Willow Hill is located on a hilltop with wrap-around greenery. Surrounded by rainforest, eucalyptus trees, and the distant silhouette of the Blue Mountains, its enchanting locale makes it an idyllic escape.
To reach it, one must take a small detour near St Stephens’s church (700 mtr) from the scenic mountain road between Ooty and Mysore called Havelock Road.
Closest Airport: Coimbatore (88)
Closest Railway Stations: Udhagamandalam (2.3km))
The toy train
When you travel on the toy train in the Nilgiris, the journey is indeed the destination. For this quaint little train that recently chugged into the listing of UNESCO world heritage sites, brims with raj nostalgia. Built over a century ago, the 40-km track ducks through 16 tunnels and trundles over 362 bridges, snakes up mountains that are carpeted with virgin forests, rolling meadows and the neat geometric patterns of tea plantations. And if you are lucky, you might even get to see a herd of wild elephants crossing the track.
According to Discovery Channel, the narrow-gauge track between Mettupalayam and Coonoor is one of the steepest in world and it was one of the very first railway projects to use the cogwheel to negotiate the incline.
The toy train is a year-round service. It chugs out of Mettupalayam every morning and returns in the evening. Its timings tie in with the overnight Nilgiri Express between Chennai central station and Mettupalayum via Coimbatore.
The railways run an additional service between Mettupalayam and Ooty to cope with the summer and Diwali vacations rush. In addition, there are morning and evening shuttle services between Coonoor and Ooty – 19 km apart
Getting to Willow Hill Nature Stay by road
(Distance in Kilometers)
Closest airport: Coimbatore
Salem 216.5 km
Time in Hours
|Mumbai||1 hours 50 minutes||36|
The drive from Coimbatore to the Nature Stays is about 3 hrs
Latitude : 11.418817
Longitude : 76.699311
Altitude : 7,349 ft or 2,240m above sea level.