One amongst the most beautiful and serene hill stations that you would come across in the country is Coonoor, which is also the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri ranges of the Western Ghats. Coonoor is located at an altitude of 1930 m and also at a very close proximity to the famous hill station of Ooty.
The place has a great historical backdrop as it had been the home of the Toda tribe. It is said that the majestic hill was discovered by the British, who came over to visit and enjoy their summer vacations here sometime during the 19th century.
Coonoor is home to loads of attractions and gorgeous sites. When talking about the natural beauty of the place, the sight of the Catherine Falls will surely take one's breath away. Dolphin's Nose, Law's Falls and the Guernsey Tea Factory are some of the well known places for one to visit in here.
Best Time To Visit Coonoor
Coonoor is a place which can be visited throughout the year; however, most people prefer to visit the place from the months of October to mid May as the weather remains peaceful and helps one to go around the place in ease.
How To Reach Coonoor
By Air: Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport from Coonoor which is located approximately at a distance of 70 km. The airport has regular flights to all the major cities in the country and to a few abroad as well.
By Train: The nearest major railway station to Coonoor is Mettupalayam, which is at a distance of 45 km. The station connects to all the major towns and cities across the state and the country. Apart from this one can hop on to the legendary Nilgiri Mountain Railway which is a toy train ride and also a World Heritage Site.
By Road: One of the best ways to reach Coonoor is by road as the place has very good connectivity by roads which takes you through some beautiful hairpin curves and through the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. There are regular buses which operate from Ooty, Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, Bangalore, etc. on a regular basis.
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A huge rock that resembles a dolphin's nose is located at 1000 ft above sea level. The road to this popular viewpoint takes you through hairpin turns and breath-catching narrow roads. Once you reach the spot, you can see gorges which are jaw dropping on both its sides and also you can watch the distant cascading Catherine Falls as well.
Lamb's rock is a viewpoint named after the collector Captain Lamb. The viewpoint was made accessible by the effort and interest of Captain Lamb. The rock drops down several hundred feet to simply vanish into the thick jungle below. The plains of Coimbatore and surrounding valleys offer magnificent views from this place.
The Sim's Park is an unusual park cum botanical garden which was developed around the natural contours of the land more than a 100 years ago and this area was developed by Mr. J D Sims and Major Murray in the year 1874.
Naturally occurring trees, shrubs and creepers are found in the park apart from which many unusual species of plants have been brought in from a variety of places around the globe. The annual fruit and vegetable show held every year in the month of May is a major draw here.
Named after Col. Law who constructed the Coonoor Ghat road, this waterfall is formed by the Coonoor river near its junction with the Mettupalayam ghat road. A small and beautiful waterfall attracts a large number of visitors, especially during post monsoons.
The water from the fall gushes downwards from a height of 180 ft above sea level and breaks into a number of intervals before merging into a pool. Because of the rocky landscape, the waterfalls and the surrounding areas are often visited by adventure enthusiasts.
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