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Coonoor - Weekend Getaways from Bangalore

 
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Weekend Getaways from Bangalore - Coonoor
| Places to see | Places Nearby | Places to Stay | Fact File |
Coonoor Quick Facts
  • Hill getaway, 314 km from Bangalore
  • A 3-day holiday destination
  • Best from April - June & Sept - Oct
  • Nearest City – Coimbatore, 70 km away

Not too far from the hustle and bustle of Ooty or Udhagamandalam, Coonoor is a lovely weekend getaway that promises a wonderful holiday experience.  Blessed with a milder climate than Ooty, Coonoor is located on a lower ridge of the main plateau at an altitude of 1839 meters. A popular hill getaway in Tamil Nadu, Coonoor is known for its exceptional tea as the climate here is very conducive for cultivating tea. In fact, a stroll down the tea gardens is one of the highlights of a tour to Coonoor.

Besides being a scenic delight, Coonoor has a few magnificent buildings and cottages sprinkled around. Like most hill stations in India, Coonoor has traces of the Raj era, which can be found in many of its honeysuckle-fronted cottages like ‘The Gables’ and ‘Gorse View’.  There are other imprints of the British Raj as well and one being the headstones of the graveyards where many a Colonel Hughes and Miss Jones rest in peace.

There are many picnic spots in Coonoor, which make it a complete family getaway. In fact such is the beauty of Coonoor that it has been used as the backdrop for several movies made by Indian and foreign filmmakers. An American film A Passage to India by David Lean was shot here. The movie was based on a novel by E. M. Foster.


Places to see in Coonoor
Catherine Falls

There are a number of places to see in Coonoor. Catherine Falls, also known as St. Catherine's Falls is a popular attraction in Coonoor. This cascading beauty falls from an impressive height of 250 feet and can be clearly seen from the top of Dolphin's Nose. One can also take a road to the top of the falls. This vantage point offers lovely views. Dolphin's Nose, an enormous rock formation looks exactly like what it is named after, a dolphin's nose. The climb up the rock is worth it, as the views are absolutely spectacular. There are gigantic ravines both to the left and right of Dolphin's Nose. In one, you can clearly see the awe inspiring Catherine Falls with its continuing stream several thousand meters below; in the other, you can spot where the Coonoor stream meets the Kotagiri stream.

A trek up to the Droog Fort (once a military outpost) is another exciting thing that you can do in Coonoor. This old and worn out fort offers panoramic views. Today, only a wall remains of this military outpost. The fort was used by Tipu Sultan as a military outpost. St. George's Church is an excellent example of a typical Cantonment Church. It was built in 1826 and was designed by Colonel J.T.Boileau. It is made of yellow ochre stucco with white dressings.

Wellington Golf Course in the cantonment of Wellington is another important landmark in Coonoor. The cantonment is home to the prestigious Defence Services Staff College. The Golf Course here is hugely popular with film makers who frequently come here to shoot their song sequences. Just beyond the golf course lies the Hidden Valley, a great trek route.


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Shopping in Coonoor
You can shop for a number of interesting items in Coonoor. There are exquisite household linen, handkerchiefs, Irish and Belgian table sets, and shadow-worked bed sheets. Fruit nectars and jams are other items that are must buys in Coonoor.

Ketty (15 km), en-route from Ooty to Coonoor is a small village known for its beautiful landscape. The St. Michael Convent (some shots of the movie Saajan were shot here) is a popular draw here.  The convent creates a pretty picture with its green roof. This building is set in the local cabbage fields with a large statue of a silver angel adding to its beauty.

Kotagiri

Kotagiri, 19 km away is a typical tea territory and the oldest hill station of the Nilgiris. The Rangaswami Rock and Pillar is worth checking out.


Places to Stay at Coonoor

Since Coonoor is a well known tourist destination, there are a good number of hotels in Coonoor, which offer fine accommodation facilities. Hotels in Coonoor include luxury hotels, mid price hotels and budget hotels. Check Hotels in Coonoor or Coonoor Hotel Reviews

 
How to reach Coonoor

By Air: The nearest airport from Coonoor is at Coimbatore, 70 km away. Coimbatore is well connected by air to Chennai and Bangalore. Bangalore is 310 km away from Coonoor and is the nearest international airport.
 
By Train: The Nilgiri Mountain Railway service between Ooty and Mettupalayam is available with stop at Coonoor. Major broad gauge railway station nearby is Coimbatore Junction.

By Bus: Coonoor is well connected by bus services. Regular state owned bus services are available from Coimbatore, Ooty and other cities in Tamil Nadu to Coonoor. Ooty is only 17 km from Coonoor.

Best Time to Go - April to June and September to October

About Coonoor: Coonoor Information and Fact File
Altitude 1839 meters
Temp
Summer 27 (Max) & 12 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 22 (Max) & 7 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go April to June and September to October
Monsoon July to September
Summer March to May
Winter December - February
Clothes Heavy woolens in winter; cotton & light woolens in summer
Nearest Airport Coimbatore, 70 km
Nearest Railway Station Mettupalayam (broad-gauge),  34 km
Bus Station Coonoor
Hospital & Doctor

Govt. Lawely Hospital
Mount Road, Coonoor,
Contact No: 0423-2231050, 2230500

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