Tired of going to Ooty and Kodaikanal every summer? Don’t worry, we have it sorted for you. Pack your bags and head out to Coonoor, the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris range. If you are wondering how to go and what to do, just sit back and keep reading. Leave it to us to unfold the secrets of planning the best trip for you. We have compiled a list of top ten places to visit in Coonoor to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
When and how to go to Coonoor?
Coonoor is located at a distance of 18 kilometres from Ooty, the largest hill station in this range. It is well connected through trains, buses, and taxis enabling the traveller to explore it with ease. The nearest airport and railway station are in Coimbatore and is well – connected by road. The best time to visit is from March to June and September to October when the weather is at its best. The Annual Fruit and Vegetable Festival attracts a lot of visitors adding a celebratory vibe to this place during this season. Most people make the mistake of sidelining Coonoor as a day excursion from Ooty and remain ignorant about the spectacular views it has to offer. With so many interesting places to visit in Coonoor, let us show you why it deserves your full attention.
Top ten places to see in Coonoor
1. Sim’s Park
Established in 1874 by J. D Sims and Major Murray, Sim’s Park is an extraordinary botanical garden/park created for nature lovers. The ideal climatic conditions in these ranges encourage naturally occurring trees, shrubs, and creepers. Covered with lush green grass and trimmed trees, it hosts exquisite species of plants sourced from around the world. The Annual fruit and vegetable festival is celebrated in May annually. Tea specialists and enthusiasts from across the world participate and display their cultivation of teas. So if you are a Chai lover, don’t forget to make plans around this time. You can take a leisurely stroll across the park renewing your interest in botany or relax near the waterfall at the end of the park.
2. Dolphin’s Nose View Point
To truly appreciate the panoramic vistas of the Nilgiris and an aerial view of the Catherine Falls, just head to Dolphin’s Nose View Point. An interesting tidbit: The name is derived from a rock formation found here that resembles a dolphin’s nose! The best part about this place is the drive through numerous hairpin bends and tea gardens. The roads and the destination offer plenty of photo ops, so have your camera ready.
Tips: To avoid parking issues, take the public transport if possible. After catching the stunning views, you can stroll around to find a secluded place and make it your picnic spot. Also, beware of the monkeys if you are carrying food.
3. Lamb’s Rock
Lamb’s Rock is another viewpoint that opens out to the hilly slopes, tea gardens and the coffee estates. You can visit it on the way to the Dolphin’s Nose to catch a glimpse of the stunning views it offers.
4. Catherine Falls
Catherine Falls is a two-step waterfall that is another amazing place to visit in Coonoor. While Dolphin’s Nose View Point offers a panoramic view of this waterfall, you can also choose to go up the road near the falls to have a closer view. Its a steep trek with broken steps and entwined roots offering a close encounter with nature. The views of the tea gardens from the top of the fall are something you should not miss. Do remember that this nature walk is not suitable for elderly people.
5. Lady Canning’s Seat
Another viewpoint you should not skip is Lady Canning’s Seat. Named after Countess Charlotte Canning, its a major tourist spot offering excellent views of the Nilgiris. It is a beautiful mansion surrounded by tea plantations and vast stretches of land. On a clear day, you spot Droog Fort and Lampton’s peak from this viewpoint.
6. Droog Fort
Droog Fort is situated at a distance of 15 km from Coonoor. Once used as an outpost by Tipu Sultan, the historical and architectural significance of this fort attracts visitors in large numbers. The trail to this fort is popular among trekkers who are keen to enjoy the views it offers. It is also locally referred to as the Bakasura Malai.
7. Heritage Train
The Heritage Train in Coonoor is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Book a first-class ticket for a stress- ride which comes with a pocket-friendly price tag. The slow pace of the train allows you to savour every view of the hills and the coffee plantations it rides through. You are definitely going to come back with nostalgic memories and loads of photos!
8. Highfield Tea Factory
Famous for its fine quality of tea, Coonoor is home to many established tea estates and factories. One such place is the Highfield Tea Factory. Apart from walking through the beautiful tea gardens, you can also taste the various types of tea that are produced here. A half -day trip to this factory is definitely worth your time.[sc:wt_booknow_widget id=”widget_1″ type=”experience” slug=”tea-tasting-in-coonoor-near-ooty” utm=”utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=Tamil Nadu”]
9. Rallia Dam
Located on the Kotagiri Road in Coonoor, Rallia Dam is a great trekking spot nestled between the forest. It takes a small walk between thickly populated trees to reach this spot. If you are lucky, you can even spot some bison along the way. You can pack a picnic basket and spend some quality time with your loved one overlooking vast stretches of green pastures.
10. Law’s Falls
Law’s fall allows you a closer view than the Catherine Falls and is easier to reach as well. Situated at a distance of 10 kilometres, it is a small drive from Coonoor.
It does not matter what your interests are because Coonoor seems to have it all! From green pastures to waterfalls, it is also home to a great variety of birds. You can spot thrushes, cuckoos, larks, eagles, and songbirds while enjoying the spectacular views it offers. With our list of top ten places to visit in Coonoor, we hope that planning your next vacation is going to be super easy.
Visit Coonoor this summer and brush away the boring.
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