Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Activity Charges / Entry Fee: INR 250 per head for First Class*
Time Required
Ten hours
7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Difficulty Level
Best Suited For
Families, Couples and Senior Citizens.

Quick Info

A journey in the Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train is a must-do activity in the town of Ooty. The train offers tourists a ride of a lifetime as it ascends the Nilgiri Hills going through tunnels and curves. In the 5-hour journey, the train moves at an altitude ranging from 300 metres to 2200 metres. The entire journey offer spectacular views of rocky terrains, ravines, tea gardens, dense forests and majestic hills.

Rankings & Ratings

An exquisite train journey offering splendid views.
Editor's Rankings

#1 in 5 Things to Do in Ooty

TripAdvisor Ratings

Editor's Review

Nilgiri Toy Train offers a thrilling experience of a slow-placed train journey. Tourists enjoy spectacular views of the forests, hills and tea plantations. The fare is very reasonable. On rare occasions, the train can get a bit overcrowded.


  • Thrilling experience with magnificent views.
  • Pace is slow. So you enjoy views to the full.
  • Ideal for all kinds of travelers.
  • Beautiful and well-maintained carriages.
  • Reasonably priced tickets.


  • Some travelers may find the pace too slow.
  • Can get a bit overcrowded sometimes.
  • Online booking must be done 2 months in advance.
  • Queues can be long sometimes.

Detailed Info

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway Toy Train is a 1000-meter gauge railway, offering tourists a journey of a lifetime. On this wonderful journey across the Nilgiri Hills, travelers get spectacular views of tea plantations, dense forests, rocky terrains, ravines and majestic hills. The one way journey is 5 hours long but the return journey is only three and a half hours long. During the journey, the train moves at a very slow pace with the altitude ranging from 300 metres to 2200 metres. It ascends the Nilgiri Hills moving through tunnels and curves that make the journey especially adventurous. In the 46-km journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty, the train passes through 16 tunnels and over 250 bridges.

The train starts from Mettupalayam at 7:10 AM and reaches Ooty at 12:00 PM. On the return journey, the train starts at 2:00 PM from Ooty and reaches Mettupalayam at 5:35 PM. The engine for the train is an 'X' Class steam locomotive, made in Switzerland. The carriages are mainly blue in colour with some parts of it painted in cream. They have large windows that make sure you enjoy the great views of the surroundings. The work on the Nilgiri Toy Train was completed in 1908. In 2005, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

*Ticket price: INR 250 per head for first class and INR 30 per head for second class.