A young boy looks out of the train compartment.

The day began well. Blue sky over the Blue Hills (Nilgiris, as they are known). It was hard driving up the 36 hairpin turns from Masinagudi to Ooty (Udaghamandlam to some). The railway station at Ooty was crowded with tourists wanting to ride on the fabled "toy" train between Ooty and Coonoor. The queue snaked outside the station. We decided to drive to Coonoor, and take the train from there at the end of the day.

It was a good decision, because when we arrived at Coonoor station at 4pm, the booking counters had opened, and there was hardly anyone there.

We did an 18 km journey in some 1 hour and 15 minutes through beautiful countryside. In the process, the train moved uphill from 5600 ft (Coonoor) to 7220 ft (Ooty). This is what "slow" movement is all about! This is a great train journey to do when you are not in a hurry to go anywhere in particular.

Shiny new carriages.
Shiny new carriages.


At the Coonoor railway station. An echo of the Raj.
At the Coonoor railway station. An echo of the Raj.


Tea gardens below the track.
Tea gardens below the track.