Solo trip to Ooty | Feat. Delightz Inn | Travel Blog
It all started 3 days after I quit my job and decided to travel full-time with no particular plan in place. It was when I was back home in Indore, trying to convince my parents that why I couldn’t work full-time anymore, I received a message from Stay On Skill to be a part of their SOS Accelerator Programme. A programme that acts as a bridge between travel content creators and off-beat stays in India. I knew it was a sign!
My journey with SOS accelerator began in early October when I visited Ooty, my first destination as a part of this programme.
A town nestled in heaven
Imagine a town covered with mist and clouds, as if the universe is trying to hide it from the rest of the world. A place that smells like summer in a bowl with gusts of wind that tantalise your ears. Ooty, also known as Ootacamund, stole my heart the moment I laid my eyes on it for the first time. Surrounded by Nilgiri Hills, it houses lush green tea-estates, well-laid out homes that add a dash of colour into nature’s palette and people with a heart of gold. “Straight from the fairytale books’’ wouldn’t be an exaggeration.
Best time to visit Ooty
Ooty is one of those places that can be visited all round the year. However, it receives heavy rainfall in August and September, so if you are planning to go sightseeing, avoid these two months.
How to reach Ooty
Ooty is well connected to all the nearby cities (Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore, Coimbatore etc.) via road. However, if you are travelling from North India, you can combine air/road or train/road journey to make it to this beautiful town.
Below are your options to reach Ooty-
1.Road – This is probably the best option to reach Ooty. You can either drive down to Ooty by your car or you can take a bus from any major city like Bangalore (280 km), Chennai (560 km), Mysore (130 km), Kozhikode (160 km) or Coimbatore (90 km). There are both private luxury and government buses available at a reasonable price (costs mentioned below in Quick Bites). The road to Ooty goes through the reserve forest area which is very picturesque and will make up for a memorable road trip.
2.Air – The nearest domestic airport is in Coimbatore, which is approximately 90 km away, from where you can easily hire a taxi or take a bus. Coimbatore is well connected to all major Indian airports.
3.Train – The nearest railway station is in Mettupalyam, which is about 40 kilometres from Ooty. You can easily take a train to Mettupalyam from Chennai, Mysore and Bangalore. From Mettupalyam, you can take a bus or hire a taxi to Ooty.
Where to stay in Ooty
If you’ve been following us on Instagram, you must be aware of my love for Delightz Inn. Full disclosure, I was invited to stay over there for 3 nights in exchange for my absolutely honest review, so here goes-
Delightz Inn, Ooty – Property, food, offer, contact
What I loved the most about Delightz Inn is its location and hospitality. Situated on tiger hill, it is away from the touristy part of Ooty which lets you unwind and offers a quaint experience of being closer to nature. It is a semi-luxury inn with everything that you need to have a break from the hustle-bustle of cities.
The Inn has 3 types of accommodation facilities- Deluxe Suite (for 3 people), Superior Couple Suite (for 2 people) and Executive Suite (for 4 people). Every suite is tastefully designed, minimalistic and offers a view of the valley. They also have a Homestay near the inn to host larger groups.
Mr. Bala who is in charge of F&B at the Inn is a humble man who makes sure you get everything you need at the right time. He treats guests more than just guests. The Inn offers multi-cuisines to suit your taste buds. The breakfast is usually flavoured with South Indian delicacies like medu vada, plain dosa, idli, fresh juice etc. For lunch, they offer Chinese and North Indian cuisines and for dinner, Mr. Bala fires up the Tandoor for some mouth-watering tikkas. The Inn serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, based on your preference.
They also arrange various sightseeing tours upon requests, starting from Rs. 1500.
Special offer for Traversed Lands readers – Drop a DM to Delightz Inn on Instagram with our reference to get the 3rd night’s stay for free upon booking for 2 nights.
What to see in Ooty
1. Doddabetta Peak – 7 km from the Inn | Entry fee – Rs. 10
The road to Doddabetta Peak is scenic and the peak offers a 360* view. Height – 2,623 m.
2. Ooty Lake (Boat House) – 6 km from the Inn | Entry fee – Rs. 20
This picturesque lake has a children’s amusement park attached. It is usually crowded with tourists who visit for boating.
3. Ooty Tea Estate and Factory – 3 km from the Inn | Entry fee – Rs. 10
A must visit place for tea connoisseurs. They patiently explain the process of tea production. They also have a retail outlet for people to purchase various kinds of high-quality tea and chocolates that are produced in-house.
4. Wax Planet – 5 km from the Inn | Entry fee – Rs. 200
This wax museum can be exciting for someone who hasn’t visited a wax museum before. The entry fee is quite high for the experience offered.
5. Upper Bhavani Lake – 28 km from the Inn
Upper Bhavani Lake is a paradise for photographers. This serene lake offers one of the best sunset views in the region.
6. Nilgiri Mountain Railway – 6 km from the Inn
Nilgiri toy train ride is a must-have experience for those visiting Ooty. The train will take you from Udagamandalam to Coonoor.
Budget Quick Bites:
Bangalore ⇄Ooty by bus – Rs. 1500
Ooty Bus Stand ⇄ Delightz Inn – Rs. 500
Stay at Delightz Inn – Rs. 1500 to 2000 per night per room (can be shared)
Ooty Tour Commute – Rs. 1500 per day for a cab (can be shared)
Food – Rs. 600 per person
1. Ooty is usually cold at night so carry warm clothes when you visit, especially between August to April.
2. Upper Bhavani Lake has a lot of monkeys, so be careful with eatables when you visit.
3. Local taxi and cab drivers tend to ask a lot of money for shorter distances so make sure you bargain and check the distance first.
4. Do not forget to buy homemade chocolates and cardamom tea from Doddabetta Tea Factory.