Just a short drive from its bigger, more famous counterpart Ooty, Coonoor enjoys all the charm with less of the footfall. It is a wonderful escape for those who want to experience an authentic stay in the tea estates of South India. Our pick of the best places to stay in Coonoor are great for a relaxing break amidst the lush tea terraces.
Immerse yourself in nature, from a walk up to Dolphin Point for views across the verdant terraces to a visit to the gushing Catherine Falls.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway runs from Coonoor to Ooty: an absolute must and what draws people here. Two hours of romantic scenery just sit back and imbibe the views whilst allowing the soothing motions of a traditional steam train lull you into a state of calm.
Highfield Tea Estate is one of the few working tea estates in the Nilgiri region. Enjoy a guided tour around the plantations and sample some of the fruits of their labour.
If there is one thing the Brit’s did well it is botanical gardens. Those with green fingers will love Sim’s Park: 12 hectares of verdant parkland filled with over 1000 species of plants from all over the world.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Coonoor are all filled with character and great for the whole family or a romantic retreat.
Still not sure which to book? From great value to luxury browse through our list of the best places to stay in Coonoor to start to plan your trip. Alternatively widen the search and check out all our recommended properties in Ooty or Tamil Nadu. or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Coonoor (Singara Estate)
Surrounded by tea fields and above the clouds, relax in a serene and tranquil historic mansion. Big rooms, some with fireplaces, and a small menu has been made for the staying guests. Walks, reading and being one with nature is the theme of the area. A great country escape, a chance for fresh air.
The right mix of colonial architecture and modern decor. This hotel prides itself on no two rooms being the same but all revelling in luxury and taste. Rolling lawns overlook luscious southern hills, as well as tea plantations and golf ranges close by. A great retreat to relax at the spa.
The Nilgiri Mountain Train takes you to the rolling blue mountains and this poolside, nature immersive hotel offers luxurious rooms with stunning views and contemporary decor. The outdoor dining boasts local cuisines while the location is perfect for both Ooty and Coonoor and the sights there.