Known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations,’ Ooty, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu. Once the summer capital of the Madras presidency during the colonial era, Ooty is a paradise on earth where nature unfurls its true beauty. Being a hill town, Ooty or Udhagamandalam boasts picturesque valleys, mystic waterfalls, fascinating grasslands, and lush green tea estates.  

Whether you are looking to escape the city chaos for the weekend or want to spend an elaborate holiday with your loved ones, Ooty is the perfect destination that will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. The thick cover of green is not just a cynosure to the eye, but it has a magical effect on calming the mind and making you feel that ethereal peace that you have been longing for.  

If you are planning to visit Ooty, you must be careful about the timing of your trip as the weather plays an important role in giving you the best holiday experience. Here is a complete guide on the best time to visit Ooty. The guide also gives you other important details about –


  • Visiting Ooty in Summer (March to June)
  • Visiting Ooty in Monsoon (July to September)
  • Visiting Ooty in Winter (October to March)
  • Best places to see in Ooty
  • Things to do in Ooty
  • Resorts in Ooty



Visiting Ooty in Summer (March to June) 

Ooty has always been a popular summer holiday destination. Many people from Tamil Nadu visit Ooty between March and June to escape the scathing heat. The temperature here remains a few points below than the rest of the state, and ranges from 23 to 30 degrees Celsius, which is a perfect setting to explore the beauty of the town.  

March to June are also the best months to visit Ooty to enjoy the various adventure activities and take a ride on the toy train. The bright weather coupled with nature being at its best make sure that you have lots of fun.  

Visiting Ooty in Monsoon (July to September) 

Like all hill stations, Ooty receives heavy rainfall and the whole town gets covered in a million shades of green. The thick cover of grass blades over the mountains and the cascading falls presents a beautiful sight. So, if you want to enjoy nature, you would have a good time visiting Ooty during the Monsoon.  

Visiting Ooty in Winter (October to March) 

In all probability winter is the best season to visit Ooty. The winter season in the region lasts for about four to five months and the temperature mostly stays below 15 degrees Celsius, especially between November and February.  

The cool weather makes it a perfect time for you to have a gala time with your family. Also, every year, the Tamil Nadu department of Tourism hosts the Tea and Tourism Festival during the winters where many tea stalls are put up for the tourists to get a taste of different varieties of tea. A cup of hot tea in the cool weather feels like a warm hug.  

In addition, during the three-day Tea Festival, many cultural shows and programs are hosted that celebrate the Niligiris heritage, giving the tourists a sneak peek into the local culture and traditions. 

Best Places to visit in Ooty 

Ooty is an excellent family holiday destination where you have plenty of sightseeing places. From lakes to museums and temples, there are many awesome places to visit in Ooty that will give you a wonderful experience. Some of the best places that you must include in your itinerary include 

  •     Avalanche Lake
  •     Doddabetta Peak
  •     Lamb’s Rock
  •     Dolphin’s Nose
  •     Tribal Museum
  •     Nilgiri Mountain Railway
  •     Kamaraj Sagar Dam
  •     Elk Hill Lord Murugan Temple
  •     Pykara Falls 

Things to do in Ooty 

While in Ooty, you can be sure to have plenty of fun with your loved ones indulging in various activities. There are too many things to do in Ooty, and you may need more than 24 hours in a day to enjoy all the activities.  

  • Take a ride on the Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Spend a leisurely day exploring the beautiful botanical gardens
  • Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Ooty and the picturesque valley below from the Dolphin’s Nose point. It is also a wonderful spot to click from stunning pictures
  • Visit the Doddabetta peak, the highest peak in the Nilgiris
  • Explore the Pykara village and Pykara lake. You can also go on a boat ride over the lake and get a stunning view of the scenery around with and click some epic nature pictures
  • Visit the tea museum
  • Munch on the delicious home-made chocolates. These are Ooty’s speciality and you would not find these anywhere in India. You can also take back the chocolate back home as a souvenir and gift for your loved ones. It would remind you of the sweet time you had in Ooty. 

Resorts in Ooty 

Ooty gets many tourists all year around. While some come here to explore the place, and enjoy the natural beauty, others visit Ooty to just chill, and relax. Whatever be the reason for your visit, you can enjoy a comfortable stay amidst the most serene surroundings at Club Mahindra Danish Villa or Club Mahindra Derby Green. These are the most premium resorts in Ooty and boast of the most modern amenities you can find at any resort.  

Also, these resorts have a reputation for offering the signature Club Mahindra hospitality and chance to indulge in many unique and exclusive experiences that are specially designed to elevate your holiday experience. 


About Club Mahindra

Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 290,000 members , who can holiday at 140+ resorts in India and abroad.

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