HOW TO GET THERE?
If you're travelling from Bangalore , you can reach Ooty by the following ways:
1. Via Bus : There are a number of overnight buses running everyday from Bangalore to Ooty. It takes around 9-10 hours to reach there and would cost you roughly about INR 900 in Non-AC and INR 1200 in AC sleeper buses.
2.Via Train : The nearest railway station to Ooty is Mettupalayam. Note that there is no direct train to Ooty. Hence, you have to catch a bus from this railway station to reach Ooty.
3.Via Flight: Coimbatore airport is the nearest domestic airport to Ooty that is around 88 kms away . So if you're travelling from North side of India , then it's better to travel first to Coimbatore and then rent a cab or catch a bus.
4. A bike ride or a self driven car would be something I would suggest if you're planning to visit place. You can experience this wonderful stretch of drive with some adrenaline rush. Stop wherever you want (Except the Bandipur forest reserve for safety reasons) and take some crazy instagrammable pictures.
We booked a Maruti Suzuki Swift from Zoomcar .You need to upload your driving license while booking and they charge a security deposit of INR 3000. But if you are a member of ZOOMCAR SUPERMILERS CLUB , you don't need to pay the deposit. How can you become a member?
-All you need is 2 bookings or a 400 kms driven ride .
We paid around INR 10,00 for 3 days (Without Fuel and for around 800 kms ). The total cost for Diesel was INR 3000. It also covered all of our sight seeing and travels in and around Ooty .
Otherwise , the travel cost in Ooty is really high.Cabs charges around INR 1500 to travel from Ooty to Coonoor which is only 28kms . But you can travel via bus which will cost only INR 16.
You can also book from other self driven car rentals like Drivezy or Revv .
There are two routes to reach Ooty from Bangalore.
ROUTE 1 : Bangalore→Mysore→Bandipur→Madhumalai→Masinagudi→Ooty
ROUTE 2 : Ooty→Gudalur→Madhumalai→Bandipur→Mysore→Bangalore
No matter what route you opt for, you have to pass the Bandipur forest reserve ( Famous for it's wildlife and tiger reserve) .This is the place where we were lucky enough to spot peacocks , elephants , wild cock and a lot of deer in the wild.
We left Bangalore at 2 am in the morning and reached the jungle around 4.Highway lead into the jungle followed by 36 steep hair pin bends.