Showing posts with label Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Show all posts

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Ooty: A Charming Getaway from the Clamour of City Life

Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations in India. If you are looking out for a retreat from your mundane city life, then head straight to Ooty. Located at a far off distance from city clamour, Ooty features a pleasant climate, which enthrals every visitor. Following are some of the most popular Ooty attractions, which you should not miss out:

Nilgiri Mountain Railway:
Situated at an approximate height of 2,600 meters, Ooty stands tall amidst Nilgiri Mountains. The Nilgiris Toy Train connects Ooty to Mettupalayam. The construction of this line was a mammoth task particularly because of the hilly terrain. In the year 1854, the first plan was to build a mountain railway from Mettupalayam to the Nilgiri Hills. This railway is regarded as a marvel in the field of engineering. The train itself is an extremely charming bluish beauty with large windows and wooden coaches. Travelling in this train is one of the best things to do in Ooty. 

Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Nilgiri Mountain Railway


Doddabetta Peak:
This peak stands at an approximate altitude of 2,623 meters. It is regarded as the highest point in the district, making it possibly the most popular attraction in Ooty. Situated at a distance of 10Km from Ooty, this peak is a favourite destination for nature lovers and photographers. On a clear day, which is a rare occurrence, you can click epic pictures from this peak. If you are an adventure lover, then you should definitely visit this place to indulge in some of the most thrill seeking stunts. 

Doddabetta Peak, Ooty
Doddabetta Peak

Accommodation:
When it comes to accommodation, United-21 Paradise Resort is one of the best resorts in Ooty. We constantly monitor Ooty hotel rates for offering  accommodations to our customers at budget rates.

Accommodation in Ooty
Accommodation in Ooty

Monday, 24 December 2012

Nilgiri Mountain Railway


Beautiful Journey through Nilgiri Mountain Railway


Nilgiri Mountains, a part of the Western Ghats, is situated in the westernmost part of Tamil Nadu, bordering Kerala and Karnataka. The best way to witness the beautiful mountain is by boarding a toy train which runs amidst mountains offering a magnificent view of the Nilgiri Hills. Nilgiri Mountain Railway was added as an extension to the World Heritage Site in the year of 2005 and now comes under Mountain Railways of India.
Nilgiri Mountain Railway

                   Nilgiri Mountain Railway


The railway line in Nilgiri is the steepest one in Asia. The journey starts from Mettupalayam and it navigates through dense forest, along the valleys and tunnels till it reaches Ooty. The upward journey takes around 4 hours and fifty minutes and the downhill journey takes around 3 hours and 35 minutes. The train covers a distance of 41.8 km and the route is through many curves, bridges and tunnels. Although it takes more time than the roadways, the ride on the toy train would a treat for your eyes. These beautiful scenery and train could be seen in the famous Bollywood Movie, “Dil se.” The first train to Ooty from Mettupalayam departs at 07.10 hours and reaches Ooty at 12.00 hours. People could book tickets in this Nilgiri Mountain Railway train through Indian Railways official website. They can also book tickets from the railway station but it is advisable to book tickets way in advance as you would find hardly any tickets available at the counter. One can even charter the entire train for a single and round trip. The maximum capacity of the toy train is 176 passengers and most of them get booked way too early. The journey begins when steam locomotives carries the coach till Coonoor and from their till  Ooty diesel engine hauls the coaches.

Toy train has been the major attractions in Ooty. With the train passing through serene beautiful valleys, gushing streams, whistling forest and windy tunnels, one could ask for no more for their memorable trip.