How To Reach Ooty
By Air: ‘Coimbatore National Airport’ is the nearest airport which is situated 100 km away from Ooty. Coimbatore is well connected with many major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Kozhikode, Hyderabad, Trivendram, Jammu etc via regular flights.
International flights from Coimbatore airport connect it with countries like Bahrain, Bangkok, Kuwait, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Doha, Singapore, Dubai, Colombo, etc. The airlines that provide service at ‘Coimbatore Airport’ include Air Deccan, Jet Airways, Go Air, Kingfisher, Indian Airlines, Spicejet, Indigo, Air India, etc.
Mysore Airport is about 160 km away from Ooty and Kingfisher Airlines provide daily ATR service from here. The Government of Tamilnadu is looking forward to starting a new Helicopter Service – ‘Pawanhans’ to Ooty from Coimbatore.
By Rail: Mettupalayam, situated 46 km away, is the nearest broad-gauge railway station from Ooty. This station is connected with Chennai through Nilagiri Express (Train No. 2671), which runs only in night.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) and The Ooty Toy Train connect Ooty to Mettupalayam. The train rout between Mettupalayam and Ooty is extremely spectacular and though it is time consuming, running around the blue hills in the train is one of the best life experiences. The speed of the toy train using steam engine is mostly about 5 to 10 km per hour. So tourists can even get down and walk along the train in the woods. But this is quite risky at times and is not recommended.
In July 2005 UNESCO declared The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) as a World Heritage Site.
But sometimes the toy train engine may break down and the repairing can take 2 to 9 hours. Tourists mostly prefer to take a cab from Mettupalayam to Ooty, the faster and the safer mode.
By Road: Ooty is 535 km from Chennai, 290 km from Bangalore, 236 km from Kodaikanal, 155 km from Mysore, 105 km from Coimbatore and 18 km from Kannur. National Highway no. 67 connects Ooty and the roads are very good. Five different roads passing through the Nilgiri Ghats connect Ooty with other major cities of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Kelrala states. Mettupalayam is also connected with Ooty through road.
The State Transport buses link Ooty to nearby towns and cities. Direct bus service is available from Ooty to Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Salem, Karur, Sathyamangalam, Dindigul, Thiruchirapalli, Chennai, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Thanjavur, Mysore, Kozhikode, Nilambur, Palghat, Sulthan Bathery, Gundlupet, Puducherry etc.
The roads passing through the Nilgiri Mountains are well maintained and nominal tolls are taken to all these roads.