Experiencing Ooty Toy Train is One & best thing that promises to be a highlight of your visit to Ooty either solo or with family having kid. Read our experience with video about the complete information on heritage Nilgiri mountain railway.
WHAT IS NILGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY ALL ABOUT?
Proudly operating successfully in Nilgiris since 1908. The famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway system is unique as it is the steepest one in whole Asia. The Ooty toy train is a World Heritage Site since 2005. Another unique thing about the toy train is that the loco is over 50 years old and the oldest one is 80 years old.
HISTORY OF NILGIRI MOUNTAIN RAILWAY
It's all about the experience. The unique experience you won't get on a normal Indian train. A century and a decade year old but still operational toy train to board & make memories. A joy for kid or a wish for middle aged. The heritage toy train is all about having the best experience of your lifetime.
Britishers gave India some of the great heritage to cherish for, Nilgiri Mountain Railway system is one of them. The heritage train to Ooty from Mettupalayam covers approx 46 Km in around 5 Hrs. The time spent during the journey would definitely take you back in time ( a century may be).
WHAT MAKES OOTY TOY TRAIN UNIQUE
If I would like to summarize in one sentence about the ride, it's pure natural, raw and fresh experience.The Nilgiri toy train is huge popular among tourist coming to Ooty and Conoor. The entire Nilgiri range of mountains can be viewed which gives a delight to your eyes and senses.
TOY TRAIN TICKET & BOOKING
The toy train charges are very nominal. The first class fare for a seat is only Rs 205/- and second sitting carry ticket cost of only Rs 30/-
The peak season in Ooty starts from the arrival of summers and stays till early arrival of Monsoon and than it starts at around year end. To avoid last minute surprises like tickets not available etc, please book your tickets well in advance from IRCTC.
If you are visiting Ooty during weekdays or lean season then you got luck, you can directly go to your designated station and purchase the ticket over the counter. Do carry government approved identification card.
REMEMBER: Considering the Ooty toy train has very limited seats, I strongly advise you to make prior reservation at-least one and half month before arriving to Ooty. Check availability on IRCTC
|Mettupalayam (MTP) to Ooty (UAM)||Rs. 205|
|Mettupalayam (MTP) to Ooty (UAM)||Rs. 30|
Mettupalayam (MTP) to Ooty (UAM) Rs 15
OOTY TOY TRAIN TIMING
Runs All Day (Monday to Sunday)- All Months (The best part)
Primary Ooty Toy Train Number- 56316 MTP UAM PASSR (Towards Ooty)
BEST WAY TO ENJOY THE TOY TRAIN RIDE
If you are like me who came Ooty for the first time or seasoned visitor to the queen of hill station, take a note of the fact about the Nilgiri train.There is only one direct train from Mettupalayam to Ooty.
This is the popular & heritage Nilgiri Mountain train circuit. But remember there are many passenger train connections to Ooty from Coonoor (located midway between Mettupalayam and Ooty) . Therefore, if you are staying in Coonoor which we did, take the ride from Coonoor to Ooty or vice versa.
QUICK TIPS FOR OOTY TOY TRAIN
- The toy train ride should be done to experience the heritage and awesome landscape in front of you
- The small teething problems like limited space, no services etc should be kept at bay while taking the ride.
- Ensure you reaches your starting station well before the train arrival time and avoid last minute stress on being late.
- Please do not litter the environment with plastics. The landscape gifted to us by nature and we all should respect the mother nature
- Take extra precaution and safety measures during monsoon and winter fog. Stay protected from rains and chilly cool breeze.
- Respect the culture of the state, destination and its local community.
- Ensure you book your tickets well in advance for peak season. Do expect heavy crowd and rush.
BEST WAY TO REACH OOTY/COONOOR
The nearest railway major station from Ooty is at Mettupalayam which is approx 47 Km from ooty. From Mettupalayam you can change the train and take the Nilgiri Mountain Railway to Ooty.
Ooty is best connected by road from major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Mysore or Coimbatore. Regular buses runs from these cities to Ooty or Coonoor.
The nearest international airport from Ooty is at Coimbatore which is approximately 88 kilometers away, Coimbatore is well-connected with most of the Indian cities
DRIVING DIRECTION TO OOTY/COONOOR
TAMIL NADU TOURISM CONTACT DETAILS
Government Of Tamil Nadu Tourist Office
Address: Williams Rd, Melapudur, Cantonment, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 620001 Phone: 0431 246 0136
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