Coonoor and Kotagiri – Serene Hill Stations

About Coonoor:

The town of Coonoor lies nestled in the Nilgiris at an altitude of over 1850 metres. Coonoor is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. Famous for its tea gardens, Coonoor has spectacular scenic picnic spots including the famous Sims Park, the Lady Cannings Seat and the Dolphin’s Nose. The Nilgiri Hills are famous for their sublime hill stations. It is 19 km from Ooty (also, Udhagamandalam or Ootacamund), another famous hill station of the Nilgiris. Coonoor is famous for its verdant environs and for a variety of wildflowers and birds. Coonoor provides a perfect setting for activities like trekking and hiking. It is also famous for its tea plantations and festivals. During summer, this hill town is over-spilled with holidaymakers. Coonoor comes under the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Ooty circuit. Coonoor offers panoramic views of the lush green Nilgiri hills, with its ravines, valleys, and waterfalls. 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.

Places to visit:

Sim’s Park: The Park is partly developed in the Japanese Style with the collection of wide range of plant species. The famous among them are the pines, tree ferns, camellia, etc.

Dolphin’s Nose: It is a huge rock resembling with a dolphin’s nose is about 10 km from Coonoor.

Lamb’s Rock: Lamb’s Rock It is 8 Kms from Coonoor on the way to Dolphin’s Nose. It commands a grand view of the Coimbatore Plains. It is a favourite place for tourists.

Pomological Station: The Pomological station is a research center of the State Agricultural Department for persimmon, pomegranates and apricot. Apples, Plums, Peaches, Persinments, Lemons, Apricots and Pomogranates are grown here for the purpose of research.

Lady Canning’s seat: The place got its name from the fact that Lady Canning, the wife of Viceroy Canning, was fond of this spot which commands a panoramic view of the numerous tea estates, Lamb’s Rock, the Droog, and the Lampton’s Peak. This point has been hailed as the loveliest point in the heart of the woods.

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.

Catherine Falls: This beautiful waterfall falls from an impressive 250 feet. It can clearly been seen from the top of Dolphin’s Nose if seeing the entire waterfall as one total impression is what you are looking for. It is also possible to take a road to the top of the falls.

About Kotagiri:

The name Kotagiri literally means ‘the home of the Kota’ and refers to the Kota tribe who lived here in the past.  This hill station was the preferred location for the British who looked to escape the heat and the humidity of the plains. In fact, Kotagiri was the summer home of the British in Southern India. Kotagiri is located 16-km away from Ooty and it is the oldest hill station of the Nilgiris. Kotagiri has one of the best climates in the world. It is more temperate than Ooty, attributed to its altitude of 1984 metres above sea level. There is a temple dedicated to Kamataraya deity and the annual festival which falls on Arudra Darshan day is of great importance to all the Kotas. The large number of British style cottages surrounding this area bear testimony to this. John Sullivan’s bungalow in Kannerimukku, 20 mins drive away, is open for public viewing. Kotagiri’s tea is very famous and available in different flavors- chocolate, cardamom, ginger and lemon. Kotagiri is connected to the nearby places by road and there are regular bus services from Mettupalayam railway station, Ooty, Coonoor, Wellington and Kila Kotagiri.

Places to visit:

Catherine Falls:The Falls are at a distance of 7 km from Kotagiri and consist of an upper and a lower fall. The upper fall, which is the second highest in the Nilgiris, takes a leap of about 250 feet. From above the falls, one can see the magnificent view of Dolphin’s Nose and the surroundings.

Rangaswamy Pillar: Rangaswamy pillar is situated at a distance of near about 4 kms from Kotagiri hill station. Thousands of people do worship of a sacred pillar here. Rangaswamy pillar is an extraordinary rocky pillar rising in the solitary grandeur to a height of near about 400 feet.

Kodanad View Point: Kodanad is a little village about 18 kms. From the east of Kotagiri on   the   eastern edges  of  Nilgiris. Tamilnadu  and   Karnataka   State  border   and   the  actual  point  where  the eastern  and  western  ghats  meet  can  be  distinctly   seen. This place is to be visited in bright sun light. A telescope has been installed to see the places, around and apart.

Longwood shola: This  shola  is an integral  part  of  the  very  fragile  Nilgiri   eco-system  with  an  area  of  116  hectares.  The preservation of this shola forest is very vital.   It    plays   a vital role in   Kotagiri’s microclimate,   attracting   and regulating rainfall.  There  is  a  very  picturesque   trekking  path,  which  goes  through  this serene  shola.

Elk Falls: This place is very well known for the amazing waterfalls and the beautiful European house built during the days of the British colonial rule.

In the age of internet, booking of ticket is easy and hassle free. Online travel agencies are always updated with the price and availability list of different fleet. Bus booking, Air ticket booking is very convenient online. Online bus booking is less time consuming and a great energy saving process.

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