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How To Reach Ooty

By Air: ‘Coimbatore National Airport’ situated 100 km away is the nearest airport from Ooty. Coimbatore airport is well connected with many important cities of the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Cochin, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Pune, Jammu, etc via regular flights.
Apart from the domestic air services, International flights plying from Coimbatore airport link it with countries like Bangkok, Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Sharjah, Colombo, Doha, Dubai, Singapore, etc. The airlines that cater services at ‘Coimbatore Airport’ include Indian Airlines, Air India, Air Deccan, Go Air, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Kingfisher, Indigo, etc.
Mysore Airport is located approximately 160 km from Ooty. Kingfisher Airlines offer daily ATR service from Mysore to Ooty. The Government of TamilNadu is undertaking a project to start a new Helicopter Service – ‘Pawanhans’ that would ply between Ooty and Coimbatore.
By Rail: Mettupalayam, nearly 46 km from Ooty is the nearest broad-gauge railway station. Nilagiri Express (Train No. 2671) links Mettupalayam to Chennai, which is particularly a night train.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) and The Ooty Toy Train run between Ooty and Mettupalayam. The train rout that joins Mettupalayam to Ooty is extremely panoramic and spectacular. Even though this odyssey is time consuming, drifting around the blue hills is one of the best life experiences. As the toy train uses steam engine, the speed of this train mostly ranges from 5 to 10 kilometer per hour. So tourists can even get down and walk along the train in the charming woods. But this is quite risky at times and is not recommended. If train suddenly catches speed, you can either be left behind or meet with an accident while trying to jump into the train. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2005.
Sometimes the toy train engine breaks down and the repairing might take 2 to 9 hours. So tourists mostly opt for hiring a taxi from Mettupalayam for Ooty. A journey via taxi is a faster and safer mode.
By Road: Ooty is located 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 runs through Ooty and the roads here are in a very good condition. Five different roads that pass through the Nilgiri Ghats connect Ooty with other major cities of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala states. These roads are very well maintained and nominal tolls are taken here. Mettupalayam is also allied with Ooty via road.
The State Transport buses bridge Ooty with nearby towns and cities. Direct bus services are available from Ooty to Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Madurai, Karur, Tirupur, Sathyamangalam, Thiruchirapalli, Dindigul, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Thanjavur, Kozhikode, Palghat, Nilambur, Sulthan, Bathery, Puducherry, Gundlupet, etc.