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Coonoor

, Tamil Nadu

  (part of Ooty region)

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State: Tamil Nadu
District: Nilgiri
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Tamil, English
Best Season: Oct - May
Weather: Summer 22 to 37°C, Winter 19 to 32°C
Altitude: 1502 m
Pincode: 64310x
STD code: 0423
Coonoor is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. It is one of the most famous hill stations of the Nilgiri hills. It is a popular tourist stop because of its impressive views of the lush green Nilgiri hills. It is also known for its tea plantations as the environment there is very conducive to growing exceptionally aromatic tea. In fact, touring the plantations and taking walks through the tea gardens is one of the major draws of the area.

The impressive views of wildflowers are another favorite thing experience in Coonoor, as is bird watching. It is common to be able to see such birds as cormorants, pipits, skylarks, Nilgiri verditer, thrushes, and parakeets. The species in the area are not limited to only these, though.

The area surrounding Coonoor offers the perfect landscape for such activities as trekking and hiking. The area offers impressive views that are best experienced while truly out in nature.

It is possible to experience the area around Coonoor while taking a ride on the local toy train. This train connects Coonoor with other hill stations that are located in the Nilgiri Hills. This train ride provides some breathtaking views of the Nilgiri hills.

The area around Coonoor has been used as the backdrop for several movies made by Indian and foreign filmmakers. Most notable was when it was used as the backdrop for the 1984 American film, ‘A Passage to India’ by David Lean. This movie was based on a novel by E. M. Foster. Coonoor is very close to Ooty and one can reach here by booking Ooty tour.
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India Travel and Tourism - Tea Plantation Tours in India

  by Afia Ahmad  on Feb 11, 2014
If you are looking for a tour of the popular tea destinations in India, then read this article which provides detailed info on the famous destinations and best time to take up tea plantation tours in India

Along the Hills of Coonoor

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Dec 07, 2011
The hills of Coonoor with their sprawling tea estates and natural beauty provide a perfect weekend getaway to help you unwind and de-stress. The little hill station is also the right place to stay if you want to explore the mysteries of the Nilgiris.

Hill Towns: Glory of the hills post monsoon

  by Shwetha  on Aug 20, 2010
With monsoons gone by the breezy cold days headed our way, this is the best time to head to hills and enjoy the green canopy and crisp mountain air left behind by the monsoon showers...

History


The ancient homes of the Toda Tribe, Connoor is a popular hill station that was discovered only in the 19th century by the British. It was them who gave it the prominence of being a hill station after declaring the own as their summer resort.

A British national discovered the hills in the year 1819, and built his bungalow here. The construction of the Nilgiri Railway track was started in August 1981, and was completed within three years. Official inauguration of the train was done in 1897.

Travel within city


Coonoor is a hill station located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and it is very close to Ooty. While travelling around the city of Coonoor, you can opt for a variety of travel options including auto rickshaws and buses. Traveling on foot is also another option.

On Foot



Walking around the region can also be a really good option as the place is essentially very small. You can see all the major tourist spots by walking through the streets of Coonoor and you can experience the cool mountain breeze as well. Moving in and around Coonoor on foot also helps you indulge in the weather and the greenery, something you will not be able to experience otherwise.

Auto Rickshaw



Auto rickshaws in Coonoor are not metered and fares may vary depending on the driver. You should make sure that you talk to the locals before boarding an auto rickshaw and get a general idea on what the rates are like. The auto fares in Coonoor vary depending on the distance traveled. Auto rickshaws are a safe mode of travel and there are no specific night fares.

Bus



Buses in Coonoor are very crowded as this is the preferred mode of travel among the locals. Buses in Coonoor normally charge around Rs 3 to 6, and this is the cheapest option available for local transport. You can opt for buses in case you know your way around the place.

Food


There are limited options of eating out in Coorg as most of the hotels and homestay have in-house restaurants that serve excellent culinary options. However, if your palate is hungry for more, you should go to the Shanti Family Restaurant opposite the Golden temple in Bylekuppe for authentic Tibetan dishes like momos and thupkas along with North Indian fare. To savor the local specialties, go to Hotel Capitol on Street School Road that serves tasty pork curry and other local delicacies. For an array of yummy Dosas, special chutneys and everything South India, head to East End Restaurant at GT Circle. The Atithi Restaurant in Madikeri is the best place for vegetarian delights and do not miss their famous Vegetarian thali.

Hotels


You can find 11 hotels in Coonoor under following categories:
Comments (8) Reviews (2)
gandhipuram
Posted by Name 7 months ago
hi.........
very nice blog every blog learn some thing new.
Posted by delhi car wash 8 months ago
coonoor is my favorite tourist place for that i book my Bus Ticket through online. The attraction of the sim's park is the annual fruit and vegetable show held in May.
Posted by nithi 10 months ago
we r planning trip to ooty in month of march .. is this the better month to visit ooty , and even we are planning for visit some falls around it ... in the end of march water will be present in the falls ...
Posted by sonali 11 months ago
Myself always visit coonoor most every 3-4 months gaps. Travelling from Palakkad to Ooty /Coonoor very difficult, Only that is My Regrets. I suggst all who
can find one or 2days to spent in coonor hill view location you will enjoyed.
But when you return back to home you will be cursed yourself because of
difficult of journey to get and capture a Bus. Yes I Love Coonur / Ooty very much.
Posted by thomas 1 year, 5 months ago
when ll government take action its awaraness of construction done in soil erosion land ?
Posted by krishanan 2 year, 10 months ago
awareness of government on soil erosion land
he direct damages from bank erosion include:

The loss of productive farmland.
The undermining of structures such as bridges.
The washing out of lanes, roads and fence rows.
loss of life and damages
Posted by raja456321 2 year, 10 months ago
Dear Sir / Madam,
As we all are aware, the Nilgiris is a soil erosion land. In 2009 also people were affected very badly due to the landslides in the area. Like wise, the entire of Niligirs is unfit for any further construction of any nature.

Due to developmental activities large areas of forests have been cleared in and around the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. More human habitation has resulted in largescale road ...more
Posted by informerarun 2 year, 10 months ago
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