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.
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.
The legal age to consume alcohol in Coonoor is 21 years, as per the legal drinking age law of the state of Tamil Nadu.
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.
Reaching Coonoor can be achieved in a number of ways. They are as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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:
The resorts have excellent service and go extra lengths to make their customers and clientele comfortable. The best resorts are as follows:
The patrons receive very warm treatment, one which is not easy to forget. The best restaurants in town are as follows:
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.
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:
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 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.