Coonoor is a sleepy hamlet and is becoming a preferred destination of travellers who want to experience the serenity of Nilgiri hills away from the tourist crowds of Ooty. Coonoor is a place to relax and soak in the beauty however if you want to see places there is no dearth of options around Coonoor
Coonoor is a great place to stay for a long holiday and enjoy excurssions to nearby beautiful villages and wild life parks where you can go on wild life safaris sitting pretty atop a tusker. If you enjoy trekking there are beautiful trekking routes in and around Coonoor. Longwood shola forest has a beautiful trekking route. (permission needs to be taken from the forest dept Kotagiri). Kodanadu the easternmost ridges of the Nilgiris is also worth a visit for the beautiful panoramic views of Gajalahatti pass.
Kotagiri is a quiet village 18km from Coonoor. The surrounding landscape of tea estates, tribal Kota settlements and rolling hills is a world away. The Longwood Forest which is located within Kotagiri town is an enchanting tropical evergreen forest. Longwood is an ideal place for trekking and for bird watchers. Rangaswamy Pillar 20 kms from Kotagiri is a stone pillar which is considered very sacred by a Irulas of Kotagiri. You can also go trekking to Catherines and Elks Falls
St Catherine Falls
Catherine Falls named after the wife of MD Cocburn who was a pioneer coffee planter in Kotagiri and Yercaud is located in the area that surrounds Coonoor. It is also possible to take a road to the top of the falls.
Mudumalai National Park
The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary also a declared Tiger Reserve at just over an hour from Coonoor. The Mudumalai National Park offers some very scenic views especially from the Chief Ministerís Watchtower and at the view point at Kargudi. You can also visit the Elephant Feeding Camp to see the tuskers being fed. Wild life safari is also very popular here.