|Kolkata to Ooty Road Distance||2,180 km|
|Kolkata to Ooty Aerial Distance||1,753 km|
|Kolkata to Ooty Travel Time||1 day 11 hours|
The Preferred Way of Travelling from Kolkata to Ooty
The most preferred way to reach Ooty from Kolkata would be a mixture of flight and road trips via bus or car, as specifically road trips would seem tedious and heavily time consuming.
|1. Kolkata to Ooty by Flight|
|2. Kolkata to Ooty by Train|
|3. Kolkata to Ooty by Car – Taxi/ Self-drive|
|4. Kolkata to Ooty by Bus|
|5. Popular Routes to Ooty|
|6. Popular Routes from Kolkata|
|7. Places to Visit in Ooty|
|8. Hotels in Ooty|
The picturesque hill station of Ooty is located about 2500 kilometres away from Kolkata. Taking a flight from Kolkata to Ooty would be a great option to save up on time and effort. Although Ooty does not have an airport of its own, Kolkata has one. The Kolkata Airport well connects all the major airports in India including the Coimbatore International Airport which is the closest airport to Ooty (located about 100 kilometres away).
Quite a few flights connect Kolkata and Coimbatore and travellers can easily book their tickets online. The flight time lasts about 5 to 6 hours if one gets a direct flight and from the airport, they need to travel for three hours or so to reach the hill station. A flight is therefore most recommended and travellers ought to plan and book tickets well in advance to obtain great deals on flight tickets.
Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport, Coimbatore
Direct or Indirect Flight Options AvailableSince both the airports are major Indian airports, there are frequent flights connecting the two destinations. On any given day, one can find at least 2 to 3 direct flights. The rest are indirect ones with at least one stop in between. The flight time depends on the stopovers/ layovers, which usually is either at the Chennai International Airport or the GMR Hyderabad International Airport. A direct flight would take about 4 to 5 hours of flight time, while a connecting flight would take anything between 6 to 15 hours. The airlines that frequently fly between the Kolkata and Coimbatore are SpiceJet, IndiGo and Jet Airways.
TipsFrom the airport, travellers need can choose one of the three routes that lead to Ooty – the NH 181- SH 80 route, the NH 181 – Krishnaswamy Road and the NH 181 – SH 165 route.
Travellers can opt for two options via the Indian Rail, one is to reach Coimbatore from Kolkata and the second is to head to Chennai henceforth. The second option is more convenient as there is just one connecting train between the destinations whereas, there are at least two connecting trains everyday. Travellers also need to arrange for their travel from the drop location to Ooty depending on their tickets. This journey would either take nine hours (from Chennai, about 600 kilometres by road) or around three hours (105 kilometres from Coimbatore by road).
Train Options AvailableThe only train that operates between Kolkata and Coimbatore is the SHM TVC Express which is scheduled twice a week. The ones that run every day between Kolkata and Chennai are Coromandel Express and HWH MAS Mail. Other trains like SHM MAS SF Express, SRC MAS AC Express, SHM TVC Express, and GHY BNC Express are scheduled a few days of the week. So, travellers need to keep themselves updated with the schedule to be able to book tickets on the train that is the most convenient for them.
Train TimingsThe train connecting Kolkata to Coimbatore departs from Kolkata Railway Station around 11:00 PM IST and reaches Coimbatore around 12:00 AM IST, about 37 hours later. The trains scheduled to run daily between Kolkata and Chennai depart from Kolkata Railway Station around 02:30 PM IST and 11:30 PM IST and reach Chennai around 05:00 PM IST (26 hours) and 04:00 AM IST (29 hours) respectively. The ones that are scheduled on certain days of the week are spaced out in such a way that there is at least one train available every 5 to 7 hours on that day.
FareA ticket for Sleeper Class (SL) would cost anything between INR 600/- and INR 750/- while the costs go higher for higher classes. An AC 3-tier (3A) is priced around INR 2000/-, an AC 2-tier (2A) ticket would go for INR 2800/- and an AC First class (1A) ticket would cost approximately INR 4400/-.
TipsIf travellers decide to hit the road to reach Ooty from Chennai, they can take one of the three routes – the NH 544 – NH 79 route, the AH 45 route or the NH 81 – NH 38 route.
Travelling to Ooty from Kolkata by privately owned vehicles is a good option for travellers who want to explore other destinations and attractions in between and have the thrill of a long road trip. Since Ooty is located about 2500 kilometres away from Kolkata, it would take about 35 hours if one drives non-stop, but it would be a strenuous trip. So, overnight stays in-between must be accommodated to get ample rest between destinations. Two main routes lead to Ooty from Kolkata – the AH 45 route (via West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) and the AH 46 – AH 43 route (via Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka). Depending on the stops, travellers can choose the convenient way.
