Coonoor Tourist Attractions
Sims Park is not just another park in Ooty, it is natural park that was developed by Mr. J.D. Sims and Major Murray way back in 1874. They have brought species of differnt types of trees from different parts of the world and planted them here. Most of the trees are more than a hundred years old.
This is a well thought out and planned park unlike the other parks in Ooty. As soon as you enter the park you seem to be waking down into a ravine very deep through ramp like pathways. There is a lake inside the park which are full of fish, boating is allowed there but only the rowing type. Motorboats are not allowed in the lake.
Varieties of flowering plants and cactii can also be seen in the park. If you are planning for a visit to the area, make sure that you have a camera with you. You will not get tired of clicking away picture after picture. There is an annual event of fruits and vegetables show that is held in the Sims park.
Droog Fort is located at about 17 kilometers from Coonoor and it is a place where a lot of trekking (about 4 kms) has to be done. If you can undergo the strain you will not regret the decision. It is worth seeing the sight as the fort is situated 6000 ft above the sea level. This fort is said to be the out post of Tippu Sultan but only a wall remains of that military outpost now. This is also called as Bakasooran malai, connectiong it to the legend of the Demon Bakasura.
Lamb's Rock is a beautiful picnic spot for the travellers and tourists. The place is a jagged cliff which drops down from the height of about 5000 meters. You can see Coimbatore plains on one side as well as Hullikal Ravine on the other. You can also see the Coonoor stream flowing down there at about 5000 meters in the lush jungle forest. This Rock has been named after Charles Lamb who tried his best to pave the way to that particular point to see the cliff and the ravines below.
Dolphin's Nose is rock formation which looks a like nose of the dolphin. It takes a liilte strain and trekking to reach the top but the strain is worth the sight. You can see big gigantic ravines on both sides of the Dolphin's nose. You can also see the Catherine falls falling into the ravines and the continuous flowing of the stream. In another side you can see the two streams Coonoor stream and the Kotagiri stream meeting and ultimately becoming the feeder for the Bhavani river in the plains.
Wellington Cantonement area is well known one and the first of its kind in India. One of its most famous residents was Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who died in the town on June 27th 2008 and a rad has been named after him at the Regiment. When we went there it was on the independence day and we were thrilled listening to their band and at the thought that we were celebrating our independence day with the saviours of our country.
Wellington is also home to The Defense Services Staff College, a premier tri-service training establishment that imparts training to middle level officers of the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces, friendly foreign countries and various Indian Civil Service departments.
There is a St. George's Church which is a relic. This cantonement church was built in 1826 and was designed by Colonel J.T.Boileau with yellow ochre stucco with white dressings.
Ketty Valley is a small village near Coonoor, undisturbed by tourists, with a beautiful landscape and lots and lots of flowers makes it a beautiful and picturesque locations. It should be one of the must see places in the itenary.
Coonoor Tourist Attractions
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An excellent article describing almost all tourist spots of Coonoor.
One may also witness the Law's Falls on their way to Mettupalayam. It is approximately just 5 kilometres away from Coonoor. Law's Falls is a sight worth watching and do not miss it if you are planning to visit Coonoor. Also have a walk between the tea gardens in Coonoor as it is an amazing feel. You may also visit the tea factories there to have an idea of making tea dust out of tea leaves. Lady Canning's seat is another notable viewpoint at Coonoor.
Also if you are visiting Coonoor and the nearby places for the first time, please add Ooty as well in your list. It is just 18 kilometres away from Coonoor. It is one of the best hill stations in India and hence the name "Queen of Hill Stations". Your Coonoor trip can be made much more enjoyable if you visit Ooty as well. The climate there is well suited to attract tourists to the hill station. This area too is filled with greenery which gives you a mind blowing effect and has many lakes and gardens too.