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
6.3 / 7 1
148 Ratings & 117 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 73
  • 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
  • 11 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  165 helpful votes
  •  3176 readers
  • Posted Feb 22, 2016
Overall Rating
  • 350

117 traveller reviews for Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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  • Tourist
  • Sadik
  • Lives in Krishnagiri
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1001 readers

"Lovely scenery on the way" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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
  •  62 readers

"Lovely experience in Toy Train" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • 43 Reviews
  •  86 helpful votes
  •  28326 readers

"Heritage train journey"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  •  250 readers

"Wonderful Journey through Nilgiri"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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
  •  14 helpful votes
  •  82199 readers

"Must ride!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 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

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  • Prasanna Rs
  • 132 photos
  • 65 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
  •  54151 readers

"Must Experince NMR Journey"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 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
  •  883 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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Sushil Yadav

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  • Sushil Yadav
  • Lives in Thane
  • 14 photos
  • 42 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  18188 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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Jagadeep Chandra

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  • Jagadeep Chandra
  • Lives in Srikakulam
  • 1 Review
  •  1060 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
  •  1343 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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