Coonoor is a hill station in the Nilgiris district of Tamilnadu, second in size to the district's headquarters, Ooty.
It stands on a lower ridge of the main plateau and is surrounded by many scenic picnic spots.
Coonoor is a town and municipality in the Nilgiris district, in the state of Tamilnadu, India. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor is located at an altitude of 1850m above sea level and is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills. It is an ideal base for a number of trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. Coonoor's economy relies on seasonal tourist traffic during the summer months and on the tea industry all year round.
Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint
Coonoor is strategically located and only a stone's throw away from several places of interest. Commune with nature, visit natural wonders, enjoy a picnic on a crisp, sunny day or trek through the dense forest.
The weather in Coonoor is always pleasant and enjoyable. Coonoor experiences three distinct seasons - summer, winter and monsoon. The summer season is from March until May/June. The temperature during this period touches a high of 37 °C and a low of 22 °C. It is the most pleasant among all the other seasons and an ideal time to watch the picturesque grandeur of the place. The coming of July marks the arrival of monsoon. Coonoor receives mild to medium rainfalls, which make the climate humid. During this time, this picturesque hill station is replete with lush green sceneries. The monsoon gives way to the winters. December, January and February are the coldest months of the year. The temperature at this time lies somewhere between 10 °C to 20 °C.
Catherine Falls is in two parts and features a stream of water falling from an altitude of around 80m. This beautiful waterfall is named after Catherine Cockburn.
This gigantic rock is shaped exactly like a dolphin’s nose, hence the name. It is an uphill climb, but once there, your reward will be the spectacular views of the ravines and valleys around.
Named after the Kota tribe, Kotagiri is surrounded by manicured tea estates, undulating glades and the impenetrable, lush green Shola forest.
Named after Col. Law, the architect of the ghat area in the Nilgiris, the falls are not very big, but they are in one of the prettiest locations, with picture postcard views all around.
Ooty lies about 18 km from Coonoor and is the capital of the Nilgiris. It is easy to plan a day’s outing from Coonoor to this picturesque hill station.
Well worth a visit, the park provides an ideal backdrop for photography enthusiasts, with its ornamental flower beds, a wide variety of flowering shrubs and its manicured lawns.
Take the famous toy train from Coonoor to Mettupalayam or vice versa. There’s no better way of seeing the surrounding landscape. The toy train has been operating since 1891.
This 60m high waterfall is a cascading sheath of glass gushing forth in all it’s glory.