With the plains roasting in the summer heat, what could be better than escaping to an altitude of nearly 2,000 m above sea level? That’s where Coonoor is, making a perfect for a short break from Bengalore or Chennai season. Located in Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, Coonnor, is less touristy than nearby Ooty, beckons with its cool climes, green vistas, tea estates and opportunities for trekking. There’s much to see and do here. To begin with, head to Hidden Valley, lush and green, se against dramatic mountainscapes. Much of it can be explored only on foot, so it’s a splendid trekking zone. If the route is challenging, the rewards are the spectacular views at every scene.
Go also to Droog Fort which served as Tipu Sultan’s outpost in 18th century –reached after a three-km trek through tea gardens. Only some parts of this fort remain now, but you can recall history and delve into the past in this picturesque setting. The watch tower of the fort provides a vantage spot from which to take in great views.
Other things to do in Coonoor include an outing to Catherine Falls, an impressive double cascade in Kotagiri. Lamb’s Rock is a lookout point providing sweeping views of the Coimbatore plains. A trip to Sim’s Park, a fetching botanical garden set amidst shola forests, provides for hours of pleasant walking.
You can also walk past High field Tea Estate and get some insights into the process of tea-making at Guernsey Tea Factory. Coonoor is also home to a rich Toda tribal culture and you can buy tribal crafts and artefacts at the charming Green Shop here. You van also hire a bi-cycle here and start roaming in evening time. If you have time tou can also sit at the top of the hill to see sunset. You can talk to the tribal people and watch them making handcrafts and doing domestic chorn. Hope My article is helpful to you.
Getting There: Coonoor is about 280 km from Bengalore six-hour drive via Mysore. Coonoor is just 20 km from Ooty.
Stay: Do it in style and stay at the luxurious Kurumba Village Resort which has a superb setting and great service.
Shopping: Local produce is a nice thing to take back from Coonoor. Check out the stores that sell wild honey and handmade chocolates and take them back home for friends and family.