Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty
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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Rank 5
Ranked 5 of 48,
in Ooty
Average Rating
6.2 / 7 1
155 Ratings & 123 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 76
  • Very Good 31
  • Good 14
  • Average 0
  • Below Average 1
  • Poor 1
  • Terrible 0
Travellers recommend
  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
Facilities available
  • Food available for purchase
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Camera/Video allowed
  • Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed
  • Lockers/Storage

123 traveller reviews for Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Himanshu Khandelwal

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  • Himanshu Khandelwal
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 26 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  912 readers

"Beat sight-seen from toy train"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good for sight Seen & take some awesome picture. Pollution Free Environment & good for all either child or adult
So must visit if you are In Ooty & toy train cost also nominal around Rs 25/-. Make sure book in advance ( UAM - MTP
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Gandhinagar
  • 17 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  12190 readers

"No words can describe, must ride train atleast once"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Can't describe the feeling of the experience.
It's awesome experience.
Would love to have it again.
I am fan of railway a well as hills that's why it was like a dream come true I was really jumping when I got my tickets confirm and really loved to ride.
There are some beautiful views in train which can not be seen by road trip.
And it will be best if you climb from mettupalayam to Ooty it's new experience it runs with steam engine from Mettupalayam to coonur and that's most exciting part train lit rally climb in tilting manner
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Santosh Nemawarkar

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  • Santosh Nemawarkar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  382 readers

"Salute to Indian Rail, the Engineers and contractors"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Engineering marvel and Well maintained tracks and station.
Bogies should have been more maintained.
Very cheap tickets.
I salute to the Engineers and contractors who built it and the ones who have maintain the legacy.
I would strongly recommend the must visit place while coming to Ooty.
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  • Venky
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 30 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  3950 readers

"Good train ride, must do activity"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Good train ride from Coonoor to Adamantly (Ooty). Very picturesque and the Heritage train even has a steam engine but our trip was driven by a diesel engine. There are 3 stations Wellington, Aruvankadu, and Letting between and the total journey takes 1. 5hrs. Please queue atleast 45mins earlier as for the general booking starts 30mins before departure. The general fare in only INR 10, but what we missed is for only a INR 15 you can get a reservation and travel in the reserved coaches! The general coach is added to the train at Coonoor as the train originates from an earlier station and comes with people already boarded. You have to queue up on the small platform and is managed by the railway police and staff! :) Was overall fun but don't miss the reserved coach as the seating in the general coach is a bit uncomfortable. The staff manages it well though. There are 3 timings going to Coonoor 7:45 am, 10:45 am and 12:30am or so but best checked on IRCTC or the hotel. The return was either at 2:00pm or 6:00pm so opted to take a car back instead. Fun ride like the Shimla mini train.
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Rajiv vadasseri kappalakal

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  • Rajiv vadasseri kappalakal
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1439 readers

"Just an average Trip"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2016
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
  •  11791 readers

"Most memorable travel in life"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 3, 2016
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
  • Lives in Krishnagiri
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  5087 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
  •  760 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

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  • Pavan Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 12 photos
  • 40 Reviews
  •  92 helpful votes
  •  36965 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
  •  943 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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