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Honeymoon in Coonoor

Breathtaking view, lush green hills, radiant flower gardens, unpolluted and unhurried grace… Welcome to the charming hill station of Coonoor! One of the largest hill stations of the Nilgiri hills and located in Tamil Nadu, Coonoor is situated about 19kms away from its big brother Ooty. This quiet hill station is at the confluence of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A fantastic spot for fairytale-like honeymoon, Coonoor offers the ideal landscape for a weekend getaway. So if you are looking for a short yet sweet honeymoon, consider Coonoor as a dream destination.

According to history, it was in the year 1819 that John Sullivan originally, discovered this quaint little hill station, for the outside world. But from long before, the Toda tribe had built their ancient homes in these parts, some of which are still visible in the outskirts. Its well known neighbor, Ooty has for long outshined this small town. Nevertheless, it is still a popular shrine for ailing tourists prescribed to a bout of fresh air combined with a soothing environment. Coonoor is far less commercialized and more predictable regarding its climate.

How to reach:

Reaching Coonoor, a small town nestled in the heart of the Nilgiris, is relative easy and hassle-free.

By Air: If you are planning to fly-in, then the closest airport is at Coimbatore, which is only 2kms from Coonoor.

By Train: Even if you plan to travel by a train then de-board at the nearest station which is also in Coimbatore. Should you want a joyride to Coonoor on a charming little toy train then choose the Mettupalayam station.

By Bus: Regular bus services and private cabs are also available from almost all the major cities down south. Once you reach Coonoor, hire a cycle or an auto rickshaw, the choice is yours.

Best time to visit:

Coonoor has a very clement and predictable climate throughout the year. A near-perfect rendezvous for the lovers, this hill station is a year-round destination. However, if you still want a specific time, then opt for the winters, right after the monsoons are over, i.e., from October to March. But be well prepared with winter gears, as the nights can be very chilly.

The to-do list:

Before you set out for your tryst at Coonoor, make a list of all your activities, because it could be a handful. And while you are at it, try not to miss the annual fruit and vegetable festival organized every year, in May. Tourists flock to this place from all over the world, to participate in this fiesta, held at the Sim’s Park in the upper part of Coonoor.

a) Sightseeing: Sim's Park in the upper part of Coonoor, the Lamb's Rock, Lady Canning's Seat, Dolphin's Nose, St. Catherine's Falls, Law's Falls and Kateri Falls, the ruins of Droog fortress, Mudumalai wildlife sanctuary, the Rallia dam, the Wellington Cantonment, and the Pomological station.

b) Activities: An ideal place for outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, bird-watching and photography.

c) Shopping: Collect souvenirs to make your visit memorable. Choose from a wide range of excellent tea, household and handloom items.

The hills are precipitous and the valleys offer a rugged look. But carpeted by tea bushes and entwined with tall eucalyptus trees and silver oak, life seems to enjoy its own gentle pace. So, if you are in need of a romantic ambience and a peaceful sojourn, amble around in the delightful and undulating curves of the picturesque hills of Coonoor!

Last updated : January 15, 2016