Train Travel in Ooty - Ooty Railways

At the height of 2.600 m of carts Udhagamandalam (Ooty) the Queen of the hill stations. The toy train of the Nilgiris of `connect Ooty to mettupalayam in the foot of the Nilgiris.

The construction of this line was a challenge because the terrain is a bit complicated. It was in 1854 that the first plans were drawn to build a railway to the mountain of mettupalayam the Nilgiri hills. But it was a good 45 years later in 1899 that the first train chugged up this track. This railway is widely regarded as a marvel of engineering. The train itself is a charming blue and cream with wooden bus and large windows. It carried over the hills by stream engines, designed and built by the work of Swiss locomotive. Twelve of such locomotive engines survive even today.

The train covers the 46 km to Udhagamandalam in four and one half hour. There are five stations between Mettupalayam and Coonoor - Kallas, Adderley, forest of the mountain, Runnymede and Kateri - and, while there were five between Coonoor and Ooty too. By Wellington, Aruvankadul, Kette, and Lovedale are still functional, Fren of the mountain, finally, were closed down some years ago.

The train, for obvious reasons of security, calculates the average of 10.4 km / h and is perhaps the slowest in India. Built in the century from the end of nineteenth century, the trail there is a slope of 1 in 12 and has 208 curves and 13 tunnels. Leave at 7:45 am Mettupalayam and Ooty in alcanga noon.

Extensive rice fields surround the stretch of 7 km between Mettupalayam and Kallas. Soon after is an impressive section of 21km through truly rocky terrain. The track passes over 26 viaducts, and twisting and mixing by means of 13 tunnels. After a steep climb, the train enters Coonoor in the small of the hill station known for its tea plantations. From here the trail is that you climb up the hill alcangar of Fern in a height of 2.218 m, the highest point on the railway. Shortly before Ooty, the line plunges down. If you enjoy taking pictures, keep your ready for photographic reproduction for some shotsof between Kallas and the Adderley Viaduct. This tour is sure to turn the most hardened critic of the trail in a avid fan. The pleasure of You'ii in hthe edge - the twists and turns of the seat as the train runs through the bridges of high beam, and on green hills before gently meandering through the properties of the rolling tea. The exhaust beat of the loco never hesitate, maintaining a deafening seconded that can be heard for miles around. Truly a trip to remember.

The ideal way to start your holiday in the mountains would take this little train of the toy. Adjusts to the pace leisurely, to break-free force of tests, exams, school, teachers and yes, parents too. And as the train goes over the hill and down the valley, through the properties of tea and the tunnels you can see nature in its best. You will be pleasantly surprised by the bright green of the tea bushes, the sound of thunder of waterfalls and the startled cry of the hoopoe as flying out of a tree.

As the train slowly chugs its way on the Viaduct, you can puff away as below, you Glimpse the drip of the mountain stream on its way to the plains.

Adhering to the mountains, the train maneuver the sharp curves, huffing and blowing lengthwise.

The stations with their names Catita Runnymede, forest of the mountain, Adderly, Lovedale are picturesque. The stations are relics of the Raj.

Mettupalayam is at an elevation of 330 meters and in Udhagamandalam in an elevation of 2,200 meters. So you can imagine that the steep slope that the train has to climb.

From Mettupalayam to Kallas, the ride is almost on a level, but once you leave the escalation begins Kallas. The line is the meter gauge train and the USA system of rack and pinion to climb the slope. This train is still supplied by a steam engine.

Finally, make sure you get a window seat, so you don 't the lack of out of something.

Ooty Tours

Ooty is the capital town of the district of nilgiri. I would say that the climate in ooty is pleasant and is a great place for leisure tours. There are many places you can tour, such as the Botanical Gardens, Lamb's rock and Dodabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Kodanadu's View Point, and also weekend trips like: Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Kotagiri, Kalhatty Waterfalls, Dolphin's Nose, Avalanche, Coonnoor, on tours to Ooty India.

Some of the tourist attractions of Ooty are Ooty Lake which was was built for providing an irrigation tank to the people of this region, Botanical Garden situated on the lower slopes of the Dodabetta peak and Kalhatty Falls which is located about 113 kilometers away from ooty.

Ooty is on the narrow gauge railway, connected to Mettupalayam (47 km), which is directly connected to Coimbatore and Chennai. The famous toy train connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor. A good network of roads and national highways connect Ooty with all major towns and cities. There are regular bus services to and from Coimbatore, Trichy, Bangalore, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Mysore, Palghat, Calicut, Tirupati and other important destinations in South India. Ooty is also well connected with major cities of Kerala and Karnataka. Coimbatore, 105 km from Ooty, is the nearest airport.

You can opt for an ooty tour to enjoy this beautiful destination of charming hills and pleasant climate. I think it is during summer vacation most people are visiting this place. Ooty is also a honeymooners paradise in south India.

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