Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Travel in Nilgiri Montain heritage Train

Travel in Nilgiri Mountain heritage Train

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a railway in Tamil Nadu, India, built by the British in 1908, and was initially operated by the Madras Railway. The railway still relies on its fleet of steam locomotives NMR comes under the jurisdiction of the newly formed Salem Division. In July 2005, UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the site then became known as "Mountain Railways of India." After it satisfied the necessary criteria, thus forcing abandonment of the modernisation plans. For the past several years diesel locomotives have taken over from steam on the section between Coonoor and Udhagamandalam. Local people and tourists have led a demand for steam locos to once again haul this section.The famous Hindi song "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from the film "Dil Se" featuring Shahrukh Khan was shot on the roof top of NMR.

Train No:662 is the Mettupalayam to Ooty passenger train . Train No. 661 is the Ooty to Mettupalayam passenger. You can book ticket via If you dont have time to cover the entire distance there is single up and down trip available between Coonoor and ooty on a dily basis almost covering 18 kms.

Station codes:
Udagamandalam (UAM) [Ooty also called as Udagamandalam, ootacamund, Udhagai, Ootypattinam]
Mettupalaiyam (MTP)
Coonoor (ONR)

Find more info on Wiki Page:

Nilgiri Mountain train starts from Mettupalayam early morning 7 AM and reaches Ooty around 12 PM. The same train will return at 2 PM and reaches Mettupalayam Around 6 PM. Till Coonoor they use Coal and steam Engine then onwards Diesel Engine. For Tourist purpose they are running another trip between Ooty and Coonor on a daily basis. This trip Starts from Ooty at 9 AM and reach Coonor around 10.15 AM. This will return at 4:30 PM and reaches Ooty by 5:45 PM.

NB:Seats are very limited so better book through IRCTC site before.

Route Maps(Courtesy  various sources):

My self with wife @ Ooty Railway station
Udagamandalam railway station
Udagai or Ooty or Udagamandalam or Ootypattanam or Ootacamund

First Class coach
My Dad and Mom in First Class coach
Train ready for the trip
On the way near LovaDale
There are many tunnels inbetween

Through the Ketty Valley
This is Lovadale Station
We are passing LoveDale station
Love Dale Station Board

Ketti Station
Do u remember this place.....Location for Movies Kilukkam, DilSe, Daisy etc etc etc......
Passing through eucalyptus Forest
Wellington Station

Aravankadu Station
Reached Coonoor Station
Coonoor Station


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