One of the three beautiful Nilgiri hill stations, Coonoor is the second largest hill station of the Western Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1930 meters and just 19 km from Ooty. With slopes o (Read More)f tea plantations, dotted with many attractions and blessed with chilly weather throughout the year, this place is a perfect summer retreat.

Here is the list of 18 Things to Do in Coonoor

1. Trek to Hidden Valley

Trek to  Hidden Valley
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Hidden Valley is all about exploring the unexplored places of Coonoor. This inaccessible place is an unusual location that gives its visitors a scenic picturesque. Hence making it a thrilling place to visit. Mountaineering, rock climbing, and trekking are the other attractions of Hidden Valley.

2. Beautiful Valley Views from Dolphin's Nose

Beautiful Valley Views from Dolphin's Nose
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Located about 12 km away from Coonoor is the Dolphin's Nose, about 1,500 meters above sea level. The tip of the peak of this enormous rock resembles a dolphin's nose, and this is one of the most visited tourist spots in The Nilgiris District of Tamil Nadu.

3. Toy Train Ride in Ketti Valley

Toy Train Ride in Ketti Valley

Located in the beautiful hills extending from Coonoor to Ooty in Tamil Nadu is the beautiful Ketti Valley. The best way to visit this beautiful valley, that is if you want to really feel its beauty is to take the toy train which is like a 20-25 minute ride.

4. Hike to Lamb's Rock

Hike to Lamb's Rock
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The Lamb's Rock is just 8 km outside Coonoor while on the way to Dolphin's Nose. The place provides some fascinating views of the Coimbatore Plains and the Coonoor hills.

5. Explore the Beautiful Sim's Park

Explore the Beautiful Sim's Park
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An excellent and delightful treasure trove of some of the most exquisite plant species in the world, Sim's Park is an outstanding sightseeing destination in Coonoor that boasts of being home to over one thousand different species of flora. All these different plants and trees are scattered across the park.

6. A Perfect Picnic Spot - Law's Falls

A Perfect Picnic Spot - Law's Falls
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About 7 km outside the town of Coonoor, Law's Falls is an amazing destination for picnic and to be in the lap of nature. Situated on the Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty route, the falls has height of over 180 ft surrounded by thick natural forests.

7. Visit the Historical Droog Fort

Visit the Historical Droog Fort
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Droog Fort is a historical place located 15km from the foothills of the Nilgiris. As per the legend, a demon resided at the fort many years back hence it is otherwise called Bakasura Malai. In the 18th century, Tipu Sultan used the fort as an outpost, now a ruin with a wall remaining.

8. Indulge in Tasty Food

Indulge in Tasty Food

One of the favourite local dishes of Coonoor is Rajma and Avere beans served best at Quality restaurants. Hyderabadi Biryani House, Ababa Cafe, Cafe Coffee Bean, Culinarium, Hotel Sri Lakshmi, Cafe Diem and for those seeking a taste of the most authentic South Indian cuisine, Rangoli Restaurant is a great option.

9. A Peaceful Getaway - Rallia Dam

A Peaceful Getaway - Rallia Dam
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Around 9 km from Coonoor on the Wellington road is Rallia Dam. It is a beautiful spot for trekking amidst the forest. The dam is an age-old that provides water to Coonoor residents. It is one of the most quaint and beautiful dams you could ever be to.

10. Tour the St George's Church

Tour the St George's Church
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St George's church is an essential tourist attraction. Constructed in 1926, the church is a beautiful remnant of the gothic structure of the British era. It is an archetypal cantonment church with white inlay work and an intense ochre stucco.

11. Fine Dining at The Taj Garden Retreat

Fine Dining at The Taj Garden Retreat
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The bar in the Taj Retreat is wonderful place to be during the evening to enjoy drinks and cocktails with friends while gorging delicious food. The place has a very nice ambience to it but as usual is pretty costly.

12. Buy Organic Honey at Keystone Foundation

Buy Organic Honey at Keystone Foundation
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Keystone is the place to be if you want to buy some deliciously made honey and spices as well as local handicrafts and garments.

13. Wellington Golf Course

Wellington Golf Course
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Wellington's golf club is one of the oldest in south India, with a history of a century in the Nilgiris. Nestled among the scenic tea gardens and slopes of the plains it has an excellent view of the fairways.

14. Buy Gourmet Cheese at Nilgiri's Store

Buy Gourmet Cheese at Nilgiri's Store
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Situated just next door to Bedford Circle, this little shop sells the finest gourmet cheese one can find anywhere else in India. They have different varieties such as Gouda, Colby, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Haloumi etc. at affordable prices.

15. Processing of Tea at Highfield Tea Estate

 Processing of Tea at Highfield Tea Estate
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Highfield Tea Factory is a place drenched with the smell of fresh tea being brewed.  Coonoor is situated 19 km away from its sister hilltop Ooty. This hilly Indian countryside was set up to utilise the tea plantations around Nilgiri Hills that produce exquisite tea.

16. Shopping in Coonoor

Shopping in Coonoor
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Shopping in Coonoor is considered as a whole new experience. With quaint, little shops offering exquisite artefacts, antique products, pretty embroidered shawls, apparels, Toda jewellery and handicrafts items which are perfect for gifting purposes. It also offers a wide range of organic products like honey and freshly prepared fruit jams (pear, peach, mulberry and passion fruit).

17. Stay in a Resort for a Scenic Hill Vacation

Stay in a Resort for a Scenic Hill Vacation

Snuggled in the Nilgiri Hills carpeted with lush greenery, Coonoor is a famous hill-station of South India where natural beauty knows no bounds. Given below is a list of some of the best resorts in Coonoor for a delightful stay, while you explore the luscious valleys, majestic waterfalls and ravishing ravines of this heavenly destination.

18. Ayurveda Yoga Meditation Resort

Ayurveda Yoga Meditation Resort

People looking for Ayurvedic healing usually head towards Ayurveda Yoga Meditation Resort, Coonoor located in the Nilgiri Mountains in South India. The center has a lovely location amidst rich green tea plantations and surrounded on all sides by Eucalyptus forests.

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