Coonoor

Located in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, at an altitude of 1,850 meters above sea level, Coonoor is a tourist destination famous for its tea production and adventure sports. The city holds a great attraction among the trekkers and hikers hailing from all around the world. After Ooty, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. Coonoor is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. It features cool climate, beautiful scenery and green tea estates.

Coonoor comprises of many attractions under its gorgeous sites including the sight of Catherine falls which will surely mesmerize the travelers. Dolphin’s nose, Law’s Falls, Guernsey Tea factory are some of the well-known places of tourist interest in Coonoor. The ‘Hidden Valley’ is one of the major landmarks of the city which is famous for its natural beauty. Although, Coonoor bestows delightful activities throughout the year yet the best time to visit Coonoor is between the months of October to March.

Weather

The summer season begins from March and remains till May. The temperature of the season ranges from 22°C to 37°C. The summer season grants the most arresting view of the place.

Coonoor experiences its monsoon season from the month of July. Humidity abounds due to the region’s reception of rainfall ranging from mild to medium. During this period, the kaleidoscopic hill sprouts with lush green beauty.

December to February is the time of winter season. During this time, the temperature ranges from 10°C to 20°C. The temperature is ideal for the people who are fond of cool climate to spend their vacation.

The best time to visit Coonoor is between the months of October to March.

How to Reach

Being a popular holiday destination, Coonoor is well-connected to other major cities of India by air, road and rail.

The nearest airport to Coonoor is Coimbatore International Airport located approximately a distance of 70 km has direct flights to Bangalore, Mumbai, Singapore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Sharjah and New Delhi.

National Highway 67 connects Coonoor to Ooty and other Indian cities. Regular buses are available to Coonoor from Coimbatore, Ooty and Kotagiri.

Coonoor railway station lies between Ooty and Mettupalayam and is a part of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a World Heritage Site. The major broad-gauge railway station close by is Coimbatore junction.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint: A huge rock, the Dolphin’s Nose resembles a dolphin’s nose and is located at 1000 feet above sea level. The road to this popular viewpoint goes through hairpin turns and breath-stopping narrow roads. Once at the rock, jaw-dropping gorges on both the sides can be seen. From here one can watch the distant cascading Catherine Falls as well.

Sim’s Park: Bounded by the breathtaking contours of land over a hundred years, this amazing park was developed. The park, spread over 12 hectares, was developed by Mr. J.D. Sims and Major Murray in the year 1874. The park contains naturally occurring trees, creepers, shrubs besides many unusual plant species. The park also holds a two-day fruit festival in which a wide variety of fruits is made available. The rose garden inside the park will surely give various reasons to smile.

Hidden Valley: Not only is the destination breath taking but it is inaccessible as well, which simply adds more thrill to the trip. Put on the walking-shoes for an amazing experience! The journey may be physically demanding but the end is rewarding. Select the hill station of Coonoor for enjoying a perfect vacation. The Hidden Valley, nestled in the beautiful hills of Coonoor, is splashed with a lush, green landscape and with the enchanting mountain-views at the backdrop, every footstep seems a marvel. Since the valley is not totally accessible, hence a trek is necessary to savor its beauty. With every moving step, one gets mesmerizing views to relish thus making the tour a happy one.

Catherine Falls: St. Catherine Falls is situated around the sphere surrounding of Coonoor. It is located at a height of 250 feet and has a special place in the heart of the visitors. The name of the Catherine Falls is perceived to be baptized after the wife of M.D. Cockburn. The pretty lady was believed to have spread the coffee plantation to Kotagiri region.

Droog Fort: Droog Fort served Tipu Sultan as his outpost in the 18th century. A mighty fort once, Doorg Fort has all of its remains in a huge wall and watch tower nearby. The fort is situated at a distance of about 15 kilometers from Coonoor town in Tamil Nadu state of India. Droog Fort is based at an elevation of 600 feet from sea level, tourists need to trek their way through the tea gardens to make it to the famous tourist attraction. The total trek length adds up to almost 3 kilometers.

The watch tower of the fort was once used to spot enemies. It is now the perfect spot to witness the scenic beauty spread all around the Droog fort in the green lands of the area. Some rare species of birds also find their way to here and tourists with interest in bird watching definitely have an added incentive.

St. George’s Church: St. George’s Church is a work-of-art in the history of Coonoor. The church is the unique example of an archetypal Cantonment Church. It was established by Colonel J.T.Boileau in 1826. A number of travelers from across the world come here to see the beauty of this magnificent church.

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