Saturday, 26 December 2015

Destination Coonoor to Mettupalayam

My favorite mode of transport is undoubtedly the rails! Give me one any day. Unfortunately with the limited time we have, travel by rail is always secondary. Consider a railway line that's been around since 1899. How about a meter gauge carriages being chugged on by a steam locomotive along the 208 curves,16 tunnels and 250 bridges. Make it a little more exciting by making the tracks the steepest in Asia. And there you have the Nilgiris Mountain railway. And finally I was going to travel from Coonoor to Mettupalayam on it!

If one is interested on more facts about this old man rail, then here you go...

Not everybody's cup of tea, this slow moving monster is a pleasure for enthusiasts like Sheldon. For the others, the ever changing surrounding landscape could seal the deal. No, does it not, maybe then you are a history buff and want to be  transported to the time when these carriages carried folks in their finest and discussed the current events of 1912. Forget that, how about the child in you getting excited every time the train passes a dark tunnel . Or would you prefer the perfect selfie the curved tracks offers with the Nilgiris - both the train as well as the hills in the background. Ok , i know, the adventurous you, would like to hang out by the door, maybe dangle your feet high above the many bridges the train crosses. Let's step out at one of the stations for a cup of tea and a quick bite. We don't want to leave the food enthusiast behind! There is a bit of everything for everyone! If the ride still does not excite you, then there is always the options of falling asleep and missing out on an opportunity to experience something worthy enough to be part of the UNESCO heritage list.

Date: December 2015
Place : Coonoor to Mettupalayam rail, Tamil Nadu

Tip: Book two months in advance to avoid disappointment
First:  Heritage train
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