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Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ride in Coonoor

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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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    • Trip to Karnataka

      I am highly disappointed with your hotel bookings for my ooty trip. My first hotel at mysore "viceroy comfort" was pathetic as it was not even close to a 3 star hotel, as promised to me by your agent. The room was not hygenic, the blanket was torn, AC remote was not working, no clean glasses and jug and even TV screen was not proper. My experience for next hotel "Castle international" was even more pathetic as non-AC rooms were booked for us, which was a fault from your end purely. I had already mentioned to your agent in the starting that I wanted AC rooms only Still he booked me a non AC room and later when I called him, he clearly told me that he cannot do anything now.Due to this I had to adjust in such humid temperature . I trusted you with my trip planning and you have spoiled my whole vacation.You had such a good name in your line but I don’t think you are eligible for any praises. This was my first experience with you and its really horrible. In continuation to trailing mail I would like to point out few more things 1. As stated earlier after about my concern for non AC room in Mysore, I had confirmed about my booking of AC room in ooty,for which your executive clearly told me that Ooty rooms are AC rooms only but once again I got a non AC room. 2. No where in my itinerary, it was mentioned that I had to purchase separate tickets for toy-train to Coonoor from Ooty, At the end, I was forced to drop down whole Coonoor plan. 3. Lastly, everywhere the driver also acts as a guide, but our driver was not only in a hurry to complete his day and leave us back at the hotel but never took any interest in guiding us through the tour. I wanted the tour to be memorable in good ways but it turned out to be otherwise. I am highly disappointed by your services and the false commitments by your executives given to attract business. Now, i am worried for my next trip.
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      Rahul Saxena

      Delhi, 6 days ago

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      I went on a trip to Ooty and Coonoor through Lee vacations this past weekend. We wanted something full fledged and safe as it was just two girls travelling. Right from the beginning Ramya was very helpful in customizing the itenary to our needs. She was confident about giving us an amazing trip and my God a perfect trip is what we had. A special mention to our driver Mr. Raj Kumar. Right from the time he picked us up from the airport to till he dropped us off he made sure that all our requirements were catered to. He was very knowledgeable about the places and has a clear idea on where to go first, how not to waste time and also had immense knowledge about each of the place he takes us to. All in all, it was a wonderful trip.
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      Sravya Guduru

      Hyderabad, 14 days ago

    • Trip to Karnataka

      · My trip is great All the place and hotels were good and all the location was good. Cab driver was also very good Coonoor to otty toy train journey. Experience living in cottage at Palm era Coorg. enjoying environment from Mount and mist at ooty.
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      Nishant Bangani

      7, a month ago

    • Trip to Coonoor

      Thank you travel triangle and sky tours and travel for organizing such a memorable and funfilled trip for us. Our trip organizer Leena were perfectly organized our Itenary, hotels and cab booking. Best memory were visiting Avalanche(upper bhavani lake) near Ooty and toy train journey from ooty to coonoor.
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      Abhishek Rastogi

      Bangalore, 2 months ago

    • Trip to Coonoor

      I recently opted for the package offered by Foxpro Travels through Travel Triangle for a road trip to Mysore-Ooty-Coonoor from Bangalore. The entire experience has been an enriching one for me and my family. We were a group of 4 women and our driver ensured we were comfortable throughout the trip. The entire process, right from booking to paying off installments for the trip, was hassle free and effectively organized online. The agent assigned to the trip also ensured to stay in touch and follow up until all the formalities were finalized before the start of our journey. She also, at regular intervals, checked on if everything was going as planned. Overall, it was a memorable trip for us. Special thanks to Srishti from Foxpro Travels and our driver, Mr. Manjunath. We look forward to more happy trips such as this one through Travel Triangle! Thank you!!
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      Kaveri Daulagupu

      New delhi, 3 months ago

    • Trip to Karnataka

      This is just my honest opinion. The trip was pretty good. The hotels at Mysore (Hotel Villa Park) and Ooty (Mount view Heritage Hotel) were awesome, whereas hotel AL-Wesal International at Coorg was just OK. The staff were nice in the hotels. We are thankful to both Bhuvana and Swami as they were very prompt in replying. But we got disappoint with our driver Umesh, especially the trip to Ooty and Coonoor was a disaster. He was more worried about finishing the day off and saving the fuel. Good part about the driver: Expert in driving. Bad part about the driver: 1. He gives too many advises. For example, the final day was planned for Coonoor in the itinerary and he refused to take us there. We requested him politely but still he had his plans to ignore it. I needed to call the agency on the final day and he got even angry and stubborn with us saying that there is nothing in Coonoor. Then I had to force him to go there. Then we wanted to see tiger hill in Coonoor, which he has only shown us from a distance and refused to take us there. 2. One day we requested him to go to shopping, which was in the itinerary but he refused even we had a good amount of the time left in the day and he took us to hotel around 4 PM. 3. At one of the tea Gardens in Ooty, even he told us to pay the parking charge. Although it was not costly but it shows his insincerity. Although we are happy with the trip, I won't recommend the driver.
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      G Murali

      Hyderabad, 4 months ago

    • Trip to Coonoor

      I booked cab for 6 days. Mysoor-Coorg-OOty -Coonoor. Driver was experienced and well aware of destination. He had good knowledge of various historical events. Car was clean and nice. We enjoyed a journey a lot. Only problem we faced is, driver didn't have enough money to fill the tank on return journey. He said his manager has not paid him sufficient amount. He wanted make some alternate arrangement in his friend's cab and we were waiting for his friends cab at Mysore for almost 1 hr. Finally, his friend didn't appear and he dropped us at almost last minute of our flight departure. Our flight was at 12:05 AM and we reached airport at 11.35 pm. It was only horrible thing happened to us. I was worrying that we will miss our flight. we didn't even go to washroom for 5 hrs from Mysoor to Banglore as we were frightened to miss flight due to delay. Apart from this incident overall sightseeing was good. We expect Chill Memories need to be very careful while planning and allocate sufficient amount to drivers as we have paid full amount for our journey. So driver will not fall shortage of funds. If this incident can be avoided I would have given full rating to Agency.
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      Chandan Patade

      Pune, 4 months ago

    • Trip to Coonoor

      There is no coordination with travel agent to driver, the tour plan execution not happened as per package, but managed, the hotels also not as expected. Needs take care once we are in your place. We don't know nothing, we came here for enjoy and entertainment. The second day driver (Sagar-9611573806) excellent driving, covered all the places as much as he can. Hotel Mount n mist superb Coorg, ooty, coonoor really awesome places, especially for couples, the nature, gardens, trees, tea gardens, view points,water fall, enjoyed a lot, definitely every one should have this kind of tour(ooty) in their lifetime. Really special thank a lot to Ramya and Satya and who is part of this tour. Specially thanks to Sagar bro, super driving, its on time driving
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      Masthan

      Hyderabad, 5 months ago

    • Trip to Karnataka

      nice trip it was , but hotel at Ooty MountnMist was good but not best. dubare elephant camp and coonoor
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      Rahulrocks

      Loh karera, 5 months ago

    • Trip to Karnataka

      We have booked three hotels from one them southern star was really good but two of them was not good. There was hot water problem n room service problem. Toy train trip Coonoor to Ooty was beat moment of our trip
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      Sumit Sav

      Pune, 6 months ago

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

     

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

     

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