Ooty to Kodaikanal – Shortest Route, Travel by Bus or Train

Ooty to Kodaikanal

If you are planning for a trip to Ooty and Kodaikanal?

The beautiful tourist places in Tamil Nadu lies in the Western Ghats. Looking for an escape from the busy city life? A road trip from Ooty to Kodaikanal is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature. The journey covers a distance of around 254 km, and takes approximately 6 to 7 hours to complete.

In this article, We will discuss the below topics:

  • Routes from Ooty to Kodaikanal
  • Distance between Ooty to Kodaikanal
  • The shortest route from Ooty to Kodaikanal
  • Places to visit during the journey, and
  • How to travel from Ooty to Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal One Day Trip from Palani - Hairpin bends


Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a popular hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is located at an altitude of 2,240 metres above sea level, and is known for its pleasant weather and tea plantations.

Some of the famous tourist attractions in Ooty are


Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station located in Tamil Nadu. It is also known as the “Princess of Hill Stations.”

Some of the famous tourist attractions in Kodaikanal are

We will going to see how to travel from ooty to kodaikanal by different mode of transport such as bus, train and by road. The distance between Ooty to Kodaikanal is 254 km

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Ooty to Kodaikanal By Road

Ooty to Mettupalayam

The journey from Ooty to Kodaikanal starts with a drive to Mettupalayam. Mettupalayam is located at a distance of around 51 km from Ooty. When you travel to Mettupalayam, you can see the beauty of the Nilgiri Mountains and tea estates.

From Coonoor, the road descends towards the plains and leads to Mettupalayam. Ooty to Mettupalayam is known for its hairpin bends and beautiful viewpoint. Mettupalayam is a busy town and serves as a gateway to the Nilgiri Mountains.

You can reach the Mettupalayam from Ooty by two ways:

  • First route: Ooty – Coonoor – Burliyar – Mettupalayam (Nearly 51 km)
  • Second route: Ooty – Kotagiri – Mullur – Mettupalayam (Nearly 61 km)

After reach the Mettupalayam, Take few minutes break and start your journey to Palani.

Mettupalayam to Palani

Palani is famous town in Tamil Nadu and Knows for Murugan Temple. Palani is located in the foothill of the Kodaikanal. Located at a distance around 140 km from Mettupalayam. You can reach Palani from Mettupalayam several ways.

  • First Route: Mettupalayam – Annur – Karanampettai – Koduvai – Dharapuram – Palani (139 km)
  • Second Route: Mettupalayam – Annur – Thiruppur – Koduvai – Dharapuram – Palani (137 km)
  • Third Route: Mettupalayam – Coimbatore – Pollachi – Udumalpet- Palani (142 km)

If you are planning to travel by your own car or bike, it is advisable to choose the first or second route. Please note that the second route may have slightly more traffic compared to the first route, as Tirupur tends to have heavy traffic. Therefore, opting for the Karanampettai routes would be a better choice.

If you intend to travel to Palani by public bus or train, the recommended route is Mettupalayam – Coimbatore – Pollachi – Udumalpet – Palani. This route offers the best options for buses and trains. Many buses operate from Coimbatore to Palani at intervals of every 15 minutes. Additionally, there is a train service available from Mettupalayam to Palani, but it is only available during specific times.

Once you reach Palani, You can see the beautiful view of Palani Murugam Temple. After you can start your travel towards Kodaikanal.

Palani to Kodaikanal

When you travel from Palani to Kodaikanal. You might wonders about how many hairpin bends in Kodaikanal. There are 14 hairpin bends on Palani to Kodaikanal road.

If you are traveling in your own car or bike means visit Palani to Kodaikanal page.

If you are traveling using public transport visit Palani to Kodaikanal Bus timing page.

Ooty to Kodaikanal Train

If you are looking to travel by train from Ooty to Kodaikanal, yes, you can. From Ooty to Mettupalayam, you can travel on the Toy Train, which is very famous in India. Once you reach Mettupalayam, there are trains available to reach Palani, but there are not many options. Alternatively, you can reach Coimbatore and from there, you can take a train to Palani Railway Station.

Once you reach Palani Railway Station, first reach the Palani bus stand. You can reach the bus stand by bus, auto, or even on foot but keep in mind the distance between bus stand and Railway station is nearly 1.3 km. From the Palani bus stand, buses operate to Kodaikanal for Palani to Kodaikanal bus timings.

Mettupalayam to Coimbatore Train Timings

08.20 AM, 10.55 AM, 01.05 PM, 04.45 PM, 07.15 PM

Sunday: 08.20 AM, 01.05 PM, 04.45 PM

Approximate Travel time between Ooty to Kodaikanal by Train: 10 to 11 hrs

  • Ooty to Mettupalayam – 4 hrs
  • Mettupalayam to Coimbatore Junction – 30 mins
  • Coimbatore Junction to Palani Railway Station – 3 hrs
  • There is no railway station in Kodaikanal. Nearest one is Palani Railway Station.
  • Bus travel time Palani to Kodaikanal – 3 hrs

This timings is may increase or decrease depend on several factors such as Waiting for Train, Traffic

Ooty to Kodaikanal Bus

If you are looking to travel by bus from Ooty to Kodaikanal, yes, you can. Take a bus from Ooty to Mettupalayam and from Mettupalayam you can reach Coimbatore. There are lot of buses operate between Mettupalayam to Coimbatore Gandhipuram. From Gandhipuram you can take local bus to reach Ukkadam.

In Ukkadam every 15 mins there is bus for Palani. From the Palani bus stand, buses operate to Kodaikanal.

Visit this Coimbatore to Kodaikanal bus timings to know Coimbatore to Kodaikanal bus timings.

Visit this Palani to Kodaikanal bus timings to know Palani to Kodaikanal bus timings.

Approximate Travel time between Ooty to Kodaikanal by Bus: 9 to 11 hrs

  • Ooty to Mettupalayam – 3 hrs
  • Mettupalayam to Coimbatore – 1 hrs
  • Gandhipuram to Ukkadam – 30 mins
  • Ukkadam to Palani – 2.30 hrs
  • Palani to Kodaikanal – 3 hrs

This timings is may increase or decrease depend on several factors such as Driving speed, Waiting for Bus, Traffic. So, pack your bags, and hit the road for a memorable journey through the hills.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below. I’ll do my best to provide you with a helpful answer.

Have a great journey

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