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Coonoor

Set around the picturesque Nilgiri Hills, dotted with coffee and tea plantations, Coonnor is a place for unwinding and relaxing. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a World Heritage Site, is a major attraction here.

Located in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India, Coonoor is one of the most pleasant hill stations in the Nilgiri hills. Thick greenery, waterfalls and a pleasant environment make this destination very serene and attractive. Abundant green coffee and tea plantations extend to the horizon and are an added attraction for visitors. Merely 17 km from the hill station of Ooty, Connor is a natural splendor.
The beautiful plantations interspersed with wildflowers enthrall the visitors. Birds such as cormorants, skylarks, thrushesa and Nilgiri verditer are common to spot. Coonoor is one of the most sought after destinations to enjoy nature in its breath-taking splendor.
The place came into existence because of British travelers who discovered the homes of ancient Toda tribes here. Later, a bungalow was constructed and the Nilgiri railway track was laid. The construction of the Nilgiri Railway track was started in August 1981.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway that connects all the hill stations is one of the oldest mountain railways in India. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was declared World Heritage Site in July 2005 by the UNESCO.
The destination has immense beauty and calmness. It is an ideal place for travelers seeking peace as well as adventurers looking for some hard action.

Wellington Barracks
Just 2 km away from the town, the Wellington Barracks were built in 1852. These barracks are the reason for the town’s development. It is the headquarters of the Indian Defense Services Staff College and also of the Madras regiment. The Barracks has a beautiful golf course, which is especially popular with film crews.
Sim’s park
Located on the slopes of a ravine, the Park has over 330 varieties of roses. Built in the mid 19th century, it was named after JD Sim, a secretary of the Madras Club. He helped develop it into a botanical garden including a Japanese style garden, as well as an abode for a variety of trees, shrubs and creepers, some of them brought down here from different regions of the world. A fruit and vegetable show is held in the park in May every year. This place is certainly going to charm you.
Lambs’ Rock
The rock is 9 km away and sits on high cliff. From here, visitors are blessed with breath-taking beautiful views of the Coimbatore plains, as well as coffee and tea plantations down the slopes.
Dolphin’s Nose
You will get to see the Catherine Falls also known as St. Catherine Falls. The falls are about 80m high and can be best viewd from the top of the Dolphin’s nose. It leaves a haunting impression in the mind. This place is located 10 km away from Coonoor.
Hidden Valley
Though hard to get to, the Hidden Valley is the region that circles Coonoor. You can go on treks here or just enjoy the green landscape and mountain panorama.
Kotagiri
Kotagiri is regarded as the oldest hill station of the Nilgiris and lies in the Coonoor area. Situated in the shade of Dodda Betta Range, sunlight is not prevalent in the entire area. The mystical tea and coffee plantations, the Rangaswami Rock, Pillar and the Elk falls are amongst the tourist attraction. However, the Kodanad Viewpoint is by far the biggest attraction here, since it provides a panoramic view of the blue Nilgiris, the plains below and the Moyar River.
Droog
13 km from Coonoor, Droog has ruins of a 16th century fort, originally utilized by Tipu Sultan. A 3 km walk around the fort area will give you a glimpse into Tipu Sultan’s mystique.
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18 Km 00H 31m
67 Km 02H 36m
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67 Km 02H 36m
274 Km 07H 53m
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Season Min. Temp. Max. Temp.
Summer 15 °C 25 °C
Winter 10 °C 20 °C
Coonoor has pleasant weather through the year. In summer the temperarture is a mild 25 C at highest and winters vary between 10- 20 C. Even the monsoons are refreshing and comfortable.
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