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Destination Details Connoor

 

Destinations » TAMILNADU » Connoor

Connoor Coonoor is the second most popular hill station in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu after Ooty. Situated on a lower ridge of the main plateau at an altitude of about1800 meters above the sea level, it is 19 kms from Ooty. However its climate is milder than Ooty. Coonoor offers the tourists exotic panoramic view of the lush green Nilgiri hills, with its ravines, valleys, and waterfalls. Bird lovers can enjoy bird watching, as the place is full of beautiful and rare birds including black woodpecker, parakeets, barbets, mynas, cuckoos, Malabar trogon, Malabar gray hornbill, crested hawk eagle, and crested serpent eagle. There are plenty of tourist attractions in Coonoor. The Sim's Park is an important place to visit in Coonoor. It is a 12-hectare park; the best thing Coonoor has on offer. The Park has more than 1,000 plant species, which include magnolia, pines, tree ferns, and camellia. Tourists can take a walk through the exotic tea gardens. One of most enjoyable thing on offer in Coonoor is to board Blue Hill Train Coonoor. Popular as Fairy-tale train it's a scenic ride. Coonoor abound in treks provide you perfect conditions for trekking, full of thrill, excitement and adventure and so region can truly be named as 'trekker's paradise'. Trekking can be a way of seeing and enjoying nature beautifully. You can also enjoy the exhilarating and unique ride on the toy train that connects Coonoor with Mettupalayam and Ooty. The trip provides some breathtaking views of the Nilgiri hills in all its natural glory.
   
 

How to reach

 
  By Air

By Air

  The nearest airport is Coimbatore,109 kms. away from Ooty.  
  By Rail

By Rail

 
  The mountain railway- this railway which starts from Metrtupalayam at the foot of the hills takes its course through a rugged and densely and woodded mountain terrain. Runnymedu railway station 6 kms. off coonoor in the Mettupalayam side is a nice picnic spot from where one can trek down to waterfalls, tea gardens and sholas nearby.  
  By Road

By Road

 
  coonoor is connected by road with neighbouring cities of Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka.  
     
 

Places to Visit

 
  The Pasteur Institute  
  The 96 years old, Pasteur Institute known for its path-breaking research work on rabies and polio, is situated just opposite Sim's Park. One has the permission to visit the institute only on Saturdays. However, on other days, one can visit the institute with the prior permission of the Director of the Institute.  
     
  Droog Fort  
  Droog fort is located about 15 km from Coonoor, once used by Tipu Sultan as an outpost. Also called Bakasura Malai, since it is linked to the local demon, Bakasura. But today only one wall of the fort has survived. However, the fort offers you an awesome view as it is situated about 6000 ft above the plains.  
     
  Lamb's Rock  
  Lamb's rock is situated about 8 km from Coonoor. It provides you an awesome view of Coimbatore plains.  
     
  Dolphin's Nose  
  It is a huge rock resembling with a dolphin's nose is about 10 km from Coonoor. On a clear day, you can glimpse Catherine Falls from atop the Dolphin nose. The famous Law's Fall is another popular picnic spot, situated at a distance of 7 km from Coonoor.  
     
  Pomological Station  
  It is an institute working as a research center of the State Agricultural Department for persimmon, pomegranates and apricots.  
     
     
 
 
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