Trekking is an arduous activity and involves physical challenges. Yet people undertake trekking because it provides the opportunity of exposing oneself to the natural environment and enjoy the excitement and thrill associated with adventure. Other factors associated with trekking are self-dependence, development of physical and mental ability for confronting adversities and breathing from pollution free environment. Coonoor in the state of Tamil Naduis the perfect tourist destination for trekking and enjoying.
A walk among the lush greeneries of tree garden provides an extremely aromatic environment. While so moving, tourists can find themselves lost in the beauty and fragrance of series of flowers of different kinds and colors. At the same time, one can watch the natural movement and postures of birds such as pipits, skylarks, thrushes, cormorants and parakeets.
Due to the hilly areas, Coonoor is connected with other nearby hill stations my Narrow Gauge.The unusual slow movement of the MG trains, the breathtaking views of the Nilgiris, the soothing breeze caressing the body are some of the exclusive experience that a tourist could get only by visiting Coonoor.
Tourists can still see the panoramic location where in 1984, an American film ‘A passage to India’ was shot by David Lean. The novel was written by E.M.Foster. A number of Indian and foreign films are usually shot at this locations and lucky tourists can have a live view of their matinee idols.
Doorg fort or the Bakasura Malal in Coonoor has its military, historical and legendary significance. It is believed to be used as an outpost by Tipu Sultan and has the legendary connection with the demon Bakasura. The fort is located at a height of 6000 ft above the plains. Tourists desirous of reaching the fort have to trek quite a long distance. But, it is worth it because of its massiveness and magnificence.
Sim’s Park is the main attraction of the park. It is a small botanical garden, covering an area of 12 hectares and is located at a distance of 19 km south of Ooty. Tourists throng every year for taking part in the annual ‘Flower Show’.
One can also trek to Lamb’s Rock that is 9 km from Coonoor.. This rock overlooks the Coimbator plains affording a spectacular view of tea and coffee plantations. Going a little ahead of the Lamb’s rock one can reach Lady Canning’s Seat which offers a panoramic view of Nilgiris.
The Defense Services Staff College is located in the Cantonment of Wellington at a close proximity to Coonoor. Wellington’s Golf Course is a popular tourist destination.
Kotagiri village is the oldest hill station in Nilgiris. It has tea plantations on the sloping hills. Other places of tourist interests are the Rangaswamy Rock and Pillar, St Catherine Falls, Elk Falls and Kodanad View Point, the Moyar River, the blue hills and the rising mist.
Coonoor has temperatures of 15 to 25 degree Celsius during summer and 10 to 20 degree Celsius during winters. It can therefore be visited at any time during the day, but the best season is to visit during October to May.
The trekking and hiking activities at Coonoor make the tourists physically active and make fully energized to return back to work more efficiently and effectively.