DIRECTIONS TO THE FARM:
Come to Coonoor Municipal Bus Stand (which has a clock tower) and is located near the main market in lower Coonoor.
Go past Bus Stand so that the clock tower and building are on your left. This is Barlows road that goes to the Taj Hotel (BUT DON'T GO TOO FAR). About 200m after the bus stand there is a fork in the road on the right with a green colored sign that says 'Kanni Mariamman Kovil Street'. Go down that right fork.
Follow the road for about a kilometer (past a masjid and a temple) till you pass a small bridge and come to a 3-pronged fork in the road. There is small yellow sign board on the extreme left fork that says 'Acres Wild Farm'. Go up that fork.
Keep following that road and you will see many signs for Acres Wild Farm. The last such yellow signboard that says 'Acres Wild Farm' and turn right there.
You are in Acres Wild Farm now .............. Please go down the road till you see a CAR PARKING sign and stop!
Coonoor History & Facts
In the lap of nature and the Nilgiri Hills, Coonoor is a picturesque hill resort. Since long the hill resort of Coonoor has attracted holidaymakers, nature lovers and adventure seekers. The rich flora and fauna add to the beauty of the hill resort. The other famous hill resort of the Nilgiris is Udhagamandalam or Ootacamund (Ooty).
Besides nature spots, Coonoor offers opportunities for adventure sports like trekking and hiking too. In the summer months the hill resort is amply visited by all trying to escape the hot and dusty plains.
The hill resort of Coonoor has attracted people since long. It was way back in 1819 that the British were attracted to its temperate climate. The beauty of the nature accelerated its popularity. The settlements, tea plantations and the railway line followed the British at Coonoor. Till date the hill resort remains popular with the tourists.
Coonoor Details Area 15.05 sq km Altitude 1,800 m above sea level Population 80,000 Languages Tamil and English Annual Mean Rainfall 991 mm Maximum Temperature 24.3°C Minimum Temperature 4.8°C STD Code 0423
Coonoor - Places to Visit
Acres Wild Farm and Acres Wild Cheese have now become part of the history of Coonoor. Of course , there are quite a few other places worth visiting too. One of them worth mentioning is Sim's park. The beautiful park is spread over twelve hectares of land. It has as many as one thousand species of plants. There are magnolia, pines, tree ferns and camellia. Cameras and videos are allowed inside the park for a small fee. Sim's Park is the venue of the fruit and vegetable show held each year in the month of May. The park was named afterJ. D. Sim who was the secretary of the Madras Club in the year 1874.
Close to Sim's Park is The Pasteur Institute which was founded way back in 1907. The institute is renowned for its research in the field of developing vacancies against diseases like rabies and polio. Since it is not a public place in Coonoor you need to visit during fixed timings. You may seek approval of your visit from the Director of the institute. The guided tour of the institute is indeed an experience in itself.
Then there is the landmark of Pomological Station in Coonoor. The Pomological Station is in fact a research centre of the State Agricultural Department. The centre carries in research for persimmon, pomegranates, and apricot. Bird watchers visiting Coonoor will be delighted to spot species like the cormorants, pipits, thrushes, parakeets, skylarks, Nilgiri verditer, etc.
Coonoor - Sites Near By
The hill resort of Coonoor has several excursion options. While holidaying in Coonoor you may plan up a trip the sites near by that are worth visiting.
Just a walking distance below Acres Wild are the lovely waterfalls of Law's Falls. Really worth a visit and not frequented by most tourists.
Past our Tiger Hill house and within 3 kms is a point called Lamb's Rock. From the Lamb's Rock you may check out the spectacular sights of the surrounding landscape. There are several tea and coffee plantations that add beauty to the vintage point.
On the same road one can reach Dolphin's Nose Viewpoint, about 10 km from Coonoor town. The natural beauty of the Dolphin's Nose viewpoint attracts several tourists. From this viewpoint you panoramic and breath-taking view of the Nilgiris. On the way are the famous Catherine falls.
Besides nature spots there is the excursion to Droog. Droog is a place of historic importance. Just thirteen km from the hill resort of Coonoor Droog is trip in history. At Droog you must visit the 16th century Fort of Tipu Sultan that lies in ruins now.
In the Nilgiri Hills itself besides Coonoor there is the other popular hill resort of Ooty. Ooty is nineteen km away from Coonoor and us also known as Udhagamandalam and Ootacamund. There are several places of tourist interest in Ooty like its lake, gardens and structures revealing colonial architecture. For the adventure seekers Ooty offers opportunities for boating, horse riding, trekking, hiking et al.
Coonoor - How to Reach
Local transportation within and around Coonoor is not a problem. You may choose from taxis, buses and auto-rickshaws that are readily available in Coonoor at reasonable rates.
The Airport at Coimbatore caters to the air transportation to Coonoor. It is the nearest airport to Coonoor, at a distance of 71 km. The hill resort of Coonoor has a toy train station. Coonoor lies on the toy-train line between Mettupalayam (28 km) and Ooty (19 km). The toy train leaves Mettupalayam for Ooty and reaches Coonoor in between. You can enjoy the train ride though it often gets disrupted due to the monsoons. The excellent road network links Coonoor with other important places. There are regular bus services that link the hill resort of Coonoor with Coimbatore and Ooty.
Coonoor - Best Time to Visit
Coonoor experiences cool and pleasant weather all through the year. The hill resort has summer months from April to June, which are mild. Though the winters that last from November to February and are cool. Between July and September the southwestern monsoons hit Coonoor. Thus making the time from October to March the best to visit Coonoor.
Coonoor - Fairs and Festival
The hill resort of Coonoor hosts several interesting festivals. Firstly there is the annual fruit and vegetable festival that is hosted at the Sim's Park. Tourists from across the globe get attracted to the festival organized in May each year.
Then there is the tea and tourism festival hosted in Coonoor. The annual festival attracts tea connoisseurs from the world over in January at Coonoor. It is noteworthy that the hill resort of Coonoor lies in the Nilgiri Mountains that are renowned for tea plantations. Some of the better-known tea brands from Coonoor are the Orthodox, CTC and Green Leaf.