Hidden Gems: 5 Lesser Known Places In Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Explore the unexplored gems in the Jewels of the Nilgiris as you sip on your share of the soul-enriching Nilgiri Tea
Landscape of Coonoor
Landscape of CoonoorShutterstock

Nestled in the charming Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, Coonoor is a delightful hill station that lures visitors with its vast tea gardens, cascading waterfalls, and vintage bungalows. It is situated approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Ooty, which is another well-known hill station in the area. Coonoor is famous for its serene and picturesque surroundings, making it a preferred choice for travellers searching for a tranquil retreat. This spot is also referred to as the "Jewels of the Nilgiris."

While Coonoor has well-known tourist attractions that are worth visiting, we have a list of hidden gems for travellers seeking a break from routine exploration and lifestyle.


St Catherine’s Falls from Kotagiri
St Catherine’s Falls from KotagiriShutterstock

Kotagiri in Coonoor is marked by tea valleys, mist and mound, and excellent air quality. The place makes for a great spot for sightseeing as well as trekking expeditions leading into the Nilgiris. A lovely feature of the place is its many bungalows and mansions that are a unique blend of the European and tribal architectural style. The nearby cascade, St Catherine’s Falls, only complements and increases the beauty of the place. Travellers can find many homestays and resorts to relax in the folds of nature. People can check out the Chandragiri Homestays and Hanging Huts Resort for lodgings and food.

How to reach

Air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Kotagiri.

Rail: The nearest railway station is Mettupalayam around 35 km from Kotagiri

Road: There are regular bus services from Bangalore, Mysore, Chennai, Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Erode, Tiruppur, Mettupalayam, Ooty and Coonoor

Lamb’s Rock

Lamb's Rock
Lamb's RockWikimedia Commons

Located only 7 km from Coonoor on the path to Dolphin's Nose, Lamb's Rock is a prime viewing spot offering a picturesque view of the mountains and vast grasslands in the background. From the top, you can also catch a glimpse of the Coonoor River and the Coimbatore cityscape, surrounded by lush forests. Take an evening stroll to witness the stunning transformation of the sky from warm shades of orange to fiery red. Remember to visit the nearby Lady Canning's Park, another scenic location that you won't want to miss.

Entry Fees: It costs INR 10 to enter Lamb's Rock.

Timings: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

How to reach

Air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Lamb’s Rock.

Rail: Coonoor Railway Station is nearest at 46 km away from Mettupalayam Railway Station and 75 km from Coimbatore Railway Station.

Road: Tamil Nadu operates various buses from Ooty to Coonoor and back.

Dolphin’s Nose

Dolphin’s Nose
Dolphin’s NoseShutterstock

Dolphin's Nose, aptly named for its resemblance to a dolphin's nose, is a prominent location in Coonoor. Situated at an altitude of approximately 5000-ft, it provides a breathtaking 190-degree view of the Kotagiri streams, making for a delightful and dreamy experience. Visitors can enjoy a picnic at this scenic spot and indulge in the world-renowned Nilgiri Tea. The lush pine forests and dense landscape of the area is a popular destination for honeymooning couples.

Entry Fees: It costs INR 15 to enter the Dolphin's Nose.

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

How to reach

Air: It can be reached from both Madurai Airport and Coimbatore International Airport.

Rail: Coonoor Railway Station is the nearest to the place.

Road: As you drive from Coonoor to Kotagiri, you will come across a road on your right that leads to Dolphin's Nose, which is 11 km away.

Kodanad View Point

Kodanad Wikimedia Commons

As you make your way up to Kodanad View Point, you'll be surrounded by lush tea plantations and towering timber trees. Along the road, you'll come across Kodanad Bungalow estate, nestled amidst the stunning scenery of tea crops. From the View Point, you'll be treated to a breathtaking view of Kodanad town enveloped in a thick blanket of fog and majestic mountains that are a sight to behold. Additionally, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the Bhavanisagar Reservoir and the plains below, as well as the Nilgiri mountains and Moyar river.

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

How to reach

Air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport.

Rail: The nearest railway stations are Angamaly and Aluva.

Road: You can take the Kotagiri-Kodanad Road to reach Kodanad View Point.

Highfield Tea Factory

Highfield Tea Factory
Highfield Tea FactoryWikimedia Commons

The Highfield Tea Factory is a 50-year-old estate that offers a unique experience for discovering and immersing oneself in a variety of tea flavours. Guests can observe the intricate stages involved in crafting the nation's favourite beverage, making the experience unforgettable. Sipping freshly prepared tea amidst the captivating landscape adds to the charm of the place. The establishment also has an on-site tearoom where guests can purchase its distinctive flavoured tea. Besides beverages, visitors can indulge in delicious chocolates and relish the fragrance of essential oils produced on-site.

Entry Fees: It costs INR 10 to enter the premises.

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

How to reach

Air: Coimbatore International Airport is just 100 km away.

Rail: The Coonoor Railway Station is the closest station to Coonoor. You can take the Nilgiri Toy Train from Coonoor to Mettupalayam, which also connects to neighbouring towns.

Road: You can take the Coonoor-Kattabettu-Kotagiri Road to reach Highfield Tea Factory.

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