Published: March 15, 2018

Ooty, in the Nilgiris range, is regarded as the "Queen of Hills". 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 important hill stations of South India and it is popularly called as 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 the months of 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 geographical area of the Nilgiri district lies at an altitude of 1800-2500 metres above mean sea level.

Hotels & Accommodation

Try to find hotels near the YWCA Anandagiri. YWCA Anandagiri will be the race start point and once the race is complete the runners will be brought back to the OOTY town. The exact details regarding the transportation arrangements made will be published in the month of March.

By Train

  • Nearest broad-gauge train station is Mettupalayam (2 hrs bus ride to Ooty)
  • Coimbatore has much wider connectivity (3 hr bus ride to ooty).
  • Mettuppalayam to Ooty has the toy train - 4-5 hrs travel time

By Road - Bus

Government operated Look for buses in the Tamil Nade State Transport Corporation operated buses TNSC here The Karnataka ( & Kerala State Government operates many buses too. Private operators There are many private operators provide bus services to Ooty. Use the travel websites to locate them. You may want to consider booking a semi-sleeper or a sleeper coach buses upon your return journey to get some good rest for your tired legs/body.

By Road - CAR

By 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
  • 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

By Road - Taxi

If you need assistance with Taxi in Coimbatore - call Vishwam Iyer (Mobile number: +918903449668) (from the city, railway station or from airport) (pickup and drop facilities available).

Give reference as "Kannan, Bangalore"

By Air

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore (Check flights to Coimbatore)

Bangalore (Flights to Bangalore)

From the airport, choose to travel from road/train to Ooty (see other sections)