Old bungalows, tea plantations and cascading waterfalls — these unexplored places in Coonoor are perfect for those looking for a peaceful vacation. By Smrithi Suresh

Unexplored Places In Coonoor

1. Kotagiri 

 

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Surrounded by tea valleys and misty weather, Kotagiri is an exemplary location for sightseeing. You can spot many houses and mansions that flaunt a beautiful blend of European and Tribal architectural style. Just 20 kilometres away from Coonoor, Kotagiri is one of the most scenic places to go on a trek. There are many homestays and resorts here to relax in the lap of nature. A nearby attraction is the cascading St Catherine’s Falls.  

2. Dolphin’s Nose 

 

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Dolphin’s Nose, as the name suggests, is a peak that resembles the shape of a dolphin’s nose. Situated at a distance of just 10 kilometres from Coonoor, St Catherine’s Falls can be seen from the top of the peak. The breathtaking sight of water gushing to the ground will refresh your mind. You can also spot the rolling hills covered in tea plantations. The journey from Coonoor to the Dolphin’s Nose gives you a chance to drive through the spectacular pine forests and tea gardens of Tamil Nadu. 

3. Lamb’s Rock 

 

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At a distance of only eight kilometres from Coonoor lies the Lamb’s Rock, which qualifies as the perfect picnic spot! With an abundance of grassland and mountains in the background, and a view of Coimbatore city along with the surrounding forests — a day-out here is highly recommended. You can also spot the Coonoor river from the top. An evening walk in the Lamb’s Rock offers you a chance to witness the sky change it’s distant hues from shades of warm orange to fiery red. 

4. Kodanad View Point 

 

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The path to Kodanad View Point is filled with tea plantations and tall timber trees. En route, you also come across the controversial Kodanad Bungalow estate, which is situated in between the spectacular vista of tea crops. Once you reach the viewpoint, the sight of Kodanad town covered in a blanket of thick fog and majestic mountains will surprise you. The best time to enjoy the scenic view would be during the day. It takes just one hour to cover the 34 kilometres long stretch from Coonoor to Kodanad. 

5. Highfield Tea Factory 

 

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A place to learn and explore different flavours of tea, the Highfield Tea Factory allows you to witness the process behind the production of the most preferred beverage in the country. Sipping freshly brewed tea with a backdrop of the beautiful landscape makes this an unforgettable experience. It also has an in-house tearoom from where you can buy its special flavoured tea. Apart from the beverage, you can enjoy their authentic chocolates and the aroma of essential oils, all prepared in-house.  

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