How to Reach Ooty

The Coimbatore airport is the closest to the hills at 3-1/2 hours by road. There are flights into Coimbatore from Singapore, Sharjah, Colombo and most parts of India including Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. The Mysore airport is about 4 hours away from Ooty by road and is serviced by a daily ATR service by Kingfisher Airlines and lies to the North of Ooty. The road trip is quite scenic from either airport.
The Nilgiri Express leaves from Chennai at night and reaches Mettupalayam (which Indian Rail spells Metupalaiyam), a small town at the foothills of the Nilgiris early the next morning. The train the Nilgiri Mountain Railway leaves Mettupalayam at 7.10 pushed by a small steam powered historic locomotive that is a remnant of Swiss engineered trains imported in the late 1800s. The train journey will be a very good experience, but only 30 tickets are issued on the spot.
The hills consequently can be reached from within Tamil Nadu by travelling up a heavily forested winding road, with many sharp hairpin beds. The road trip from any state is quite scenic, although the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty road (i.e. the Tamil Nadu route) is the most travelled and well maintained. All roads to the Nilgiri hills are toll roads, although the tolls are quite nominal.

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Route Name Distance Time
Coimbatore to Ooty 84.9 km 2 hours 46 mins
Bangalore to Ooty 274 km 6 hours 15 mins
Hyderabad to Ooty 847 km 13 hours 40 mins
Chennai to Ooty 558 km 9 hours 27 mins
Coorg to Ooty 224 km 5 hours 20 mins
Kolkata to Ooty 2,180 km 1 day 11 hours
Delhi to Ooty 2,445 km 1 day 13 hours
Pune to Ooty 1,025 km 16 hours 39 mins
Mumbai to Ooty 1,169 km 18 hours 39 mins
Ernakulam to Ooty 292 km 6 hours 41 mins
Goa to Ooty 749 km 13 hours 14 mins
Ahmedabad to Ooty 1,682 km 1 day 2 hours
Varanasi to Ooty 2,098 km 1 day 12 hours
Chandigarh to Ooty 2,673 km 1 day 16 hours
Jaipur to Ooty 2,193 km 1 day 12 hours
Agra to Ooty 2,201 km 1 day 10 hours
Alleppey to Ooty 346 km 7 hours 51 mins
Amritsar to Ooty 2,877 km 1 day 19 hours
Jodhpur to Ooty 2,134 km 1 day 9 hours

How to reach Ooty by flight

Coimbatore has the nearest airport at the distance of 100 km from Ooty. It offers domestic flights to various cities like Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Calicut and also has international flights to Singapore and few other places.

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore Airport (CJB) - 57 kms from Ooty

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How to reach Ooty by road

Ooty is at a 90 km from Coimbatore by road and 105 km from Tiruppur. Bus services and even taxi for hire are available easily from these places.

How to reach Ooty by train

Coimbatore and Tiruppur are the 2 nearest stations, which have connectivity to Mettupalayam from where you can get Ooty Toy Train which is an exclusive train service from Mettupalayam to Ooty and few other minor stations. Coimbatore is also very well connected to all the other major cities of parts of the country.

Local transport in Ooty

One can hire a cab or rickshaw on day to day basis.

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