Guidelines for the participants of POS
Participants of the POS are requested to abide by the following rules for use of facilities at RAC, Ooty.


1. Please see our web page for the updates of the program (
2. Students may make use of the RAC Library only during regular working hours. Please introduce yourself to the Library-In-Charge and enter your name in the visitor’s register.
3. Students are not allowed to borrow any books from the library. Students will be responsible for safe keeping of the books. The books must NOT be taken out of the building to your rooms.
4. Limited photocopy facility will be available on the guide’s recommendation. For any help, please contact Library-In-Charge.
5. Students using any equipment in the Observatory for their work must do so with the guide’s approval.
6. Students are required to return all RAC items available with them to his/her guide before leaving the Institute on completion of the program.
7. Travel allowances only for outstation candidates will be paid as mentioned in the letter. Please download the Traveling Allowance form from and submit the same duly filled in tothe accounts section. You will need to attach a copy of the ticket with the Traveling Allowance Form.
8. For any query, feel free to contact us at or over phone at 0423 2244 880/888.

How to reach RAC-Ooty?

(I) Information on how to reach Ooty from Coimbatore railway station:

From Coimbatore Railway Station to Ooty Bus Stand (Or) New Bus stand

a) Take City Bus up to Gandhipuram Bus Stand by paying Rs.4 to 7/-

b) Gandhipuram Bus stand to Ooty Bus stand (Or) New Bus stand City Bus No.150.

Rs. 7/- will be charged.

c) OR take an auto rickshaw to New Bus Stand.


At the New Bus stand, you have to stand in a queue for Ooty Bus. The fare is approximately Rs. 55/- per head. The Travel time from Coimbatore to Ooty is approximately four hours.

There are passenger trains from Coimbatore to Mettupalayam and Mettupalayam to Ooty (meter gauge). Though there are some trains (meter gauge) plying from Mettupalayam Railway Station to Ooty, it is advisable to avoid the train service since they are not reliable. There will be a heavy rush by tourists and it is better to use bus service.

(II) If you are coming from the Northern part of Kerala or from Karnataka, it is advisable to take a bus that will be coming to/via Gudallur or directly to Ooty. There are direct buses available from Calicut, Mysore, Bangalore and Palakkad. It is advisable to come via Coimbatore for students from Tamil Nadu and other parts of Kerala.


Please remember to take State Transport buses to get the Travelling Allowances (TA).


Some Useful information on Hotels at Ooty

Please note that the Hotel Charges will be varying between Rs.500 to 5000/- for a double room. 

The following are the Phone Numbers of few reliable moderate hotels.


I) YWCA of India Project, Anandagiri, Ettiness Road, Ooty- 643 001

Phone No. 94423 22022

Project Manager: Mr. A. Patrick Titus


II) Hotel Tamil Nadu -Youth Hostel:

Telephone : 0423 - 2443665


III) Hotel Tamil Nadu:

Contact person: Mr. Gunalan

Phone No; 0423 - 2444370 to 77

FAX: 0423 - 2444369