Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty
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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Nilgiri Mountain Railway
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98 Ratings & 74 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 45
  • Very Good 17
  • Good 11
  • Average 0
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 1
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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Soumitra Chatterjee

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  • Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 11 Reviews
  •  287 readers

"Don't miss the toy train" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you are going to Ooty do not miss the toy train that runs through the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. We took the train from Udhagamandalam to Coonoor. Booked tickets from IRCTC website to avoid the rush and queue.
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Krishnan Srinivasan

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  • Krishnan Srinivasan
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 9 photos
  • 21 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2028 readers

"Must not miss this train journey"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
You can take train from Ooty to Coonoor. To get the tickets either you have to book it early if you cannot plan the trip don't worry go early to the station you can do current booking. Dont wait for the counter to open in the railway station, Opposite to the railway station there is a counter run by a travel agent where you will get the current tickets at no extra cost. Tickets are very cheap but is limited hence has to reach the station early. You can have your breakfast at the railway canteen which is good.
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Rajni Kumari

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  • Rajni Kumari
  • Lives in Vadodara
  • 28 Reviews
  •  43 helpful votes
  •  5066 readers

"Enjoyable experience in the Toy train"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The steam engine is a great feature of the trip to the Nilgiris. It takes you slowly through the forest and tea estates that lead upto the town of Ooty. It lets you enjoy the sights and sound of the wildlife that exists here. The journey is really enjoyable and the time factor should not be a consideration. We all do become kids during the ride.
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Basab Chakrabarty

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  • Basab Chakrabarty
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 8 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  2436 readers

"Fairy-tale like experience"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A trip to Coonoor is worthwhile just for this train journey experience. The old world charm is fantastic, we had booked tickets through IRCTC online, and it is worth the extra bucks to bag the window seat. The one hour journey from Ooty to Coonoor is breathtaking, with beautiful scenery- tea estates, waterfalls, churches, pine forests as well as the few stations on the way. The journey is really a photographer's' delight, so please make sure you book tickets in advance to bag the window seat.
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Subramaniyam

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  • Subramaniyam
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 7 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  9819 readers

"Hyped attraction"

  • 2.00/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was one of the worst experience. We could not get confirmed ticket despide booking a month before. One will not get tickets because there is only one train with about 120 seats) to Mettupalayam. The much hyped steam engine train starts from Coonoor. From Ooty-Coonoor its the regular diesel engine. We waited for more than 2hrs at the general ticket counter. The ticket counter opened only for a short period of time (less than 15 mins) and was closed saying tickets exhausted. We could see heated argument between railway staff and tourists. We were frightened to see a railway police hitting a tourist to bleed.
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Kaustabh basu

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  • Kaustabh basu
  • 7 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  4349 readers

"Nice, fairly tale-like experience"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted May 11, 2015
You have to stand in queue to buy tickets, you can also buy through Indian Railways website. Three-four compartments in all, made just like narrow gauge toy trains in Shimla and Darjeeling, but this is meter gauge, which is bigger than narrow gauge. Still one of those very few, perhaps kept only in heritage sites.
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Alok mishra

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  • Alok mishra
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1571 readers

"A must-do thing while tour of Ooty"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted May 1, 2015
NMR (NILGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY) is one of the best examples of engineering inducted by British while they ruled over here. A 46 km journey up the hill gives a splendid view of steep terrains, waterfall, picturesque mountains and many more eye pleasing sceneries. As the total distance of 46 km is covered in about 5 hours, it is advisable to be patient and enjoy the nature. Also the NMR is amongst those which have been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Journey commences from Martupalyam Railway Station to Ucatamund (Ooty) Railway Station via Coonoor and the most amazing leg of this complete journey for me was MTP-ONR, where it runs on Steam Engine.

During summer vacations, seats in this train get totally full with heavy wait list. It advisable to book the seat well in advance. People can book tickets online too.
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  • 3 votes

Satish Ramankutty

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  • Satish Ramankutty
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  245 helpful votes
  •  9038 readers

"The best way to travel from Mettupalayam to Ooty"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2015
Traveling by Nilgiri Mountain Railway is something that you should not miss out. It is worth more than the money you use to purchase the ticket. It is the oldest running train in the world and if you are travelling to Ooty I personally suggest you to use this mode of transport.

Suggest you to go in a group which will make it more memorable as you will be going past around 6 tunnels and through the greeneries of Nilgiris forest which you will never forget.
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Ishvari Kumari

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  • Ishvari Kumari
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  2537 readers

"Amazing and worth visiting"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2015
Here is a must experience in Ooty. You can have it provided you the patience to make the journey but is really worth it all. The scenes you get to see during this travel are just amazing and diverse.
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  • 5 votes

Waghmare Vicky

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  • Waghmare Vicky
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 Reviews
  •  61 helpful votes
  •  4008 readers

"Toy train ride"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2015
You can take toy train for short journey from Ooty to Coonoor. The train runs every two hours so be on schedule so you don't miss the train. The first class ticket cost Rs. 100/- whereas the general ticket is Rs. 10/- per person. This train will offer you many scenic views of Nilgiri Mountain range and city. Turns and Tunnels add fun to the travel.
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  • 15 votes

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