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.
|Route Name||Distance||Time||More Information|
|Coimbatore to Ooty||84.9 km||2 hours 46 mins||View Details|
|Bangalore to Ooty||274 km||6 hours 15 mins||View Details|
|Hyderabad to Ooty||847 km||13 hours 40 mins||View Details|
|Chennai to Ooty||558 km||9 hours 27 mins||View Details|
|Coorg to Ooty||224 km||5 hours 20 mins||View Details|
|Kolkata to Ooty||2,180 km||1 day 11 hours||View Details|
|Delhi to Ooty||2,445 km||1 day 13 hours||View Details|
|Pune to Ooty||1,025 km||16 hours 39 mins||View Details|
|Mumbai to Ooty||1,169 km||18 hours 39 mins||View Details|
|Ernakulam to Ooty||292 km||6 hours 41 mins||View Details|
|Goa to Ooty||749 km||13 hours 14 mins||View Details|
|Ahmedabad to Ooty||1,682 km||1 day 2 hours||View Details|
|Varanasi to Ooty||2,098 km||1 day 12 hours||View Details|
|Chandigarh to Ooty||2,673 km||1 day 16 hours||View Details|
|Jaipur to Ooty||2,193 km||1 day 12 hours||View Details|
|Agra to Ooty||2,201 km||1 day 10 hours||View Details|
|Alleppey to Ooty||346 km||7 hours 51 mins||View Details|
|Amritsar to Ooty||2,877 km||1 day 19 hours||View Details|
|Jodhpur to Ooty||2,134 km||1 day 9 hours||View Details|
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
Tentative return flight prices to Coimbatore Airport (CJB) from major cities in India.
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.
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.
One can hire a cab or rickshaw on day to day basis.