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History of Coonoor
Coonoor, a small hill station of Tamil Nadu, is situated at a distance of 17 kilometres from Ooty. Located in the Nilgiri ranges, the hill station stands at an elevation of 1,800 metres above sea level. Well connected with major cities of southern India, Coonoor provides opportunity for sightseeing, recreation and excursions in plenty.
People and Culture of Coonoor
The ancient home of the Toda Tribe, Coonoor was discovered by the British in the 19th century. The destination is frequented by tourists and travellers travelling to the Nilgiri ranges in search of solitude and adventure.
Things To Do in Coonoor
The major attraction of Coonoor is Sim's Park, a well maintained botanical garden. The garden, located in the northern side of the railway station, is divided in 8 major sections. Each of these sections features contrasting varieties of flowers, blooming throughout the year.Along with rich flora, varieties of wild flowers and birdlife, the destination provides ample opportunities to engage in trekking and hiking. To get a respite from Indian summers, the township gets over-spilled with holiday makers. Some other well known tourist spots in the township in the serene Nilgiri ranges are Lamb's Rock, Laws falls and The Dolphin Nose Viewpoint. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (Toy Train) is one of the oldest mountain railways in India. The train ride in the midst of the Nilgiris, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a major tourist attraction in the region.There are tea gardens with sparkling vegetation in the terraced farms of the Nilgiri ranges.
Along with tourist sites, the destination houses variety of birds such as thrushes, babblers, larks, cuckoos, robins, vultures, eagles and songbirds. Adventure enthusiasts can engage in trekking, golfing and exploring wildlife in the forest reserves.Most of the habitation is spread around tea plantations, which is a main source of living in the township. Along with this, there is a research station for pomegranates and apricots in the region, known as Pomological Station.Coonoor can be visited any time throughout the year. Known as the tea garden town, the meadows, tea bushes and rhododendrons, keep the destination cool and pleasant round the year. Best time to visit Coonoor is between January and May with temperature ranging from 10 C to 25 C, which is ideal for sightseeing. Coonoor Horticulture Society holds a Fruit Show at Sim's park from December to February. Coonoor and places around Coonoor are the favourite spots for filmmakers.
Food and Shopping in Coonoor
Coonoor has much to offer when it comes to food; the city offers all types of cuisines for the tourist. There are many restaurants and small eateries that offer good food.Coonoor is known for its tea plantations, tourists can pick up different flavours of tea here. Coonoor handlooms and household items can also be included in the shopping bag.
Accommodation in Coonoor
Coimbatore serves as the closest airport, at a distance of 110 km to reach Coonoor, from where tourists can hire a cab to Coonoor, which is about 2 hours of journey.Mettupalayam is the nearest railway station at a distance of 46 km from Coonoor. Tourists can also opt to enjoy the scenic journey of 3.5 hours in the Toy Train that ply between Ooty and Mettupalayam passing through Coonoor. There are regular bus services to Coonoor from Coimbatore, Ooty and other major cities of Tamil Nadu. Number of private tourist buses also run to Coonoor from Ooty, Coimbatore and Mettupalayam. There are direct bus services from Bangalore and Mysore to Ooty from where tourists can hire a cab or board bus to Coonoor.
Accommodation Options in Coonoor: Accommodation options in Coonoor are plenty that range from star hotels and luxurious resorts to modern trendy and ethnic cottages. Hotels in Coonoor are available in all ranges to suit any kind of budget.