At an altitude of 1850 metres, Coonoor is the first of the three Nilgiri
hill stations Udhagamandalam (Ooty), Kotagiri and Coonoor that you comer
to when leaving behind the soughern plains. Like Ooty. it's on the toy
train line from Mettupalayam.
While Kotagiri had the Kotas, and Ooty the Todas, so Coonoor was home to
the Coon hill tribe.
This now bustling town appears rather squashed between the hills. and
it/s only after climbing up out of the bustling market area with the bus
and train terminals that you\'ll get a sense fo what hill sations were
originally all about. For this reason. too. most of the better
accommodation is in Upper Coonoor.
There & Away:
is on the toy train line between Mettupalayam and Ooty (18km) for train
details see the Ooty section. Buses to Kotagiri level every 15 minutes.
to Stay & Eat:
YWCA Guest House in Upper Coonoor is the best budget option Open to men
and women it';s a handsome old colonial house with two wooden terraces
and views over Coonoor.
quiet hill station (altitude 1500 metres) is 33 km uphill form
coffee plantations in the Servaroyan hills, it/s a good place for
relaxing, trekking, or boating on the town/s artificial lake.
Hotel Tamil Nadu on the Yercaud Ghat Rd near the lake has rooms for Rs
300 and for Rs 400 with air con. Dorm beds cost Rs 25. Prices go up
considerable in the high season. Alternatively you could try the Hotel
Shevarys or the Township Resthouse.