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If your trip to Ooty is all booked but your itinerary is a bit on the empty side, we can give you a few hints and tips.
Stop by Ooty Lake. It's one attraction you'll find on travelers' to-do lists. Government Botanical Gardens and Ooty Rose Garden are also nearby and worth a pit stop.
If you're after day-trip inspiration, we can help out. Situated 31 miles away, Coimbatore is worth getting in the car for. Explore the area beginning with Marudhamalai Hill Temple, Perur Pateeswarar Temple and Ramar Temple. The locals will also probably point you toward Palakkad, 40 miles away. If you can only see one attraction here, make sure it's Tipu Sultan Fort. (But we'd also highly recommend Malampuzha Park and Dhoni Waterfalls.)
Below we've listed our best tips and tricks to help you save on a rental car:
Some travelers find driving in heavy traffic in big cities a bit tricky. But in a small car like a compact or economy, the streets of Ooty will be a cinch. Rather spend your getaway exploring the surrounding rolling hills? Check out our wide range of mid-size and full-size SUVs. With plenty of space and more power under the hood, these larger cars will make that road trip even more unforgettable. Ticking off all the sights and activities that Ooty is renowned for has never been easier with your own set of wheels.
There's more than enough choice when it comes to rental cars in Ooty. From swish SUVs with loads of space for luggage to zippy compacts that make parking a cinch, you'll find it all here. Deciding on your perfect match depends on how much you'd like to spend and what activities you plan on doing. Some road trips are just begging you to splurge on your dream ride, whereas other adventures don't need more than an engine and four wheels. The choice is yours.
Driving around a new city doesn't have to be a white-knuckle ride behind the wheel. If you're planning to visit Ooty, get confident in your rental car with these handy pointers:
The left-hand side is where you'll be cruising along in Ooty. Be aware that the controls of your rental car here, like the steering wheel and gearshift, will be on the other side of what you're used to.
It can be difficult to find a car space in Ooty. Once you nab one, be sure to pay attention to the signage. Staying over the time limit or leaving the car in a restricted zone can put a big hole in your vacation budget.
As with most destinations, roads get busier just before and after work during the week. However, due to its smaller population of around 98,200, traffic jams aren't a huge issue in Ooty.
There sure are. In the city of Ooty, speed limits range from 40 km/h to 120 km/h. Most built-up areas have a maximum speed limit of 40 km/h unless posted otherwise.
Generally speaking, your rental car company will charge the fined amount to your credit card, including local surcharges and taxes. Otherwise, they may forward your contact details to the relevant local law enforcement agency, who'll then send a fine to your postal address.
It is illegal to use your cell phone while driving a car in Ooty, and you may also be hit with a fine for simply handling your phone if you're in control of a vehicle. That being said, using hands-free or Bluetooth functions is allowed, as long as your attention remains on the road.
While operating a vehicle in Ooty, it's against the law to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of more than 0.03%. Thinking of having a wine or two with lunch or dinner? Consider taking a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
Yes, drivers are allowed to turn on a red light in Ooty. Before making the maneuver, you are required to completely stop the car. Move on only when the lane is clear of approaching traffic.
Although there are some exceptions, seat belts must be worn in Nilgiris District.