Coonoor is located at a distance of about 295 km from Bangalore. Coonoor is known for the production of Nilgiri tea and is well-connected to Bangalore by roadways and railways. However, the best way to reach Coonoor is by bus from Bangalore, which takes about 5 hours. The places covered between Bangalore to Coonoor include Bangalore - 59km -> Kanakapura - 70km -> Bannur - 35km -> Kadakola - 72km -> Bandipur - 68km -> Coonoor. There are several petrol pumps of Bharat Petroleum and HP, apart from hospitals, ATMs and road-side dhabas on the route.
Transport options from Bangalore to Coonoor
Bangalore to Coonoor By Bus: Take a direct bus from Bangalore to Coonoor, which takes around 5 hours. Several government luxury buses operated by the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation are available. The Coonoor bus terminal is located at a distance of about 9 km from the city centre and can be reached by bus, taxi or auto-rickshaw. Ideal for individual travellers and backpackers.
Bangalore to Coonoor By Car: Take a cab from Bangalore to Coonoor, which takes around 6 hours. The cost of cabs ranges from INR15 to INR45 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Ideal for families, seniors and groups.
Bangalore to Coonoor By Train: No direct train is available from Bangalore to Coonor. However, you can take a train from Bangalore City Junction to Coimbatore Junction, the nearest railway station to Coonoor, which takes around 8 hours. Coonoor city centre is 72 km away from Coimbatore Junction and can be reached by auto-rickshaw, rickshaw or bus. Ideal for families, seniors and groups.
The experience via Bandipur Forest was quite awesome. We enjoyed the travel. We took our own car and it took around 7 hrs from Bangalore to reach Coonoor. Overall, good travel from Bangalore to Coonoor.
First half of the journey is normal.but as soon as you enter Bandipur, the scene changes drastically.You can see herds of Deer in the jungle. If lucky, you can see Elephants taking bath. Then as soon as you cross Bandipur, you reach Madumalai. Another wildlife reserve. roads are a little bad in this stretch of around 5 km. Once you cross Madumalai, you reach Gundulpet, the start of Nilgiris. after that with every passing minute the temperature goes on decreasing and the landscape turns from good to great. I bet you cannot stop saying WOW!!! after every curve.
Stopped at great view points for hot tea at road-side tea stalls, chocolate tea is popular, Bandipur Forest stretch is best. We started from Mysore by 9 Am, reached Singara Estates by 2 Pm with short tea breaks, coffee day visit at Ooty.
On the way back, the Bandipur Forest road is 'one-way', we had to take a different road that hits Gudalur area. The road is narrow, but the scenic beauty is too good with variety of flora and fauna including variety of Bamboo trees. But, slight curvy, hence giddiness and puking sensations could be there for some.
I took the NH7 and NH47 route, though it is longer, it is a lot quicker with wider roads without any speed breakers (like the ones on Mysore Road). It took around 7 hours with stops for breakfast. There a tolls on this road which consume the maximum time.
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