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.
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.
Reaching Coonoor from Bangalore was not that difficult. We reached Mysore from Bangalore a day before and stayed over night. Next day morning 7 we took bus from Mysore to Ooty. After reaching ooty we took taxi to Coonoor. Taxi charged us 950 from Ooty to Conoor which is 30 km.
The road is good. One has to pass through the forest and passing through the wild lake, that itself is excellent. Got to see few animals (not getting specific) and it was lovely. The climbing up through the hairpin road is interesting. One has to drive very carefully.
It was an excellent journey as always as it was punctual on time, courteous driver and conductor, AC was moderate, best online portal for booking, good linen, water bottle provided, best fares compared to all bus operators, roundtrip discount, etc, etc the list goes on.
I opted for sleeper bus for taking rest as we roamed during our trip. KPN Travels are always good in tourist travelling. Sleeper bus looks great and no disturbance from the driver's side in regards to its ride as the bus went smoothly.
Cons: Drivers and conductors should keep little calm towards passenger and everything else was good.
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