Ooty toy train

Ooty toy train

Image by Shachi Sitaram
We reach Aravankadu — which means ‘snake forest’ in Tamil. The NMR is one of its kind and the steepest mountain railway in Asia with an average gradient of 1 in 12.5. The train takes 5 hours to cover 46 km, climbing from 1069 feet to 7228 feet. The Coonoor-Ooty run takes just over an hour.

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