The Majestic Coonoor to Ooty Toy Train

Coonoor is a charming hill station located in the Nilgiri Mountains in Tamil Nadu and offers stunning views of the surrounding hills. It is known for its lush tea plantations, scenic viewpoints, and pleasant climate. The town is a popular destination for tourists looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy the natural beauty of southern India.

When in Coonoor, an experience you would not want to miss is taking a ride on the Coonoor to Ooty Toy Train. This charming train runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty via Coonoor and offers stunning views of the Nilgiri Mountains.


This narrow-gauge train was built by the British in the early 20th century. The train was originally used to transport tea from the Nilgiri plantations to the coast but has since become a popular tourist attraction. The train operates daily and covers a distance of around 46 km from Mettupalayam to Ooty.

An old train that runs on charcoal going through a forest
A train track inside a tunnel with greenery around


The journey from Mettupalayam to Ooty takes about five hours and passes through 16 tunnels, over 250 bridges, and through picturesque scenery in southern India. The train climbs a steep gradient of 1 in 12.5, which means that for every 12.5 metres it travels forward, it climbs one meter upward. This gradient is one of the steepest in Asia, and it's astounding to see the little train chug up the hillside. The train will stop at Coonoor station and the journey from Coonoor to Ooty is about 1 hour. 

Know The Train

The train itself is a charming piece of history. It's a narrow-gauge train, meaning it is narrower than standard railway tracks. The coaches are small and quaint, with wooden seats and large windows offering unobstructed views of the hills. The Toy Train from Coonoor to Ooty is also fitted with a special brake system that uses water to slow the train down on steep gradients.

A black and red train moving along on the tracks with nature surrounding it
A beautiful image showing the aravalli hill ranges


As the train chugs along, you will be treated to stunning views of the Nilgiri Mountains. The train passes through dense forests, over rushing streams, and past rolling hills covered in tea plantations. The scenery gets more beautified during the monsoon seasons when the hills are covered in fog, and the streams below swell with rainwater.

Things to Remember

This train is very popular, and tickets can sell out quickly. It's a good idea to book your tickets in advance. The train can be quite slow, especially on steep gradients, so be prepared for a leisurely journey. The train can get quite crowded, especially during peak season, so be prepared to share your space with other travellers.

An old toy train going running inside a forest with the sunshine reflecting in the background

Ooty to Coonoor Toy Train Ticket Price

Price (Per person)Category
INR 205First Class
INR 30Second Class
INR 15Unreserved Category


DailyCoonoorOoty7:45 AM1 hr 20 mins
DailyOotyCoonoor2:00 PM1 hr 15 mins

If you are planning a visit to Coonoor, Wallwood Garden - 19th Century, Coonoor can be your rest stop. This Scottish-styled stately home amid Nilgiri hills has been transformed into a heritage hotel. The accommodation here will ensure you have plenty of rest before you head out the next day for a day of sightseeing.