those preferring a milder version of Ooty's climate, Coonoor,
at analtitude of 1,712 metres, is the alternative. The main attraction
is Sim's Park, established in 1874, with its beautiful flowerbeds
that are a botanist's delight. Among the rare trees and herbs grown
here are Pine, Magnolia, Phoenix, Turpentine, Camellia, Quercus and
Lamb's rock, so called because of one Captain Lamb who
was responsible for creating a path to this previously inaccessible
ravine. The ravine of Burliar is a truly a visual treat. The
blue skies and mist hanging over the ghats over the Mettupalayam area
is most certainly a grand sight.
Dolphin nose is a natural rock formation in the form of an
uprising dolphin. The place is a perfect 'picture post card' memory,
with the St Catherine's Falls flowing slowly across the canyon
and the Badaga (Local tribe) huts dotting the edge of the serrated
cliffs; creating a dramatic effect.
Law's Falls, is situated 5 kms from Coonoor and is so called
because of Colonel G.V Law who completed the Ghat road to Mettupalayam.
The Falls have water from the Coonoor river falling into the deep
gorge, to meet River Katteri along the Ghat road.
Katteri Falls is 10 kms away from Coonoor. It is the third
highest falls in the Nilgris. It has the distinction of having run
the first co-ordinate factory with the hydel electric power plant
The Droog is the most captivating place in and around Coonoor.
One has to first go to Nonsuch estate, which is 17 kms from Coonoor,
and then trek 4 kms to reach the ruins of the old fort. The panoramic
view of the green mountains is simply the best. This was once a strategic
571 kms from Chennai
Nearest airport - Coimbatore
Nearest rail hub - Mettupalayam or Coimbatore
Well connected by road.
Author : Leslee Lazar