A toy train ride in Ooty and visiting tea estates in Nilgiris

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam, is a resort town in the Western Ghats mountains, in South India. Founded as British Raj summer resort, this area in Tamil Nadu is one of my favorites and I love riding the train that runs on a steam railway line.

Photos from a day trip to Ooty and Coonoor tea estates in Nilgiris in TamilNadu, India!

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Kings cliff – where we stopped for tea in their Sunroom.  Kids loved the apple pie here.  The garden was lush and green.

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Ooty botanical garden has a great selection of plants and flowers I haven’t seen anywhere else in India.

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A boat ride on the Ooty lake is a nice way to spend an afternoon.

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No trip to Ooty is complete without a ride on the toy train as we call them.  It is called Nilgiri mountain railway these days – goes through tea estates, bridges and tunnels.  It is a slow train based on the rack and pinion system similar to the ones in Switzerland.

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We of course had to stop at a tea estate and sampled some masala tea!

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