Canning's Seat : Is 9 Km drive from Coonoor. This place is named
after Countess Charlotte Canning, wife of Viceroy Count Charles
Canning. That is because, she was very fond of this area with numerous Tea Estates.
It is perhaps the loveliest point in the heart of the woods. Lamb’s rock, the Droog,
the Lampton’s Peak and even Mettupalayam is visible from here on clear sky days
of the year.
Law's Falls : It is situated on the Coonoor River, on the 7th
Km from Coonoor, cascading down from a height of nearly 200 feet. This is a beautiful
watercourse and a popular tourist location. It is named after a British, Col.
Law, who traced the water path and constructed the Coonoor Ghat Road.
The landscape here is extremely rocky and wild. This is set inside the Coonoor forest
range with vast stretches of undisturbed Sholas and a paradise for naturalists.
Katery Falls : This is located at the 10th Km on Coonoor –Mettupalyam road
and 1 Km from Kendala Village. This is one of the highest falls of the
Nilgiri and the third largest waterfalls in Nilgiris. Two reservoirs built one
on top of another is located here and is also the site of the India’s First, Katery
Hydro Electric Plant.
Droog : 15 Kms from Coonoor. The Peak stands at an elevation
of 1918 meters and directly overlooks the plains. . The Droog is approachable only
by a 3-km trek path covered with tea plantations. Locals call it as Pakasuran Malai,
linking it to the mythical demon Bakasura. In Kannada language it is
known as the ‘Hulika Durg’ named after the
neighbouring village Hulikal or Tiger stone where a Badaga
killed a man-eater. The Diaplated Droog Fort [just
a wall remains there at present] was once a Military out-post of Tippu Sultan. One
has to go up to Nonsuch Estate and then trek down 3Kms to reach the destination.
Kotagiri : It is 30 Kms east of Udhagamandalam and 19 Km Northeast
of Coonoor, at 5885 feet above sea level with a healthy climate. It is the oldest
and smallest of the three Nilgiri Hill Stations. Kotagiri is shielded by the Doddabeta
ranges which receives much of its rain from the north west monsoon. Kotagiri Is
one of the three popular hill stations in the Nilgiris and primarily a plantation
county. The name Kotagiri means “Mountain of Kotas”. Trekking
and visiting the plantations/factories can be the only activity for the tourists
in this region.
what to see
Kodanadu viewpoint : A small village, 18km from Kotagiri
on the eastern edges of Nilgiris hills, with an unexplored scenic beauty, exotic
flora and fauna and enjoyable good weather. A view point structure at
Kodanadu View point houses a telescope within.
Kodanadu boasts of large Tea Plantations . Rangaswamy peak and
isolated extraordinary rocky pillar called Rangasamy Pillar rising to a
height of almost 400 feet can be viewed from here. Sheer like side of the pillar
prevents climbing to the top. Bus services are available from Kodanadu. Popular
trekking trails in and around this area are: Kotagiri - Kodanadu; Kotagiri - St.
Catherine Falls and Kotagiri - Longwood Shola.
St. Catherine Waterfall : It was once called as Geddhehaada Halla
meaning Foot Hills river. It is a double-cascaded 250ft high waterfall
located in Kotagiri, branching off at Aravenu on the Mettupalayam Road. This is
named after the wife of Cockburn who is believed to have introduced the Coffee Plantations
to Kotagiri. It is the second highest in the Nilgiri Mountains
Longwood Shola : It is just 3 Km from Kotagiri. It is the source of pure
sparkling water for the people living in Kotagiri Town and an integral part of the
fragile Nilgiri eco-system. Preservation of this Shola Forestry becomes
vital. Micro climatic conditions here contributes to making Kotagiri one of the
ideal climatic locations in the world. The picturesque trekking path adds serenity
to this Shola.
Gudalur : It is located 51 km on the west of Udhagamandalam. According
to 2011 census Gudalur has a population of 49,535. Koodal [meeting] + Ooru [town]
turned out to be called as Gudaluru or Gudalur, Is a picturesque green valley
town in Tamilnadu, a Tri point Gateway to the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala
and Karnataka. It is at equidistant point between Kerala and Karnataka towns
. It is also 50 km from other nearby towns of Sulthan Bathery[sultan Battery],
Gundalpet & Nilambur too. Regional Economy is largely dependant on Tea Industry.
There is a rich presence of Flora and Fauna in this area. Hill Crops on
the higher altitudes , Coconut and Rice in the lower valley are the highlight of
the agricultural versatility of this region. Later in 1970’s this was bifurcated
into Gudalur and Pandalur Taluks.
Needle Rock : Is about 8 km from Gudalur on the Gudalur-Ooty National Highway.
It derives its name from its conical shape structure and it is also called a
Soosi Malai / Oosi Malai (Oosi = Needle, Malai = Hill Rock). This view
point gives you a 360 degree view. Breath taking Sunset view is possible
on sky clear days. A panaromic view of Mudumalai Wild Life Sanctury is a visual
treat from this point.