COONOOR TOURISM | PLACES TO VISIT, TRAVEL GUIDE & TRAVEL GUIDE TO COONOOR
#9 of 23 Places to visit in Tamilnadu
Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day
Nearest City to Coonoor: Coimbatore (71 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Coonoor: March to June & September to October
Peak Season: December to January & May to June
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 of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular places to visit in Tamilnadu and among the best hill stations near Bangalore.
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 as part of Coonoor tour packages. Besides, this stunning hill station is well-known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor can be visited along with Ooty tour packages.
Coonoor provides the travellers with a panoramic view of the lush green Nilgiri hills with 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. Lambs Rock, Dolphins Nose, St. Catherine Falls, and Law's falls are some popular places to visit in Coonoor.
It is an ideal base for many trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. One of the popular trekking trails is 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 a variety of birds such as thrushes, babblers, larks, cuckoos, robins, vultures, eagles and songbirds. Coonoor started attracting more tourists these days due to the buzzing over urbanization of Ooty.
A major fruit and vegetable festival is held in the month of May at 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.
The tea and tourism festival