Renting a cab is also an option for those who do not wish to self-drive. There are several cab service providers who offer one-way trip bookings, multi-city sightseeing packages and also return journey. Online service providers like Clear Car Rentals can also be used for instant bookings. Travellers can choose a vehicle of their choice – a basic sedan, a premium vehicle, a sports utility vehicle or a minivan to accommodate all the passengers. It is highly recommended that they travel during the day and halt at a safe location during the night. It would take about 3 to 4 days to reach Ooty from Kolkata if one includes the overnight stays and stops at several destinations in between.
Route OptionsRoute 1: The AH 46 Route
Road ConditionsThe road condition is pretty much decent except for some patches of the entire stretch. The highway close to Andhra Pradesh - Orissa Border is the most affected and has enormous potholes. Also, the courses via hamlets in Orissa, Maharashtra, Andhra, Telangana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are completely unpaved or have a lot of potholes. The West Bengal - Jharkhand border is also known to be a region under the Naxalites. So, travellers need to look at an alternative or drive during safer hours.
Approximate CostThe estimated cost would depend on the type of vehicle one rents. A basic sedan would cost somewhere around INR 46,000/-, a sports utility vehicle would cost around INR 65,000/- and a premium car would take around INR 1,35,000/-. These costs are only an estimated one-way prices not inclusive of driver charges, overnight stay and toll tickets. Most cab service providers also ask for advance payment.
Eating Options on the WayBoth the routes mentioned above have an ample number of restaurants and hotels where travellers can stop for a meal and some rest. As one travels through different states from Kolkata to reach Ooty, they can taste some delicious Odissi, Kannada, Maharastrian, Tamilian, Telangana and Andhra cuisine. Some of the most famous restaurants are Barbeque Nation, Biggies Burger and More, Biryani 247, Smog Resto Café, Biryani Pot, Ismail Restaurant, Hotel Murli Krishna, 18th Century Café, Taansen Restaurants, Hotel Jothi Bhavan, Aroma, Sun Valley Country Club, A2B, Arena Food Court, Green Bawarchi, Savera Biryani Café, The Atmosphere and Girnar Restaurant.
Possible Stopovers on AH 45 Route
Possible stopovers on the AH 46 – AH 43 Route
Travel via bus is the least preferred but most affordable option for travellers who are looking for a direct alternative to reach Ooty from Kolkata. The distance of 2500 kilometres cannot be directly covered in one continuous bus ride, and no direct buses are plying between the two destinations. So, travellers need to be aware about routes and bus schedules as they plan an itinerary accordingly. This knowledge would allow enough rest and also an opportunity to explore other destinations between Kolkata and Ooty. If travellers enjoy bus rides and have enough time to spare, they can make the most of their trip.
Type of Buses AvailableThere are private bus operators and state transport buses like Odisha State Road Transport Corporation, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation and the Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation. Some of the private bus operators are K. P. N Travels, Kallada Travels, Orange Tours and Travels, Kaveri Travels and Diwakar Travels. Most of these buses are A/C Seater and Sleeper buses there are general non A/C Seater and Sleeper buses available too. Travellers can book their tickets according to their preference.
Route TakenUsually, the bus drivers take the AH 45 route if the drop location is Bhubaneshwar, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai and Coimbatore. Also, the route via Jharkhand – West Bengal border (the AH 46 – AH 43 route) is a risky one. Hence, the focus remains on the way that goes via Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu; which is also the shortest route (2205 kilometres).
Bus Timings1. Kolkata to Bhubaneswar
FareThe fare depends on the choice of bus, seats and amenities. Usually a ride, whether on a state transport bus or a private bus would cost anything between INR 650/- and INR 1700/-. The approximate total cost for the journey (includes all the changeovers) is INR 4500/- to INR 5000/- per person.
Typical Stop Point
TipsPlanning well and booking all the required tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid last-minute amendments.
|Important Routes||Time Taken||Distance|
|Coimbatore to Ooty||2 hours 46 mins||84.9 km|
|Bangalore to Ooty||6 hours 15 mins||274 km|
|Hyderabad to Ooty||13 hours 40 mins||847 km|
|Chennai to Ooty||9 hours 27 mins||558 km|
|Coorg to Ooty||5 hours 20 mins||224 km|
|Kolkata to Ooty||1 day 11 hours||2,180 km|
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|Kolkata to Ooty||1 day 11 hours||2,180 km|