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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

How can one travel within Ooty?

Reema Bhalla DEC 10 2012
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Once in Ooty, you obviously will have plans to roam around and explore the scenic delights of this town. And for that, you should have a brief idea about what all is available to ferry you around. Here we do our bit to ensure you get the basic information about the means of transport in Ooty available for you.


  • Rickshaws
    If you intend to visit places around Ooty, rickshaws are a good option to roam around this beautiful hill station. They may be slow but if you have time in your hands, you may just as well enjoy the cool breeze and the local flavours of this lovely place.
    Rickshaws do not normally charge more than INR 30, although you may try bargaining a bit.

  • Rented Bicycles
    Also, since most of the sites of tourist interest are located nearby, renting bicycles may be an exciting way to paddle around. A cycle will cost you approximately INR 20 for an hour, and cycles, as such are available in plenty to be hired.

  • Taxis/ Tourist Cabs
    It is very easy to find taxis as soon as you set foot on this hill station. Right from the railway station to all the other places in the town, taxis are a very convenient mode if you are looking to travel for a faster and comfortable mode. From the station to your hotel, you may have to shell out INR 200, while travelling within the town may start at INR 100.
    However, if you intend to hire a cab/jeep for a day, you could be asked to pay anywhere between INR 700 to INR 1000. You should verify in advance with the taxi operators or whoever arranges for the cab that there are no hidden costs such as parking or lunch in the deal. Also avoid going to the restaurants or hotels that these cabs take you to as they are most likely to get commissions from them. So travel wisely.

  • Buses
    The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Board as well as private tour operators organize day-trips on buses. A day-trip by bus is likely to cost you anywhere between INR 125 to INR 150. It is an efficient and fast means of transport in Ooty.
    Again beware of profit-motivated private tour-operators.

Being a smart traveller is definitely going to prove a very desired quality in a tourist. Judiciously make your pick, and set on a joyride across this city of the hills.

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