Coonoor is a hill town of Tamil Nadu in situated in Nilgiris district. It is having an elevation of 1,850 meter which is second highest after Ooty, which makes this place a summer destination. For many trekking lovers, it is an ideal location to start their trekking expeditions into the Nilgiris Mountains. These hills are popular for tea gardens; tea industry occupies major portion of Coonoor economy and attracts many tourists as well.
Tourist attraction nearby Coonoor :
Sim’s Park: This Park covering an area of around 12 hectare. This park got its name from J. D. Sim, who was the secretary of Madras Club during 1874. This park is famous for its annual fruit and vegetable show, which held usually during the month of May. Here, you can see thousands of plants varieties, its a kind of Botanical Garden.
Dolphin’s Nose: Quite famous tourist attraction located about 10 km from Coonoor, it’s a rock projecting outside resembling like Dolphin’ Nose. And due to its high elevation, tourists can have a beautiful panoramic view of surrounding hills of Nilgiri.
Lamb’s Rock- Around 6 km from Coonoor on the way to Dolphin’s Nose, Lamb’s Rock is a favorite picnic spot . It got its name from Captain Lamb who made path to access this place. You can get beautiful view of surrounding hills and valley.
Wellington Golf Course – Wellington is a small and peaceful town in Nilgirs 3 Kms from Coonoor. It is mainly a military town having a wonderful golf course.
Law’s Falls is also a nice place to visit near Coonoor about 5 km away on the way to Mettupalayam. It is not very big waterfall but due to close proximity to road, it attracts plenty of crowd.
Lady Canning’s Seat – named after the wife of then British Viceroy of India about 9 Km from Coonoor, is also a nice view points to feel beauty of surroundings. Similarly ‘Apsara waterfall’ in Pachmarhi (MP) got its name.
Kotagiri was preferred summer location for the British in the Nilgiris before Coonoor. John Sullivan who was the collector of Coimbatore, once visit Kotagiri and liked this place so much that he built home here. It is nice place to relax amidst of nature.
St. Catherine Falls -a large beautiful waterfall situated near Kotagiri. It is a double-cascaded waterfall came down from 250 feet. It is located in the forest and you can see tea & coffee plantations.
Droog Fort- At a distance of 17 Kms from Coonoor, It is famous because this Fort once used by Tippu Sultan as an military outpost. It is situated at an elevation of 2000 meter that provide a bird view of surrounding plains.
Emerald Lake- A beautiful Lake having crystal clear water, around 17 km from Ooty and 27 km from Coonoor, located near Emerald village in the Nilgiris. It is situated in Silent Valley National Park surrounded by dense forests.
Avalanche Lake- As name suggest, this lake was formed after massive landslide in the region, now it is home of beautiful flowers and many natural streams rolling down the hills make this place a attracting destination for nature lovers and photographers. Lake is situated approx 5 km from Emerald Lake near Avalanche village.
How to reach Coonoor:
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!