Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is a treasured element and fabled charm of Nilgiris since 1899. This Nilgiri rail system is unique as it is the steepest one in Asia. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO during 2005. Another interesting thing associated with the Nilgiri Railway is that the youngest X class loco is over 50 years old and the oldest is 80 years old.
A century after it first attracted travelers, the Nilgiri Mountain Toy train continues to inspire weaving through forests, moving through time, along the valleys and into the little dark winding tunnels, round the bends, up the gradients, through the glens, trees and birds.A whiff of mist, a myna's trill, sunlight dances on yonder hill, whistling, chugging, fire, steam-clacking, moving into a dream Gorge, gorgeous, misty, foggy shrouded peaks, drizzles clothe the slopes.
Arrival Chennai upon arrival meet and greet by our representative transfer to Mahabalipuram, an hour’s drive from Chennai airport 55 kms situated on the East Coast of Tamil Nadu has pris time beaches, spanning 20 kms, bright Sun & Crisp Sand, Wrapping up untold tales of the 7th Century. Here time stands still; and presents meet the past. A serene town nested amidst the historical stone sculptures and medieval architecture, that stands witness to the rich heritage – Mahabalipuram the finest of historical monuments can be seen at Mamallapuram with splendid specimens of Pallava art, which flourished from about 600-750 AD. Today is a UNESCO world Heritage site. The sculptures are breathtakingly real and artistic. Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram
Today we will see Arjuna’s Penance (Descent of Ganges) – 0.1 km tee face of a huge whale shaped rock has been carved into a vast panel of relief sculptures depicting the mythological story of the river Ganges issuing from its source high in the Himalayas. Another version is that it depicts Arjuna’s Penance to obtain a boon from Lord Shiva. This bas-relief, which is the largest and finest of its kind (27 meters long and 9 meters high), has animals, gods and celestial beings besides fables from the well-known panchatantra, sculptured on it with remarkable realism. Also visit to Krishna Mantapa, Mandapams – Situated within a radius of 1 km of the rock cut examples at Mamallapuram; the Mandapams (shallow halls resembling porticos) are conspicuous for their design and execution, Mahishasuramardhini Cave, Ratha, Shore Temple - 1 km the final phase of Pallava art at Mamallapuram is to be seen in the beautiful shore temple, which is assigned to the late seventh century when Rajasimha was the king. One of the unique features of the temple is the construction of two shrines for Shiva and Vishnu. A structure with two spires, the Shore Temple has been designed basically after the monolithic Dharma raja Ratha but with considerable modifications.
Evening transfer to Chennai where you will take Dinner in restaurant and their after proceed to Chennai Central Railway station to board the Nilgiri Express at 21.15 hrs Overnight Journey by first class air condition cabinOvernight Journey by train
Your Nilgiri Express reaches Metupalayan at 06.10 to connect the UNESCO world Heritage Toy train at 07.10 hrs. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is located in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu. It runs from Metupalaiyam to Udagamandalam (Ooty), via Coonoor, in the Nilgiri Hills. The track is 46 kilometers (28.5 miles) long, and passes over 250 bridges (including 32 major ones) and through 16 tunnels. The most spectacular scenery and best views are situated along the stretch from Metupalaiyam to Coonoorwhich 30 kms and cover in 3.20 hrs, This Journey is particularly picturesque because of the surrounding rocky terrain, ravines, tea plantations, and forested hills. Coonoor, with its world famous teas, is a tourist destination in itself. Reach Coonoor at 10.30 hrs transfer to Hotel.
Afternoon visit to Ketti is a large valley in the Nilgiris and a town as well. It is one the most beautiful sightseeing places in Ooty. Ketti Valley is home to several tribes,such as Todas and Badagas. These tribal people are experts in cultivating fresh vegetables and fruits in the valley. There are over 14 villages in this valley that belong to the tribes of Badagas.
Ketti valley is a heaven for nature lovers and photographers. It is one of the most visited tourist sites of Ooty. It offers one of the best views of the valley. Nature lovers, adventurists, experience seekers and even casual travelers will love the view from the Ketti valley viewpoint. There is also a telescope room to get a closer view of the valley and surroundings. Overnight stay in Coonoor
After breakfast visit to Doddabetta Park and he Nilgiri region is renowned for its tea and most of the areas in Ooty are surrounded with the tea plantation. The tea estate or plantation is one of attractions and you canenjoys to go for a walk in the tea estate which gives them peacefully. The place which is most popular for its tea estates is Glenmorgan which is one of the old tea estates and also Glenmorgan is one of the famous picnic spots.
In Ooty, there are own tea factories for their tea plantations. The tourist is even allowed inside the tea factories and has ainflict. You can snap photographs and make it as a memorable moment in your lifetime, so that you can enjoy the view of the tea estate.
The establishment of several numbers of tea estates made Ooty famous. Most of the hotels, resorts, cottages are all located near tea estates because it gives a wonderful view to the tourist. So if you are a nature lover you can inflict tea estate which gives you a peaceful and blissful trip.
Morning is free to enjoy the hotel surrounding. Later transfer to Coonoor station to board the Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train at 15.00 hrs arrive Metupalayan at 17.35 hr. You change the plate form to take the Nilgiri Express at 19.45 hrs Overnight Journey by first class air condition cabin or you can take flight from Coimbatore to Chennai We can provide you hotel in Chennai
Arrive Chennai central station at 05.00 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to airport to board the flight for onward destination
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