Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris and one of the highlights of tourism in Tamilnadu. It is also famous as the gateway to Ooty, the most famous hill station in South India. Coonoor is located in the western part of Tamilnadu at an altitude of 1850 meters above sea level. The toy train between Coonoor and Ooty is a famous tourist attraction and has been included among the world heritage sites by the UNESCO. The tea gardens and the picturesque landscape make the toy train ride one of the most enjoyable ones in India.
Tourist attractions in Coonoor:
Dolphin's Nose Point:
This popular vantage point offers a wonderful panoramic view of the Nilgiri hills and the town of Coorg. The point is located only ten kilometers from the town. The beautiful Catherine Waterfalls are also clearly visible from this point.
It is yet another vantage point from where tourists can get a fantastic view of the entire surroundings, including the tea and coffee plantations.
Spread over 12 hectares, this park is home to over 1000 plant species. The beautifully designed and well maintained park offers excellent opportunity for walks and bird watching. An annual fruit and vegetable show is held in May in the park.
This institute is located very near to Sim's Park and can be visited with prior permission. It was established in 1907 and has been involved in developing vaccination for rabies and polio. Guided tours available in the institute are an interesting way to learn about the history of development of vaccination in India.
The fort built by Tipu Sultan lies in ruins now, but Droog is still considered as one of the important sightseeing options of Coonoor. The site offers wonderful panoramic views of the surroundings. Droog is located at a distance of 13 kilometers from Coonoor.
Transportation in Coonoor:
The nearest airport is in Coimbatore which is 100 kilometers away. Coimbatore is connected with all the major south Indian cities and Mumbai.
The nearest railhead is Mettupalayam, 46 kilometers away. Coimbatore is the nearest junction connected to all parts of the country. The toy train connects Coonoor with Ooty and Mettupalayam.
Good roads connect Coonoor with all the major south Indian cities. Regular bus and taxi services are available from Coonoor to all the nearby tourist spots.