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 History

The Nilgiri Hills were dominated by the Toda tribe since ages. The beautiful Coonoor became a tourist hub in the 19th century when the British made it a popular hill resort. The cool weather conditions provided soothing relief from the scorching summer heat. As a result, the British fell in love with this place and in the year 1820, the first bunglow was built here. Gradually, its popluarity grew and the British elite came up with numerous settlements in the picturesque hill. It was the colonial rulers who introduced tea plantation in the quiet hill town which is perhaps the lifeline of the local populace today.

With the construction of a railway line, the development process began. Initially reaching the hills was an arduous task since the railway tracks used to end at Mettupalayam from Chennai. From there, one had to ride a pony or bullock cart to reach the hills. With the introduction of Nilgiri railway in August 1891, Coonoor had to wait till 1897 as the railway line finally reached the hill station. The year 1898 was eventful as it inaugurated officially. The line was extended upto Ooty, another picturesque place lying near by.


 Festival

One of the most famous festivals celebrated in Coonoor is the Fruit and Vegetable Festival, held annually at the Sim's Park in May. A part of the Summer Festival it attracts people from all over the county and outside as well. There are a number of cultural shows and performances held along with an impressive display of some of the finest fruits and vegetables. Tea and Tourism Festival is another important festival of Coonoor held in January. Attracting tea connoisseurs from all over the world, the festival not only promotes the wide variety of Tea found in Coonoor but the culture and heritage of the town.

Tea connoisseurs from different parts of the world attend this much celebrated tea-function that is held annually in the month of January. The cool climate and hilly terrain of Coonoor has made the area an extremely popular one for tea plantations. Well loved brands of tea that come from Coonoor include Green Leaf and Orthodox. The Tea and Tourism Festival promotes Coonoor tea, whilst allowing visitors to engage in a tea-tasting experience that is sure to satisfy tea-lovers from across the globe. The heritage and culture of the area can also be glimpsed in this popular annual event.


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 COONOOR Tours


TOUR NAME DURATION PLACES
Coonoor
Weekend
02 Nights & 03 Days Coimbatore–Coonoor– Ooty–Coimbatore
Coonoor Weekend

Tour Information

  • 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

Tour Information

  • Starting Point:
  • Bangalore

  • Ending Point:
  • Coimbatore/Bangalore

  • Duration:
  • 05 Nights / 06 Days


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