Ooty FAQs

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Area geography

Ooty is perched at a height of 2,240 meters above the sea level and is spread across 2,452.50 square kilometres.

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The currency of India is Indian Rupee. You can withdraw money from the ATMs in the city. Credit cards are not widely accepted and most of the transactions are done in cash.

Wifi internet

Wi-Fi is not so easily available in Ooty. Some of the hotels and resorts in Ooty provide Wi-Fi service to their guests. The Wi-Fi services at these hotels and resorts may be complimentary or chargeable.

Drinking laws

The legal age for consumption of alcohol in Tamil Nadu is 21.

Tipping

Tipping is an important part of etiquette to be observed while touring anywhere in India. It’s a common practice to tip the waiters at the restaurants and the cab drivers while sightseeing.

Safety

The crime rate in Ooty is low and it is reasonably safe. However, you should take care of the following things: Avoid climbing the hills after 6 pm as the area becomes dark due to the lack of proper lighting. Secondly, Private taxi drivers in Ooty are a menace. They are known to either overcharge or take you to a wrong place. It is best to book your taxi from government counters or from a reputed tour organiser.

General information

Languages spoken

English, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada

Time zones

IST (UTC+5.5 hours)

Major religions

Hinduism

Domestic international calling codes

0423

Electricity standards

220-240 Volts/60 Hertz
Plug Type: BS 546 5 A Plug

Common greetings

Hello Alo!

Good Morning Kaalai Vanakkam

Good Evening Maalai Vanakkam

Goodbye Poittu varén!

Thank you Romba Nandri

Sorry Mannikkanum!

Do you speak English? Nienga thamizh pésuviengala?

I don't understand Enakku puriyala

No Illai

Yes Amaam

I don’t know Enakku theriyaathu

How are you? Eppati irukkinga? (or) Nalamaa?

What is your name? Unga péranna?

My name is _____ En péru ……….

Where is the washroom? Kazhivarai Engéa?

Is this vegetarian? ( point to a dish in a menu card) Inta caiva

Where is this? (point to a monument, amenity on a paper/map) Inta eṅkē

How much does this cost? Inta evvaḷavu celavākum?

Too expensive! Mikavum vilaiyuyarnta

A little cheaper Oru ciṟiya malivāṉa

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Emergency numbers

To Report a Traffic Violation: 103

Ambulance: 108

Child Helpline: 1098

Women Helpline: 1091

Coastal Security Helpline: 1093

Senior Citizen Helpline: 1253