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 Dining in Coonoor

The Gateway Hotel  Upper Coonoor  serves the best South Indian food in coonoor. The restaurant at MGM Hillworth Resorts on Mount Pleasant is worth visiting for a great ambience and good food. And not to forget Cafe Coffe Day on Upper Church Road on the way to Sim's Park. Kwality hotel near the Taj serves good Mughlai food.

This tiny town has much to offer when it comes to eating out since restaurants serve both South Indian and North Indian food. Of course, we thoroughly recommend the authentic local cuisine. A must try from many of the local eateries are the ever popular avare beans and Rajma which is mouth-watering. Quality Inn, in Upper Coonoor has a good selection of vege and non-vege Indian dishes served in true south Indian style. Open till 10 pm, the restaurant has a buffet service as well.

Rangoli also in Upper Coonoor is an elegant dining house that serves an excellent fare of authentic South Indian cuisine. Their ethnic décor and friendly service sets just the perfect ambience for a fine night out. The Only Place in Bedford Circle is known for its fast food. If you're looking for the best in dining, head out to the restaurant at the Taj Garden Retreat located on Church Hill Road, and take in spectacular vistas of the undulating hills outside as you gorge on the finest in Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine. The restaurant at Hotel Velan Ritz on Orange Grove Road and Hotel Wellington on Riga Apple Road are some of the best places for fine dining in Coonoor.


 Drinking in Coonoor

Hotel Velan has a nice permit room that serves liquor at affordable prices. If you face Sim's park, its on the left diagonal road ahead of you. Its a bit dark though. The Taj also has a bar with a lavish atmosphere. Expensive as all Taj properties.


 Shopping in Coonoor

Gourmet Cheese is the new food item that Coonoor specializes in now. Acres Wild Cheesemaking Farm are making all kinds of gourmet cheeses like Gouda, Colby, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Parmesan, Feta and Camembert. You can buy their cheeses from a small but very popular store called 'Nilgiris Store' or 'Baker's Junction' that is just 100m from Bedford circle. If you are interested in a tour of the cheese farm then ask the owner Cedrik for directions. It is also possible to stay on the farm and learn cheesemaking.

At Bedford, a few meters ahead of Taj Garden Retreat, on the Kotagiri Road, there is a quaint little furniture shop called Vriksh. This little store can be easily missed if you are driving past a little too fast. Tucked away into a little lane, at the bottom of a flight of stairs you will find intricately carved teak trunks, elegant side tables and ceramic work. They have tea sets and vases that remind you that the British were once here. According to the lady at the shop, all the furniture is locally made. They are fairly expensive, but is unique and worth it. However, before you buy one of their beautiful mirrors or desks you might want to know that they do not arrange for delivery... so how do you plan to take it back home with you?

There are also other little shops, selling local produce like tea, honey, jams and preserves and some that sell beautiful embroidered linen. Ask at your hotel and they should be able to recommend the nearest stores or the ones they best recommend. For embroidered linen, my hotel recommended a place called "Needlecraft" in Singara Tea Estate. You can find exquisitely hand-embroidered pillowcases, cushion covers, bedspreads, bedsheets and handkerchiefs at Needlecraft, though they are steeply priced. Do not buy tea packets sold on the tourist spots at Coonoor. After selling good tea to drink, they sell adulterated tea packets which had to be discarded on arrival, after tasting.

Home made chocolates are a good bet. Freshly baked cakes are also a good pick. The only deterrent factor is that you can’t carry them home as they are perishable. Check out the different verities of tea while shopping in Coonoor. Coonoor abounds in tea plantations.

Coonoor bazaar is a good place to pick up eucalyptus and lavender oil. Natural herbs, vegetables and fruits abound in Coonoor.


 Coonoor Hotels


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 COONOOR Tours


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Coonoor
Weekend
02 Nights & 03 Days Coimbatore–Coonoor– Ooty–Coimbatore
Coonoor Weekend

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  • Starting Point:
  • Coimbatore

  • Ending Point:
  • Coimbatore

  • Duration:
  • 02 Nights / 03 Days


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Nestling
Nilgiri's
05 Nights & 06 Days Bangalore–Mysore–Ooty– Kodai
Coonoor Nestling Nilgiri's

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  • Starting Point:
  • Bangalore

  • Ending Point:
  • Coimbatore/Bangalore

  • Duration:
  • 05 Nights / 06 Days


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