Coonoor (Kerala & The South)

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Known for the production of Nilgiri tea, Coonoor is one of three misty Nilgiri hill stations that also include Ooty and Kotagiri.  It sits approximately 1850m above sea level and is connected to Ooty and Mettupalayam by the joyful and ingenious Nilgiri Mountain Railway, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The town itself is relatively unimpresssive but the surrounding region is beautifully carpeted in emerald tea plantations that are studded with tall trees and interspersed with waterfalls. This luminous and undulating scenery is best enjoyed on foot; there are several walks that can be arranged that vary in length depending on your fitness and interest. Good accommodation is limited so it’s well worth booking in advance if Coonoor is on your wish list.

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