has attracted the holidaymakers,
nature lovers, adventure seekers, film directors et al alike.
The rich flora and fauna add to the beauty of the hill resort.
The other famous hill resort of the Nilgiris is that of Ooty/
Udhagamandalam/ Ootacamund. Besides nature spots Coonoor offers
opportunities for adventure sports like trekking and hiking
too. In the summer months the hill resort is crowded with
refugees from the hot and dusty plains. Coonoor is the second
largest hill station in the Nilgiris. It stands on a lower
ridge of the main plateau at an altitude of 1839 metres. Its
climate is milder than Ooty. Surrounding the town are many
picnic spots. In the heart of Coonoor is "Sims Park".
It is a park cum botanical garden. Many species of trees and
shrubs not found in Ooty, are grown here. It is at an elevation
of 1880 mts. and occupies 12 hectares of land. Coonoor is
located in the western part of the state of Tamilnadu, in
the southern region of India, at the head of theHulikal ravine
at an altitude of 1850 m above sea level. It is 19 km from
Ooty. The weather in Coonoor is pleasant. Summers (April-June)
are mild, while winters (November-February) are cool. It experiences
southwestern monsoon rains in July-September. Pomological
Station is the fruit research station maintained by the State
Agricultural Department. Law's Falls is the great attraction
in Coonoor. The famous hill resort of Coonoor lies in the
lap of the Niligiri Hills. In fact Coonoor is located is an
altitude of 1800 m. Geographically speaking, Coonoor lies
at the head of Hulikal ravine.
Dolphin’s Nose around 10 km. away from Coonoor is an excellent
viewpoint. It encompasses the Catherine Falls. Lambs nose
is another point on the way to Dolphins Nose that too exposes
a vast panorama.
The park is situated in a deep ravine on the Northern side
of Coonoor Railway Station at an elevation of 1768 to 1798
mts. The park can be divided into eight major sections. The
natural shola with winding footpaths all over the higher slopes
of the park is the most distinctive and picturesque feature
of this park. This apart a number of individual tree specimens
planted in a scattered fashion all over the place, lend a
special charm to the park, specially when they bloom in different
seasons throughout the year.
Manu Temple just near the Hadimba temple flows the Manalsu
River, that culminates in the main Beas river. Across the
Manalsu river is the original village of Manali, that houses
the ancient temple of the sage Manu. Manali itself is named
after Manu, who is said to have dwelt here.