Tourism in Coonoor
Danny Kaye once said, “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” He was absolutely right when he said that. Coonnor is one destination in the Nilgiri Hills where you can take a fulfilling journey into yourself. The pristine environment and picturesque sights are sure to enchant any tourist who visits this hill station. Lush green landscapes, fresh air, and cool temperatures are something that every tourist can soak in Coonoor.
Previously home to the Toda tribe, Coonoor was found by the British, who came to the hills to spend their summer holidays. Ever since the 19th century, Coonoor has been a favorite summer destination of many. Lying in close proximity to Ooty and Kodagiri, Coonoor is a heavenly abode due to abundance of nature and eye-pleasing views. Coonoor is famous for its vast tea plantations, which are known for growing some of the best tea leaves that India has to offer. A walk down these tree plantations on the hill is sure to acquaint tourists with types of tea leaves, planting, and plucking procedures.
A haven of beauty, Coonoor is quite famous among adrenaline junkies too. Adventure sports like hiking and trekking can be done on the picturesque hills of Coonoor. One of the most popular trekking trails in Coonoor is the one that leads the tourists to Lamb’s Rock. Lamb’s Rock is situated approximately 9 kilometer from Coonoor and offers spectacular views of the tea and coffee plantations below. For photography enthusiasts and bird watchers, Coonoor has to offer a number of breathtaking landscapes and bird species. Known to be the perfect weekend getaway with your family or friends, Coonoor has also been used as a backdrop for numerous Indian and foreign movies.
Popular Tourist Attractions in Coonoor:
A major tourist attraction in Coonoor, Sim's Park is an ideal option to spend the afternoon with friends and family. Situated at 1780 meters above the sea level, this park has abundant natural beauty, which is perfect for those seeking a tranquil escapade. It is a park-cum-botanical garden, which was developed by Major Murray and Mr. J.D. Sims in 1874. The Sim’s Park encompasses 12 hectares of undulating land, which is replete with naturally occurring shrubs, trees, creepers. It also has an array of unique plant species, which are brought here from many places across the globe.
Due to its exclusive location in Nilgiris, Sim’s Park has the ideal climate for growing a number of species of plants, flowers, and trees. This park is home to a variety of beautiful terraces, which have vibrant flower beds, rockeries, and lawns. It also houses some rare economic trees like Cinnamon, Rudraksha-Bead tree, and Queensland Karry Pine. At the Sim’s Park, nature enthusiasts can also come across trees like Quercus Araucaria, Magnolia, Phoenix, Pine, Camellia, and Turpentine. This park-cum-botanical garden also has a glass house, which has a huge variety of ornamental plants and flowers. It also has a well-maintained rose garden, where tourists can have a look at different colors and species of roses. The main features of this park are the natural shola and winding footpaths that lead to the higher slopes. The Sim’s Park is home to more than 1000 species of plants, which belong to 255 genres and 85 families of flora and fauna.
The Sim’s Park in Coonoor hosts the annual Fruit and Vegetable Festival in May. This festival witnesses a huge crowd, which comes to see the wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables on show.
It is recommended that tourists should visit the Sim’s Park before sundown, in order to enjoy the picturesque views and colorful sights. It is advisable to set aside 1-2 hours to enjoy the beauty of this place and tour it completely. Sim’s Park has a paid entry; the ticket to which can be bought at the entrance.
Timings to visit Sim’s Park:
Monday - Sunday: 9.30 AM - 4.30 PM
Lamb’s Rock is one of the most popular tourist spots in Coonoor. Located at approximately 8 kilometers from central Coonoor, Lamb’s Rock is a favorite among many visitors. This place was christened after the then collector Captain Lamb, who had developed it in his interest. It offers picturesque views of the Coimbatore plains, which are sure to take anyone’s breath away. Apart from the plains, tourists can also view the beautiful tea and coffee plantations situated on the slopes of Nilgiri Mountains. Lamb’s Rock also offers panoramic views of the Coonoor stream and Hulical ravines.
Lamb’s Rock is best for those who want to explore the untouched beauty of Nilgiris and feast their eyes to abundant greenery. Lamb’s Rock is also visited by photographers, who are inclined towards taking pictures of serene landscapes and quaint backdrops. Trekkers can also enjoy the beauty of this place by climbing through the trails that wind up from the tea gardens. Not only the spot itself, but the road leading to Lamb’s Rock is also filled with scenic views, which tourists can enjoy while travelling in their car.
The best time to visit Lamb’s Rock is before sunset, so that tourists can enjoy all the views that it has to offer.
Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint
Breathe in some fresh air of the hills, while marveling at the nature’s beauty, only at the Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint. A renowned tourist attraction in Coonoor, this place is named so, because the tip of this mountain’s peak bears a resemblance to that of a dolphin's nose. Located approximately 10 kilometers from central Coonoor, it stands at a height of 1000 feet above the mean sea level. Dolphin’s Nose is a beautiful rock formation that is unique, and has gigantic ravines on either side. Offering panoramic views of the mountains, the Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint is a haven for photography and nature enthusiasts.
While standing at the Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint, one can look down to the beautiful Catherine Falls and awe-inspiring greenery. On the way to this place, tourists can also enjoy the scenic beauty of tea plantations and hairpin turns.
Situated at an altitude of 6000 feet above the mean sea level, the Droog Fort has a spectacular history that attracts many visitors. Located about 15 kilometers from Coonoor, the Droog Fort was used by the great Tipu Sultan during the 16th century. The site of the fort is in a dilapidated condition, however, it attracts tourists, who prefer to hike their way to it. As of today, only a wall of this Droog Fort stands proud as an aide memoire of a magnanimous fortress.
The Droog Fort is popular among trekkers, who hike their way through the Nonsuch Tea Estate to reach the fort. Alongside the fort stands a watch tower, from where tourists can witness breathtaking views of the surroundings. At such a high altitude, one can also get to see a lot of bird species, which are rare to find otherwise.
The best time to visit Droog Fort is before sundown in the summers, when the weather is clear and the surroundings are visible.
Katary Falls is a sight to behold for all those who love waterfalls
gushing and cutting their way through the rocks. Located approximately
10 kilometers from Coonoor, the Katary Falls have a beautiful drop from a
height of 180 feet. It is one of the three largest waterfalls in the
Nilgiris, and sees a huge visitor turnout around the year. One can reach
the falls by trekking their way to it. The Katary Falls are also the sight of the Kateri hydroelectric system, which is known to be the India's first hydel power plant.
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