Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty
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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Rank 5
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in Ooty
Average Rating
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153 Ratings & 121 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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  • Very Good 29
  • Good 14
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Thejasvi. Bhat.

  • Tourist
  • Thejasvi. Bhat.
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 827 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  249 helpful votes
  •  5492 readers
  • Posted Feb 22, 2016
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 847

Arushikumar8

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  • Arushikumar8
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  11 readers
  • Posted Jul 31, 2016
Overall Rating
5/7
  • 429

Arushikumar8

  • Tourist
  • Arushikumar8
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  11 readers
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
Overall Rating
4/7
  • 341

Arushikumar8

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  • Arushikumar8
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  11 readers
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
Overall Rating
4/7
  • 315

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Umang Kardani

  • Tourist
  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Gandhinagar
  • 17 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1092 readers

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

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  102 readers

"Salute to Indian Rail, the Engineers and contractors" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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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Rajiv vadasseri kappalakal

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  • Rajiv vadasseri kappalakal
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  954 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
  •  10830 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

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  • Sadik
  • Lives in Krishnagiri
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  4969 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
  •  646 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
  •  91 helpful votes
  •  36107 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
  •  829 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
  •  18 helpful votes
  •  111012 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
  •  25 helpful votes
  •  63397 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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