Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Base Station: Coonoor, Ooty (19 Kms)

Nearest City to Coonoor: Coimbatore (71 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Coonoor: March to June & September to October

Peak Season: April to June

State: Tamil Nadu | District: The Nilgiris

Coonoor Weather: Maximum-24.3°C
Minimum-4.8°C

At a distance of 18 km from Ooty, 71 km from Coimbatore and 32 km from Mettupalayam, Coonoor is a taluk and a municipality in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a beautiful hill station and known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor is one of the popular Places to visit in Tamilnadu.

At an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level, Coonoor is famous for its verdant environs and for a variety of wildflowers and birds. It is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Toy Train) is one of the oldest mountain railways in India. The train ride in the midst of the Nilgiris, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an unforgettable travel experience.

Coonoor provides the travellers with the panoramic view of the lush green Nilgiri hills, with its ravines, valleys and waterfalls. The major attraction of Coonoor is Sim's Park, a well-maintained Botanical Garden that houses several varieties of plants found missing in the other Hill Stations. It is spread over 12 hectares. Viewpoints and picnic spots around Coonoor include Lambs Rock, Dolphins Nose, St. Catherine Falls, Law's fall, etc.

It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. One of the popular trekking trails is to Lamb's Rock that is 9 km from Coonoor. Lamb's Rock overlooks the Coimbatore plains, providing a spectacular view of the tea and coffee plantations. A little ahead of Lamb's Rock is located the Lady Canning's Seat that offers a panoramic view of the Nilgiris. Bird watching is a popular pastime in Coonoor. It houses variety of birds such as thrushes, babblers, larks, cuckoos, robins, vultures, eagles and song birds. Coonoor started attracting more tourists these days due to buzzing over urbanization of Ooty.

A major fruit and vegetable festival is held in the month of May at the Sim's Park which draws a major crowd. The tea and tourism festival is another important festival of Coonoor held in the month of January. The festival attracts tea specialists from all over the world.

The Nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport about 68 km from Coonoor town. Coonoor is connected by a meter gauge railway line in the world famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway between Mettupalayam and Ooty. Mettupalayam (32 km) and Coimbatore (68 km) are the nearest railway hubs to Coonoor. Coonoor is well-connected by road with Ooty, Coimbatore, Mysore and Bangalore.

The best time to visit Coonoor is March to June & September to October while the peak season is April to June. Usually it takes one full day to visit Coonoor.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 0423
Languages Spoken: Tamil, Hindi, English
Major Festivals: Annual Fruit and Vegitable Festival,
The tea and tourism festival
Notes/Tips:
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HOW TO REACH COONOOR


By Air

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore - Coimbatore Peelamedu Airport (79 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Coonoor Railway Station (0 Kms)
Metupalaiyam Railway Station (34 Kms)
Coimbatore Junction (70 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Coonoor Central Bus Station (0 Kms)

12 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN COONOOR


Park

At a distance of 4 Kms from Coonoor Railway Station, Sim's Park was laid out in 1874 by Mr.J.D. Sim, then Secretary to Government and Major Murray, acting Superintendent of the Nilgiris forest. Sim's Park is one of the prime places to visit in Coonoor.

Spread over 30 acres of land, it was started as a pleasure resort for the residents and visitors, and later developed into Garden. This park cum botanical garden contains many species of trees and shrubs not found in Ooty.

Sim's Park has wonderful landscaped gardens & walkways lined up with beautiful flowers spread across and variety of flower plants collected from different parts of the country. There is a lake situated inside the park that offers boating facility as well.

Annual Fruit and Vegetables show is held every year in May here attracts tourists in large numbers.

Timings: 8.30 AM - 6 PM

Entrance Fee - Rs 5 for adults and Rs 2 for children. Still Camera - Rs 35, Video camera - Rs 250.


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 8 Kms from Coonoor Railway Station (on the way to Dolphin's Nose), Lamb's Rock is situated in Burliar village and it is one of the favorite picnic spots from Coonoor and also one of the best places to visit in Coonoor.

Named after Captain Lamb who attempted to open a path to this place, the rock drops down several hundred feet to disappear in thick jungle below. The plains of Coimbatore and surrounding valleys offer magnificient views from this spot.

This place demands moderate level trekking (Trek duration not available).


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 12 Kms from Coonoor Railway Station, Dolphin's Nose is a wonderful viewpoint with picturesque views of the Hills of Nilgirs. It is one of the most visited Coonoor tourist places.

Situated near Tiger Hill, this place is ideally visited in the morning (after 9 AM to 11 AM) for better views of the surroundings. A view of the distant Catherine falls can also be captured from here.

This place demands moderate level trekking.


Hill Station | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 3 Kms from Coonoor & 16 kms from Ooty, Wellington is a small and peaceful town in Nilgirs. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Coonoor.

Wellington is a military town with rows of barracks. It is the headquarters of the Madras Regimental Centre and also home for the Defence Staff College.

There are few accommodation options available here.


Hill Station

At a distance of 8 km from Ooty, 12.5 km from Coonoor & 557 km from Chennai, Ketti is a large valley in the Nilgirs and a town as well. It is one the most beautiful sightseeing places in Ooty. Ketti is situated on the Ooty - Coonoor road.

Ketti Valley is home to several tribes, such as Todas and Badagas. These tribal people are experts in cultivating fresh vegetables and fruits in the valley. There are over 14 villages in this valley that belong to the tribes of Badagas.

Ketti valley is a heaven for nature lovers and photographers. It is one of the most visited tourist sites of Ooty. It offers one of the best views of the valley. Nature lovers, adventurists, experience seekers and even casual travellers will love the view from the Ketti valley viewpoint. There is also a telescope room to get a closer view of the valley and surroundings.

