Known for its easy access to Ooty and beautiful waterfalls, Coonoor is a small hill station tucked away in the Western Ghats. The quaint town also boasts scenic train rides, leafy parks and picturesque coffee plantations.
Things to do in Coonoor
Explore the 12-hectare Sim’s Park and its colorful botanical gardens. You can paddle across the small lake, admire the waterfall or let the kids loose in the playground. Don’t forget to try local delicacies from the food vendors.
For the best views of Coonoor, trek to Lamb’s Rock and Dolphin’s Nose, perfect for a picnic. Lamb’s Rock offers panoramic views of Tamil Nadu, while Dolphin’s Nose overlooks the cascading Catherine Falls. For a scenic train ride, hop on the UNESCO-listed Heritage Train to marvel at the hills and coffee plantations.
Are you a tea enthusiast? Coonoor is famous for its tea plantations, which are said to produce the finest quality teas. Tour the Highfield Tea Factory to learn all about the tea making process and sample some of the products.
Lace up your hiking boots and hike along the verdant trails to Catherine Falls. You can also get up close to the 55-meter-high Law’s Falls or trek amidst lush forest trails to Rallia Dam.
Getting around Coonoor
You can fly into Coimbatore International Airport and make the 2.5-hour journey to Coonoor or travel by train, bus or car from Bangalore. You can use auto-rickshaws and taxis to get around Coonoor or hire a three-wheeler.