Ooty, Kotagiri and Coonoor - 3 famous hill stations of the sublime Nilgiri Hills, that sit high above the southern plains of India. While Ooty is the main tourist nucleus of the region, Coonoor (about 20 kms from Ooty) boasts of a quieter & yet undisturbed atmosphere. It boasts of verdant environs perfect for hiking, trekking, visiting tea plantations & marvelling at mountain views.
Coonoor provides the traveller with the panoramic views of the lush green Nilgiri hills, with its ravines, valleys, and waterfalls. Bird watching is a popular pastime here, as the area boasts of a large variety of species like cormorants, pipits, thrushes, parakeets, skylarks, Nilgiri verditer, etc. While summer months are the best time to visit, monsoon adds that exuberant touch of freshness which brings it to artistic life!
There are several places to visit nearby; namely view points, waterfalls & botanical gardens. From the bustling town centre, one can look down at a sea of red-tiled rooftops to the slopes beyond...and soak up the cool climate, serene environment & stunning vistas.
Not to forget all the fantastic heritage hotels, guest-houses & other such structures! The image below is of St. George's Garrison church built in 1885, a prime example of Gothic architecture of the British empire during their rule in India. It consists of many traditional components of such design including vaulted roofs, yellow coloured stucco, central nave, white sandstone screen, side aisles and much more.
Best items to buy here are the renowned homemade chocolates of the Nilgiris. Yum.