Coonoor the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris is about 19 km from Ooty.Apart from its strategic location Coonoor is also conferred with lavishly staged or spectacular display of natural beauty. Regal and memorable ambience echoes with beauty & brilliance. There are various places for sight seeing and you also get to witness the tribal festivals held here. Tea being the major area for commercial purpose you also get to see the beautiful tea plantations.Coonoor is the most commonly visited place for bird watchers for the place is full of beautiful and rare birds including black woodpecker, parakeets, barbets, mynas, cuckoos, Malabar trogon, Malabar gray hornbill, crested hawk eagle, and crested serpent eagle.
ORIENTATION : Coonoor is located on the western part of Tamil Nadu in the Coimbatore district at an altitude of 1839 meters and is perched on a lower ridge of the Nilgiri Hills.
HISTORY : Coonoor falls first in place of the three hill stations in Nilgiri namely Coonoor, Ooty and Kotagiri.It is also popularly referred by the British as the small tea garden. It is only after the British in the 19th century who started travelling a lot to Ooty Coonoor started developing as a popular tourist destination. History also reveals that it has been the home of the Toda tribe for centuries.