Coonoor, The Gateway of Ooty

Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris and one of the highlights of tourism in Tamilnadu. It is also famous as the gateway to Ooty, the most famous hill station in South India.Coonoor is located in the western part of Tamilnadu at an altitude of 1850 meters above sea level. The toy train between Coonoor and Ooty is a famous tourist attraction and has been included among the world heritage sites by the UNESCO. The tea gardens and the picturesque landscape make the toy train ride one of the most enjoyable ones in India.

Best Season of Coonoor

Coonoor climate is very nice through out the year. Summers (March to May) have mercury levels in 15°C to 25°C. This is the most pleasant season in Coonoor. Monsoons (June to September) offer mild to medium rainfalls and make the climate humid. Coonoor is inviting in the rainy days. Winters (December to February) are not chilly here with temperature band in 10°C to 20°C. It is best for people liking cooler climates.

Best Season to visit Coonoor is all through the year. March to May is best to see grandeur picturesque views and is ideal for all kinds of tourist activities. June to September is the period when the best lush green sceneries are visible. It is ideal for short trips. October to February is perfect for indoor and outdoor activities. To have complete relaxation of the mind and body, this season is ideal. This is best for honeymoon vacations

How to Reach Coonoor

Coonoor by Air

The nearest airport from Coonoor is Coimbatore Peelamdeu Airport. Coimbatore is connected by air to airports in South India, especially to Chennai and Bangalore. Bangalore airport is the nearest international airport which is well connected to many gulf countries and other foreign cities..

Airports near CoonoorTypeAerial Distance
Peelamedu Airport, Coimbatore (CJB)Domestic45 km
Kozhikode Airport (CCJ)Domestic96 km
Bengaluru International Airport (BLR)International229 km
Chennai International Airport (MAA)International419 km

Coonoor By Train

Railway stations near CoonoorAerial Distance
Coimbatore Junction (CBE)43 km

Major Attraction

Sim’s Park

The Sim’s Park is an important place to visit in Coonoor. Spread in an area of 12 ha, the park has a collection of over 1,000 plant species, including magnolia, pines, tree ferns, and camellia. The botanical garden is partly developed in the Japanese style and derived its name from J. D. Sim, the secretary of the Madras Club in 1874. The key attraction of the park is the annual fruit and vegetable show held in May.

Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint

The Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint is 10 km from Coonoor . It not only provides a panoramic view of the vast expanse of the Nilgiri Hills but also of Catherine Falls.

Lamb’s Rock

Lamb’s Rock On the way to Dolphin’s Nose, about 5½ km from Coonoor, lies Lamb’s Rock, another vantage point to view the fantastic landscape and the tea and coffee plantations.

Droog Fort

At a distance of 13 km from Coonoor, the Droog takes one into the past, with the ruins of a fort, which was once used by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century.

Law’s Falls

The majestic falls are 5 km from Coonoor, on the way to Mettupalayam.


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