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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.
For great value
- As you venture out of town, up to the hills, you'll find the prices take a tumble. Tea Nest provides an intimate stay amidst Coonoor’s tea plantation and is excellent value for money.
For a spa break
- The Gateway Hotel Coonoor is a gateway to utter relaxation! Accommodation is comprised of charming bungalow style cottages featuring open fireplaces: bliss in the winter months. There is a traditional Ayurvedic spa and private yoga classes are available (not to mention a gym, library and much more).
For a romantic getaway
- With private Jacuzzi suites, not just private balconies, Kurumba Village Resort is ideal for romantics; think capacious four posters and stunning views. You will never want to leave.
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.
Best Hotels in Coonoor
Tea Nest 6 rooms from $39Coonoor (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.Great walks - To Dolphins nose to see panoramic views, but also don't miss Lamb's Rock 6km from Coonoor.Sights nearby - Highfield Tea Estate and Guernsey Tea Factory both deserve a visit from tea lovers.Back to Nature - Surrounded by tea gardens.Remote - Off the beaten track.
The Gateway Hotel 32 rooms from $91Coonoor
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.Great walks - Head to Dolphin Nose to see a spectacular view of Catherine Falls.Sights nearby - Highfield Tea Estate is over 50 years old and worth a visit.Full of character
Kurumba Village Resort 17 rooms from $130Coonoor (Kurumbadi)
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.Sights nearby - Spice plantations and tea plantations are both nearby.Hideaway - Fantastic hideaway location for you to unwind.Back to Nature - High up in the hills surrounded by nature.Great walks - To the waterfalls.