Coonoor is Popular hill station that is 17km from Ooty in Tamil Nadu. Coonoor provides the traveler with the view of lush green Nilgiri hills with it’s ravines, Valleys,and waterfalls. Bird watching is a popular pastime in Coonoor. The trip provides some breathtaking views of the Nilgiri hills in all it’s natural glory.
Whats so Unique About This Hill-station?
At an altitude of 6000 feet above seal level, Coonoor is famous for it’s verdant-environs and for a variety of wild flowers and birds. This hill station is adorned with beautiful and one of the oldest mountain railways in India- The Nilgiris Mountain Railways.
Best time to visit Coonoor is March to June and September to October while peak seasons is April to June.
Best Places to visit in Coonoor:
- Sim’s Park: Established in 1874 by J.D Sim, This Park is an extraordinary Botanical garden created for nature lovers. The ideal climatic condition in these ranges encourage naturally occurring trees, shrubs and creepers.
- Dolphin’s Nose view point: To truly appreciate the paranomic vistas of the Nilgiris and an aerial view of the Catherine Falls, just head to Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint. An interesting tidbit: The name is derived from Rock formations found here that resemble a dolphin’s nose! The best part about this place is the drive through numerous hairpin bends and tea gardens. To avoid parking issues take a public transport if possible. Beware of monkey’s if you are carrying food.
- Catherine Falls: This is the two-step water falls-that is another amazing place to visit in Coonoor. While Dolphin nose viewpoint offers a panoramic view this water fall, you can also choose to go up the road near the falls to have a closer view. 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.
- Lamb’s Rock: located 9km far from the Coonoor main city center, it offers amazing view of lavish dense green forest and the Helical Ravines. A drive to the spot would be an extraordinary thought and trust me, a significance one!. You can visit it on the way to the Dolphin’s Nose to catch a glimpse of the stunning view it offers.