July 25, 2021
What is Niligiri Mountain Railway ?
Just a transport medium? Lifeline for many? A pristine landscape ride? Or, a demanding vintage ride which revokes us to a nostalgic life?
Well, yes, all of these! Over a 100 years, people around the world is approaching this one-of-a-kind railway line to latch the memories of a to and fro stupendous experience of heritage. Right from the whistling sound of this coal steamed engine from Mettupalayam station promenade, through the marvellous picturesque route and to the destination at Ooty, the queen of blue hills, entire journey is definitely a thing to experience in a lifetime!
Take a look back into the pre-independence India where the British officers spent most of the luxurious life in this blue hill called Ooty and as it became the summer capital of the Madras presidency, travelling with the families through this tough terrain became a deal of task that took about 10 days. That is where the concept of Niligiri mountain railway came in and later executed. It extends about 46 km in length that starts from Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam (Ooty). This shortened the travel from 10 days to 5 hours. Though it took long 54 years to complete, Niligiri mountain railways remains as a stunner from the British’s end. Now, famously known as the Toy train!
It takes 4 hours and 50 minutes to reach the destination from Mettupalayam.
Kallar (QLR) – After crossing the Bhavani River, Kallar is the first watering point. The train uses 4,000 liters of water every five kilometres. It takes half the way 21 Km to reach Coonoor.
Adderly (ADRL) – This stop is to refill the water. You will cross the Adderly bridges that stands for the wonderful long pillar bridges.
Hillgrove (HGL) – Beautiful little railroad station where you can spot variety of birds.
Runnymede (RNMD) – The next watering point that rests amidst of the tea plantations. Here you can get a spectacular view of the Shola forest. Now, ready for the stiff climb to the next station.
Coonoor (ONR) – The busy station with 8 train coming in and out every day. You can see the Steam loco mounted outside the station which has breathlessly run 750,000 Km in 75 years. Also experience the replacement of steam locomotive to diesel locomotive from here.
Wellington (WEL) – You can cross the Wellington Bridge which stands tallest in the whole line.
Aravangadu (AVK) – This is the only crossing station in the line.
Ketty (KXT) – Ketty is blissed with the largest valleys in the world…
Lovedale (LOV) – A small romantic village crowed with eucalyptus and coniferous treesOoty- The destination and the largest hill station in the Niligiris and Tamil Nadu
Less Seats but more demand! It is advisable to book the tickets at least before two months the date of your trip.
|Sr No||Train Number/Name||1st Class||2nd Class|
|1||56136 / Mettupalayam-Udagamandalam MG Passenger||Rs 545||Rs 270|
|2||56139 / Udagamandalam-Coonoor MG Passenger||Rs 320||Rs 140|
|3||56136 / Mettupalayam to Coonoor||Rs 445||Rs 190|
The station code for Mettupalayam is MTP, and Udagamandalam (Ooty) UAM.
|56136/Mettupalayam-Ooty MG Passenger||Mettupalayam||7:10 AM||Ooty||12 PM|
|56141/Coonoor- Udagamandalam MG Passenger||Coonoor||7:45 AM||Ooty||9.05 AM|
|56136/Mettupalayam- Ooty MG Passenger||Coonoor||10.40 AM||Ooty||12.00 PM|
|56143/Coonoor- Udagamandalam MG Passenger||Coonoor||12:35 PM||Ooty||1.50 PM|
|56138/Coonoor- Udagamandalam MG Passenger||Coonoor||4.30 PM||Ooty||5:45 PM|
|56137/Ooty- Mettupalayam MG Passenger||Ooty||2.00 PM||Mettupalayam||5.35 PM|
|56139/ Udagamandalam- Coonoor MG Passenger||Ooty||9:15 AM||Coonoor||10:25 AM|
|56142/Udagamandalam- Coonoor MG Passenger||Ooty||12:15 PM||Coonoor||1:20 PM|
|56137/Udagamandalam- Mettupalayam MG Passenger||Ooty||2:00 PM||Coonoor||3.05 PM|
|56140/Udagamandalam- Coonoor MG Passenger||Ooty||6:00 PM||Coonoor||7:10 PM|
Choose Air: The closest airport from Mettupalayalam is Coimbatore which is 45 Kms from Mettupalayam. There are so many local and government buses available from Coimbatore to Mettupalayam.
Choose Train: In connection with the NMR timing, The daily 12671 Nilagiri Express train from Chennai which arrives at 6.15 AM, is the best available option. There are regular passenger train during the day.
Choose Road: Coimbatore Road, Sathy Road, Ooty Road, Annur Road are the 4 major Highway roads connecting Mettupalayam. There are regular buses from Coimbatore, the first at 5 AM.
Curated by : Sudhina VK