Experience a legend – heritage train
On the toy train in the nilgiris, the journey is indeed the destination. For this quaint little train that recently chugged into the list of unesco world heritage sites brims with british raj nostalgia. Built over a century ago, the 40 km track 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 kallar and coonoor is one of the steepest in the world and was one of the very first railway projects to use the cogwheel to negotiate the incline.
Guests board the train in the evening at coonoor and alight at mettupalayam. From here a vehicle will drive guests back to the tea nest.
Time – Depart from tea nest at 2:45 pm
The train leaves coonoor at 3.15 pm
It reaches mettupalayam at 5.35 pm
From here a car/vehicle will drive you back to tea nest
Cost – 1st Class Rs 300 per head
2nd Class Rs 150 per head
Guests who do not have their own car/vehicle need to hire a car. Our executives will help you out with the same.
Cost of vehicle Rs 1,050 (non a/c Indica – 4 to a car) to transfer guests (up to 4 per vehicle) from mettupalayam back to the tea nest.