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    by vpas Written Mar 25, 2009

    Flowers everywhere are beautiful and coonoor is no exception.This was one of my favourite things to do in coonoor!just gaze and awe at flowers -- fragrant, colourful, vibrant and abundant.

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    by vpas Written Mar 25, 2009

    coonoor is filled with tea estates.it is nice to walk around one and learn about the various processes and intricacies involved in tea cultivation and production.

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    Hanuman monkeys just outside the park

    by tayloretc Updated Nov 25, 2006

    This is actually quite a long, steep, twisting drive from Coonoor, and you'll probably have to hire a car to get there. The drive is gorgeous, though. It'll most likely take a whole day.

    Specs for the sanctuary seem to change day to day. On the day I was there you couldn't hike without a guide, but no one could tell me how to get a guide. So I took a bus with a lunatic driver and no suspension along with a dozen tourists for a whirlwind drive through the grounds (approx. 1 hour drive). There was an animal spotter on the bus who would yell when he saw something, and the driver would slam on the brakes, wait about one minute for every 100 pounds of the creature spotted, then lurch off for the next one.

    The elephant rides have been cancelled out of consideration for the welfare of the elephants, or were on the day I went. Call in advance to see whether that's true of the day you'll be there. Better yet, arrange through an agency - that way if circumstances change there'll be someone on your side, perhaps you can get a refund.

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    by tayloretc Written Aug 7, 2005

    I had a great experience with Super Star Travels, run by a man called Mano. It's easier to hire a private car in Coonoor than to try to use public transportation, which involves a LOT of waiting around.

    Mano's number: cell - 94430784784, office: 2230887.

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    Our taxi and driver

    by eeyan Written Jun 26, 2003

    A great way to see the surrounding area is to hire a taxi for a few hours. It cost us about about $5 for a four hour tour for three people.

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    by tayloretc Written Aug 13, 2005

    The jewelry is lovely too, but the treasure here is the woodwork in the shop, which is done by the store owner's brother, who has a shop up the hill. The brother takes special orders, once you find him.

    What to buy: Get your silver work done here - it costs less than elsewhere. But make an effort to seek out the woodworking.

    What to pay: (Woodwork) Very reasonible for the quality.
    (Jewelry) Appears competitive.

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Coonoor Off The Beaten Path

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    by tayloretc Written Nov 7, 2005

    Coonoor is surrounded by old tea plantations - beautiful, Seussian, very smelly. I had no idea tea smelled this bad when it was a living thing. It took a real leap of faith to think hey, maybe if we dry it and steep it it'll taste great!

    Tea is harvested to a specific measurement and gathered in huge white bags. I don't know much about the details, except that tea plants on hill after hill look like manicured shrubbery with spectacular roots where the earth washes away. The people doing the manicuring waved to me from the hills and tried to give me an umbrella when it started to pour.

    The hike in these photos was from St. Catherine Falls to the main road back to Coonoor. It's on a road, but had relatively few people on it, and almost no cars. An exquisite luxury in India.

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