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Why Travel Coonoor?

Coonoor is the ideal spot for a family vacation in the mountains to escape the summer heat. For those looking to be more adventurous, there are some trek routes that start from Coonoor and go to various parts of the Nilgiris. Many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are located nearby. It is less crowded than Ooty, the other popular hill station in the Nilgiris. One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations you will come across in the country, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the wonderful Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1930 meters and just 19 km from Ooty.

Tea plantations take up a significant part of the town's land and provide employment to a large number of people.

Coonoor is a delightful location to have a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls. Coonoor is a dream come true for writers and poets due to its rich greenery, the manicured hills, the Colonial culture and amazing sceneries, which will leave you relaxed and inspired. While in Coonoor you can completely lose yourself to nature and its eternal beauty.

Located in the heart of the Nilgiris, Coonoor is also known as the green valley because of the large forested areas that are green throughout the year. This region also receives a lot of rainfall that helps to maintain the abundant plant and animal life of this region.

Connectivity :

By Train : The Nilgiri Mountain Railway service between Ooty and Mettupalayam is available with a stopover at Coonoor. Other major railway station is Coimbatore junction, which is connected to all major cities in India such as Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi.

By Air : Coimbatore Peelamdeu Airport is the nearest airport from Coonoor. It is located at a distance of 54 kilometers from Coonoor. Coimbatore Airport is well-connected to major airports in South India, especially Chennai and Bangalore.

By Road : The National Highway 209 and Bangalore-Mysore Road connect Bangalore and Coonoor. If you are travelling in a group via car, the journey from Bangalore to Coonoor will take around 6 hours.

Coonoor offers great authentic South Indian cuisine such as vadai, dosai and sambar. There are few restaurants that offer other styles of cuisines such as Mughlai and Continental. Alcohol is available in the town but one has to search hard for a nice bar.

An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1: Arrive in Coonoor by road or rail and take the afternoon to soak in the beautiful vistas of the hill station. After lunch, proceed to Sim's Park, one of the unique botanical gardens in India. Today, it has over 1,000 species of plants and flowers as well as carefully crafted landscapes. Japanese style architecture dots the garden and if you go in May, you can visit the annual fruit and vegetable exhibition that receives thousands of visitors each year.

Day 2: Leave early in the morning and proceed to Dolphin Nose, a viewing point that offers one of the most beautiful views of the Nilgiris. Proceed to Lamb's rock from where you can see the expansive tea and coffee estates on the backdrop of the foggy Nilgiris. After Lunch, you can visit one of the many waterfalls around the town.

Day 3: Visit the Rallia Dam, located 10 kilometres away from the city centre. For the trekkers, this is an exciting place because there are many routes that branch out from here. For the wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, the breathtaking vistas and birds, butterflies and flowers will be an experience of a lifetime and for those who want to sit back and relax, you can lounge on one of the rocks at the water's edge and enjoy the beautiful view of the backwaters, the mountains and forests around you.

Few Places of Interest :

Sim's Park
A wonderful treasure trove of some of the most exquisite plant species in the world, the Sim's Park is an important sightseeing destination. Sim's park is one of the most famous tourist destinations in this city and is a botanical garden built in Japanese style. Today, it has more than 1,000 species of flowering and non-flowering plants. In May each year, at the peak of the tourist season there is a fruit and vegetable show that is a major attraction.

The park is situated on the northern side of the Coonoor Railway Station and is divided into eight sections with the one with Sholas and widening footpaths being the most fascinating one.

Lamb's Rock
The Lamb's Rock is just 8 km outside Coonoor while on the way to Dolphin's Nose. The place provides some fascinating views of the Coimbatore Plains and the Coonoor hills.

Dolphin's Nose
Situated about 10 km from Coonoor, Dolphin's Nose is regarded as a must visit place if in Coonoor. It is known to provide the most amazing panoramic view of not only the Nilgiri Hills but also the Catherine Falls too.

Law's Falls
About 7 km outside the town of Coonoor, Law's Falls is an amazing destination for picnic and to be in the lap of nature. Situated on the Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty route, the falls has height of over 180 ft surrounded by thick natural forests. A lovely place to be for naturalists and children.

Nilgiri's Store
Situated just next door to Bedford Circle, this little shop sells the finest gourmet cheese one can find anywhere else in India. They have different varieties such as Gouda, Colby, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Haloumi etc. at affordable prices.

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