Ooty to Coimbatore by Road – Distance, Time and Useful Travel Information

Also historically known as Kovai, Coimbatore is the second-largest city of Tamil Nadu (after Chennai). Sitting on the banks of Noyyal River and flanked by the Western Ghats, the city, also called the Manchester of South India, is best known for its massive textile industry. Ooty, the picturesque hill station, is the nearest hill station from Coimbatore, making it a popular getaway destination for residents and tourists alike.

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Why travel from Ooty to Coimbatore?

Coimbatore, the Manchester of South India, is known for its extensive cotton fields, textile industry, and educational institutions. It is located in the vicinity of the Eastern Ghats and has several picturesque hill stations and landscapes surrounding it. When you take a road trip from Ooty to Coimbatore, you can enhance your experience by enjoying everything that lies on the way. By opting for Savaari’s car rental service in Ooty, you can turn your drive into a fun-filled journey and also customize the trip to your liking, travel time, and budget.

Traveling from Ooty to Coimbatore by car

There are various routes to travel from Ooty to Coimbatore by car. First, you need to consider your location in Ooty and choose a route that is best suited to you. Cutting through city traffic can take a lot of time and drain you of your energy. The route between Coimbatore and Ooty has around 15 hairpin bends like the ones you find in the Himalayas. With our completely customizable Ooty to Coimbatore trip packages, you can stop at any of these places and do quick sightseeing. Let us help you discover the best routes to travel from Ooty to Coimbatore by car.


Important Highway Information about Ooty to Coimbatore

Highway Name Ooty to Coimbatore Highway
Alternate Name National Highway 181
Highway Number NH-181
Distance 81.1 Km
Starting Point Ooty 
End Point Coimbatore 
Highway Quality Average

Best time to visit

Coimbatore enjoys very moderate weather for most parts of the year. The ideal time to visit this city is from winter through spring. Summers are also good to travel but they can be quite warm. Some people also travel to Coimbatore during the monsoons but the humidity rises during these months. It is best to avoid traveling from Ooty to Coimbatore during the monsoon months of July, August, and September as heavy rains can disrupt daily activities.

Quick facts about Ooty to Coimbatore

Road Distance from Ooty to Coimbatore 81.1 Km
Aerial Distance from Ooty to Coimbatore 52 kms
Travel Time for Ooty to Coimbatore 2 hours and 55 minutes
Best Routes Ooty to Coimbatore Via NH181
Best time to visit November and February

Popular routes from Ooty to Coimbatore

Route 1: Distance and Time taken from Ooty to Coimbatore via NH181

If you are traveling by car, then this is the best way to cover the Ooty to Coimbatore distance of 90 km. Before you plan your trip, remember that Coimbatore is prone to heavy traffic during specific hours of the day/week. Hence, it is important to check for live traffic updates and schedule your trip accordingly. With regular traffic, this trip should not take more than 3 hours.

Here’s a basic Ooty to Coimbatore  road map for this route:

Ooty-> Coonoor -> Odanthurai -> Bettathapuram -> TNP Nagar -> Coimbatore

Popular places along the way:

  • Kattery Park, Coonoor – This is a picturesque park with flower gardens, waterfall, play areas, and a range of other attractions.
  • Black Thunder Water Theme Park, Mettupalayam – This water park is at a distance of around 38 km from Coimbatore. It is located at the foot of the Nilgiris and offers various amusement rides.
  • Karamadai Ranganathar Temple, Karamadai – Located at a distance of around 27 km from Coimbatore, the Karamadai Ranganathar Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
  • Ramayana Theme Park, Periyanaickenpalayam – Located at a distance of around 20 km from Coimbatore, the Ramayana Theme Park has games and rides structured on the theme of the Hindu Epic Ramayana. Also, there is a board explaining the story from Ramayana next to each ride.
Kattery Park, Coonoor

Places to eat on this route:

Here is a list of places you can eat while traveling from Ooty to Coimbatore.

  • The Culinarium, Bicketty – a must-visit for continental food
  • Teetuu Home Made Chocolate Factory, Coonoor – for some lip-smacking homemade chocolates
  • Grand Restaurant, Odanthurai – for South Indian food
  • Food Land Restaurant, Odanthurai –  a great place for Indian and Chinese cuisines

Route 2: Distance and time taken from Ooty to Coimbatore via SH 15

If you want to avoid the hairpin bends, then you can take a slightly longer route by taking the SH 15 Road instead of continuing on NH181. The total distance increases to around 98 km and the travel time is around 3-3.5 hours.

