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6th Edition




OOTY is simply an exciting travel destination

Ooty is considered the “Queen of Hills” in the Nilgiris range. The word Nilgiri is derived from two Sanskrit words ‘Nilam’ means blue, and ‘Giri’ means hill. The literal meaning of the Nilgiris is ‘The Blue Hills.’ Ooty, with an attitude of 7600 feet, is also called Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam. Ooty is one of the prominent hill stations of South India, and it is popularly called the Switzerland of South India (read more)

Ooty is a beautiful mountain town that can be visited all year round. The ideal time to visit is between April to June (season) and September to November (also called the second season).

The weather during the summer period is generally pleasant as you can venture out for day sightseeing and other tourist activities. Approximately 65% of the geographical area of the Nilgiris district lies at an altitude of 1800-2500 meters above mean sea level.

Taxi Service

Call Arfath at +919894476186 for taxi arrangements from Coimbatore (any location including Airport, Train/bus Station etc.) and mention you are running the Ootyultra.

Travel by Train

  • The nearest station is Mettupalayam. You can travel to Ooty by the Government-operated bus service with a travel time of 2 hrs (approx)
  • Another large station is Coimbatore, which takes 3 hours to reach Ooty.
  • If you are not in a rush, you can enjoy the toy train ride from Mettupalayam to Ooty, which takes around 4-5 hrs travel time. The route is the most scenic and one of the oldest. Blue Mountains railways were constructed by the British in the 19th Century.

Travel by Road

Government operated buses

Look for buses in the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation-operated buses TNSC here.

The Karnataka Government ( & Kerala State Government operate many buses too.

Private buses

There are many private operators providing bus services to Ooty. Use travel websites to locate them. You may consider booking a semi-sleeper or a sleeper coach bus upon your return journey to get some rest for your tired legs/body.

Car/any other self-driven or driver-driven vehicles

  • Coimbatore –> Mettupalayam –> Coonoor –> Ooty (many government operated buses are available) ~3 hr
  • Coimbatore –> Mettupalayam –> Kotagiri –> Ooty (longer, unless you want to enjoy the scenic ride)
  • Bangaluru –> Mysore –> Gundlupet –> Bandipur –> Masinagudi –> Ooty (WARNING: If you are driving a vehicle registered outside of the Nilgiris District, you will not be allowed to travel to Masinagudi from Ooty through the ghat section. Alternatively, go to Gudalur to get to Mysuru with an additional 1 hr 30 mins to your travel time)
  • Bangaluru –> Mysore –> Gundlupet –> Bandipur–> Gudalur –> Ooty (longer) (direct buses are available)

WARNING: if you are new to mountain driving, exercise extreme safety precautions, wear your seat belt, and maintain traffic discipline. Always use lower gears and use the engine braking to drive downhills.

Travel by Air