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Coonoor
Coonoor MapThe serene hill station of Coonoor lies in the arms of the Nilgiri Hills. Geographically speaking, Coonoor lies at the head of Hulikal gorge. This picturesque retreat is covered by grassy meadows, tea bushes, a profusion of sunflowers, marigolds & rhododendrons, all growing wild. Coonoor is fundamentally a little tea garden town where the weather remains pleasantly icy all year long.

Links with the world Coonoor does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is in Coimbatore. Coonoor is on the toy-train line between Mettupalayam (28 km) and Ooty.

The Sim's Park is an important place to visit in Coonoor. It is a 12-hectare park, having a collection of over one,000 plant species, including magnolia, pines, tree ferns, and camellia. The botanical garden developed partly in the Japanese style got its name after J. D. Sim, the secretary of the Madras Club in 1874. The key attraction of the park is the annual fruit and vegetable show held in May.

Very close to the Sim's Park, the Pasteur Institute came in to existence in 1907. It makes a speciality of the research for vaccines for rabies and polio. The institute can be visited only on Saturdays. However, on other days, can visit the institute with the prior permission of the Director of the Institute. The tour of the Institute is guided.
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