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Travelogged #26 Places To Visit At Coonoor The Ultimate Retreat Of South

By Anubha Das

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 6 min read

Picturesque enchantments, splendid buildings, kitty cottages with astonishing views of nature Coonoor has many hidden gems within its lap to offer its visitors. Away from the hustle-bustle of the mad city life, Coonoor is an ultimate retreat and a serene destination to spent some quality time. Here the best places to visit in Coonoor. 


Places to Visit: Doddabetta, Sim's Park, Coonoor, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Catherine Falls, Dolphin Nose View Point, Tiger Hill


Things to do: St. Catherine’s falls is a popular attraction in Coonoor, for a magnificent view of the falls visit the top of Dolphin’s nose, yet another place to visit in Coonoor is the Droog Fort which was used by the Tipu Sultan, for Golf lovers, Wellington Golf Course will fulfill your sporting spirit



Places To Visit In Coonoor


1. Catherine Falls

Falling down from 250 feet, the staggering Catherine Falls is a twofold fell cascade situated at Aravenu. The River Kallar slips down the stones as Geddhehaada Halla stream, to frame the Catherine Falls. Otherwise called Geddhehaada Halla by local people, this cascade is named after Catherine Cocburn, the spouse of M.D. Cocburn, who had acquainted espresso estate with the zones of Kotagiri and Yercaud. Surrounded by an amazing view of the forests and Mettupalayam plains, Catherine Falls is definitely one of the most popular places to visit in Coonoor. 



2. Droog Fort

The Droog Fort is situated approximately 15kms from the foothills of the Nilgiris. There are many legends related to this fort which is believed by the locals over there. Reaching Droog Fort requires a good amount of trekking and physical exertion to reach the top of the mountain. This amazing place to visit in Coonoor is said to be built by Tipu Sultan and has underground tunnels to Mysore palace for the kings to escape in case of emergency or war. 


3. St. George’s Church

Built during the British rule in India, St. George's Church represents one of the Gothic Structures which makes it a famous tourist place to visit in Coonoor. This historical monument is fancied by all those people who are interested in the study of architectures and historical structures.  Located in a calm environment, this place has also become a picnic place where you can revive and create memories with your family and friends. P.S- Carry your camera to capture some amazing shots at this place. 


4. Law’s Falls

Named after the Col who constructed this beautiful ghat, the Law's Fall is a must visit place in Coonoor. Standing tall at 180 ft, this is a small yet very pretty waterfall which attracts a lot of tourists, especially during the monsoon season when the water is more soothing to watch being falling from the top. Visit this place in Coonoor with your family since the Law's Falls is loved by the children.


5. Dolphin’s Nose

Resembling like a Dolphin's Nose, this place is the fondest one in Coonoor. One cannot miss out visiting this place when visiting Coonoor. The Dolphin's Nose gives you are 180 degrees view of the mesmerizing scenery in front of you out of which the Catherine Falls is the most amazing thing to watch. Encompassed near the Tiger Hills this place is always crowded with people. Watch the clouds pass by so close that it makes every moment very memorable there.


Things To Do In Coonoor


1. Have A Stroll At Sim’s Park

Have a nice stroll at the Sim's park at a fine evening to see the flowering plants and trees. The freshwater fishes at the Sim's Park in the stream will be up on the surface of the water in large numbers to get any food from the visitors, which is worth looking for. The large sprawling expanse of green lawns, old trees, and flowers of all shades. Bang middle in the center of the city, a good place to visit in Coonoor. places-visit-coonoor-sims-park_image


2. Have A Ride Of The Heritage Train

The Heritage Train is the highlight of a visit to the mesmerizing hill station of South which is Coonoor. This train runs from Mettupalayam to Udagamandalam (Ooty), via Coonoor, in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu. 


3. Go To The Lady Canning’s Seat

Lady Canning's Seat is located about 9km far from Coonoor. It is one of the old chateaus. It is one of the vacationer places in Coonoor. It's named after the companion of the British Viceroy, Charlotte Canning. It gives an excellent view of the valleys and the mountains that are surrounding this place. People who love to be surrounded by nature will definitely adore this spot for its picturesque view. It is close to the Echo rock(Lamb's Rock), from that point you can reach effectively to this spot. It is one of the must-visit places in Coonoor. 


4. Highfield Tea Factory

Highfield Tea Factory is a spot that is soaked with the smell of crisp tea that is being prepared. 2km upper east of upper Coonoor is this Nilgiris of the western ghat. Coonoor is located approximately 19 km far from its sister ridge Ooty. This uneven Indian wide open was set up to use the tea estates around Nilgiri Hills that delivers a dazzling tea. With time, the bequest advanced to remain as a site advancing instruction and the travel industry.


5. Shopping At Coonoor

This one is definitely a shopper's paradise as they have everything which is trending this season. It's a long lane with the trendiest of footwear, clothing, and bags which will leave you in doubt as to what seems the best. You'll totally end up shopping for more than you thought of as almost everything will seem to fit in your budget.



How To Reach Coonoor?

By Road: It is the easiest mode of transport when planning for a trip to Coonoor. You can find frequent buses running from nearby cities and also you can book a private taxi so that you can enjoy the hilly terrain which travelling. 


By Rail: Due to the height at which Coonoor is located at the place does not have any railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is 45 km away which is Mettupalayam.


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Q: When would be the best time to visit Coonoor?

A:  Even though it is a known fact that you can travel to Coonoor all year long but the best time to visit Ooty is between the months of April to June and September to November. 

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