Set amidst lush and green tea plantations, Coonoor is an ideal escape. A paradise for hikers, trekkers and nature buffs, the hidden beauty of the town will astound you. Birdwatchers are in for a special treat with spectacular species of birds like the cormorants, pipits, thrushes, parakeets in abundance. The town also boasts of trekking trails, craggy walking paths and a number of unexplored spots for the adventurous. A spellbinding train ride in the toy train offers you panoramic views of the Nilgiri hills. Touches of the Raj remain all over in Coonoor: in honeysuckle-fronted cottages named ‘The Gables’ and ‘Gorse View’ which sit prettily on the side of winding pine-hedged lanes; in areas called Bedford and Elk Hill; and in the graveyards where many a Colonel Hughes and Miss Jones rest in peace.
The misty town of Coonoor has always allured filmmakers and its picturesque beauty was recently shown in “Kapoor and Sons”! The famous Nilgiri Toy Train has been captured in movies like Sadma and Dil Se (can’t you recall SRK dancing to Chaiyaa Chaiyya?)