State : Tamil Nadu
Best time to visit :November - February
Famous For : Tea Garden, Nilgiri Mountain Railway(Toy train), Lamb’s Rock, Sim's Park, Golf, Law's Falls, dolphin nose
Climate :Summer 12 to 27°C, Winter 7 to 22°C
Nature’s Gift in Profusion
In the Nilgiris, Coonoor is the 2nd largest hill station, bordered by tea plantations at a height of 1839 m. The milder climate makes it a very popular weekend getaway for travelers visiting Coimbatore. In other words, Coonoor is a small tea garden town, best known for its pleasant cool weather throughout the year.
Coonoor lies on the toy-train route between Mettupalayam (28 km) and Ooty (19 km). Bird watching is one of the popular pastime, the guests could spot an extensive variety of birds, both migratory and native. The Sim's Park, a small well-maintained botanical garden, is one of the main tourist attractions in Coonoor. In this garden there are several varieties of plants showcased. This park is accessible by road and train, and is located at a distance of 19 km to the south of Ooty.
Places to Visit in Coonoor
Sim's Park :- Sprawled over an area of 12 ha, the park showcases more than 1,000 plant species. The collection includes magnolia, tree ferns, pines, and camellia. The garden is partially developed in the Japanese style and also gets its name from the secretary of the Madras Club in 1874, J. D. Sim. The annual fruit & vegetable show, in the month of May, is one of the major attractions of the park.
Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint:- Located at a distance of 10 km from Coonoor, this viewpoint ensures a panoramic view of the surrounding. The vast expanse of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls spellbound the visitors.
Lamb’s Rock:- This tourist attraction is located at a distance of 5½ km from Coonoor, and on the way to the Dolphin's Nose viewpoint. Lamb’s Rock is also a viewpoint to enjoy the view of the fantastic landscape and the coffee and tea plantations.
Droog Fort:- This fort is located at a distance of 13 km from Coonoor. The ruins of the fort reflect the bygone story. Moreover, this fort, in the 18th century, belonged to Tipu Sultan.
Law's Falls: - These are majestic waterfalls, located at a distance of 5 km from Coonoor. Law’s falls are situated en route to Mettupalayam.
Katary Falls:- The Power station, supplying a power of 1000KW near Selas, is one of the must visit tourist attraction in Coonoor.
Pasteur Institute:- To visit the Pasteur Institute the tourists require a special permit. Located near the Sim’s Park, the institute started in 1907. This institute is popular for developing vaccination for rabies (dog bite disease) and Triple Vaccine (DPT, DT & TT). During the initial years, this institute played a major role in the Influenza vaccine research. The institute is also famed for developing Tissue Culture Anti Rabies Vaccine (TCARV) and the DPT group of vaccines.
Coonoor is a praiseworthy travel destination as is proper accommodation facility available for the guests visiting Coonoor from all parts of the world. There are star rating hotels, cottages, restaurants, service apartments, resorts and guest house, to meet the preferences of the guests ranging from luxurious to budget.
Best Time to Visit in Coonoor
Pleasant weather, all-round the year, is experienced in Coonoor. The summer months from April to June are mild. The winter months from End-November to February are cool. The southwestern monsoons hit Coonoor between July and September. Thus, the time from October to March is the best to visit Coonoor.
Coonoor is accessible by all means of transportation, may it be airways, roadways or railways.
Coonoor airport, located at a distance of 71 km.
Toy Train from Mettupalayam (28 km) for Ooty (19 km) halts at Coonoor on its way.
Excellent road network allows busses, taxis and cabs to commute from nearby major cities.
There is no problem faced by the visitors in and around Coonoor, regarding local transportation. There are taxis, buses and auto-rickshaws readily available at reasonable rates in Coonoor.