty, and nearby places to visit in Ooty, and other destinations in Tamil Nadu, a magical family holiday is assured.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Is Ooty a family vacation destination?
A.Ooty is certainly one of the most famous family holiday destinations. Be it your kid’s school vacation or a trip with your family, everyone can enjoy the wonders the hill station has to offer.

Q.Is Ooty worth visiting?
A.If you want to breathe some fresh air during your morning walk, then spending some time in the pristine town of Ooty will certainly be worthwhile. You can also enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery which will surround you from every corner and angle.

Q.How many days are enough for a trip to Ooty?
A.Three days should be enough to visit some of the popular attractions, but ideally, 4 to 5 days would be perfect to experience it all.

Q.Which are some of the popular attractions in Ooty?
A.You can visit the Pykara Falls and Lake for a laid-back boat ride and a picturesque view of the waterfall. The Mudumalai National Park is best suited for animal lovers, who want to see their favourite four-legged creatures in their natural habitat. The Dodabatta Peak is the best viewpoint to enjoy the scenic town of Ooty. You can also roam around the beautiful Ooty Botanical Garden to bask in the natural flora all around.

Q.What adventure sports can I do in Ooty?
A.The following will provide you with the best options for getting some adventure during your stay:

-Horse Riding
-Hang Gliding
-Mountain Biking

Q.Which are some of the famous restaurants and cafes in Ooty?
A.You will have no dearth of good eateries in the town. You can satisfy your taste buds in any of the following places:

 -Jains 89 Cafe
-Willy’s Coffee Pub
-Le Cafe
-Place to Bee
-Hyderabadi Biriyani House

Q.What is the best time to visit Ooty?
A.Although it is an all-year-round destination for travellers, October to June is the best time to experience the best of Ooty. During the more chilly months, you can spend some time indoors while you sip on a cup of hot chocolate or go on a walk amidst the foggy streets covered in thick layers of clothes. When it starts to get a bit warmer, you can venture out and visit the popular spots. The temperature in this time frame can range anywhere from 5°C to 30°C. All in all, you will get the best of the hill station if you visit within these mentioned months.

Q.What can I buy from Ooty?
A.Some of the common souvenirs and gifts tourists tend to take back with them include:

-Handmade chocolates
-Aromatic oil
-Antiques and handicrafts
-Varieties of tea

Q.Which dishes should I try when in Ooty?
A.The quaint hill station is spotted with many cafes and bakeries which serve the most delectable fudge, cakes and chocolates. If you fancy a drink, then don’t miss out on the chance to taste some local wine from the vineyards located there. Finally, you should surely try out the vegetarian South Indian platter which includes idli, dosa, chutney, vada and Kesari.

Q.What is Ooty famous for?
A.One thing that Ooty is known for is its verdant tea plantations. Moreover, spices, masala, jasmine and types of chocolates are found here in abundance. Don’t take our word for it. Book a trip and see for yourself!


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