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The charms of coonoor

Explore coonoor, colonial India jostling modern India… upper coonoor, wrapped in the glistening green of tea plantations and, waterfall-streaked valleys and misty mountains… evocative of another un-spoilt world. Still the frenetic heart beat of the present,and slip into a world of secret delights!

Popular must-see sights here are

Lamb’s rock

The rock is named after captain lamb who walked an extra mile to literally create a path to this spot, some 6 km from coonoor. This popular picnic spot has a breathtaking view of the yawning burliar ravine in the valley below.

Dolphin’s nose

A unique rock of enormous proportion that resembles a dolphin’s nose; and hence the name. The outcrop, about 12 km from coonoor, offers a panoramic view of tea estates and thundering waterfalls.

Sim’s park

A botanical garden that is located in the upper part of this hill station on the kotagiri road. The garden was named in honour of j.d. sim who created the park in the 1870s.

The park is open from 8 am to 6 pm and charges an entrance fee of Rs 20 per adult and Rs 10 per child.

Green shop

The shop, located in coonoor, sells organic products made by local tribes like the kurumbas. These include eucalyptus oil, ginger honey, organic spices, organic cosmetic products, wooden toys, shawls, bags etc. The products you get here are not available anywhere else and are all locally produced.

Tea factory tour

This is a quick tour of a very charming factory set by the son of the maharajah of cochin.

Here you get to see the entire tea making process with all the detailing that goes into it.

Every person on the factory tour must buy a 250 gm packet of tea for Rs 100.

Cost: In addition to the vehicle charge of Rs 1,080 (non a/c indica – 4 to a car) there is a nominal entrance fee to sim’s park and an expense of Rs 100 per person at the tea factory for which guests receive a 250 gm packet of tea in return.

Guests who do not have their own car/vehicle need to hire a car. Our executives will make necessary arrangements. (Rs 850 non a/c indica – 4 to a car)