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How To Reach Coonoor From Chennai

A hill station of red-tile rooftops and tea-scented plantations
Tourism In Coonoor

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Quick Information

Current weather:

Best time to visit:

Oct - Mar



Ideal Duration:

2-3 Days

Hills Tea Factory Sightseeing

How To Reach Coonoor

From-To Distance By Air By Train By Road
Chennai to Coonoor -14.0 hours10.0 hours

Chennai To Coonoor Guide

The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai is a primary transport hub in South India. It serves as the main gateway to major tourist destinations in the state. There are regular trains, buses, and flights from Chennai to Coonoor. Depending on the budget and number of days, travellers can plan their trip from Chennai to Coonoor accordingly. Here are the details for those wondering how to reach Coonoor from Chennai using different options:

Chennai to Coonoor by Air

Chennai International Airport (MAA) is well connected by flights from all over the world. The nearest airport from Coonoor is the airport in Coimbatore. Nonstop flights between Chennai and Coimbatore are provided by SpiceJet, Jet Airways, IndiGo, and Air India. Travellers can board a bus or a rent a taxi from Coimbatore to Coonoor. It takes a little over one hour to travel from Chennai to Coimbatore via flight and then another 2-3 hour to reach Coonoor from Coimbatore.

Chennai to Coonoor by Train

Coimbatore Junction and Mettupalayam Junction are two of the nearest railway stations from Coonoor. Chennai Central Coimbatore Shatabdi Express, Chennai Central Thiruvananthpuram SF Express, Chennai Mangaluru Central SF Mail, and Cheran SF Express are major trains between Chennai and Coimbatore with shortest travel time. It takes about 8 hours to reach Coimbatore from Chennai. After reaching the Coimbatore Junction, one can either take another train to Mettupalayam where Nilgiri Mountain Railway begins or just hire a taxi to Coonoor from the train station.

Chennai to Coonoor by Road

Despite both places being located in the same state, the distance from Chennai to Coonoor is about 545 km. It may take up to 11 hours to travel from Chennai to Coonoor via bus. Both AC and non-AC buses depart mostly from Koyambedu stand. Car rentals are also available but it’s more expensive than taking an AC bus to Coonoor.


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FAQ's of Coonoor

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What are major tourist places in Coonoor?

From waterfalls to viewpoints, Coonoor has a lot to offer. Highfield Tea Estate, Dolphin’s Nose, Sim’s Park, and Catherine Waterfalls are main attractions.

Which are the best tea plantations to visit in Coonoor?

Highfield Tea Estate, Tea Nest, Coonoor Tea Estate, and Booklands Tea Estate are famous tea plantations in Coonoor.

How to reach Coonoor?

Coonoor is about 70 km from Coimbatore and 20 km from Ooty. One can hire a taxi or board a public bus to reach Coonoor from Coimbatore. Another viable option is to board the toy train from Mettupalayam.

What is the best time to visit Coonoor?

October through March remains the most popular time to visit Coonoor.

Is it safe to travel to Coonoor?

Generally, tourist destinations in South India are safe to visit. There is no need for women, solo travellers or even families to take extra safety measures.