Road trip from Bangalore to Ooty, Route to follow, Places to visit and the best time to go Ooty.
Ooty-“The Queen of Nilgiris” is a very popular hill station of Tamil Nadu. It is located amidst the Nilgiri hills at around 2200 meters above sea level. It is one of the popular weekend getaways for people of Bangalore and Chennai. Bangalore to Ooty road trip is one of the best scenic routes in South India. The hit song Chaiyya Chaiyya of Shahrukh and Malaika was shot at the Nilgiri Mountain Railways. The tea gardens, colonial old buildings, country lanes, the mesmerizing waterfalls, and the fresh air will give peace to your soul like a monk finds its solace in his meditation. The Dodabetta peak trail is breathtaking covered with Eucalyptus trees providing an amazing view of the valley.
How to Reach Ooty
Ooty is around 86 km from Coimbatore which is the nearest airport to Ooty, 128 km from Mysore and 275 km from Bangalore. The route mostly followed from Bangalore is Bangalore – Mandya- Mysore – Gundlupet – Bandipur – Theppakadu – Masinagudi – Ooty. The Bandipur National Park gates are open from morning 6 am to evening 6 pm only which should be noted while following this route. There are many buses available from Bangalore to Ooty as well. The nearest railway station is Mettupalayam which is around 40kms from Ooty.
Best time to visit Ooty
The weather in Ooty is pleasant throughout the year. The best time to visit Ooty is from October to June. If you are a monsoon lover then a road trip from Bangalore to Ooty is amazing along with the 36 hairpin bends. This is the best place to go to escape from scorching summers and humidity.
Things to do in Ooty
For a mountain lover, Ooty is her beloved. You can go for a boat ride in the beautiful Ooty lake, take a stroll in the botanical garden, look through a telescope from Doddabetta viewpoint, search for blue and black roses in the rose garden or take a toy train from Ooty to Connor and enjoy the beautiful landscape. For a foodie, you can get mouth-watering homemade chocolates, traditional Ooty biscuits and for a tea lover, you can see the whole tea manufacturing process right from the processing of tea leaves into tea powder at the tea museum.
Let’s start the journey Day 1
At around 3 am in the morning when it was still dark we started our journey from Bangalore. We had booked an Ertiga for six people from Cabbazar.com.
Our first pit stop was Mysore where we had morning tea and breakfast. The air was very refreshing.
On our way, we went through the forest of Bandipur National Park. The route was very scenic with lush greenery. Even before reaching the destination you can just start admiring the journey and enjoy the view from the back seat of your car. We had to cover 36 hairpin bends before reaching Ooty and the view was stunning. On the way, we stopped to admire the beautiful Pykara Lake between the lush green hills.
Next, we went to Pine forest shooting point. Even in the entire messed up look from the journey the place made us look very beautiful. For people who love to take selfies, this place would be their favorite.
We were very tired from the journey and very happy to reach our rooms. Hotel lake view was our stay for the night.
The Thunder world was nearby so we went there. It has a haunted house, dinosaur theme park, 5d theatre. People traveling with kids should definitely check this place.
Finally, we were very tired so we had dinner at a restaurant nearby, food was okay and we retired for the night.
We went to the Ooty botanical garden on the next day. The timings are 9 am to 6 pm and entry fees around Rs 40. There is a fossilized tree trunk said to be 20 million years old in the middle. You can find many varieties of trees, shrubs, and ferns.
Our next stop was the Ooty rose garden. The timings are the same as botanical gardens and fees around Rs 30. One can find a wide variety of roses there.
We made a pit stop at Ooty Lake. It is a huge beautiful and it has boating options too. You can have experience with the boathouse. Near Ooty Lake we had lunch. We did some street shopping, bought some homemade chocolates, they were very yummy.
Then we went to the tea factory where we learned about the whole tea making process from scratch. We bought some good tea packets at a very low price. and they also had a variety of preserved tea leaves on display. They let us try six varieties of tea too.
Next, we went to Doddabetta which is the highest peak of the Nilgiris. At the Doddabetta viewpoint, there is a Telescope house, two telescopes are present for public use.
The view from the top was like watching a fairy tale movie and its places like this that makes us wonder how much time and effort God must have put on building Earth and such amazing places on it.
We went back to our room after having mouth-watering Dosa and Vada for dinner.
The next day we woke up early went to Udayamangalam station, we wanted to catch a toy train from Ooty to Connor. We took the 9.15 train from Ooty to Connor. There are other trains at 12.15,14.00 and 18.00. You can do the online booking from IRCTC itself. The ticket fares are Rs 250 for first-class and Rs 30 for second class
The blue trains, the green scenery, the cool pleasant pollution-free fresh air would just make your day.
We went to the dolphin nose point and the lamb’s rock and both places had almost similar views. The return trains from Connor to Ooty timings are 7.45, 10.40,12.35, 16.30.
After visiting all the places we started our return journey with fun and good memories.