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#1 of 12 Things To Do in Ooty
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Ooty, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, 643003, India
price
80
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timings
All days of the week
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
visit duration
Around 4 to 5 Hours

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The Nilgiri rail is not just a train journey, it’s a slow-motion, toy-sized version of a train journey against hilly, lush movie set backdrops and across bridges strung at daredevil altitudes. It evokes nostalgia for the 19th century, for those old songs from black-and-white films that had steam engines in them. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway started life as a means of transporting the growing produce of tea and coffee down to the plains and transporting the British sahibs up to their getaways in the hills. Initially, a Mettupalaiyam- Coonoor line was inaugurated in 1899; the line was extended to Ooty in 1908.

Today this line enchants with not just the views but also the facts: stations called Lovedale and Runnymede; the Victorian-looking signal machines at Station Masters’ offices; the style of tracks called ‘Alternate Biting Teeth’; the brakemen with green flags in every coach; the steep gradient; that a diesel engine can’t do such a steep gradient; that the Coonoor-Ooty stretch being less steep, the coal engine changes to diesel at Coonoor. The view is a constant play of vistas — thickly forested hills, breathtaking plunges, leafy walls carved out of mountains, wildflowers, streams. Between Coonoor and Ooty, there’s the neat weave of tea plantations with protective silver oaks standing upright. On bridges (the train goes over some 250 of them) you can look down and see the rough-hewn ends of the wooden sleepers sticking out of the tracks and then the sheer drop below.

It takes around five hours to reach Ooty from Mettupalayam, wherein you cross the verdant greens of Coonoor, Kallar, Adderley, Hill Grove, Runnymede, Kateri, Wellington, Aruvankadul, Ketti and Lovedale. With around 13 tunnels along the stretch, this train first ran on the tracks in 1899. This one's the train ride for a lifetime, with rice fields running alongside. You won't be able to help but gape as the train chugs along bridges and steeply rising mountains and then tea estates that roll far and wide.

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5 Nilgiri Mountain Railway reviews
Sushant Poudel
Sushant Poudel
fabulous
Jul 01 2014
i just went there a month before i enjoyed a mountain railway, i was not expecting this would be so intresting. a view of nature was amaging
Venkat Cr
Venkat Cr
Very Chill
Jun 29 2014
Hi. Recently i tripped to Nilgiri and traveled in the Mountain railway. It was a wonderful experience. The surroundings and climate were mind blowing. The train was moving slowly. So that I enjoyed the trip very well. It is good to visit in summer se ...... read more
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