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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

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.

Hotel Preethi Classic Towers will be our official hospitality partner for the 2nd edition of OOTYULTRA

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Preethi group of hotels is excited to provide the following benefits to the OOTYULTRA runners.

  • special discounted rates only for OOTYULTRA runners
  • premium and budget rooms available
  • Early check-in & late checkout facility
  • Drop to the OOTYULTRA start point (< 2km)

Please note only limited rooms are available. Call the hotel to make sure you have a comfortable stay at OOTY. Call Reservations +919442606507 or write to preethiclassic@gmail.com with the subject "OOTYULTRA Reservation."

About Hotel Preethi Classic Towers

It is a colossal structure spread on an enormous verdant land. The beautiful property unfurls a magical world full of comfort, convenience, solace and ease. The hotel and the rooms are designed for patrons who settle for nothing but the best. The rooms are festooned with stylish interiors, refined furniture and present a picture-perfect stay. Preeti Classic Tower

About Hotel Preethi Palace

The hotel offers an unparalleled relaxing atmosphere and located just 15 minutes from the main bus stand and railway station. Ooty's main attractions like the Botanical Garden and the Rose Garden are within 10-20 mins of walking distance. Preeti Palace

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 (www.ksrtc.in) & 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 (Please note you will not be allowed to return back to Mysore side through Masinagudi due to the dangerous nature off this route. The police will not allow your vehicle to enter the road leading to Masinagudi and you will be directed to go towards Gudalur, right at the Thalaikunda Junction (6km from Ooty). Add another 1 hr 30 mins to your travel time.
  • 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.

Always use lower gears and use the engine breaking to drive downhills.


By Road - Taxi

If you require assistance with any taxi service in Coimbatore - call Vishwam Iyer (Mobile numbers: +919047917184, +919003842713)

Give reference as "OOTYULTRA"


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)


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