Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Coonoor is perhaps one of the best holiday destinations in the country. Lying in the lap of the Nilgiris, 1839 meters above sea level, this is a secluded holiday retreat to those who want to retreat into beauty and peace after the hullaballoo of everyday life. Known for its tea plantations and tea factories, Coonoor is also famous for its horticultural treasures. Ideal for nature lovers, this is a beautiful mountainous location you must visit at least once.

Travel Tips

November to February is the best time to visit Coonoor. The place is at its most beautiful during this time. Carry sturdy sneakers and some warm clothes when visiting, and make sure you buy some Niligir Tea to take back home with you.

When to visit

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  • 39° Max
  • 31° Min
  • 6.1 mm
  • Light clothes
Things to do

The Hidden Valley is one of the most fascinating places at Coonoor. A trek through this area will reveal the natural beauty of this location. The mountainous forests, the greenery all around, the scenic routes and the fresh mountain air are enough to make this trek worthwhile. This site also has some of the best views of the hill-station to offer. Dolphin’s Nose is another good scenic spot you can head to, while at Coonoor. So named because the shape of the peak resembles the nose of a dolphin, the view from here is spectacular. You can spot some of the most important sights of the Nilgiris from over here. It is also a very popular trekking destination.

On the way to Dolphin’s Nose, you can stop at Lamb’s Rock. An 8 kilometer trek, this spot is very picturesque, and is perfect for a leisurely picnic. The spot also provides some gorgeous views of the Coimbatore plains.

Droog Fort is another beautiful location you can visit. The fortress, which was once resilient and formidable, now sits in ruins, but even the dilapidated structure retains the beauty of the yesteryears. Tipu Sultan had used this fort as a military outpost, as the location was perfect to hide from the enemies and to ward off enemy attacks efficiently. The outpost provides a pin point view, which was perfect for military strategizing. You have to trek for a bit to get there, but the walk is worth the effort. There are lots of birds who have made the space in and around the fortress into their homes, and for a bird-watcher, this spot is quite a delight.

Sims Park, named after the man who was the Secretary of the Madras Club in 1874, J.D Sim, is a horticultural reserve. This is one of the most fascinating spots in Coonoor. The 12 hectares of land here is covered with some gorgeous, rare plants. Built along the lines of Japanese aesthetics, this park is beautiful and informative, since it contains about a thousand species of plants.

While you’re at Coonoor, you must not miss out on the Guernsey Tea Factory. Tea is something Coonoor is famous for, and this particular tea factory is one of the best when it comes to producing perfect Nilgiri tea. There are guided tours which happen from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening, and the guides take you around the factory, explaining the process in a relatable manner. Picking up some Nilgiri tea from here might not be such a bad idea either.

Law Falls is seven kilometers from Coonoor. This location provides for a breathtaking sight of water cascading down from 180 feet above. The water spraying itself all around, the sheer force of the waterfall, and the scenic beauty all around makes this site worth a visit. The area surrounding the waterfall is beautifully strewn with sholas and rocks.

Places to Stay

High-Range: The Gateway Hotel is a luxurious option. It provides free breakfast facilities as well as free parking, and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. A host of other facilities are provided for, including room service around the clock, and the room rates begin from 6,000 INR. Another option for you, if you want to splurge, is the Sun Valley Homestay. The place provides free parking, free breakfast and free Wi-Fi facilities. The room rates start from 5,200 INR onwards.

Mid-Range: Hotel Nahar Nilgiris is a good option for those who are looking for affordable accommodation. The room rates start from 2,400 INR, and include free-breakfast facilities. Hotel Meadows Residency has room rates starting from 3,100. The hotel provides the services of an indoor swimming pool, free breakfast and free parking facilities.

Low-Range: Sime Stay Hotel Race View is a budget option for those not willing to spend a lot on accommodation. The room rates begin from 700 INR and the rooms are clean and comfortable. Another budget option is Hotel Maneck, where the room rates begin from 830 INR.

How to Reach

  • Coimbatore is the closest city with an airport, from Coonoor. It is 100 kilometers away, and the rest of the journey needs to be made by road.
  • The closest railhead is at Mettupalayam, but Coimbatore has proven to be a much more convenient and popular railway station to get to Coonoor.
  • By road, it is 100 kilometers away from Coimbatore, and Ooty is 17 kilometers away. Other places which are well connected to Coonoor by road include Tanjavur, Cochin, Bangalore and almost all the major locations within Tamil Nadu.

Surrounding Attractions

Mudhumalai Sanctuary, Mysore, Kanyakumari and Tirupati are just some of the places which are close to Coonoor.

Important Numbers

Police Station: 423-2221836