Coonoor is a sleepy hamlet and is becoming a preferred destination of travellers who want to experience of the serenity of Nilgiri hills away from the tourist crowds of Ooty.
Coonoor at an altitude of 1839 metres is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris. Coonoor is essentially a small tea plantation village and almost all of Coonoor is covered in the plantations. Coonoor is on the toy-train line between Mettupalayam and Ooty. Coonoor is a place to just lay back and enjoy the mountain air and also is a good honeymoon destination. The main attraction in Coonoor is the Sim's Park on the Northern side of Coonoor Railway Station at a height of 1800 mts
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway is one of the oldest mountain railways in India. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2005. This railway links Coonoor to the town of Mettupalayam at the foot of the hills. The Nilgiri Passenger train provides a convenient connection to the Nilgiri Express train to the state capital, Chennai via Coimbatore. Coonoor was the original termination point of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in the hills, before the line was extended to Ooty.
Masinagudi is a sleepy village near Coonoor, bordering the Mudumalai forest. Itís accessible in half an hours drive from Coonoor and in an hour from Ooty. Masinagudi is still unspoilt and charming and jungle safaris in Masinagudi is very popular.
Ooty the "Queen of hill stations" is about 20 kms from Coonoor and about 250 kms from Bangalore. Ooty is one of the most popular hill stations in India and is also a popular honeymoon destination in south India. Ooty is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. Toy train to ooty which commences from Kallar is another very popular tourist attraction in ooty.