Coonoor is an important tourist destination in Nilgiris Tamil Nadu India. Some important places in coonoor are Lady Canning’s seat, Mukkurthi National Park, Sim’s Park, Dolphin Nose, Kodanadu View Point etc.
It is situated 13 Km from Coonoor by the name of ‘Thurug’ hill. It is called as Pagasurau Hill. A fort built by Tipu Sultan is situated in this hill.
It is situated 17 km from Coonoor. It is the ruins of an old fortress built in 16th century. It is also called Pakkasauran Kottai. One has to go up to Non-such estate and trek down for about 4 km and in that spot a dilapidated fort is seen. Tippu Sultan once used this fort as an outpost.
Lady Canning’s Seat
Lady Canning’s seat is a couple of kilometers further on the road from Lamb’s Rock. While her husband, Viceroy Lord Canning was busy mending the aftermath of the 1857 uprising against the British, Lady Canning used to spend her time in the cool niches of Coonoor riding, sketching, painting and botanizing and the enchanting crest of the commanding hills here was her seat. Shouldered by the rising hillsides, the gorgeous looking haunts below were used to be called “Butterfly country” by the tribes of bygone days.
This is located 7 km from Coonoor. Laws falls is a paradise for naturalists. The waterfall is very wild and rocky.
This is located on Kundha road about 10 km from Coonoor bus stand. 1 km from the Kattery village. It is 60 m high, the third largest falls in the Nilgiris.
This view point is situated within a reserve forest about 8 km from Coonoor bus stand. It is a view point from where striking panorama for ravines of Buliar and Kallar can be visited.
Mukkurthi National Park
Located on the high altitudes of the Nilgiris, interspersed with temperate sholas. This park is also a part of Nilgiri Bio-sphere reserve and situated 40 km from Udhagamandalam. Trekking routes exist from Parsan valley, Portimund, Pykara etc. Trout fishing is recommended in the rivers and lakes of Mukurthi. Best Season: February to May, September to November. Wildlife Warden, Mahalingam buildings, Coonoor Road, Udhayagari-643001.
It is the tipper Coonoor on the Kothagiri road. It consists well - kept lawns, Ornamental flower-beds, various species of plants ferns and trees etc., Fruits and vegetable show is held during May evciy i year. Entrance Fees: Adult Rs. 5, Children Rs. 2, Camera Rs. 25, Video Camera Rs. 500.
Wellington Staff College
On the way to Coonoor from Ooty is Wellington, the military town with rows and rows of barracks. The headquarters of the Madras Regimental Centre, the Indian Army and the Defence Staff College are located here.
Rangasamy Peak and Pillar
It is 20 km from Kothagiri, (via: KilKotagiri). The Conical peak exudes an exhilarating view of the wild yet harmonious semblance of the country lying around. Topping 1785 m above MSL, the site is crucially sacred to the ‘Irulas’. North by west to the peak is a huge detached pillar of rock rising abruptly on all sides to a height of about 400-ft and is unclaimbable.
This view point is located about 12 km from Coonoor near Tiger hills. You can get a beautiful view of the Catherine falls from here. Ideal to Visit in the morning.
It is 7 km from Kothagiri and situated below Uyilatti village. The road passes through serenely laid out Badaga habitations. Enroute at the Kannerimukku village is found the first European house in the Nilgiris built by Collector Sullivan in the year l8l9. The two stroy house is now ruined. Though the water is full only in the wet months, the site is always worth a visit. It commands towards the north, an exquisite view of the valley of Kookal, one known for its famous oranges.
Kodanadu View Point
18 km from Kothagiri. The Kodanad Tea factory is situated here. A beautiful view of the river major dividing the Nilgiri’s and Erode District. And also can see Tamil nadu & Karnataka Borders. This is best view point on the Blue Mountains and provides Good view on a bright sunny day.
Situated beyond Kookalthorai, about 10 km from Kothagiri. This very exciting forest reserve under the jurisdiction of the Forest Range Officer of Kattabettu at Kothagiri. Permission is to be obtained for a trek, which can he done only by foot from Kookalthorai or Masakal near by.
It is the source of pure sparkling water for the people living in Kothagiri town. The Microclimatic conditions here contribute to making Kothagiri one of the Ideal climatic locations in the world.
St. Catherine Falls
There are two falls and is about 5 km from Kothagiri on the way to mettupalayam Road. The upper fall 250 feet is the second largest in the Nilgiris Beautiful view of forest and woodlands, ever green tea garden and Mettupalayam plains can be seen from here.