The beautiful hill station known for its production of Nilgiri tea, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty. Being an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris, it is located at an altitude of 1,850 m above sea level. Famous for its verdant environs and for a variety of wildflowers and birds, the hill station is one of the popular Places to visit in Tamil Nadu. Sliding down the railway track of the Nilgiris through a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is an unforgettable travel experience.
Climate: A sub-tropical highland climate due to high altitude, frosts are very rare.
How To Reach:
By Air: The Nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport
By Rail: The Nilgiri Mountain Railway connects Coonoor to Mettupalayam
By Road: Well-connected by road with Ooty through NH 67
Best time to visit : March to June & September to October while the peak season is April to June.
Places of interest
Location: The closest spot after entering the hill station.
With a collection of over 1,000 plant species, Sim’s park is spread in an area of 12 hectares. It is a well-maintained Botanical Garden housing several varieties of plants that are not found in the other Hill Stations. The key attraction of this Japanese style park is the Annual Fruit and Vegetable Show held in May. The garden features evergreen Shola trees along with shrubs and creepers which co-habit with various other trees brought from other parts of the world. Beautiful flowers growing in terraces, an elaborate rose garden are some of the highlights of the park.
Lady Cannings seat
Location: Little ahead of Lamb's Rock, 9 km from Coonoor town
Offering a panoramic view of the Nilgiris, Lady Canning's Seat is a well known view point in Coonoor. Housing a variety of birds such as thrushes, babblers, larks, cuckoos, robins, vultures, eagles, song birds and many others, it is named after Lady Canning, wife of a British Viceroy as she loved to visit this spot often. This place offers a fantastic view of the tea gardens and the plains of Nilgiris and is also a prime centre of bird watching which is a popular pastime of the people here.
Location: 10 km from Coonoor
Being a popular tourist attraction Dolphin's Nose is named after a rock resembling the appearance of Dolphin's nose. Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint offers the travellers a panoramic view of the vast expanse of the Catherine Falls and Nilgiri Hills. The popular Tiger Hills are also situated nearby. However, travelling to the spot is little difficult requiring you to do a bit of moderate trekking.
Location: 8 km from Coonoor Railway Station
Being another vantage point in the hill station of Coonoor, Lamb’s Rock is known for its popular trekking trails. Located in Burliar village, Lamb’s Rock provides a spectacular view of the tea and coffee plantations around it. Overlooking the Coimbatore plains, the surrounding valleys and plains offer an enchanting view from here. The rock seems to drop several feet down before disappearing in the forests below. Moderate trekking is required to visit this place.
Location: About 15 km from Coonoor
Droog Fort is a historic fort around the Nilgiris, which was used as an outpost by Tipu Sultan during the 18th century. Unfortunately the fort is in ruins today with only one wall remaining there. Situated at a height of nearly 6000 feet above sea level, the fort offers magnificent view of the surroundings. The watch tower is a great help to get a vast view of the surrounding areas. You can also watch rare birds which inhabit the area. Reaching the spot requires 3 kms of trekking and may be difficult for children and elders.
Location: In the middle of Burliar and Kallar on the Coonoor-Mettupalayam Ghat Road
Managed by the Horticultural Department, the Pomological Station is a well known research institution of the country. It is an experimental garden where fruits like Apples, Peaches, Plums, Persinments, Apricots, Lemons and Pomegranates are grown for research purposes. The Institute sells the surplus fruit and jam made from these fruits to the general public. Similar centres are also present at Kallar and Burliar on the road leading to Mettupalayam Ghat.
Location: Near Sim’s park,
Pasteur Institute is engaged in developing vaccination for rabies and for the DPT group. Battling against infectious diseases, the institute carries on research and experimentation on molecular biology. The Institute also has a museum that displays the life and work of Louis Pasteur. It also houses the Byzantine funeral chapel where the great scientist, Lois Pasteur is buried.
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