Park, Botanical Garden, Nature
Sims Park is an important tourist place to visit in Coonoor. It extends over an area of 12 hectares of undulating land and possesses a number of natural advantages. It is a natural area and a botanical garden which was developed around the natural contours of the land around a 100 years ago. Many naturally trees, shrubs and creepers are in the park. There are a lot of other species of plants present too that have been brought from various places around the world. The main event in this park is an annual fruit show and vegetable show held in May.
View Point, Waterfall, Valley, Picnic Spot
These are the second largest falls in the Nilgiris at a height of 250 feet. It is also a good trekking destination. These descending falls are encircled by tea-plantations, grand views of forest and Mettupalayam plains. Though its not possible to reach the foot of the waterfall but you can reach the top, also called as Dolphins Nose, to get the spectacular view. The place offers stunning and exquisite views of the valley. It is set in a calm environment with a gorgeous view of the falls.
Coonoor as we know is famous for tea plantations. The locals are very co-operative and helping. They will guide you through the tea plantations and eventually the tea making factories. The place is drenched with the smell of fresh tea being brewed. This is a 50-year-old estate that offers you a day with tea and to understand your favorite drink. You feel close and connected to nature at this place. At the same time, you can witness the entire process of tea-making. Also, they give a tasting sample of fresh tea being brewed that makes the tour delicious.
Highfield Tea Factory
Geological Formation, View Point, Peak, Nature
Dolphins Nose is a famous tourist spot in Coonoor. It is located about a 1000 feet above sea level. At a distance of 10 kilometers from Coonoor, it is a spectacular spot to visit. The tip of the peak resembles a Dolphins Nose, thats why the name. It is visually an enormous rock formation that is unusual and unique. There are gigantic ravines found at either sides of the spot. From a distance you can also witness Catherine Falls.
The Wellington Gymkhana Club (WGC) Golf Course is located near Coonoor within the Wellington Military Cantonment area. It is in a valley surrounded by tea estates. There is a lake too, wherein boating facilities are available. The climate is subtle and cool at this place and it is a great place to spend an evening out with family. Though the surrounding is very small it has children’s park, hotel, shops and some even animals(caged). Evening fountains are also one of its attractions. They call it “The Lake Dance”. Best spot to spend your evening – calm, clean, cheap.
Wellington Gymkhana Club
View Point, Nature, Dam
It is an old British constructed check dam. The dam was constructed in 1938 and opened in 1941. It is set up way up in the mountain around 6km uphill from the main road in the forest background it is reservoir which fulfills the water to whole Coonoor. It is a small dam amidst lush green forests. It is the main water source in the town of Coonoor. A short trek through the forest land will take you to this place
Historical Site, Cemetery, Sculpture
Tiger Hill Cemetery is a 19th century graveyard. It was primarily used by the British for their war burials. Located amidst a tea plantation, this graveyard has burials dating long back. The entrance of the cemetery has a stone gate with an arched gateway and a steeple. The memorials are simple, with a few of them having ornate designs, sculptures and beautifully written epitaphs. Though most of the burials belong to the officers of East India Company and their family members, some of them belong to the locals too. Quite a few people from abroad come here to trace their family roots
Tiger Hill Cemetery
View Point, Waterfall, Nature
The Laws Falls involves trekking and gives a misty view. The path from the foothills till this place is steep. The best part is that you get to see wild animals but the forest is dense. First timers must take a guide with them. The walk to the place is decent and the trek is good on the way back to Coonoor also.
Village, Picnic Spot
Ketti is a small village nestled in a large valley with the same name. The town is very humble in its perspective and outlook. The people are involved in basic tasks for a livelihood like farming, livestock grazing etc. It is the last major stop when going en route to Ooty. The place is replete with a lot of fauna but the extensive development here seems to have taken a toll on it. Ketti is accessible by rail or road.
Pomological Station is a well known research institution of the country. The institution is engaged in research of apples, plums, peaches, apricots, pomegranates and lemons. It is one of the few experimental gardens managed by the Horticulture Department. Many fruits and fruit produces are sold here in surplus. It is one place where in agricultural department does its research on the different types of fruits. The garden was started in 1920. They carry out a lot of scientific experiments on preservatives and fruits to keep them, fresh for a long time.