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About Coonoor

Coonoor is a municipality and a Taluk located in the Nilgiris district, on the western edge of the state, Tamil Nadu, India. As far as size is concerned, Coonoor, after Ooty, comes second in largeness in all of the beautiful hills of the Nilgiris, providing people with a lot of ground to tour. For more than one trekking expeditions, Coonoor is an ideal base and leads right into the Nilgiri Hills. The tourist places in Coonoor are breath-takingly beautiful.

For a Hill station, Coonoor is very accessible, with the nearest airport being only at a distance of 79 km from the town of Coonoor. The population being so less, it offers a peaceful and relaxing environment which other hill stations don’t. The station features a subtropical highland climate which basically means cool summers and cool but not cold winter.Among the tourist places in Coonoor comes Sim’s Park, with a collective display exceeding one thousand types of species of plants.

The botany based garden is developed partly in Japanese style. The main attractions of this park are the fruits and vegetables shows held annually, in May. Another important place to visit lies about 10 km away from Coonoor, considered a part of Coonoor, which is the Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint, which is famous for the magnificent view of the beautiful Hills of Nilgiri and the beautiful Falls called Catherine. Catherine Falls is another important tourist attraction Coonoor.

Tourists normally go trekking from Lady Canning’s seat to Dolphin’s nose. Five and a half km away from Coonoor, also considered a part of Coonoor, lies Lamb’s Rock, which is another point of vantage. The Fort of Droog is a well-known attraction. People commuting to Mettupalayam, witness Law’s Falls about five km away from Coonoor.

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Coonoor FAQ's

Travel Advice

  • Be friendly with the local people. They are usually very friendly and welcoming and hence, do not get into a brawl with anyone for unnecessary issues.

  • Carry all your identity proofs with you and keep a required amount of money with you every time you step out of the hotel room.

  • Coonoor is located in Tamil Nadu, where very few people are able to speak Hindi. Also, locals, being from the rural area do not speak fluent English. Hence, it is advisable to learn basic conversational words in Tamil.

  • The crime rate in Coonoor is very negligible but still, it is advisable to not step out after it gets dark, especially if you are alone.

  • The roads in Coonoor are steep as it is a mountain area and hence, take care while driving and do not over-speed. Also, the overall atmosphere there is wet and marsh and hence, you should drive slowly in order to avoid slipping.

  • Rains are very unpredictable in Coonoor and hence, it is advisable to carry extra set of clothing as well as some basic rain gear.

  • As Coonoor is a small town, there can be instances where the ATM Machines might not work and hence, make sure that you carry sufficient cash with your, lock in a portable locker for safety.

Drinking Laws

The legal age to consume alcohol in Coonoor is 21 years, as per the legal drinking age law of the state of Tamil Nadu.

Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

Sim’s Park
It is a lush green park spread over 12 acres in the valley. It is a must visit place as it has various natural flowering plants, a boating lake and a relaxing environment, which will make you feel like you are in a paradise. The garden has different sections, designed to perfection naturally.

Catherine Falls
It is one of the most beautiful things Coonoor has to offer its tourists. It is 250 feet tall waterfall which will is also one of the most photographed natural assets of Coonoor. The view of this waterfall is best when looked at from the top.

Heritage Train
This is a small train which runs from Ooty to Coonoor, with a fare of Rs. 370 per person. This is a splendid experience as the track passes through the wet green Nilgiri Mountains, giving you a grand picture of the natural beauty of the hills.

It is a small and calm town amid the Nilgiri Mountains, mainly famous for being a military town with rows of Barracks. It is indeed one of the most beautiful places to visit in Coonoor and there are also accommodation options available here, so that you can stay amid the misty chilling weather.

Lamb’s Rock
If you are a trekking enthusiast, Lamb’s rock is the ultimate destination for you as there are trekking trails on this rough cliff, which will give you a splendid adventure, alone with a mesmerizing view of the tea and coffee plantations.

