Conoor: Enchanting retreat A hillstation in the Nilgiris, Coonoor retains an untouched charm with its verdant environs and an exotic wild flowers and birds – ideal for a relaxing getaway. The serene and beautiful environs have attracted many film makers and formed the backdrop for the movie ‘A Passage to India’.
Visit the many tea plantations that dot the city and taste several varieties of tea, take a walk through the botanical gardens and the winding footpaths of the lovely Sim’s park, enjoy stunning views of Coimbatore’s plains from Lamb’s Rock.
2h-Conoor-Ooty Toy Train
Coonoor is ‘Princess of the Hill Stations’, while Ooty is ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’. Experience a scenic ride on Tamil Nadus’ UNESCO World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railways’ ‘Toy Train’ (an ‘X’ Class steam locomotive, made in Switzerland); travel at a maximum speed of 33kph, over a 46kms (28.5m) long track, chugging across plains, world famous tea plantations, pine trees, forest-clad hills; through 16 tunnels, 26 viaducts and tall girder bridges. Try picking flowers through open windows!