Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Ooty
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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Average Rating
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48 Ratings & 40 Reviews

What travellers are saying about this Sightseeing

Experience scale
  • Excellent 24
  • Very Good 9
  • Good 7
  • Average 0
  • Below Average 0
  • Poor 0
  • 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

40 traveller reviews for Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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Justin Lovin
  • Justin Lovin
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 7 Reviews

"Awesome railway line passing through tunnels"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
It was thrilling and mind blowing to travel in such an awesome railway line passing through tunnels. Enjoyed each and every moment that I spent by viewing valleys, eucalyptus trees and tea estates. More
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Sanjay Soi
  • Sanjay Soi
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Simply breathtaking"

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
It is a train journey that can be rated as one of the greatest attractions in India. You cannot have enough of the scenic beauty as the train takes you through wonderland. The downside is the limited capacity and you might end waiting in the....... More
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Anil vij
  • Anil vij
  • 2 Reviews

"It was a fun experience"

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Toy train from Udhagamandalam (Ooty) to Coonoor is an excellent experience.On the way you can enjoy beautiful, divine and heart touching views of Nilgiri Mountain. It was cool one hour journey with all the comfort. Book your tickets in advance....... More
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Kathyrn Siller
  • Kathyrn Siller
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 photos
  • 9 Reviews

"Chugging along the Nilgiris"

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nilgiri Mountain Railway offers a very picturesque ride from Ooty to Coonoor with a very minimal fare! The ride which lasts about over an hour moves through the hills and tunnels offering stunning views of tea plantations, Nilgiri mountains....... More
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Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 196 Reviews

"Best place in Ooty"

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is one of the best tourist places in Ooty. Our journey via train was just awesome. Amazing views of mountains and tea estate. But takes a lot time. More
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About Nilgiri Mountain Railway

    • 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, blue and cream with wooden coaches and large windows are widely regarded as a marvel of engineering. The first train steamed out in the year 1899 and it boasts of being designed and built by the Swiss locomotive works. The train covers a distance of 46 kms between Mettupalyam and Ooty in four and a half hours. There are five stations between Mettupalyam and Coonor namely Kallar, Adderley, Hill Grove, Runnymede and Kateri. This train averages at 10.4 km per hour and is probably the slowest train in India. It leaves Mettupalyam at 7.45 a.m. and reaches Ooty by 12 noon.

The train must reverse a short distance before climbing up the hills to Ooty. This is for the locomotive to be changed here with diesel traction, normal for all trains to Ooty. Therefore it stops at Conoor, another tourist destination. The Nilgiris toy train leaves from Coonor station at these timings 7:45 a. m. 10:30 a.m. 1.30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. respectively. The fares of the tickets are Rs. 6 for adults and Rs. 4 for children in second class and Rs. 76 for adults in first class.

It takes you one hour 30 minutes to reach Ooty station which is a distance of 16 km by road. The stations you would see are Wellington, Aruvangadu, Ketti and Lovedale. The journey is absolutely delightful and children enjoy it the most. There are many tunnels along the way and one is sure to hear the deafening screams and whistles. If you enjoy taking pictures, keep your camera ready for a few memorable shots of the valley, plains and picturesque landscapes. The train journey may seem painfully slow for people who are used to fast pace of today. But this is indeed an experience of a lifetime!

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