It is also referred to as 'Switzerland .....

Distance (From Coonoor): 8 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coonoor - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Waterfall

At a distance of 10 kms from Coonoor (on the road way to Mettupalayam) & 26 Kms from Ooty, the beautiful Law's falls is set inside the Coonoor forest range with vast stretches of undisturbed nature around.

Named after Col. Law, who constructed the new Coonoor ghat, this waterfall is formed by Coonoor river near its junction with the Mettupalayam ghat road. This small & pretty wafterfall attracts huge crowd, especiall during post monsoons. Since this place is close to main road, it does not need much walk/trek.

One can enjoy the force of the water at bottom of the falls. The place is rocky and slippery.

Height of the falls is about 30 feet through multiple cascades.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 17 Kms from Coonoor, Droog Fort is said to be used by Tippu Sultan as outpost. The historical Droog Fort at an altitude of about 6000 feet above the lush plains, offers a spectacular view to the visitors.

To reach this place, one has to go up to Nonsuch Estate and trek down for about 4 kms. Bird's eye view of Fort expresses easily as to why Tipu Sultan selected this site as the outpost. The Droog Fort offers a panoramic view of the surroundings, now only a wall remains of this military outpost. According to mythological tales, the fort is linked with the legend of a local demon, Bakasura. Due to this, it is also called Bakasura Malai by the natives.

This place demands moderate level trekkingfor about 1 Hour one way.


Hill Station

At a distance of 29 km from Ooty, 20 km from Coonoor, 72 km from Coimbatore & 544 km from Chennai, Kotagiri is a Hill Station in Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu. It is situated at an altitude of 1793 m. This the oldest and the third largest hill stations in the Nilgiris after Ooty and Coonoor. The name Kotagiri literally means mountains of the Kotas and refers to the Kota tribe who lived here in the past.

Kotagiri was the first British settlement in the Nilgiris and preferred summer retreat, till a road was built from Mettupalayam to Coonoor. The region was discovered by two civil servants of the Madras government in pursuit of outlaws. They called the region Kotacherry. John Sullivan, the then collector of Coimbatore, visited Kotagiri and was so drawn to the place that he built a home here making him the first European to reside in Kotagiri.

Kotagiri .....

Distance (From Coonoor): 17 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coonoor - Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day
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Hill Station

At a distance of 89 km from Coimbatore, 128 km from Mysore, 265 km from Bangalore,158 km from Kozhikode, 244 km from Munnar, 254 km from Kodaikanal, 18 km from Coonoor & 556 km from Chennai, Ooty is one of the best hill stations in India and also one of the top places to experince Tamilnadu Tourism.

Also known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is often referred to as 'Queen of hill stations'. It is the capital of Nilgiris district in the state of Tamilnadu. Nilgiris means 'Blue Mountains'. A land of picturesque picnic spots & lakes, it was a popular summer and weekend getaway for the British during colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 7,440 feet (2,240 meters) above sea level.

Ooty was originally a tribal land occupied by the Todas along with other tribes. The Nilgiri territory came into possession .....

Distance (From Coonoor): 19 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coonoor - Including Travel): 1-2 Days
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Waterfall

At a distance of 20 Kms from Coonoor, 8 Kms from Kotagiri, 30 Kms from Ooty & 527 Kms from Chennai, Catherine Falls is the second largest waterfalls in Nilgiris at a height of 250 feet. This is also a good trekking destination.

These cascading falls are surrounded by beautiful views of forest, tea plantations and the Mettupalayam plains. The falls are clearly visible from the top of Dolphin's Nose and this is the only place where you can get to full view of the Falls.

Though it's not possible to reach the foot of this waterfall, one can go to top of the falls for a truly spectacular view. From a small town called Aravenu on the Kotagiri/Mettupalayam Road, one has to go via Moon Road to reach the falls. About 2-3 Kms trek is required from the nearest road to reach the falls.

Many trekking lovers trek to this place from Kotagiri & Aravenu as well. Kotagiri is connected by buses with Ooty & Coonoor. Nearest .....


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 17 Kms from Ooty, 27 Kms from Coonoor & 544 Kms from Chennai, Emerald Lake is a wonderful place in Nilgirs amidst dense forests. It is one of the most scenic places in Ooty and a popular sightseeing attraction. It is part of the Silent Valley National Park situated on the way to Avalanche village.

This is a great place to enjoy the day with breathtaking views of the slopes of Nilgirs. Avalanche Dam is just 5 Kms away from Emerald Lake and both the places offer feast to nature lovers.

The journey to Emerald Lake (from Ooty / Coonoor) offer unique views.

Distance (From Coonoor): 27 Kms
Trip Duration (From Coonoor - Including Travel): 3 Hours
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Lake & Backwaters | Wildlife

At a distance of 23 Kms south-west of Ooty & 33 Kms from Coonoor (5 Kms from the Emerald Lake), Avalanche is a small beautiful village derived its name from an avalanche (landslide) in 1823. A trip to avalanche sanctuary is one of the top things to do in Ooty. This scenic place offers magnificent views of the Avalanche valley and the dam.

The journey from Ooty to Avalanche takes one to a picturesque spot centered around a lake. The dam creates Upper Bhavani lake beyond Emerald Lake. A nature lover's paradise, this place is also famous for trout fishing and has arrangements for hiring fishing rods and other necessary equipments. Visit to near by trout farm is worthy. The surroundings of the Dam for a sanctuary with variety of wildlife and offers beautiful experience to visitors in the lap of nature.

Private vehicles are not allowed into the Sanctuary and visitors have to take Forest .....

Distance (From Coonoor): 33 Kms
Trip Duration (From Emerald Lake - Including Travel): 1 Hour
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