Coonoor is situated in the Nilgiris, it is a hill station about 50 km far from Ooty. Coonoor is popular for its production of Nilgiri Tea. It is second largest hill station in Ooty. The place is covered in the lush green valley of the tea plantations. You can enjoy a clear view of the sea and lush-green surrounded mountains of the region.
Let’s have a look at top 10 places in Coonoor that you must visit.
1. Sim’s Park
Sim’s Park is well known and most visited tourist destination in Coonoor. It is a botanical garden having a variety of flowers and plants. The garden is spread over 12 hectares and incorporated with Rose Garden having a thousand varieties of roses from 85 different families. Some rare trees of Rudraksha -the bead tree (used for religious purposes), Cinnamon trees can be seen also.
2. Dolphin’s Nose
A rocky spot in the shape of a Dolphin’s Nose is an another tourist attraction in Coonoor. The place is about 10 km from the main town of Coonoor. It provides a fascinating view of the heavy forests and the green mountains in the back while the front covers a distant view of the Catherine falls making the pleasant aura for the nature lovers.
3. Lamb’s Rock
Making an impression like lamb’s back, this uneven rock placed in the middle of the place by nature and offers an stunning view of Coimbatore plains. Visitors can have an amazing view to the tea and coffee plantations making the place perfect for nature lovers and to dream in the arms of nature.
4. Catherine Falls
The double-cascaded waterfall has a beautiful charm in Coonoor. The full view of Catherine falls can be taken from the Dolphin’s nose. You can reach at the top of the waterfall via road. Catherine Falls is at a height of about 250 feet. The rainfalls enhance the beauty of the falls by making them more rappelling and pure.
5. Lady Canning’s Seat
The most wonderful place in the Coonoor offering a stunning view of the surroundings. Tea and coffee plantations, the lamb’s rock and the Doorg Fort can be seen with panormic view.. The name of the place is so because Lady Canning, the better-half of a British Viceroy, was often found sitting at the very spot and absorb the serenity of nature.
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6. Droog Fort
Another fort with the history of Tipu Sultan etched on its walls; the fort is a bliss overlooking the plains of the area. Droog Fort is located some 2000 feet above the sea level and is now a paradise for the bird watchers.
7. St. George’s Church
St. George’s Church was constructed in 1826 during the era of colonization. The chruch attracts the visitors from all over the world because of its architecture. The beautiful church is located in the center of the city and is a must visit monument of Coonoor.
8. Hidden Valley
The Hidden Valley is a wonderful place that attracts visitors to Coonoor. The valley is full of hues of nature, clouds over the ahead calm ambiance. A photogenic place that make you fall in love with nature. The Valley is an another masterpiece of nature that makes you believe that heaven does exist on Earth.
9. Rallia Dam
A trek in the forest leads to the most peaceful and scenic sight that you can experience. Rallia Dam provides the water supply to the town. You can see some rare species of animals and wonderful birds here.
10. Highfield Tea Factory
How we can miss a tea factory, when we are visiting a place which is famous for tea plantations.
With the smiling faces, who are more pleased to guide you for a tour to the factory, you can feel close to nature and can experience the entire process of tea-making. Also, they give you a tasting sample of their fresh tea making the tour more delicious.
Coonoor is a place that will charm you in nature with each step you take. Whether it be the sight-seeing or just strolling along the tea-plantations are soaking yourself in nature. The place is definitely worth visiting once in a lifetime.