Here’s a basic Ooty to Coimbatore road map for this route:

Ooty -> Kotagiri -> Mettupalayam -> Bettadapuram -> TNP Nagar -> Coimbatore

Popular places along the way:

  • Ooty Lake View point – enjoy boating and other fun activities along with beautiful views here.
  • Ketti Valley View Point – Views across tea fields, grassy plains & hillside vistas of wildflowers, with rustic lodges nearby.
  • Lamb’s Rock – Elevated destination offering views of the mountains & surrounding coffee & tea estates.
  • Thunder World – Kid-oriented amusement park with a dinosaur attraction & an indoor snow room, plus a food court.
Ooty Lake View Point

Places to eat on this route:

While traveling from Ooty to Coimbatore, you will find numerous dhabas and restaurants offering lip-smacking food. Some options are:

  • Amma’s Kitchen –  for yummy South Indian food.
  • Hyderabad Biryani House –  a great place for Hyderabadi cuisines.
  • Abiruchi Multicuisine Restaurant – A family restaurant offering good quality South Indian food.
  • Susee The Family Restaurant – Authentic delicacies and hygienic service providing restaurant.
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Other means of traveling from Ooty to Coimbatore 

Coimbatore International Airport is the main airport in Coimbatore but Ooty does not have an airport. However, you can travel from Ooty to Coimbatore by train.

How to reach Coimbatore by Train?

You can reach Coimbatore by train, which is available daily. It is important to note that being a mountainous region, there is no direct train from Ooty to Coimbatore. You can take a mountain train from Ooty to reach Mettupalaym & then take a regular broad- guage train from Mettupalaym to Coimbatore. There are 8 trains that ply between Mettupalayam to Coimbatore, of which 3 trains ply daily.

The fastest train is the Coimbatore – Mettupalayam MEMU Express Special. The total time taken from Mettupalayam to Coimbatore can vary between 45 minutes and one hour, depending upon the train you choose. Therefore, for the updated Mettupalayam to Coimbatore train timings, check with IRCTC for their latest timetables.

How to reach Coimbatore by Flight?

There are no flights between Ooty and Coimbatore since Ooty does not have an airport. The closest airport to Ooty is in Coimbatore. You can book an Ooty to Coimbatore airport taxi to have a hassle-free road trip. You can also directly book a taxi in Ooty to reach your destination.

Explore Coimbatore like a local: A handy guide

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu’s second-largest city, is nestled on the banks of the River Noyyal and is known as the “Manchester of South India.” Coimbatore, popularly known as Kovai, is a friendly city set against a bustling backdrop of activity and industry.

Attractions in Coimbatore for sightseeing

Coimbatore is a bustling historical city and home to museums, art, and some wonderful sights to explore. Find below a handy guide on major attractions in Coimbatore–

  • Adiyogi Shiva Statue – A massive stone statue of the meditating Shiva standing at the Velliangiri Foothills, featured in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • GD Car Museum – Vintage and retro car museum featuring automobiles from all over the world.
  • Kari Motor Speedway – Houses a Formula 3 racing track and hosts some of the best car and motorbike racing events in the country.
  • The Gass Forest Museum – Government-run natural history museum housing a large collection of stuffed wildlife, plant fossils and preserved tree trunks.
  • Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery & Textile Museum – Showcasing the rich history of Coimbatore, this museum teaches visitors about the evolution of the city and its cultural heritage.

Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Coimbatore

While Coimbatore is a historical town and a rich cultural centre, the city is also an industrial hub of the region, offering a vibrant food culture that has something for everyone.

  • Geetha Cafe – Geetha Hall Rd
  • The French Door Cafe & Restaurant – 102, Bashyakarlu Rd, Vincent Colony, R S Puram West,
  • Shree Anandhaas – 205 C Avanashi Road, Opposite Kmch Coimbatore Aerodrome
  • Welcom Cafe Kovai – 1266/14 West Club Road, Race Course Area
  • Annalakshmi – Race Course Road, Pazhamudir Nilayam Building, III Floor

Hotels and Resorts – Accommodation in Coimbatore

Hotel Name Address
Dwaraka Inn by Vista Rooms NRG Street, Nachimuthu Layout, Kuppakonam Pudur, K K Pudur, Tamil Nadu – 641038
Vivanta Coimbatore 105, Race Course Rd, Gopalapuram, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641018
The Residency Towers 1075, Avinashi Rd, P N Palayam, Tamil Nadu 641018
Le Méridien Coimbatore 762 Avinashi Road Neelambur, Village, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641062
Fairfield by Marriott Coimbatore 469, 2B, Airport Rd, TNHB Colony, Civil Aerodrome Post, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641014

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