The second largest hill station in the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats is Coonoor. It is marked by its Colonial culture, lush green hills and amazing views. It is situated at an altitude of 1930 metres and at a distance of 19 kilometres from Ooty. Coonoor has the advantage of being less crowded with all the charm of a hill station. It is marked with large tea plantations, lush green Nilgiris Hills, blooming surroundings and colonial charm.
Major Tourist Attractions in Coonoor
Sims Park is named after Mr. J.D. Sim, a former secretary to the Government, who laid out the garden in 1874. It is a park cum botanical garden with many unique species of plants and shrubs. Tourists can witness the Annual Fruits and Vegetables show held every year in the month of May. Tourists can also enjoy boating in Sim’s Park.
The Lamb’s Rock 8 kilometres from the city center of Coonoor. Trekking to reach the summit of Lamb’s Rock could be challenge owing to the steep climb but the magnificent view of surrounding valleys and Coimbatore plains from atop makes it worth the effort.
Dolphin’S Nose, Coonoor
At a distance of 10 kilometres from Coonoor is the Dolphin’s Nose viewpoint. Along the road between Coonoor and Dolphin’s Nose viewpoint is Lamb’s Rock. This viewpoint, as the name suggests, is based on a flat and protruding piece of rock similar to a dolphin’s nose. Enjoy watching the sunrise and sunset and an unobstructed view of Cathering Falls.
St. Catherine Falls is about 21 kilometres from Coonoor and 8 kilometres from Kotagiri. Located near Aravenu on the Kotagiri-Mettupalayam Road, this double cascaded Falls waters from the Kallar River. Tourists can get a lovely view of the Falls from Dolphin’s nose of Connoor.
Law’s Falls is an amazing destination situated on the Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty route. At a distance of around 10 kilometres from Coonoor, the falls is covered by vast stretched of forests.
Droog Fort at a distance of 17 kilometres from Coonoor is said to have been used by Tipu Sultan as an outpost. It is also called the Bakasura Malai based on the belief that a demon resided in the fort many years back. It is a must visit place for trekkers, adventure seekers and bird watchers. Tourists have to go up to Nonsuch Estate and trek down for around 4 kilometres to reach the fort.
Things to do in Coonoor
– Tourists are offered plenty of activities while their stay in Coonoor. Trekking being the most popular, tourists can have a rewarding experience of trekking to viewpoints, tea estates and waterfall. The most popular toy train ride from Coonoor to Ooty is not to be missed.
Tourists can have a wholesome experience shopping at Coonoor. It offers antique and exquisite articratfs, apparels, embroidered shawls, Toda jewellery, and not to forget the aromatic tea, fresh honey and homemade chocolates.
Ideal time to visit Coonoor
The peak season in Coonoor is from April to June. The best time to visit Coonoor is from March to June, September and October.
How to reach Coonoor
Coonoor is well connected to all major cities by road. The nearest railway hubs to Coonoor are Mettupalayam (32 kilometres) and Coimbatore (68 kilometres). The nearest airport is at Coimbatore (68 kilometres).