Look beyond what is visible and the spectacular unexpectedly unfurls. Come to this small yet enchanting hill town of Tamil Nadu.
A yellow-base board with 'Coonoor' written in black using Tamil and English as the language of communication tells tourists that that they have finally arrived in a very popular hill destination of Nilgiris. Popular for its green slopes of tea plantations, leaves laden with morning dew ready to be taken away to the tea packaging units, Coonoor hill station works its way with tourists like magic.
Legendary Nilgiris, home to some of the most beautiful places in southern part of India is also home to Coonoor situated some 1850 m above sea level. Its attractiveness could be understood by the fact that it is connected with all the major places of south and thus easy to reach. Since the day of 19th century when this place was discovered by the British only a small distance away from Ooty- their summer retreat, the string of visitors here never seem to lessen caught in the enchanting glory of this hill enchantress.
Welcome to the world of repose infusing excitement on Coonoor tour!
The moist breeze of the misty hills tingles the nerves and tickles the senses. It is no surprise that goose bumps amaze and distract at the same time while engrossed in the flavors of this very place and that includes the sights. Following is a list one could consult to-
Places of Worship
Thandi Mariamman Temple - Believed to be 500 years old, the temple premises has a telegraph post put by British which is also offered aarti. Swayambumurthy is the prime deity of the temple who is believed to be protecting Coonoor from scarcity of rain.
St George Church - In 1826, this speck of British past came into existence which stands even today for the tourists to be admired. Its architecture inspires many novices in the profession.
Dolphin Nose View Point - Any protruding outside the level is bound to give great views, which is case with this place as well. Absolutely fantastic views of Catherine falls as well as the Nilgiris are sure to fill mind with numerous literary and artistically creative ideas.
Lamb's Rock - Uniquely crafted for viewing the glory of Nature alongside plantations of Tea and Coffee reminiscent of taste of morning, this place is around 5 and half kilometers while heading towards Dolphin Nose View Point.
Law's Falls - These falls are found on the way to Mettupalayam, 5 Km from Coonoor. The way water jump over stones is mesmerizing.
Katary Falls - These falls are known to utilize hydro-energy for 1000 KW electricity generation, near Selas.
St. Catherine Falls - From 250, the fall of water is ever so glorious. One of the viewing points is Dolphin's Nose as already indicated.
Lady Canning's Seat - Another vantage point which can give others a competition of sorts, this place is named after the wife of then British Viceroy of India. Some 9 Km away from the Coonoor, it is a charm to be bounded in.
Hidden Valley - This valley surrounds Coonoor, which could be accessed only by trekking. Wish of hiking in natural vistas could be easily fulfilled here while trying to explore some hidden water streams or some unseen bird, etc.
Sim's Park - Year 1874 saw a deep ravine in Coonoor Valley transformed into a marvelous place of experimenting beauty of Nature with native as well as foreign flora by Mr. J. D. Sims and Major Murray. This makes it a magnetic place where tourists seem to be drawn like magic.
Wellington Golf Course - Well known for film making and song shooting, the golf course can be a great way to pass time on a cool morning of Coonoor.
Pomological Station - A research institution for fruits like lemons, apple, apricot, plums, peach and pomegranates is placed on the road to Mettupalayam Ghat.
The Droog - This tourist attraction finds its association with the Mahabharata in its other name- Bakasura Malai (Bakasura was the demon destroyed by Bheema- one of the five Pandavas).
Silk Rearing Station - Coonoor is known for its silk production which could be witnessed here, just as the education is imparted to its students.
Guernsery Tea Factory - The cup of tea with which mornings take a refreshing start comes finds its origin in a place like this. Here, tourists get a chance to know more about it.
Places around Coonoor
Ketty - A small human settlement, this tiny village is waiting to be noticed by the keen exploring eyes and relish its natural spell.
Ooty - Only 19 Km away from Coonoor, the hill station is gem in the Nilgiri Range. People often combine Ooty with Coonoor travel package for the maximum fun and optimization of time.
Coimbatore - Also known by the other name Kovai, the city is the second largest one in the state of Tamil Nadu, only 54 Km away from Coonoor. It is a renowned place with numerous option of tourism.
Things to do
Lovers of trekking can find their fun in the Hidden Valley, stroking the green grass beneath the feet and cherishing the gurgling sound of some stream stashed behind dense bushes. Others can take to golfing in the lush green course, trying on various golf sticks. Solitary Nature walks can also add to the experience of this place. Kids would love taking a joy ride in toy train and through the windows of its wooden coaches, one see marvel of Nature and revel in it.
The wafting aroma from the cup of tea is soul reaching, especially when it is served hot in bed. This kind of service could be expected in any good hotel. The choices include The Blossoms Guests House, Bella Vista, Hotel Blue Hills, The Gateway Hotel, Hotel Bison County, De Rock - Jungle Living, Riga Residency, Hotel Orange Mist and Hotel Vivek.
It is better to get accommodations arranged before setting foot there, especially when the seasons are peak and visitors from every corner of India and abroad come to visit the place.
The pleasant weather of the Coonoor has salubrious effect on the visitors. Summers are said to be ranging from 15°C to 25°C making months of March to May slightly hotter than rest of the months. Monsoons are mostly drizzles with some exception of medium rainfall in the months of June to September. The months of December to February are for the cooler times in this southern hill station.
Best Time to Visit
The place is inviting throughout the year. Depending upon the personal inclination towards particular season, tourists can opt the time of the year to make a visit to Coonoor.
How to reach
Air - Nearest is located in Peelamdeu Airport in Coimbatore which links to cities like Bangalore and Chennai.
Rail - Coimbatore again serves as main railway station but Nilgiri Mountain Railways connects Coonoor to Ooty and Mettupalayam.
Road - Most of the cities are connected with Coimbatore from where route to Coonoor is pretty scenic and can be enjoyed!