Ooty, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Ooty, India? Ooty is a mountain resort located in Tamil Nadu. It is a popular tourist destination due to its cool weather and picturesque scenery.

The town is situated in the Nilgiri Hills and is surrounded by forests and tea plantations.

Ooty is also home to the Ooty Lake, which is a popular spot for boating and picnicking. If you're planning to go to Ooty, below is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.

When to go to Ooty, India

Based on the climate and weather in Ooty, the best time to go is July, although the climate is excellent for visiting for much of the year. See below for details.

Important essentials for Ooty, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Ooty, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Areas have unreliable tap water, so it's useful to bring an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a good one.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

 

Activities for Ooty, India

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Ooty.

Dodabetta Peak, at 2,623 meters, is definitely worth seeing. It offers stunning views of the valley below, and it's pretty close to Ooty, although you'll have to walk the last 3 kilometers. On a clear day, you can see for miles, all the way to Mysore. But make sure you're prepared for the hike. That means:


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    This portable cooler helps when you get thirsty on the hike

Annamalai Temple is a beautiful destination, with amazing views of the terrain. Wear respectful clothing when visiting:

The Falls at Pykara are an an amazing trip, but be extremely careful, as there have been drownings. If you go, prepare to get wet, and take these:

 

 

What to wear/what to pack for Ooty, India by month

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January

In January, Ooty is balmy, somewhat hazy and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) and about half of the time jump into the 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Ooty, with of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 50%. The dead of winter can also have temperatures dropping below these levels.

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February

Traveling to Ooty in February, you will notice that it is mild, somewhat hazy and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

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March

March in Ooty is mild, somewhat hazy and very dry. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

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April

In April, Ooty is mild and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Ooty, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 50%.

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May

If you travel to Ooty in May, you will find that the weather is balmy and a little hazy. There may be some rain. The daytime temperature is usually in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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June

If you visit Ooty during June, you might find that it is relatively cool and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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July

July for Ooty is chilly and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time. During the summer, the area is filled with tourists, and can get a bit crowded.

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August

August in Ooty is chilly and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) to low 60s F (high 10s C). The cool weather brings plenty of tourists who are looking to beat the heat from summer in India.

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September

If you visit Ooty during September, you may see that it is balmy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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October

If you are traveling to Ooty in October, you will notice that it is balmy and somewhat hazy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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November

November in this region is mild and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

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December

December in Ooty is balmy and somewhat hazy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain sometimes. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

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