Trekking Places in Ooty

Kotagiri Trek, Sengottaraayar Malai Trek, Glenmorgan Trek, Rangaswamy Pillar Trek, Parsons Trek, Ebbanad Trek.

The views of the Nilgiri Hills, prolific natural topography and misty scenery is what you get while trekking in Ooty. The 'queen of hill-stations', Ooty is surrounded by enchanting hills from the Western Ghats range. These hills along with many other terrains are quite popular as trekking sites.

Going through the trails, verdant tea-gardens, coffee-plantations, vibrant valleys, orange groves and rocky slopes are some of the many sights you get while trekking in Ooty. Moreover, there are many treks in Ooty that offer different altitudes, distances as well as difficulty levels meaning that anyone and everyone can enjoy a trekking trip in this hilly-town.

Some of the most popular Ooty trek trails are the Doddabetta Peak which is the highest mountain peak in the Nilgiri range, Mukurthi Peak which is situated in a national park and the trail presents the best of views of the wildlife here, and the Kotagiri trek which moves from expansive viewpoints to the Elk and Catherine waterfalls along with the Moyar River. Apart from these extremely renowned and beautiful treks, Ooty still has many unexplored or hidden trails that have hypnotic environs, waiting for you to discover them.

Further, trekking places in Ooty is a year-round activity since the weather here remains pleasant and comfortable throughout the seasons, meaning one can plan a vacation here anytime. That being said, the summers here are a breeze while winters would require you to pack those warm clothes. Monsoons too are alluring here however, some of the more difficult treks may require extra preparation. Besides all this, Ooty is a dream destination for all types of vacations and vacationers.
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Camping by Tea Gardens Ooty


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Kotagiri Trek Ooty


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Avalanche Camp Ooty


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Glenmorgan Trek Ooty


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Budget Stay with Adventure Activities in Mudumalai

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Adventure at Jungles of Ooty

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Wildlife Photography in Mudumalai National Park

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People Also Ask About Trekking in Ooty

  1. Which are the best treks in Ooty?

    Ooty is replete with lush green tea gardens, roaring waterfalls, blue hills and scenic landscapes. All of this, combined with fresh mountain air, sets a perfect destination for trekking in Ooty. Some of the famous trekking places in Ooty are:

    1. Kotagiri Trek: An unexplored beauty in the lap of Nilgiris, Kotagiri boasts of enticing tea gardens, cascading falls and a wide variety of flora. The landscapes are vivid, and the tea gardens are a perfect spot for camping and star-gazing at night.
    The Catherine waterfall, just 8 km from Kotagiri, is a sight to behold. Spine-tingling views of the Nilgiris, cascading waters of St. Catherine, and the Dolphin's nose can be enjoyed from Kodanad viewpoint near Kotagiri.

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
    Location: It is located approximately 30 km south-east of Ooty and 47 k from Coimbatore airport.

    2. Sengottaraayar Malai: At an altitude of 1800 m, Sengottaraayar peak overlooks the blue hues of Nilgiri. It offers splendid views of Palakad silent valley and Mukurthi National park.The 12 km long trail passes through the small peaceful town of Wellington and takes you to the aromatic tea estates and coffee gardens of Coonoor. Passing the Shola forests, one would witness a rich diversity of flora and fauna and may even spot some rare species like a barking deer or Indian Bison and it is one of the best Ooty trekking places.

    Difficulty level: Easy (Ideal for first-time trekkers)
    Location: It is located on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in Coonoor at a distance of 35.5 km from Ooty.

    3. Glenmorgan Trek: Glenmorgan is one of the less explored treks in Ooty. It is famous for the Glenmorgan dam nestled deep into the old tea estates of Glenmorgan village. The trekking trail takes you to the Pykara powerhouse which serves you an unparalleled sight of Mudumalai National Park of Mysore and the Moyar valley. A beautiful lake in the vicinity makes the place a perfect picnic spot and sets a perfect destination for trekking in Ooty.

    Difficulty level: moderate
    Location: It is located at a distance of 35 km north-west of Ooty.

    4. Rangaswamy Pillar Trek: The Rangaswamy peak, at the height of 1788 m, offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the blue mountains, gurgling Bhawani Sagar Dam and quaint tribal settlements along the bank. The 400ft Rangaswamy pillar is a marvelous sight with an emerald river that flows through its boundary. The trek uphill is marked by stone steps giving way to narrow trails. The sprawling tea estates around the trails will glut your travel-hungry soul.