Dolphin’s Nose
It is known to be the best point for photography in the entire town of Coonoor. This will give you some of the most mind-blowing and splendid view of the Nilgiri hills.

Tea and Coffee Plantations
There are a lot of tea and coffee plantations in Coonoor, which are worth visiting. You can also participate in tea plucking along with the local workers and get a different experience on the trip.

What you will like there?

Misty Weather
The weather in Coonoor is always pleasant, misty and foggy. Hence, you are always ought to feel calm, relaxed and rejuvenated, which is indeed necessary when you want otherwise have a very hectic lifestyle. You can unwind your soul in this weather and refresh your mind while on the vacation.

Lush green landscapes
The landscape of Coonoor is truly mesmerizing, because of the greenery of the Nilgiri hills and also the extensive tea and coffee plantations which spread on the hills in steps.

Serene Atmosphere
Everyone heads to Coonoor mainly for one thing-the serene atmosphere and the calm weather. Despite being a popular destination, the environment here is calm and free from noise-pollution. You can enjoy calm evenings and nights, sipping on some fresh filter coffee and sleep while gazing at the stars and have the time of your life.

The Coconut Gravys and Chutneys along with Dosa and Rice are worth relishing in Coonoor. You can get an essence of authentic South Indian food here and pamper your taste buds with it.

Affordable accommodation
Despite being a breathtakingly beautiful holiday destination, Coonoor does not have a lot of overpriced hotels and lodges. Maximum number of accommodation here is priced according to a moderate budget, which can be affordable for everyone. Same goes with the price for food as well.

Recommended reads for destination

Website :
Coonoor Wiki

Books :

Tourist Guide to South India

What is the best time to visit Coonoor?

The best to visit Coonoor would be in the summer season when the temperature is optimum. But the rest of the months are not much of a bother either. The following are a month-to-month description of the seasonal timings of Coonoor.

March to May

Beginning in March, the summer season provides an optimum temperature, that is, between 22°C and 36°C. These provide tourists the most beautiful view and are optimum for any amount activity that they might be interested in.

July to October (Mid-November)

During these months, the station located on the hills experiences monsoon. The level of humidity is rather high because Coonoor receives mild to medium rainfall. The scenery is at its greenest, just about as beautiful as it gets.

December to February

During this time, winter is experienced in Coonoor. The highest the temperature gets is, 20°C, and the lowest normally is 9°C. For people who dislike warm or humid temperatures, this is the best time to visit Coonoor.

How to reach Coonoor?

Reaching Coonoor can be achieved in a number of ways. They are as follows:

By air

The airport used to reach Coonoor normally is the nearest located airport, i.e., The Coimbatore International Airport, lying at a distance of 79 km. The airport has direct flights coming in and going out to Bangalore, New Delhi, Singapore, Chennai, Mumbai, Sharjah, and Hyderabad. The airport is then connected to the hilly station via buses and cabs.

By road

Ooty and Coonoor are connected via the National Highway 67; the highway also connects Coonoor to other cities. The buses are almost always on time, and cabs can be found easily. Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Krishnagiri, Villuparam, all have direct buses to Coonoor.

By Rail

Coonoor is connected to the rest of the country through the Coonoor Railway Station, which is also part of the Nilgiri Hills railway, which despite being a world heritage site, is the railway access Coonoor has to other parts of the state and country.

What things can I do in Coonoor?

Coonoor provides tourists with scenery, a number of eateries, and an array of treks. The temperatures are perfect for the activities people plan. Some must-dos of Coonoor are as follows:

  • Go onto the Heritage train
  • Visit Sim’s Park
  • Lookout for Dolphin’s Nose
  • Lamb’s Rock is attractive and very accessible
  • Play Golf at Wellington Gymkhana Golf Course
  • Check out the Tiger Hill Cemeteries
  • Tranquilitea Gourmet Nilgiri tea farms are a mandatory visit
  • Lookout for the Ralia Dam
  • Pay a visit to All Saint’s Church
  • Go boating at Wellington Lake
  • Take pictures of Laws Falls
  • Take a look at Droog fort
  • Watch the processing of Brookland’s tea factory and Factory outlet

Which are some best resorts at Coonoor?

