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The Toy Train

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On the road to Coonoor (Southern India)

We leave Kochi after breakfast. We’re all sitting in Ajit’s bus wearing T-shirts and shorts, with the wind blowing furiously around our heads. But the further we drive north, the less need we feel to keep the windows of the bus wide open. We’re moving towards Coonoor, which is located at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. During a wonderful scenic drive through the Nilgiris hill district, we leave all the heat behind us and welcome much cooler temperatures.

In Coonoor, Ajit drops us off at a small train station, where we can see actual steam trains.

On the road to Coonoor (Southern India)
These trains are still running, but they are not capable to make the steep gradient towards Ooty, the queen of hill stations at 19 kilometers from Coonoor. For that route we take a diesel train, which is also referred to as the Nilgiri Toy Train.

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway which we will ride to Ooty is one of the oldest mountain railways in India. It was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2005.

A cute looking train (no wonder they call it the ‘Toy Train’) stops at the platform and we all get in and find seats. At the same time, a train stops at a platform across from us. The passengers in the other train take one look into the compartment full of western travelers and they all start waving and sheering. Some of them wear thick sweaters and large woolen hats as if it is the middle of winter, and for some reason they have the urge to board our compartment. It’s really funny to see the enormous enthusiasm you can stir among local people when traveling in a group, but at the same time I also don’t understand it. What is it that is so special about us? Surely they have seen westerners before?

The train takes off and we make a wonderfully scenic trip through the higher part of the Nilgiri Hills. The landscape is lush, green and peaceful, completely different from what we have seen in India thus far. I think that is what I am enjoying most of my trip through southern India so far, the enormous variety this part of the world has to offer.

 

jethanad says:
feels like fun
Posted on: May 26, 2010
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