Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty
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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Rank 5
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146 Ratings & 115 Reviews

About Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.35 AM - 6.35 PM , Saturday: 9.35 AM - 6.35 PM , Sunday: 9.35 AM - 6.35 PM , Public Holidays: 9.35 AM - 6.35 PM

Any tourist who comes to visit Ooty wants to travel by this train. This train has an interesting history apart from the vintage charm that it exudes. The Nilgiris toy train” connects Ooty to Mettupalyam at the foot of the Nilgiris. The Nilgiri Hill railway

What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

Experience scale
  • Excellent 71
  • Very Good 29
  • Good 14
  • Average 0
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage
Thejasvi. Bhat.

  • Tourist
  • Thejasvi. Bhat.
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  161 helpful votes
  •  2855 readers
  • Posted Feb 22, 2016
Overall Rating
  • 334

115 traveller reviews for Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Pavan Kumar

  • Connoisseur
  • Pavan Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 12 photos
  • 40 Reviews
  •  85 helpful votes
  •  25798 readers

"Heritage train journey" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Travelled from Ooty to Coonoor. It is a nice journey and can see the villages, tea estates, Eucalyptus trees, tunnels, etc. We precooked the first class tickets through IRCTC to avoid long queues and rush. First class coach attached to train at end. So we can see the nature from 3 sides.
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Dileep P

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  • Dileep P
  • 2 Reviews
  •  166 readers

"Wonderful Journey through Nilgiri" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The nilgiri mountain train journey is truly memorable. One can enjoy the scenic beauty of blue hills. It will rejuvenate our mind and body. The train fare is reasonable. Tickets can be reserved or it will be available from the ticket counters.
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S Pandya

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  • S Pandya
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 12 Reviews
  •  13 helpful votes
  •  71118 readers

"Must ride!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Great ride through emerald country; tickets available only 30 min before departure - though advance booking through IRCTC is possible; strategic seating would allow great view of the valley and tea gardens; return trip could be by bus as trips are limited in frequency.
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  • 4 votes

Prasanna Rs

  • Expert
  • Prasanna Rs
  • 132 photos
  • 65 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
  •  52946 readers

"Must Experince NMR Journey"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nilgiri Mountain Railways is the heart of Nilgiris. Without NMR, Ooty, Coonoor would have no value. Journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty is Breath taking.

This mini train is hauled by 106 yrs. Old X Class, Oil fired Swiss made Steam engine. Actually, Indian Railways has modified this Loco recently. Initially, it was coal fired. To reduce the labour and cost, coal burner is modified with Oil burner.

Mettupalayam to Coonoor is hauled by Steam Loco, Coonoor to Ooty is hauled by Bio Diesel engine. Mettupalayam to Coonoor is more scenic and more exciting with many bridges and tunnels. Book your tickets in advance. It is hard to get Unreserved ticket during season.
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Sunitha Anand

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  • Sunitha Anand
  • Lives in Vizianagaram
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  805 readers

"Book tickets well in advance to avoid undue stress"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The first suggestion is to book tickets well in advance to avoid undue stress. According to trip, we decided to go for METTUPALAYAM to OOTY ride at 7. 40. We booked 1st class tickets which has benefits of window to rear which may provide better photography chance. The scenery is absolutely stunning, the best part of journey is from Mettupalayam to Coonoor by steam the second part by diesel engine. Train stops at 4 stations where we can enjoy scenery, examine steam engine and take photos. At one station we can get down and enjoy, food is not available in the train available in the stations.
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  • 1 vote

Sushil Yadav

  • Scout
  • Sushil Yadav
  • Lives in Thane
  • 14 photos
  • 42 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  16933 readers

"Superb experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This train is a small train but not very small, only the number of boggies are less. It will take you till Coonoor. It is the cheapest way. Ooty station itself is very well-maintained. Therein moves through few small tunnels. It's very nice experience.
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Jagadeep Chandra

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  • Jagadeep Chandra
  • Lives in Srikakulam
  • 1 Review
  •  986 readers

"Good to experience the joyful toy train ride"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 8, 2016
We boarded this train from Coonoor and travelled till Ooty and the visit to ooty is "Incomplete without this Toy Train ride". If you have travelled in the toy train then half of your sightseeing of Ooty is already done. The "Experience was really good". The tunnels and bushes around makes the ride a memorable one. The fee for this is 1500 per head.
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Baranidharan Jagadeesh

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  • Baranidharan Jagadeesh
  • Lives in Ooty
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1269 readers

"The Heritage steam engine"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
Travelling in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is not only a journey but also a memorable time which gave me all types of feelings. Travelling in the train with world heritage steam locomotives gives us the wonderful moment. Passing through the forest, chill air, slow motion, mountain ranges, wild animals, water falls, green everywhere Wow, just come and feel it.
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Abhinav Sahu

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  • Abhinav Sahu
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1616 readers

"Beautiful journey in a Toy train"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
We were 6 people in that train and the scene outside the window was wonderful. You can find beautiful trees and mountains filled with life. There were many naughty Monkeys too. I still remember the scene which I saw when the train stopped for half an hour. It was mesmerizing. If you are going to Ooty then must travel in this.
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Aditya Vithaldas

  • Explorer
  • Aditya Vithaldas
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 53 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  310 helpful votes
  •  3995 readers

"Beautiful, scenic and totally worth the ride (short one)"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
Planning for the mountain railway wasn't easy. If you really want an assured seat, you need to book 1-2 days in advance. You can get the unreserved one at last minutes notice but would need to be prepared to stand. We took the trip from Lovedale to Ooty and back ( we were earlier planned for Coonoor, that just needed us to have almost 3/4 of the day just for this considering the train goes just 3 times a day). Once on the train though, the ride was fantastic. Phenomenal scenic routes, valleys, tunnels, lakes, farmlands, local flavours. It goes at a very low speeds so you actually take in every small detail of what's going around you.

I probably wouldn't go on it for a couple of years, but someone who hasn't done the rail, definitely a must do.
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