    Difficulty level: Easy
    Location: It is located at a distance of 31 km from Ooty on Kil Kotagiri road.

    5. Parsons Trek: The trek starts from Sholur Junction and passes through copses of eucalyptus till one reaches the Parsons dam. It is the onset of the Parsons valley, and the trek further takes you past the Toda tribal villages. From there you can trek uphill the Thirthor Bett to enjoy splendid vistas of the valley. While you descend, enjoy the lush meadows and gorgeous landscapes, sets a perfect destination for trekking in Ooty.

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
    Location: It is located in Pykara region at a distance of 18 km from Ooty.

    6. Ebbanad Trek: It is a 6-hour trek that starts from the rustic village of Bikkapathymund set upon a mountain ridge. The trek passes dense acacia forests and patches of lush green meadows. Further down the ridge, you will reach the Toda conical temple amidst thick forests. The trek also offers the mesmerizing sight of the Mayor river along Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. It is one of the most adventurous and thrilling Ooty trekking places.

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Location: Ebbanad is located 18 km north of Ooty.

  2. Is it safe to do trekking in Ooty?

    Ooty is completely safe for tourists. The trekking places in Ooty are bustling with tourists all the time and the crime rates in the area are very low. With proper guidance, the trails pose no threat to hikers and trekkers. The local people are friendly and ready to help in case of any emergency.

  3. Where is Ooty? How can I reach Ooty?

    Ooty is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Being a popular tourist destination, it is easily accessible by air, train or bus transport.

    1. By Air: Ooty is 88 km away from Coimbatore airport which is connected to major cities of India. You can reach Ooty by bus or cab from the airport.
    2. By Train: Mettupalayam railway station, at a distance of 40 km from Ooty, is the nearest railway station. There are regular trains from Coimbatore, Bangalore, Chennai, and Mysore to Mettupalyam.
    3. By Bus: One can find both government and private buses from Chennai, Mysore, and Bangalore to Ooty. The journey is comfortable and includes overnight travel in most cases.

  4. Is Ooty better than Coorg for trekking?

    Both places have their own charms. Ooty being a town in Nilgiri district is more commercialized as compared to Coorg which is a district in Karnataka. Ooty offers gurgling waterfalls, lakes, blue hues of Nilgiri, tea estates and colonial architecture.
    On the other hand, Coorg provides peace and serenity to its visitors in its coffee plantations, lush green valleys and dense thickets. However, Ooty has been more popular among tourists for a summer vacation due to a number of activities to undertake and tourist-friendly culture.

  5. What is the best time to visit Ooty?

    The best time to enjoy your vacation in Ooty is from April to June and September to February. During April-June, the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities. September-February are the winter months in Ooty and cool breezes envelope the atmosphere providing a thrilling experience to hikers and trekkers.

  6. Is it safe to trek in Ooty during monsoon?

    Treks in Ooty indeed become slightly more difficult during monsoon season due to slippery trails and marshy patches of land. Outdoor activities are also limited during monsoon and there is also a threat of insects and leeches emerging out during the rainy season.

    However, with the right equipment, clothing and precautions, monsoon will not be a hindrance to your trekking experience. In addition to that, the beauty of the landscapes is multiplied during rains with sparkling leaves highlighting the forests, cool breezes and the heavenly smell of rain-fed soil. Ooty treks in monsoon will leave you in a trance that is worth all the risks.

  7. Is it safe for a solo female to trek in Ooty?

    Yes, it is safe to travel alone in Ooty as it is a popular tourist spot and the crime rate against women is also very low in and around Ooty. However, some necessary precautions should always be taken on the trip like sharing location with friends and family, taking cabs from trusted companies and avoiding any late-night solo trip.

  8. What kind of climate is there in Ooty?

    Located at a high altitude, Ooty enjoys a year-round temperate climate. The summers are pleasant and refreshing with temperature ranging from 10 -25 degrees. Winters in Ooty are chilly with temperature ranging from 5- 21-degree centigrade. Winter nights can be very cold.

  9. How far is Ooty from Bangalore?

    Ooty is approximately 266 km away from Bangalore, and it takes a 6-hour drive to reach Ooty from Bangalore.

