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Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ride in Coonoor

A steam locomotive with a nostalgic appeal
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About Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ride in Coonoor

Featured in several Bollywood films such as Dil Se and Sadma, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is a metre gauge railway in Tamil Nadu. Built under British rule in 1908, Nilgiri Mountain Railway runs up and down a scenic route in the Nilgiri Hills.

Hop on a train with a lavish interior and enjoy the view, from the window pane, of clouds swirling around forested hills. It’s a soul-stirring ride as the train makes its way through the Shola forests, tea estates, and walls of Pine trees. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway route is about 45 kilometres long with 13 stations. It’s a nostalgia-dipped train ride which is enjoyed by thousands of honeymooners and families at a negligible cost.

Also known as toy train ride, Nilgiri Mountain Railway runs between Mettupalayam Station and Ooty Station. The train ride, which climbs nearly 1900 metres along its route, has the steepest track in Asia. From Mettupalayam Junction to Coonoor station, the NMR runs on an Abt rack and pinion system to climb the steep track. Today, it’s the only functional rack railway in India. While the uphill journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty via Coonoor takes about 4 hours and 50 minutes, the downhill journey on the same route is covered in about 3 hours 40 minutes.

Still painted in its original colours of blue and yellow, Nilgiri Mountain Railway features sports bench-seats and there are no glass windows or curtains in the coaches to provide an uninterrupted view of mist-clad hills and lush grasslands. In July 2005, UNESCO declared Nilgiri Mountain Railway as a World Heritage Site. Kangra-Shimla Railway, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and NMR comprise the site known as the Mountain Railways of India.  

Taking a train ride from Ooty to Coonoor or vice versa is a popular thing to do for tourists in Tamil Nadu.

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    Featured in several Bollywood films such as Dil Se and Sadma, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is a metre gauge railway in Tamil Nadu. Built under British rule in 1908, Nilgiri Mountain Railway runs up and down a scenic route in the Nilgiri Hills.

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    Sravan Sikhakolli

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    Sravan's 4 days trip to Coonoor

    Hi Nice trip Ocean heritage there is mainyaince problem or else nothing apart thank you

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    Srilaxmi Motkupally

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    Srilaxmi's 3 days trip to Coonoor

    There was a coordination gap between travel agent and the hotel due to which there was a little delay in serving our dinner on the first day of our trip. We where informed that both breakfast and dinner would be complementary for our entire trip by the travel agent. But hotel staff informed us that only breakfast was complementary. When we raised this point with travel agent they rectified it only on second day. Please ensure to address this kind of gaps in future. Also even in the breakfast we where informed by the hotel staff that it is not unlimited . They informed us that our breakfast bill should not exceed Rs. 300.If exceeds we need to pay that Extra money. This was also not informed to us before by travel agent. We came to know about this from hotel staff. Please ensure to give all the information to the customer before the travel starts or while explaining the package. I would like to thank the travel agent to add extra place in the package upon our request.

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    Piyush Vaidya

    Pune

    Piyush's 5 days trip to Coonoor

    First of all thanks to Lee Vacations to making deal to ooty very reasonable and support.Driver Anand Chan was awesome by nature.He covered all the spots in ooty and connor and helped us very much.He was such a good by nature and helping man.We booked for Mountain Trails hotel,it was paisa wasool hotel.What a view from hotel

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    Shanthanu Reddy

    Chennai

    Shanthanu's 5 days trip to Coonoor

    Value for money and very pleasant trip. Enjoyed each and every moment of the journey. Custom made as per our requests.keep up the good work. Everything from day 1 to day 5. Especially sunrise and sunset watching at kanyakumari.

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    Vadodara

    Rushi's 4 days trip to Coonoor

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    Indore

    Arpitgarg's 8 days trip to Coonoor

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    Bangalore

    Rushikesh's 4 days trip to Coonoor

    In ooty all arrangements was excellent but in mysore it little bit disappointed. Over all trip was good.

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    Amit Gosain

    New delhi

    Amit's 5 days trip to Coonoor

    Very well arranged and managed. No hicupps at all. Enjoyed very much.

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    Pranali Sawant

    Mumbai

    Pranali's 6 days trip to Coonoor

    Overall the trip was good. Cab Driver Mr. Saddiq was very friendly & cooperative. He covered almost all sights on time. Out of three hotesl which were assigned, Mysore & Coorg hotel was good. Specially the hotel in Coorg ( La flora Beverlly hill) was very good interms of Service & ambience. Little disappointed for hotel assigned for Ooty due to cleanliness issue. Swimming pool in Coorg hotel La flora Beverlly hill was too good for family fun. Road Journey from Ooty to coonoor was mesmerizing.

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    Ahmedabad

    Rrpandey's 3 days trip to Coonoor

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    Train tickets can be booked from IRCTC website, just like for any other train in India.

     

    INR 25 for second class coaches and INR 150 or INR 185 for first classes depending on the destination.

     

    Yes, it’s possible to visit Ooty from Coonoor and return on the same day. The journey each side takes about one hour.

     

    Yes. You can visit the government authorized IRCTC website, and book the ticket for Nilgiri mountain railway online without any hassle. 

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