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How To Reach Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Ooty, located in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It is famous for its lush green hills and landscapes. The hill station is fairly well connected by road and the weather is almost always favourable, so just pack your bags and head out! But first, here's all you need to know to reach Ooty comfortably.
Ooty does not have any airports. But there are other airports nearby which serve well while getting to this hill station. Coimbatore is the nearest airport. It is only 88 km away from Ooty (just a 2-hour drive away). Most Indian cities are connected to Coimbatore airport via direct and regular flights. Bangalore is another option. Bangalore airport is well connected with other international flights. It is about 295 km away from Ooty.
The best-suggested way to reach Ooty by train is to take the toy train ride from Coonoor to the Nilgiri Hills. This ride will offer a unique experience and breathtaking views of the land. There are other trains directly to Ooty from major cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Chennai. Another option is Mettupalayam railway station which is just 40 km away from Ooty.
Traveling to Ooty by road is the most scenic route you will possibly take. Getting to Ooty via road requires you to drive through the dense reserve forests around. It is a great way for explorers and people who love long drives. It is about 9-hour drive from the capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai and about 6 hours from Bangalore. The roads are in great conditions and are a pleasure to drive through.
Getting Around in Ooty
By Cab: Being heavily dependent on tourism, there are plenty of cabs and tour cars available here. While there are no definitive costs, special care should be taken for bookings as you might be over charged. Mostly, parking and driver lunches are paid for already.
By Bus: Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation and Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation have regular bus services for tourists and locals alike. These connect almost all of the major tourist spots. A day’s trip could cost no more than Rs. 150.
By Autorickshaws: Since roadways are the most convenient mode of transport, one can find auto rickshaws in plenty. The minimum charge for these is Rs. 30. b