Ooty Trip Doubts

#1 Jul 12th, 2014, 23:51
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Hi India Miker's,

I was planning for Ooty trip in December this year.
Need help on below points --

1. my flight will be reaching coimbatore in night around 10.Now what is the best option to catch next morning toy train from mettapllyum station ?
( firstly, I couldn't find online travel sites booking hotel near that station or whichever i found was costly)


2 Secondly,i was planning to stay near coimbatore railway station and catch the next morning 5 am train ( nilgiri express) ,now my doubt is that if in winter's december time that train goes late ? then i will miss toy train also..what is the probability of this occurence

3.i was thinking if i would stay near coimbatore railway station and get up at 5 am then take an auto or taxi outside station to drop to Mettapallyum st. how much will they cost around ? and would be safe with family ?


Please let me know which option would be best as logically i have to pay to a hotel if it's in coimbatore or in mettaplyum. But one point is also that i would be reaching coimbatore late and hence bit skeptical that travelling in night to 40 km's that's why thought to stay near station only.
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#2 Jul 13th, 2014, 13:07
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hi, friends please help me...
need your valuable suggestions and help.
#3 Jul 13th, 2014, 13:11
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One recommendation that I read in this forum is Nanda Lodge opposite the bus stand.
#4 Jul 13th, 2014, 14:20
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There is a fourth option
Take a car direct from the airport to Mettupalayam, see here for tariff.

In Mettupalayam we stayed at the Nanda Lodge, simple but clean.
And it is close to the railway station.
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Hi,

aarosh and vonkla, i had read about nanda lodge but no hotel booking website is offering booking for the same.And their on website and payment process i'm not able to trust.
Is there any other options or site which books the same?

Will it be safe to travel from coimbatore airport at 10 to mettapllyum in night..?
isn't the option which i had thought off would work ? ( or that is in some different direction ? ) going to station and catching an cab/auto or train early morning..?
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What is your plan after Ooty? Is it necessary for you take the train while going to Ooty? Would it not be possible for you to take an earlier flight?

If I were you I would stay overnight in Mettupalayam or take an earlier flight.
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We reserved a room in the Nanda lodge by phone the day before we arrived and had no problem.

We too don't like driving by night, but to be sure to be on time in Mettupalayam I think it is still dark when you travel in the morning.
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Originally Posted by nipurn.says View Post Hi India Miker's,

I was planning for Ooty trip in December this year.
Need help on below points --

1. my flight will be reaching coimbatore in night around 10.Now what is the best option to catch next morning toy train from mettapllyum station ?
( firstly, I couldn't find online travel sites booking hotel near that station or whichever i found was costly)


2 Secondly,i was planning to stay near coimbatore railway station and catch the next morning 5 am train ( nilgiri express) ,now my doubt is that if in winter's december time that train goes late ? then i will miss toy train also..what is the probability of this occurence

3.i was thinking if i would stay near coimbatore railway station and get up at 5 am then take an auto or taxi outside station to drop to Mettapallyum st. how much will they cost around ? and would be safe with family ?


Please let me know which option would be best as logically i have to pay to a hotel if it's in coimbatore or in mettaplyum. But one point is also that i would be reaching coimbatore late and hence bit skeptical that travelling in night to 40 km's that's why thought to stay near station only.
Answer to 2: The Nilgiri express generally runs on time. December (are you thinking of fog like in the North?) makes no difference. And also I believe the toy train is timed to start after the Nilgiri arrives - others may be able to confirm if this is still the case.

But it doesn't seem the best option. You will have to wake up very early the next morning just to get the Nilgiri. As others have suggested, take a taxi from coimbatore airport to mettupalayam the previous night. Nanda Lodge has a good reputation. If you don't trust their website payment option, how about calling them and making a verbal booking? Its the system we all trusted before online came along...

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