Nilgiri Mountain Train & Railways - Ooty Train

The Capital city of the famous Nilgiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu, Ooty has come a long way from being an insignificant town during the British era to becoming one of the leading tourist spots of South India. Ooty has got its name from Ootacammund or Udhagamandalam during colonial times and is also known as the “Blue Mountains” or “The Queen of Mountains” . The pleasant weather all around the year and abundance of the famous tea and coffee plantations, and not to mention the amazing scenic beauty of the place makes it a hotspot for tourists all the year round and the Nilgiri Mountain Railways play a major role in facilitating the booming tourism industry in the Nilgiris.

Special Summer Train from Mettupalayam to Coonoor (2020)

Ooty toy train 'Nilgiri Summer Special Trains' will be run between Mettupalayam – Coonoor as per below timings. Special arrangements for travelers, with Welcome Kit, Souvenir, refreshments etc, Cost vary from Rs.1100/- (Adults), Rs.650/- (Child ) for First class and . Rs.800/- (Adults), Rs.500/- (Child ) for second class

Train NumberFromToFirst ClassSecond Class
06171Mettupalayam (09.10) Coonoor (12:30)Rs.1100/-(Adults), Rs.650/-(Kids)Rs.800/-(Adults), Rs.500/-(Kids)
06172Coonoor (13.30) Mettupalayam (16.20)Rs.1100/-(Adults), Rs.650/-(Kids)Rs.800/-(Adults), Rs.500/-(Kids)

Tickets rates updated on : 03/26/2020

Ooty Toy Train Timetable

Being on the primary attraction of the Ooty tourism, the Toy Trains run all seven days a week. The Ooty toy train timetable is pretty much the same the whole week as the first train departs at 7.10 am and runs till 12 pm. Mettupalayam to ooty train fare, Ooty to Coonoor Toy Train reservation and the necessary train route map details are provided herewith.

Train Number/NameFromDepToArr
56136 / Mettupalayam-Ooty MG PassengerMettupalayam 7:10Ooty12:00
56139 / Udagamandalam-Coonoor MG PassengerOoty9:15Coonoor10:25
56142 / Udagamandalam-Coonoor MG PassengerOoty12:15Coonoor13.20
56137 / Udagamandalam-Mettupalayam MG PassengerOoty14:00Mettupalayam 15:05
56140 / Udagamandalam-Coonoor MG PassengerOoty18:00Coonoor 19:10

Ooty Train Ticket Rate

Train Number/Name1st Class2nd Class
56136 / Mettupalayam-Udagamandalam MG PassengerRs 545Rs 270
56139 / Udagamandalam-Coonoor MG PassengerRs 320Rs 140
56136 / Mettupalayam to CoonoorRs 445Rs 190

Tickets rates updated on : 03/04/2020

Ooty to coonoor toy train reservation prices & Mettupalayam to Ooty train tarrif details are mentioned here, which will help you to have a good knowledge of when to book your tickets to visit Ooty. You can avail train tickets from Mettuplayam to Ooty and Coonoor to Ooty along with the return tickets also at an affordable price.

Ooty train tariff, the Ooty train timing, as well as the Ooty train tickets, availability can be found here, with the train fare starts from as low as 25 INR only and the 1st class seating can be booked for 250 INR only. Ooty train ticket bookings can be done by one-click option in the IRCTC website also. As Ooty has a very pleasant climate all the time, tourists come pouring in all the time and though roadways are also available the recommended mode of transport remains the train ways as it runs through picturesque forests, mountains and falls, which make the journey a memory of a lifetime.

Built by the British way back in 1908, Nilgiri Mountain Railways or NMR is the only rack railway in India where the train runs on a toothed rack rail providing better grips on the steep Nilgiri railtracks. NMR always have relied upon its steam locomotive fleets. In the recent past, with gradual urbanization and with implications of several eco friendly propositions diesel engines are gradually taking over the steam locomotives between the route Coonoor and Udhagamandalam. Already declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO as an extension of Darjiling Himalyan Railway, NMR gradually came to be known as Mountain Railways of India. Inspite of becoming one of the oldest railways of India, NMR boasts of world class locomotives. Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works of Winterhur, Switzerland was the manufacturer of the X class steam rack locomotives. It is very understandable from Ooty toy train first class images as well as ooty train video that the solid built of the Ooty trains helps it to be used on any part of the racks in its journey between Ooty to Coonoor.

Ooty Route Map

The South & North Indian Train network to reach Ooty

Ooty being comfortably placed in the Tamil Nadu, a large chunk of south Indian tourists visit the site, but there is no direct train from Chennai to Ooty. The best way to reach Ooty from Chennai is by availing the train service from Chennai to Mettupalayam and then reaching Ooty from there by a cab. Apart from Chennai, another place which connects with Ooty via train is Coimabatore which is relatively closer to Ooty than Chennai or Bangalore

No direct Coimbatore to Ooty trains and Bangalore to Ooty trains, but can reach Mettupalayam from both destinations, which provides a good service to the large crowd of people who wants to go for a short trip on weekends to Ooty. The Nilgiri Express and the Nilgiri Mountain Train are the two options and as a result they always tend to get overbooked and a chance of getting a unreserved ticket is very less. So the convenient option will be booking online and the ticket prices are very pocket-friendly. The train fare from Mettupalayalam to Ooty is very cheap and one can get a three-seater option for as low as 30 INR and a person can avail 1st class benefits at only 250 INR.

Due to the unavailability of any direct bus or flights directly from Coimbatore to Ooty, train ways remain the best and easiest way to commute. For ease of understanding the train network can be divided into 3 stretches.

coimbatore to ooty train route
  • 1. Coimbatore to Mettupalayalam
  • 2. Mettupalayalam to Coonoor
  • 3. Coonoor to Ooty

With Mostly meter gauge and broad gauge in some parts, the Mettupalayalam to Ooty bound stretch always remains the most steep, difficult yet the most adored and sought after stretch in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway Route. The Nilgiri Mountain route stretches over 11 stations. They are namely

  • 1. Kallar Station – Presently closed as a tourist or passenger station.
  • 2. Adderly Station – Mostly used as a water stop, this is also now closed.
  • 3. Hillgrove station – A station for providing refreshments to passengers
  • 4. Runnymede Station –Again closed presently, mostly getting used as water stop.
  • 5. Kateri Road Station – Trains do not stop here, i.e. this is a no halt station.
  • 6. Coonoor – The major and the main station in the route. Located amongst locomotive sites, this is the end of rack rails. The diesel engines refills and then it goes back a few kilometers to continue its journey ahead.
  • 7. Wellington Station
  • 8. Aravankadu Station
  • 9. Ketti
  • 10. Lovedale Railway Station – From here the line diverts towards Udhagamandalam.
  • Udhagamandalam – The final station still showcasing its British magnificence and the vintage colonial locomotive equipments from 1908.

The Southern Railway is the sole responsible body for handling and maintenance of the NMR and entrusted to the Railway Ministry and Government of India and they look after both the technical and non technical aspects to keep up the magnificence of the Gem of the Nilgiris, the Nilgiri Mountain Railways.

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