The One-of-a-Kind Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Experience the allure, beauty, and charm of a trip on the mountain railway

By Google Arts & Culture

Join us on a journey along the Nilgiri Mountain Railway...

After the phasing out of steam traction on the Indian Railways in the early 1990s, many people today have neither seen a steam engine in action or experienced a ride in a steam hauled train. This is a X-class locomotive (No. 37399).

Leaving the station

This is a the Ketti Railway Station, one of the most spectacular points along the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.

Next stop...

The next stop shows this amazing this tough mountainous terrain. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the greatest steam experiences that exists in the world today, and you can ponder over the engineering skills of the past while traveling along the track.

Lovedale station

The next stop after Ketti is the little town of Lovedale. This is a notable tourist attraction in the Nilgiris and it is just 5km away from the Queen of Hills, in Ooty.

A scenic route

As you travel up the mountain, you will become surrounded by clouds and mist, with zero visibility. You will feel a small drop in temperature as you enter the tea gardens near Runneymede.

Burliar bridge

The best way to experience the fun of the steam experience, along with the serenity and tranquility of the countryside, is to take the train on the uphill run. The train passes through an almost uninhabited tropical jungle via the Burliar bridge as it moves towards Coonoor.

Fern Hill station

The second last stop on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway is the little town of Fern Hill. You can take a look around this idyllic station, which adds to the charm of the unique railway. Each turn en route offers a panoramic view of the landscape.

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