The resorts have excellent service and go extra lengths to make their customers and clientele comfortable. The best resorts are as follows:

  • The Gateway Hotel Church Road
  • Bella Vista
  • Hotel Vivek
  • BLISS Homestay
  • YWCA Wyoming Guesthouse
  • O’ land Plantation Stay
  • Sree Harshav Cottages
  • Neemrana’s – Wallwood Garden
  • TeaNest
  • Serenity Manor
  • Sunvalley Homestay
  • Fairy Glen
  • MGM Hill Worth Resorts
  • De Rock Jungle Living – Coonoor
  • AGR Holiday Home
  • Kurumba Village Resorts
  • Storyteller
  • Orchid Square Boutique Hotel

Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Coonoor?

The patrons receive very warm treatment, one which is not easy to forget. The best restaurants in town are as follows:

  • Hotel Coonoor Ramchandra Restaurant
  • Crown Bakery
  • Needs
  • The Culinarium
  • Bevina
  • Earl’s Secret
  • Aroma Treat
  • Chandan Restaurant
  • Hopscotch Resto Pub
  • Ababa Café

What are the best public transport modes to commute around Coonoor?

Coonoor offers tourists and locals with a number of auto rickshaws to hire, and other three wheelers are also available. The hotels or resorts are also very helpful and locate taxis for tourists on being asked. The most opted for mode of transport, and generally the best, seeing as to how the temperature and weather are so good, is walking. Crowds are much bigger at lower Coonoor, as compared to upper Coonoor. Upper Coonoor, however, has good roads and more secluded areas.

Which are the best places for shopping in the Hilly Station of Coonoor?

Apart from the three As --- Antiques, Artifacts, and Apparel, Coonoor is famous for all the food it sells. Ramchandra’s is the talk of the town, and has been for some time. The aromatic Nilgiri tea Coonoor produces is a big plus. Many Organic Products, such as jams, and honey are sold here. Pure Lavender and Eucalyptus oil, chocolates made at home and cakes which have been freshly baked, Irish and made-in-Belgium table sets and Indian handlooms are all available at Coonoor.

Some famous shopping centers at Coonoor are:

  • Acres Wild Farm stay Coonoor
  • Baker’s Junction
  • Vriksh
  • Needlecraft
  • Greenshop

Which are best trekking trails in Coonoor?

Exploration of the outdoors is made quite easy here. According to the law, Local Guide is required to accompany the trekkers. Trekkers come out feeling tired but exceedingly refreshed.

The following are the top rated trekking trails in Coonoor:

  • The Nature Trail (Distance: 6 km)
  • Sujith’s Trail (Distance: 11 km)
  • Pakasuran Trek (Distance: 300 ft. uphill climb)
  • Waterfalls Trek (Distance: 6km to 30km)

Which are the best tea plantations to visit in Coonoor?

The best place to enjoy tea is the plantation in itself. Visiting Coonoor without checking out its tea plantations would be rather sad for any tourist.

  • Tea nest
  • Brookland’s Tea Estate
  • High Field Tea Estate
  • The Clubhouse By Tranquilitea
  • Tan Tea Factory
  • Coonoor Tea Estate

Coonoor Reviews

Shridevi Dhawan
Reviewed: 25 Feb 2021
Had a fantastic luxurious stay at Kurumba Village. We took the Kurumba Cottage with a meal package from Thrillophilia. The cottage was spacious and extremely well furnished. The staff service at the resort was commendable as well.
Paul Varghese
Reviewed: 14 Mar 2021
If you are a nature lover, the Kurumba Village Resort is an amazing place to stay in Ooty. Their package by Thrillophilia is also quite nice. Me and my partner had a great experience here, from the check in and rooms to the food too. We had got a complimentary buffet breakfast, which was superb. We ... Read More

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