Surrounded by the tea plantations, and at an altitude of 1850
m, Coonoor is the first of the three Nilgiri hill station-Udhagamandalam
(Ooty ), Kotagiri and Coonoor - that you come to when leaving behind
the southern plains. Like Ooty, it's on the toy train line from
While Kotagiri had the Kotas, and Ooty the Todas, so Coonoor was
home to the Coon hill tribe. ( The suffix, 'oor', means village.
) This now bustling town appears rather squashed between the hills
and it's only after climbing up out of the busy market area with
the bus and train terminals that you'll get a sense of what hill
stations were originally all about. For this reason, too, most of
the better accommodation is in Upper Coonoor.
To Stay And Eat
YWCA Guest House in Upper Coonoor is the best budget option
but it's often full- phone in advance. Open to men and women, it's
a handsome old colonial house with two wooden terraces and views
over Coonoor. Large clean singles and doubles rooms are available
here. There's hot water and basic food is available. To get there,
take a town bus to 'Bedford' from where it is a five minute walk.
Tourist Home nearby, is a reasonable place. There are deluxe rooms
Hills at Mount Road, has a good non-veg restaurants, you may get
Garden Retreat on the hill top is an excellent hotel with a beautiful
garden and a fine restaurants. The rooms are in cottages.
To Visit Here
It is just opposite to the Sim's Park, established in 1907.
This is famous Institute for the research on Rabies. It is also
famous for the manufacture of POLIO VACCINE.
This beautiful park is situated in a deep ravine on the Northern
side of Coonoor Railway Station. The park can be divided into eight
major sections. The winding footpaths spreaded all over the park
is the most distinctive and lovable feature of this park. There
are also a number of individual tree specimens planted all over
the place, give a special charm to the park.
It is 8 Kms from Coonoor on the way to Dolphin's Nose. It commands
a grand view of the Coimbatore Plains. It is a favourite place for
The Place is a beautiful picnic spot, situated at Coonoor-Mettupalayam
road at a distance of 7 Kms from Coonoor. The height of the falls
is about 180 feets. It is just a paradise for Nature lovers.
The view point is 10 Kms from the town. The Nose is a unique
rock of tremendous proportions which looks like a Dolphin.
This picnic spot was used by Tippu Sultan as an outpost. It
is 15 Kms from Coonoor and stands 6000 feet high overlooking the
plains. To get the spot you have to have three km of trekking.
There and Away
Coonoor is on the toy train line between Mettupalayam (28 km)
and Ooty (18 km). Buses to Kotagiri are available every 15 minutes.