Coonoor- The mystical hills of south
Coonoor is right next to Ooty, in the Western ghat Nilgiri Mountains of Tamil Nadu. Perched at an altitude of 1850 meter (6070 feet), Coonoor is an enchanting hill station. It has Subtropical highland climate, hence it’s very pleasant unlike winter frosts of Ooty and Lovedale, probably being on higher altitude. It’s a popular getaway for the people of Coimbatore and other cities nearby.
Essentially, Coonoor is known for its tea gardens, coffee plantation, festivals and its laid back lifestyle. Coonoor is known for its silk production also. Cool breeze flowing from the misty hills annihilates any depression, that one could have, in a jiffy. One can’t stay away from being actuality amazed and happily engrossed at the same time, while in Coonoor. It is well-known for its luxuriant settings and natural opportunities to watch variety of wildflowers and rare birds. Come Summers, this hill town gets swarmed by tourists and holidaymakers. Coonoor is an ideal location for filmmakers from India and abroad. In 1984 David Lean shot a film ‘A Passage to India’ here in few locales also.
Activities– Coonoor is perfect for activities such as toy train ride, bird watching, flora & fauna observation, sightseeing, trekking and hiking.
How to reach
Air- Nearest airport is Peelamedu Airport Coimbatore, Tamilnadu at 72km which is well connected to major places of India as well as world.
Train– Major railway station of broad gauge is Coimbatore, toy train available from Mettupalayam 28km.
Road– From Coimbatore NH-67 road to Coonoor, it goes to Ooty also, luxury buses, state run buses and taxis available. State highway-15 connects Erode, Mettupalayam to Coonoor.
What to see
Dolphin Nose View Point – 10 km from Coonoor, a hill projection beyond the edge of the hill is one great reason for getting a panoramic view. Splendid scenic view from here of Catherine falls and vast expanse of Nilgiri hills is mind boggling.
Lamb’s Rock – 8 km away, its named after English time collector Captain Lamb. It overlooks enthralling Halical ravines, a flowing stream in the valley and tea & coffee plantations.
Law’s Falls – These falls are located on the way to Mettupalayam, 5 Km from Coonoor. The approach of water hitting stones is an absorbing sight.
Katary Falls – 10 km away these falls are one of the highest waterfalls in Nilgiri at 180 feet height.
Water stored in Katteri dam falls as water fall. These falls are used to generate 1000 KW electricity through hydro turbines. The sight of onlooker’s open mouth signifies pure amazement.
St. Catherine Falls – From 250ft top the fall of water is ever so glorious. This can be seen from Dolphin’s Nose and in close quarters by driving down 20 km away.
Lady Canning’s Seat – located 9 km away it’s another picture-perfect vantage point to see tea and coffee plantation among the perfect setting of Nilgiri hills. Lady Canning’s Seat is named after the wife of then British Viceroy of India. Trek for this place is also suitable.
Sim’s Park – Less than 4 km from Coonoor town, Sim’s park is located, and that is an experience in itself. Mr. J. D. Sims and Major Murray in 1874 developed this as park cum botanical garden. Naturally grown trees, flowers, shrubs and creepers are in the park, as are many rare species of plants that have been brought in from various places of the world. The key event in this park is an annual fruit show and vegetable show held in May.
Wellington Golf Course – Well popular locale for film shootings, this golf ground is worth seeing for its sheer beauty and cool game’s session.
Hidden valley– a trekkers paradise for exploring new flora and fauna.
Droog fort– A fort of Tipu sultan 15 km away is in ruins now, this is a place where Bheema killed a demon Bakasur in epic Mahabharata.
Pomological Station – A research institution for fruits like lemons, apple, apricot, plums, peach and pomegranates.
Thandi Mariamman Temple – Believed to be 500 years old temple of Swayambumurthy.
St. John’s Church– built in 1826, it is an architectural spectacle and inspiration for many.