Coonoor

Why To Go

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Coonoor is perhaps one of the best holiday destinations in the country in the state of Tamil Nadu. Considered as one of the most beautiful and tranquil hill stations in the spectacular Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats, this is a secluded holiday retreat is situated at an elevation of 1930 metres at a distance of 19 km from Ooty.. Known for its tea plantations and tea factories, Coonoor is also famous for its horticultural treasures. Ideal for nature lovers, this is a beautiful mountainous location you must visit at least once. A place for those who want to retreat into beauty and peace after the hullaballoo of everyday life.

It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty and an ideal base of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris.

It’s conjointly far-famed for its tea plantations because the atmosphere there’s perfectly contribute to growing exceptionally aromatic tea.

Coonoor is legendary for its massive forms of birds together with skylarks, thrushes, parakeets.

Coonoor is a place where you can enjoy the extensive view of the charming Nilgiri Hills and the sparkling Catherine Falls amidst amazing scenic beauties that’ll leave you in awe.

Travel Tips

Though Coonoor can be visited at any time of the year, October to March is the best time to visit Coonoor. With mild cold and mostly pleasant climate along with the greenery, tea plantation, clear skies and a hint of morning mist make the place appear magical to the travellers. The monsoon season i.e. from July to September is also a good time to explore the town. With light showers, the place becomes a nature’s paradise. One needs to carry sturdy sneakers and some warm clothes when visiting, and make sure you buy some Niligiri Tea to take back home with you.

Things To Do

The Hidden Valley is one of the most fascinating places at Coonoor. A trek through this area will reveal the natural beauty of this location. The mountainous forests, the greenery all around, the scenic routes and the fresh mountain air are enough to make this trek worthwhile. This site also has some of the best views of the hill-station to offer. Dolphin’s Nose is another good scenic spot you can head to, while at Coonoor. So named because the shape of the peak resembles the nose of a dolphin, the view from here is spectacular. You can spot some of the most important sights of the Nilgiris from over here. It is also a very popular trekking destination. On the way to Dolphin’s Nose, you can stop at Lamb’s Rock. An 8 kilometers trek, this spot is very picturesque, and is perfect for a leisurely picnic. The spot also provides some gorgeous views of the Coimbatore plains. Droog Fort is another beautiful location you can visit. The fortress, which was once resilient and formidable, now sits in ruins, but even the dilapidated structure retains the beauty of the yesteryears. Tipu Sultan had used this fort as a military outpost, as the location was perfect to hide from the enemies and to ward off enemy attacks efficiently. The outpost provides a pin point view, which was perfect for military strategizing. You have to trek for a bit to get there, but the walk is worth the effort. There are lots of birds who have made the space in and around the fortress into their homes, and for a bird-watcher, this spot is quite a delight. Sims Park, named after the man who was the Secretary of the Madras Club in 1874, J.D Sim, is a horticultural reserve. This is one of the most fascinating spots in Coonoor. The 12 hectares of land here is covered with some gorgeous, rare plants. Built along the lines of Japanese aesthetics, this park is beautiful and informative, since it contains about a thousand species of plants. While you’re at Coonoor, you must not miss out on the Guernsey Tea Factory. Tea is something Coonoor is famous for, and this particular tea factory is one of the best when it comes to producing perfect Nilgiri tea. There are guided tours which happen from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening, and the guides take you around the factory, explaining the process in a relatable manner. Do not forget to taste the Nilgiri tea and picking up some Nilgiri tea from here might not be such a bad idea either. Law Falls is seven kilometers from Coonoor. This location provides for a breathtaking sight of water cascading down from 180 feet above. The water spraying itself all around, the sheer force of the waterfall, and the scenic beauty all around makes this site worth a visit. The area surrounding the waterfall is beautifully strewn with sholas and rocks. Savour in the jams which are made from fresh and juicy peaches, mulberries. Get to taste the unadulterated organic honey and do carry some bottles of jams and honey back home. Do not miss the Rajma and Avare Beans, the local dish of Coonoor.

Getting Around

Take long walks to any of the villages situated around Coonoor. A walk by the tea gardens would be a memorable one. You can also take a walk to the Golf links owned by the Wellington Defence College. You may also opt for buses as bus service is available or you may hire cabs to commute within Coonoor.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Coimbatore is the closest city with an airport, from Coonoor. It is 72 kilometers away, and the rest of the journey needs to be made by road. It takes around 2 hours 30 mins by rented car to reach from Coimbatore International Airport to Coonoor.

TRAIN

Coonoor does not have any rail station of its own but Mettupalayam is the closest railhead, which is at a distance of 38 km. But Coimbatore junction has proven to be a much more convenient and popular railway station to get to Coonoor, because of its well connectivity to rest of Indian cities. Regular buses and taxis are available from the stations.

ROAD

By road, it is 70 kilometres away from Coimbatore, and Ooty is only 19 kilometres away. Other places which are well connected to Coonoor by road include Tanjavur, Cochin, Bangalore and almost all the major locations within Tamil Nadu. Private and state run buses ply at regular intervals from neighbouring towns and cities. Hired taxis are also available.

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Surrounding Attractions

Ketty – en route from Ooty to Coonoor, the road winds above a lush valley where yellow gorse and lavender flowers bloom in season. Ooty- just around 19 km from the town is a picturesque hill station with charming blue mountains is a perfect holiday spot from Cooroon and a must visit. Koagiri – is more tea territory, in the shade of the Dodda Betta range. Do trekking inside the Longwood Shola preserve. Red Hills – puts the magic back into jaded Nilgiri holidays. The British named the area in remembrance of a similar area in England. The lakes are abundant, the forests magnificent, the foliage dense, the air pure, small rivulets dance by, and flowers bloom. The area gets heavy rainfall in June-august, which fills the lakes. Avalanche – is one of the oldest tribes of the Nilgiris, the Todas. Their semi-rounded bamboo and cane huts, revered long-horned buffaloes, typical shawls and jewellery, songs and legends are truly fascinating and worth a visit. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway – is a 1,000 mm metre gauge railway in Tamil Nadu, India, built by the British in 1908. Katary Falls – is approximately 10 km from Coonoor in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. With an elevation of 55 m, Katary Falls is the third ranking waterfalls in the Nilgiris and is also the first hydel power plant in India. It can be reached by trekking.
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