Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty
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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Rank 5
Ranked 5 of 53,
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in Ooty
Average Rating
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150 Ratings & 119 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

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  • Excellent 74
  • Very Good 29
  • Good 14
  • Average 0
  • Below Average 1
  • Poor 1
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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
  • 40 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  236 helpful votes
  •  5062 readers
  • Posted Feb 22, 2016
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 687

Arushikumar8

  • Tourist
  • Arushikumar8
  •  21 helpful votes
  •  11 readers
  • Posted Jul 31, 2016
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 343

Arushikumar8

  • Tourist
  • Arushikumar8
  •  21 helpful votes
  •  11 readers
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
Overall Rating
4/7
  • 297

Arushikumar8

  • Tourist
  • Arushikumar8
  •  21 helpful votes
  •  11 readers
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
Overall Rating
4/7
  • 286

119 traveller reviews for Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Rajiv vadasseri kappalakal

  • Tourist
  • Rajiv vadasseri kappalakal
  • 8 Reviews
  •  420 readers

"Just an average Trip"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We family of 2 adults and 2 kids took this train from Conoor to Ooty.
Its good to do a reservation and not wait for the last second as there was mad crowd for general cabin.
The seats are really tight with 5 ft long seat assigned for 5 members.
There is totally nothing much to see and enjoy in this trip for adults and kids. No great valley nor mountains to view.
May be can try for a 5 hrs trip from mettupalayam to Ooty. This might have few great sights.
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Sunil Jacob

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  • Sunil Jacob
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 16 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  8179 readers

"Most memorable travel in life"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is really superb experience in this train ..
This trains goes from huge mountains from where you can see all near by places to Ooty.
See people on their daily duties. Tickets is just 5rs. For which you have to come and stand in line by 8:30am in the morning.
Carry your camera too take nice photos. Stops all small stations for 5-10 mins wr you can get down and take eatable and pics.
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Sadik

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  • Sadik
  • Lives in Krishnagiri
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  4849 readers

"Lovely scenery on the way"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 11, 2016
A must for all people who visit Ooty. Please check the train timings. It's better if you take a bus from Ooty to Coonoor and return by train from Coonoor to Ooty. Lovely scenery.
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Chakradhar .

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  • Chakradhar .
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 3 Reviews
  •  527 readers

"Lovely experience in Toy Train"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2016
Lovely experience in Ooty is toy train. I heard lot about this toy train earlier, so I'm so excited to get a ticket. I'm glad got a ticket. The journey is about 1 hr from Ooty to Canoor. The sceneries are too good, but getting the railway ticket is too difficult. Have to wait min 2 hrs in a line to get a ticket. One person will get min of 4 tickets.
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Pavan Kumar

  • Connoisseur
  • Pavan Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 12 photos
  • 40 Reviews
  •  90 helpful votes
  •  33607 readers

"Heritage train journey"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 14, 2016
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
  •  711 readers

"Wonderful Journey through Nilgiri"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 3, 2016
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
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  105838 readers

"Must ride!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2016
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

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  • Prasanna Rs
  • 136 photos
  • 66 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  60797 readers

"Must Experince NMR Journey"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2016
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
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1346 readers

"Book tickets well in advance to avoid undue stress"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
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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  • 2 votes

Sushil Yadav

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  • Sushil Yadav
  • Lives in Thane
  • 14 photos
  • 42 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  23644 readers

"Superb experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 18, 2016
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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