Ooty: The Queen of Hill Stations
Visiting Ooty can prove to be a spa retreat for all your senses. After all, the landscapes of this serene hill station in the lap of the Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu look like they have been pulled out straight from a postcard. Ooty’s iconic miniature train, beautifully carved temples, well-manicured gardens, tranquil lakes and fragrant trees all act as catalysts for fun, romance and rejuvenation for travellers. Drive up to the Dolphin’s Nose viewpoint to soak in unmatchable scenery dotted with waterfalls and tea plantations or spot exotic roses at the Rose Garden. Those craving a closer tête-à-tête with nature can plan a camping trip to Avalanche Lake or explore the intriguing Pine Forest. Shopaholics head to Main Bazaar to grab some trendy woolens, pretty silver jewellery, fragrant spices and comforting tea. Whatever you choose to do in Ooty, you will have an unforgettable trip, thanks to the hill station’s fresh vibes and an unending interesting ‘things to do’ list.
Chennai to Ooty
While Ooty tops the list of favourite hill station for most Indians, it is particularly loved by those residing in Chennai, thanks to its vicinity. Since both Chennai and Ooty are situated in the south-Indian state of Tamil Nadu, there are various transport options available to make a trip from Chennai to Ooty once you land at the closest airport – Coimbatore that is only around 85kms away from the hill station. Travellers from Coimbatore to Ooty have the option to take a taxi, train or bus to reach their destination.
Best time to visit Ooty
While Ooty is a perfect vacation destination almost throughout the year, the months of April to June and September to November are said to be the best months to visit it, thanks to the pleasing temperatures and plenty of activity options. If you are visiting Ooty during the month of May, make sure you attend the Summer Festival marked by an impressive display of exotic flowers and many cultural activities. Tea lovers can plan a trip to Ooty in January to catch the unique Tea and Tourism Festival where they can sample teas grown in Ooty and buy their favourite ones for taking back home.Find flights to Coimbatore here
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Chennai to Ooty flight
Let Skyscanner help you plan your trip from Chennai to Ooty. Since taking a flight will be the quickest way to reach Ooty from Chennai, we suggest you book one. The famous hill station is accessible easily from Chennai by taking a flight to the Coimbatore Airport. There are around 100 flights every week from Chennai to Coimbatore that cost an average of INR3,000 (return fare) and have duration of just under an hour. According to Skyscanner’s data, February and March are the ideal months to take a flight from Chennai to Coimbatore as the fares are the cheapest then. To grab the cheapest air tickets to Coimbatore from Chennai, set a Price Alert and we’ll let you know when to book your flights.
Why fly from Chennai to Ooty?
- It saves time and so you get to spend more time at your destination
- Airfares comparable with the rates of other transports if booked in advance.
- It is the most convenient and comfortable option.
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Once you get off at Coimbatore, you have various transport options available to reach Ooty. You can choose from taxi, train or bus.
Taxi: This is the most convenient way to travel from Coimbatore to Ooty. Once you take a cab, you can reach Ooty from Coimbatore Airport in around 3 hours. A basic taxi or an Ola will cost you around INR1,500-INR2,000 for a one-way journey. There are two route options available through Mettupalayam: one that goes through Coonoor and the other that goes through Kotagiri. You can take a one-way taxi to Ooty or book one for entire trip. Since car hire is cheaper in Coimbatore than it is in Ooty, we recommend you book yours with one of the many car rental companies in Coimbatore.
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Train: The other travel option from Coimbatore to Ooty is train. Even though there are no direct trains available between the two spots, you can take the Nilagiri Express to Mettupalayam (around 1 hour) from Coimbatore and then take a taxi from there to Ooty. If you want a scenic ride from Mettupalayam to Ooty, board the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (toy train) that will take you to your vacation destination through beautiful mountains and tea estates.
Bus: There are various AC and non-AC bus options available between Coimbatore and Ooty. The bus ticket fare from Chennai to Ooty ranges from INR400 to INR600, depending on the bus type you select. The journey will take you around 3.5 hours. Once you get off at Coimbatore airport, you will need to travel to the closest pick up point for the bus you select. There are various websites that allow you to book your bus tickets in advance.
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There you go! Now that you have all the travel information you need to plan your holiday from Chennai to Ooty, you should go ahead and book that trip! Book your flights, hotel or rent a car with Skyscanner today. You can do all of these on our award-winning mobile app too.