Around Coonoor

Nilgiri mountain toy train

Nilgiri Mountain Railway is a treasured element and fabled charm of Nilgiris since 1899.In July 2005, UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site. Nilgiri Mountain Toy train continues to inspire weaving through forests, moving through time, along the valleys and into the little dark winding tunnels, round the bends, up the gradients, through the glens, trees and birds. Prior reservation required.

Sims park – Coonoor

Sim’s Park is a 12-hectare park in Coonoor, which exhibits over 1000 species of plants. The park is situated in a deep ravine on the Northern side of Coonoor Railway Station at an elevation of 1768 to 1798 mt.


It is the cantonment area and is devoted entirely to the military. It is well known for its Defense Service Staff College and also the Madras Regimental Centre.

Dolphin Nose

Dolphin Nose or Mookumalai is an excellent viewpoint. (Mooku meaning Nose and Malai meaning Mountain in Tamil) is the last stop on the road connecting Lamb’s Rock & Lady Canning seat. This is a narrow road with tea bushes on either side and encompasses the Catherine Falls. Lambs rock is another point on the way to Dolphins Nose.

Lamb’s Rock

It is located 6kms from Coonoor and is on the way to Dolphin Nose with a breathtaking view of the plains, the Lamb’s rock is believed to be named after one Captain Lamb who was instrumental in making a path to this spot.

Wellington Lake / Catchment:

The catchment is situated in the cantonment area open to amenities like boating, garden area and display of music fountain. Musical light show is conducted in the evenings.

Wellington Gymkhana Club

This club has a very interesting and challenging Golf Course. You are required to bring your own golf kit and must have knowledge of the game. There is a dress code and club rules to be adhered to and you must make a reservation.

Lady Canning Seat

It is just further down the road connecting Lamb’s rock with Dolphin Nose. It is named after viceroy’s wife who loved the place and stayed in the hotel built on the edge of the ravine in 1858. She used to ride, walk, sketch and study botany.