- Tamil Nadu
tranquil hill resort of Coonoor, standing at the head of the
Hulikal ravine , 27 km north of Mettupalayam and 19 kms south
of Ooty, at an altitude of 1,858 metres, on the south eastern
side of the Dodabetta mountains is the second largest hill
station in the Nilgiri hills. This picturesque retreat is
covered by grassy meadows, tea bushes, a profusion of sunflowers,
marigolds and rhododendrons, all growing wild. Coonoor is
essentially a small tea garden town where the weather remains
pleasantly cool throughout the year.
What to See
Sim's Park is a carefully planned
and artistically laid park cum botanical garden on the slopes
of a ravine with hundreds of rose varieties.A Fruit and Vegetable
show is held here in May every year.Take a breathtaking view
of the Coimbatore planes from Lamb's
Rock ( 5.5 km ), a sheer precipice which drops down
several hundred metres into the heart of dense jungle.
Dolphin's Nose ( 12 Km ) has
spectacular views onto St. Catherine's Falls on one side and
Coonoor and Kotagiri streams, tributaries of the Bhavani,
on the other.A Tea and Tourism Festival
is held in Coonoor every winter.To visit a Tea or Coffee plantation,
contact UPASI (United Planters' Association of Southern India),
Manu Temple: Just near the Hadimba
temple flows the Manalsu River, that culminates in the main
Beas river. Across the Manalsu river is the original village
of Manali, that houses the ancient temple of the sage Manu.
Manali itself is named after Manu, who is said to have dwelt
How to Get There
By Air: The Nearest airport is
Coimbatore, which has daily flights to and from Madras, Bangalore,
Cochin and Trivandrum.
By Rail: From Coimbatore, 3 hrs.
Mountain train to Coonoor.
By Road: Regular bus services