  10. What are the things to carry for trekking in Ooty?

    Below is a list of essential items you need to carry for treks in Ooty:

    1. A spacious backpack
    2. Trekking shoes
    3. Warm clothes like sweatshirts/ jackets
    4. Basic medication
    5. Torch or flashlight
    6. Sunglasses and Binoculars
    7. Caps or hats
    8. Water bottle
    9. Packed Food
    10. Camera(optional)
    11. Tissues or napkins
    12. Umbrella

    Note: Avoid carrying plastic bags or bottles

  11. What should I wear while trekking in Ooty?

     You should wear warm clothes as the atmosphere in Ooty is chilly throughout the year. A light jacket and sturdy shoes are recommended for a trekking trip. You can also carry a raincoat in handy.

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17 April 2019
Santhosh Kotagiri Trek
Great place to watch nature in fullest. The view from the top will amaze you. it was a memorable experience for the group. just the trek was tiring but it was worth it. there were small streams and waterfall allover and a perfect place to enjoy with my friends. also, a night stay was very refreshing away from the city. do this trek i am sure you will all love it like i did.
28 November 2015
Priya Khan Glenmorgan Trek
This was such a fun trek. Firstly, it was all easy peasy and not much of a challenging or tiring ones. Plus, it was a day trek that was neither too short nor too long. If you are planning to have a trek with family, then this is the right one.
Dinesh Mukhopadhyay Kotagiri Trek
The Kotagiri Trek by Thrillophilia had everything that I wanted from a trek. You can see the thrillophilia reviews about this trek and they were all true. As a solo traveller who thrives on budget tours and tries to enjoy different places as much as possible, this trek to Kotagiri was a major tick on my bucket list. From adventurous forest trails to walking alongside ice-cold river paths, it is safe to say that not just me, but everyone in the trekking group enjoyed this trek a lot. The support staff, guide and even the whole process (from the booking to the post-trek service) was an organised one, thanks Thrillophilia. The most enjoyable experience for me was sleeping in the cosy tents on the sleeping beds and gorging on the yummy food. With this trekking tour by Thrillophilia, they have surely gained a permanent customer who is going to keep coming back to them to go for more such exciting and adventurous tours.
Brajesh Deshpande Kotagiri Trek
My wife and I love to go on different treks whenever we get the time. This time, we were looking to go on a trek somewhere near home. Thanks to Thrillophilia, we found out about the Kotagiri Trek, which seemed perfect to us. With over 20 percent discount and such affordable rates, the trek also included accommodation, food and a guide. This was nothing short of a sweet deal for us! Soon after we decided to do the booking, we were surprised to find out how easy and smooth the entire process actually was. Everything, right from the booking procedure, to the mode of payment was easy and without any issues. Thrillophilia even made sure that we were taken care of during the Kotagiri trek in Ooty, which not many people look after. It is due to them that not only we could enjoy such an amazing trek, but also capture the sights of such beautiful waterfalls and tea estates, that too near our home.
Aagney Rana Avalanche Camp Ooty
I saw this package in Thrillophilia site I was so impressed by the itinerary and the activity section which was exciting without thinking twice I booked this and the booking was easy with easy and safe transaction first-time booking, and the company provided good support. The campsite is at the perfect location, tents stay was clean and comfortable, foods were fresh and healthy. the activity was merely lovable with many beautiful clicked in the lake, waterfall etc it was brilliant.
29 January 2020
Kanti Nambeesan Kotagiri Trek
I was looking for an adventure place where I enjoy with my family so my colleague suggest me to visit Kotagiri trek which was very popular and this trek was awesome we do many activities there and saw mesmerizing waterfall and sunset point . This trek give me life time experience. HIGHLY RECOMMANDED
03 February 2020
Gopaal Asan Kotagiri Trek
This weekend was amazing I booked Kotagiri trek for my family to spend some time with them, this place is for all age group the view from the top is superb, we take many photograph especially at the time of sunset, the guide was knowledgeable , the food quality was good. MUST VISIT
09 March 2020
Garuda Jain Kotagiri Trek
I was very excited to do this Kotagiri trek so I book this trek in advance from Thrillophilia and we all friends enjoy very much by doing trekking and see beautiful things there nilgiri valley was my favorite. I wish to visit this place again. Must doing activity and try to go with bigger groups.
11 January 2020
Gati Singh Kotagiri Trek
I reached here with the group of 15 friends to do trekking and enjoy together, instructor was professional and polite, the food was yummy and we take many pictures for fb and instagram this was one of the best holiday.
06 March 2020
Balamani Mishra Kotagiri Trek
This was the best trek I ever had in my life, extremely joyful with everything was so managed, especially the food, that was up to the mark and the guide showed us the hidden places too. Recommended.

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