Tea plantatino | Nilgiri Hills | India
FROM: £675 pp

PRIVATE TOUR: The Nilgiris or Blue Mountains, often called The Queen of Hills are a range of mountains and a district in the south Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. See the famous hill station of Ooty reached by the Nilgiri Blue Mountain Railway.

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Trip Highlights

Mettupalayam - Nilgiri Blue Mountain Railway toy train
Ooty - Popular hill station


Breakfast daily
Overnight sleeper train Chennai to Coimbatore (1st class air-conditioned sleeper)
Economy class flight: Comibatore to Chennai
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides for included sight-seeing
3 STANDARD hotels. SUPERIOR and DELUXE hotel options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Scenic toy train journey: Mettupalayam to Ooty
Entrance fees for included sightseeing
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern Chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture


Day 1

Train to Coimbatore

Chennai - Coimbatore. This afternoon we are transferred to the train station and board the overnight sleeper train from Chennai to Coimbatore (1st class air-conditioned sleeper).
Overnight: Sleeper train

Day 2


Coimbatore - Mettupalayam. We arrive into Coimbatore this morning and drive to Mettupalayam where we check into our hotel. The rest of today is at your leisure to explore the local area or to simply relax.
Overnight: Mettupalayam  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Enjoy exhilarating mountain vistas

Mettupalayam - Ooty. Early morning transfer to Mettupalayam Railway Station for the Nilgiri Blue Mountains railway toy train to Ooty. At a maximum speed of 33km/hour, this ‘toy train’ treks across plains, plantation and forest clad hills. The 16 tunnels and tall girder bridges on the way, along with the breathtaking views make this toy train journey to Ooty something not to be missed! Beginning at Mettupalayam, you’ll cover 46kms in 4 hours enjoying the view along the way. The train is unusual in the fact that the engine pushes its carriages rather than pulls them along.
Overnight: Ooty  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Free day to independently explore

There is no sightseeing included during our stay in Ooty, but the vehicle and driver remain at your disposal for sightseeing of any nearby places.
Overnight: Ooty  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Ooty to Chennai

Ooty - Coimbatore - Chennai. Drive to Coimbatore for your flight to Chennai. Upon arrival in Chennai, transfer to your hotel or the airport for your onward flight.

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Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Twin / Share
Single Room
2nd Dec 2021 - 21st Jan 2022
Unavailable during this period.

In Brief

Trip Type
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Our rating: Standard
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 4
Mettupalayam, Ooty, Chennai
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