Kurumba village resort nestles in the folds of the blue mountains, between the number fourth and number fifth hairpin bend on the scenic mountain road between mettupalayam and coonoor.
Closest airport: coimbatore (56km)
Closest railway stations: mettupalayam (18km) on the main line and coonoor (14km) on the toy train line between mettupalayam and ooty (34km)
The toy train
The journey on the toy train in the nilgiris is indeed the destination. For this quaint little train that recently chugged into the listing of unesco world heritage sites, brims with raj nostalgia. Built over a century ago, the 40 km track that ducks through 16 tunnels and trundles over 362 bridges, snakes up mountains that are carpeted with virgin forests, rolling meadows and the neat geometric patterns of tea plantations. And if you are lucky, you might even get to see a herd of wild elephants crossing the track.
According to discovery channel, the narrow gauge track between mettupalayam and coonoor is one of the steepest in world and it was one of the very first railway projects to use the cogwheel to negotiate the incline.
The toy train is a year-round service. It chugs out of mettupalayam every morning and returns in the evening. Its timings tie in with the overnight nilgiri express between chennai central station and mettupalayum vis coimbatore.
The railways run an additional train between mettupalayam and ooty to cope with the summer and diwali vacations rush.
In addition, there are morning and evening shuttle services between coonoor and ooty – 19 km apart.
Getting to the kurumba village resort by road
(Distances in Kilometres)
Time taken to travel by air and rail to coimbatore
(The closest airport and main-line station to the resort)
Time in Hours
The drive from coimbatore to the resort is about 1hr 30m.
Latitude : 11.3364231
Longitude : 76.8297397
Altitude : 3181 feet or 969 meters above sea level.