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Coonoor Tourism

One of the most beautiful and serene hill stations you will come across in the country, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the wonderful Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1930 meters and just 19 km from Ooty.

Coonoor is a delightful location to have a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills and the Catherine Falls. Coonoor is a dream come true for writers and poets due to its rich greenery, the manicured hills, the Colonial culture and amazing sceneries, which will leave you relaxed and inspired. While in Coonoor you can completely lose yourself to nature and its eternal beauty.

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Tea Gardens of Coonoor

Coonoor, the second highest hill station in the Nilgiris is home to some of the largest and most mesmerising tea gardens in India. You have probably heard of the tea garden tours in Ooty, but Coonoor has equally fascinating tours if not more. Additionally, they are less crowded since Coonoor is still a relatively unexplored destination.

Tea plantations take up a significant part of the town's land and provide employment to a large number of people. The terrace plantations that run for acres together is a sight not to be missed. There are also many treks that pass through tea gardens and lead to various waterfalls and viewing points in this area.

The Green Valley

Located in the heart of the Nilgiris, Coonoor is also known as the green valley because of the large forested areas that are green throughout the year. This region also receives a lot of rainfall that helps to maintain the abundant plant and animal life of this region. Sim's park is one of the most famous tourist destinations in this city and is a botanical garden built in Japanese style. Today, it has more than 1,000 species of flowering and non-flowering plants. In May each year, at the peak of the tourist season there is a fruit and vegetable show that is a major attraction.

Flora and Fauna

Coonoor is an all-time favourite of those who love the sight of lush green nature around themselves. The presence of Nilgiri mountain range means a wide range of biodiversity native to the region.

Tea plantations are a sight as common as the blue sky, offering a picturesque combination of bright blue and lush, widespread green. Apart from the tea plantations, the famous Sim’s Park has introduced many rare and exotic tree & plant varieties to Coonoor including Eucalyptus, Acacia, Pinus, Cinnamomum, Rudraksha, Araucaria, Quercus, Phoenix, Magnolia, Pine, Turpentine, Tree ferns, and Camellia.

A favourite pastime in Coonoor is bird watching which gives a fair idea of a sheer variety of the avian creatures flying around here. Cormorants, Pipits, Thrushes, Parakeets, Skylarks, and Nilgiri
verditer are commonly found here. Gaur ( a relative of the Bison) is endemic to the region of Coonoor and the Nilgiri hills and their population has seen a tremendous increase in recent years. They can be seen grazing in the tea plantations. Wild Elephants are also sighted in nearby areas.


Annual festivals in Coonoor are held to promote the wide variety of tea, fruits and vegetables grown in the area. Coonoor is popular as the younger cousin of Ooty because of its tea gardens and an annual Tea Festival is just the right way to celebrate the lush plantations of this tea garden town. The Tea and Tourism festival is held in January every year and brings in tea connoisseurs from all around the world. A huge variety of teas is kept on display for both tasting and sale. Local dance and music form part of the event which takes place over a span of three days. The arrival of summer is beckoned with the annual Fruit and Vegetable festivals which is a two-day event held in May. The venue is the astonishingly beautiful Sim’s Park which is spread over 30 Acres and houses the rare Rudraksha tree along with a vividly coloured spread of lovely flowers. Exhibitors from various districts in the State make this annual journey to showcase their varied and bountiful produce of fruits and vegetables.

Restaurants and Local Food in Coonoor

Coonoor is well known for offering a delectable selection of unusual Jams like Peach, Mulberry, and Passion Fruit. You can indulge in the fresh and fruity taste of the jams while in Coonoor and also take some home. You can also experience the taste of unadulterated organic honey which is one of the best offerings of the city in terms of natural products.

The most popular local dish of Coonoor is Rajma and Avare Beans which is absolutely unmissable. The best part is that it is easily available in many local eateries, so finding and relishing it won’t be tough at all.

Other than the local favourites, both North Indian and South Indian cuisine is available in Coonoor. Mughlai food is also available in some eateries.

Hyderabadi Biryani House serves is a tourist favourite for serving delicious tandoor items and biryani at affordable prices. Ababa Cafe is perfect for the quiet, laid-back tourist who wants to sit in a peaceful corner, take in the serene ambience and enjoy some scrumptious desserts and tasty coffee. Cafe Coffee Bean serves quick snacks and fresh fruit juices. For a taste of international cuisine, visit to the Culinarium is a must as it serves European, Mediterranean,  and British cuisine along with some Indian food options and is compared to authentic European restaurants in terms of food and overall ambience. Hotel Sri Lakshmi serves affordable meals and visitors suggest to stick to South Indian options here as the safest bet in terms of taste. Cafe Diem is an excellent option for vegetarians who are looking for options other than South Indian food and don’t mind spending a little extra money as it serves an entire selection of tasty and innovative vegetarian items. For those seeking a taste of the most authentic South Indian cuisine, Rangoli Restaurant in Upper Coonoor is a great option.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Coonoor by road or rail and take the afternoon to soak in the beautiful vistas of the hill station. After lunch, proceed to Sim's Park, one of the unique botanical gardens in India. Today, it has over 1,000 species of plants and flowers as well as carefully crafted landscapes. Japanese style architecture dots the garden and if you go in May, you can visit the annual fruit and vegetable exhibition that receives thousands of visitors each year.

Day 2: Leave early in the morning and proceed to Dolphin Nose, a viewing point that offers one of the most beautiful views of the Nilgiris. Proceed to Lamb's rock from where you can see the expansive tea and coffee estates on the backdrop of the foggy Nilgiris. After Lunch, you can visit one of the many waterfalls around the town.

Day 3: Visit the Rallia Dam, located 10 kilometres away from the city centre. For the trekkers, this is an exciting place because there are many routes that branch out from here. For the wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, the breathtaking vistas and birds, butterflies and flowers will be an experience of a lifetime and for those who want to sit back and relax, you can lounge on one of the rocks at the water's edge and enjoy the beautiful view of the backwaters, the mountains and forests around you.

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What's Great?

Beautiful natural vistas. Many trek routes into the Nilgiris. Easily accessible via the Coimbatore airport.

What's Not So Great?

Some areas are not very well equipped to handle tourism. It can get crowded during the peak season in summer and winter. Heavy monsoons may lead to traffic congestion.

For Whom?

Coonoor is the ideal spot for a family vacation in the mountains to escape the summer heat. For those looking to be more adventurous, there are some trek routes that start from Coonoor and go to various parts of the Nilgiris. Many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are located nearby. It is less crowded than Ooty, the other popular hill station in the Nilgiris.

How To Reach Coonoor

Coonoor is located close to Kochi, Coimbatore and Bangalore and is easy to reach via road or rail. The nearest airport is Coimbatore which is just under 100 kilometres away and is well connected via road to Coonoor. The toy train in Ooty is also a good option from where a bus or taxi can be taken. Road connectivity is excellent to all major cities around it. International flights are connected to Coonoor via the Bangalore of Thiruvananthapuram airport from where buses and taxi services run by both private and government companies are available.

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Shreyas Kapoor 1 year ago
- Finding accommodation in the peak season can be a difficult task in Coonoor, so make sure to book your room in advance.
- Don•À_t buy tea from just any tea seller, visit the TTDC shops or the one•À_s you feel are authentic to buy tea.
S?ndhïlvelañ Somasunadaram 1 year ago
Awesome place mannn but accommodation s bit difficult.. NALS trekking is excellent..
Prashanth Kumar Vangipuram 1 year ago
Hi tell me about side seeing about connor how to reach I am from vijayawada
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