Coonoor is a lovely hill station in the Nilgiris and most famous for the Nilgiri Tea. Located just 19 KMs away from the more famous Ooty, Coonoor is quieter and less crowded. The elevation over 6000 feet, soil type and climate of Nilgiris, gives the Tea a unique balance of flavour and strength. Tea grown in Coonoor is dark, intensely aromatic, fragrant and flavored. Orange Pekoe is the highest grade of Nilgiri Tea and is hand picked without using any machines. Nilgiri Tea has multiple health benefits.It burns fat, is good for the heart, lowers bood pressure and reduces blood sugar levels as well. The best way to experience Coonoor is through Tea plantations.
Sims Park is a beautiful botanical garden in Coonoor. Spread over 12 acres, it has a lovely rose garden and group of exotic trees like rudraksh, queensland kary pine, turpentine, tree ferns and camellia.
Coonoor is also home to the Nilgiri tribe called Todas. These indigenous people were the first inhabitants of the Nilgiris. They lead a pastoral life and revere the buffalo. A visit to a Toda village is a fascinating experience.
Located 1850 meters above sea level, Coonoor has great trekking destinations. Droog is a fort located at a height of 6000 feet on top of a hill and makes for a enjoyable trek. In ancient times, it is supposed to have been the abode of the demon Bakasura, while the Droog was a a military outpost for Tipu Sultan during the 18th century. Hidden valley is another popular trekking destination which provides breathtaking views of valleys and ravines.
The best part about visiting Coonoor is the scenic and colorful route from Bangalore. A motorcycle ride from Bangalore to Coonoor will be an assault on all your senses, as you pass through the royal city of Mysore, the forests of Bandipur and Mudumalai and the charming hill station of Ooty.
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