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Coonoor Tourism

A hill station of red-tile rooftops and tea-scented plantations

Tourism in Coonoor

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Oct - Mar
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  • Hills
  • Tea Factory
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About Coonoor Destinations

Here’s a complete tour guide with major Coonoor sightseeing places, travel information, Coonoor weather, flights to Coonoor, and things to do in Coonoor: At an elevation of 1,850 meters above sea level, Coonoor is a magnificent hill station in Tamil Nadu. Located on the western border of the state with Kerala, Coonoor is a sleepy town with vast tea estates, holiday mansions, and colonial charm. Beyond this, a few viewpoints and waterfalls add to the appeal of Coonoor tourism.

As far as size goes, Coonoor is placed after Ooty but, it is just as rewarding as any other hill station in South India. One of the major draws of visiting Coonoor is that it remains less crowded than Ooty, even in the peak tourist season in Tamil Nadu. A one-hour drive or a toy train ride from Coonoor to Ooty, full of sharp hairpin bends, allows a breath-taking view of verdant slopes of the Nilgiri Mountains.

A nature lover’s delight, Sim's Park in Coonoor is a Japanese-style botanical garden featuring native and other plants and flowers. This beautiful park in Coonoor has a glasshouse with a medicinal plant and there is a rose garden with vibrant bloom. One of the main tourist attractions in Coonoor, Highfield Tea Estate is a 50-year-old tea factory where tourists can watch the tea-making process independently and also buy tea, herbal oils, and souvenirs from the shop here. This tea plantation is an ideal place to spend half-day to learn about the history of tea making in Tamil Nadu.

After taking a tour of tea estates in Coonoor, take a scenic drive through the Nilgiri Hills. Two popular viewpoints in Coonoor – Lamb’s Rock and Dolphin’s Nose – are the best natural places to visit in Coonoor. While Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint allows visitors to check out the 250-feet-high drop of Catherine Waterfalls, Lamb’s Rock is an ideal place to enjoy a picnic with loved ones while enjoying sunset views. Trekking and nature walks are one of the most rewarding activities to do in Coonoor.

Go through this destination-wise guide of Coonoor sightseeing places to enjoy a memorable trip to Tamil Nadu.


While visiting this beautiful hill station in Tamil Nadu, make sure to carry a map of Coonoor with all major tourist places and activities to enjoy on a holiday. The Nilgiri Hills around Coonoor are ideal for its horticulture and floriculture industries. There is a lush Gymkhana Club in Coonoor where tourists can enjoy golfing. It’s a great alternative for those trekking or other outdoor excursions are too exhausting. Trekking in Coonoor allows great opportunities for bird watching and exploring tea plantations and forested valleys.

The weather in Coonoor, for being a hill station, remains ideal for holiday throughout the year. There is no specific season for rainfall in Coonoor. April through June and December through February is the best time to visit Coonoor. Travellers can take a train from Coimbatore to Mettupalayam and then board the toy train to Coonoor, known as the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. Taking a government bus from Coimbatore or hiring a taxi is another option to reach Coonoor.

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Dolphin's Nose in Coonoor

Dolphin's Nose Coonoor is one of the favourite places in Coonoor for families and honeymooners. Set amidst the rolling hills of the Nilgiris Hills or Blue Mountains of Tamil Nadu, Dolphin’s Nose View Point in Coonoor is a popular natural attraction for tourists. With an altitude of 1,550 metres, this stunning viewpoint in C...

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Kotagiri

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Located in the Nilgiri Hills at an elevation of 1,793 metres, Kotagiri has its own distinct appeal among Coonoor tourist places. Kotagiri is located about an hour’s drive from Ooty and Coonoor – two of the most popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu.

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Catherine Falls in Coonoor

Catherine Falls, also referred to as St. Catherine Water Falls in Tamil Nadu, is a major attraction in Coonoor, for locals as well as for tourists. The River Kallar of Tamil Nadu descends as the Geddhehaada Halla stream, and forms the Catherine Falls. Catherine water falls is a double-cascaded waterfall, wherein there are t...

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Lamb's Rock in Coonoor

One of the most popular attractions of Coonoor, Lamb’s Rock offers some most amazing sights of the surrounding peaks and valleys. And if one squints just right it is also possible to check out some waterfalls from the very summit of Lamb’s Rock. Families and friends love to spend time here and enjoy a picnic, or spend time ...

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Sim's Park in Coonoor

Founded in 1874, Sim's Park extends over upper Coonoor with winding footpaths, lovely gazebos, and a dense Shola forest nearby. Named after J.D. Sim, a former Secretary to Government, Sim’s Park in Coonoor features a wonderful collection of trees and plants species, both native and from as far as Central America.

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Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ride in Coonoor

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Travel To Coonoor

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By Air

There is no airport in Coonoor so there are no direct flights to Coonoor. The nearest airport from Coonoor is Coimbatore International Airport (CJB) or Peelamedu Airport. It takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes from the airport in Coimbatore to reach Coonoor via taxis which can be hired in Coimbatore. Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and Alliance Air provide regular flights to Coimbatore from Indian cities such as Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Pune.

The distance between Coimbatore Airport and Coonoor is about 70 kilometres. After landing in Coimbatore, one can take a government bus, hire a taxi, or board a train to reach this lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu. Traveling to Coonoor by air the quickest way to complete your journey.

By Train

Coimbatore Junction is the nearest train station from Coonoor. Mettupalayam Station connects the Nilgiri Mountain Railway with the main line of South Indian Railways. After reaching train station in Mettupalayam, one can board the famous toy train to Coonoor. This train ride is the best way to admire the beauty of Nilgiri Hills.

The distance from Coonoor to Mettupalayam Railway Station is about 34 km while Coimbatore Junction lies about 70 km from Coonoor.  

By Road

Travelling to Coonoor by car is the most popular option for tourists on honeymoon or with families. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are the best options to commute comfortably within Coonoor. Bus services allow a convenient and cheaper way of getting around in Coonoor.Distance between Ooty and Coonoor – 20 km via NH 181Distance between Coonoor and Coimbatore – 70 km via NH 181

Distance between Mettupalayam and Coonoor – 35 km via NH 181

Distance between Bangalore and Coonoor – 297 km via NH 275

Distance between Chennai and Coonoor – 544 km via NH 79

Distance between Coonoor and Kodaikanal – 234 km

Gandhipuram Central Bus Terminus is one of the major bus stands to take a bus from Coimbatore to Coonoor. State-owned and private bus services are also available from cities such as Bangalore, Mysuru, Salem, Calicut, and Chennai.   

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    y. And again go to the same route to reach Coimbatore airport. Hotel La Ruchi de Prince was very good including the wide range of delicious breakfast and the 5 star services. When we reached Hotel Kemps cave in Ooty on our 2nd day, we were shifted to Hotel Baron beside it but the rooms were good as per 3 star. But the food needs to be improved a lot as the dinner we had there was not that great. Due to which on 3rd day we had dinner at Anand Bhavan and it was super delicious. Overall it was a good experience and a memorable family trip. Ooty Lake boating was good. Pykara Waterfalls and lake can be avoided. Mysore palace was very photogenic. Mysore Zoo was good but you need atleast 2-3 hours to roam there.
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    Which are the best tea plantations to visit in Coonoor?

    Highfield Tea Estate, Tea Nest, Coonoor Tea Estate, and Booklands Tea Estate are famous tea plantations in Coonoor.

     

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    Generally, tourist destinations in South India are safe to visit. There is no need for women, solo travellers or even families to take extra safety measures.

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