South Indian

Visit Hotel Sri Velmurugan for a hot and steamy South Indian Breakfast! We start every chilly morning in Ooty at 6 AM with hot cups of Nilgiri Tea and Filter Coffee for our patrons and then start to serve the quintessential South Indian breakfast varieties which include Hot Dosas and Roasts, Steaming hot Pongal, Onion Utappams, Egg Dosas, Puffy Pooris with spicy Potato masala, Steaming Idlis and Hot Vadas which are accompanied with a steaming hot Sambhar, fresh ground Chutney, and Potato Masala! If you’re into more homely dishes to start your day, we also have Semiya Kichadi and Aapams!


Ooty Special

If you’ve been travelling around Ooty and ended up in the town for Lunch, Hotel Sri Velmurugan is the best place to be! We start serving lunch at 12:30 PM with the local best seller, the Traditional South Indian Meals, Parottas, Chappathis and a host of other South Indian delicacies. Come visit our restaurant for lunch to savour local favourites which include Parottas, Omelettes and Egg Curry, in addition to a tourist favourites like Chicken Biriyani, Mushroom Biriyani, Chilli Chicken and Fish Fry! For the light eater, we also have Variety Rice items like Lemon Rice, Tomato Rice & Curd Rice!


South Special

Dinner at Hotel Sri Velmurugan is the warm end to the day you deserve in the chill atmosphere after an exhausting visit to Ooty’s landmarks. Starting at 6:30 PM we start serving our crowd favourite Parottas and Chappatis with a choice of siding which includes Chicken Fry, Egg Masala and Fish Fry. If you crave “tiffin” for the night, we got you covered with our South Indian Tiffin delicacies like Dosas, Masala Dosas, Crunchy Roasts, Onion Uttappams, Egg Dosas, Steaming hot Idlis which are all accompanied by steaming hot spicy Sambhar and a savoury chutney!

WHO are WE

Home to Traditional and Authentic South Indian Dishes at affordable prices, the name Hotel Sri Velmurugan will itself draw your attention if you love South Indian food. And if you are in Ooty, a visit to this place is a must. Be it the relaxed setting or the casual interiors, a meal here is a delight for a famished soul. The warmth and aroma of the South Indian filter coffee will soothe your senses incredibly. Grab a bite of scrumptious parottas, crunchy Uttapams and soft Idlis with spicy Sambars. You may also gorge on some vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, of which the flavorful chicken curries are a must-try. The staff is very friendly and serve the food in a jiffy. This is a popular homely South Indian Restaurant in Ooty, and you can walk in at this place for wholesome meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner! We ensure our customers are our strength and make them feel at home when they are with us. Our Restaurants are a great place to be, with friends or by yourself. You can eat in or take it to go. The feeling is friendly and the food is fabulous and homely.

Our Speciality

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    6-Decade Service

    Established in the 1960s, Hotel Sri Velmurugan has been continuously serving our customers affordable and delicious South Indian dishes.

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    Tradional Preparation

    Our food preparation methods have not changed for decades, maintaining traditional cooking methods to keep the taste consistent.

  • Homely Delicacies

    We are committed to Delight you Homely South Indian Delicacies that are High Quality, Delicious, Hygienic & Affordable.

  • Organic Produce

    We procure our vegetable produce daily at the local organic farmers market, ensuring that all our dishes are fresh and healthy.


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Established in 1964, Hotel Sri Velmurugan has since become a historical landmark in the neighbourhood. Initially, the Propreitor Mr. Ramachandran seeing the lack of a good restaurant in the area, decided to open up a restaurant catering to the needs of the local populace serving hot and delicious vegetarian meals for cheap. In 1980s, restaurants in Ooty were a budding industry and Hotel Sri Velmurugan was one of the earliest and only quality restaurants in the area. Our early patrons included labourers who were participating in the export of carrots and potatoes from Ooty who required early morning refreshments before they had to go to work.

Then the mid 1980s saw an influx of patrons who were Government employees sent to The Nilgiris, including those from the local District Collectorate, who were put up in lodges and were regular customers at Hotel Sri Velmurugan. The growth of the Government Arts College in Ooty in the 1990s saw an influx of students who wanted a hearty lunch heading to Hotel Sri Velmurugan. Our signature dish of the times was the “Full Meals” dish which was an unlimited serving of rice and side dishes for a fixed price available from early afternoon to late in the night.

Due to growing demands for non-vegetarian options, Mr. Ramachandran opened Velmurugan’s Chicken Mess, an adjoining restaurant catering non-veg options. Soon, the Velmurugan brand further expanded to Velmurugan Tea Stall specializing in Hot Tea and Coffee with snacks, and Panorama Lodge & Restaurant. He also ran the canteen facilities and bakery at CSI College of Engineering – the only Enginnering College in The Nilgiris from 1999 to 2005. The year 2005 saw the consolidation of these separate restaurants into what is now Hotel Sri Velmurugan. Mr. Ramachandran also served in the Tamil Nadu Hotel Owner’s Association as the Treasurer, helping shape the culture and growth of Hotels in the Nilgiris District.

Starting from the 2000s, Hotel Shri Velmurugan has been slowly transforming to cater to increasing tourists visiting the Hill Station. Today at Hotel Shri Velmurugan we still pride ourselves in still using traditional methods to prepare South Indian dishes, thus maintaining the same taste as we did for more than 50 years! We strive to keep use traditional methods exclusively which sets us apart from other modernized restaurants which have increasingly industrialized the restaurant business in Ooty. Today, our restaurant is a local landmark and well known throughout Ooty for its delicious and homely South Indian Cuisine at very afordable prices.

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I ate here every day for 5 weeks straight - often twice a day - and was never once let down. Dosai, idli, puri, parotha: all cooked to perfection. The potato masala is to die for - just the right combination of oil and potato (around 50/50). Vemurugan is filled with character that only a small-town, simple value-for-money restaurant can offer. With high customer turnover the food is always hot and fresh, and the water tastes a little like the wood smoke that cooked the food. Hard to go past this outstanding establishment for taste, price and atmosphere. Five stars!

If anyone want to experience real tasty food in ooty then it is the only popular hotel which serves wide variety of dishes to the customers... i had an awesome experience from this hotel... every people in this hotel are very friendly, and they also serve some special dishes as customer's choice...

Best place in ooty to eat. Will come to ooty for this taste only. Try idli sambar and dosa here

Very good and quality service

True authentic Tamil and Kerela home food served with love and warmth..must have in Ooty if you are food lover.

Good food reasonable price

Nice homely food


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