Coonoor Hill Station

Hill Stations in India

Introduction

CoonoorCoonoor is a fabulous hill station in the Nilgiri hills about 19 km from Ooty. Coonoor, located at an altitude of 1,856 metres, is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills.The Sim's Park with all its natural beauty was constructed in 1874 has unique trees and plants. Facinating and unforgetable view points for tourist are Lamb's Rock, Dolphin's Nose, Lady Canning's Seat to name a few.Tourist can avail of the Toy train facility to get a detailed view of this place.

Visiting Time

Though Coonoor has a beautiful weather but even then it is best to visit this place between the months of October and March.

History

Britishers developed Ooty as a very popular hill station for them to avoid the devastating Indian summer. But,soon Ooty became a popular tourist spot and lost its charm by the high traffic of visitors visiting the place.Soon a need was felt to have another eqally beatiful hill station.This gave birth to Coonoor.The grassy meadows, lovely sunflowers, marigolds and rhododendrons became a benchmark for this beautiful hill station.

The Toda tribes belong to this region.

Tourist Spots

Sim's Park
Sim's Park This is a beautiful park famous for vivid varieties of fruits.Thus, it is a very important site for the tourists.

Lamb's Rock
It is a splendid landscape having beautiful carvings imposed on it.It is on the way to the dolphine nose.

Dolphine Nose
This is a dolphine shaped unbelievable rock which should undoubtedely visited by tourists. From this point the tourists can view almost the whole expansion of the beautiful Nilgiri hills. Catherine Falls can be viewed from here.This famous point is about 10 km away from Coonoor.

Kotagiri
Kotagiri This place is about 21 kms from Coonoor.It is famous for Coffee plantations, Elk Falls, Rangaswamy Pillar and Peak, Kodanand view point.

Other places important places near Coonoor are Lady Canning's seat, the Pomological Station and the Ralliah Dam.

Coonoor's has many hillocks which are perfect for trekking.This place attracts tourists for birdwatching as an extensive variety of birds can be spotted at the Nilgiris. Various species of vultures, eagles and owls, song birds like bulbuls, thrushes, babblers, larks, cuckoos, robins and several others act as melodious music for the visitors who are accustomed to the huzzle and buzzzle of city sound pollution.Coonoor has a number of perfect picnic spots.

Festivals

Tea Coffee festival during the winters and fruits & vegetable festival arranged during the month of May are quite fasinating for the tourists.

Communication

By Air
Coimbatore airport is nearest to Coonoor, it has daily flights to and from Madras, Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum.

By Rail
Toy train route between Mettupalayam and Ooty has Coonoor in its route.Another alternative is from Coimbatore, it takes around 3 hrs to Coonoor.

By Road
Regular bus services from Coimbatore,Ooty and Kotagiri makes Coonoor well connected.

Population : 52,000
Languages : The localites use Tamil and English
Best Time to Visit : Suitable season for tourist visit is during October, March
Std : 0423

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Hill Stations in India
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