Coonoor, a little town full of smiles and colors. Nothing we knew about before getting there. We thought Coonoor must be another busy, chaotic and hectic Indian town so we were not very excited. But this small town turns out to be much more than we expected…


David and I had already been staying a couples of days in Ooty visiting the area by scooter and we had a day to kill before leaving the Nilgiri hills, famous for the beautiful tea and coffee plantations. David and I had zero expectation that last day when we decided to visit Coonoor, one of the three Nilgiri hill stations in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. We were going to Coonoor most for a so called Toy train, the popular way to travel around the hill stations.


At the first km out of the train station we were already overwhelmed by the honking, the traffick and the crowds. But we were not giving up exploring the town. Beyond the traffic we saw colorful houses up on a hill and start walking toward that direction.

Coonoor Nilgiri hills

Once we got up it was like we were completly on another world! It was so peaceful! And the air felt fresher somehow.

Coonooor Nilgiri hills

Under the 18th the Nilgiri Hill area where occupied by the British citizens therefore all the churches around. But among the churches there were aswell the hindu temples.

Coonoor Nilgiri hills

Notice all the laundry hanging to dry!

I think the day we were in Coonoor it happens to be the laundry day! Not only the buildings and houses were colorful, the clothes aswell.

Coonoor Nilgiri hills

Not a single moment did we felt unwanted.It was the contrary as we were invited many times for a chat and a cup of tea in peoples home but we kindly decline. Now many years later thinking back, we regret not taking the occassion to speak more with the locals.

Boyz of the hood…a bunch of funny old men!

After hours of wandering around the joyful neighborhood we decided to end our adventurous day with another adventurous thing; tasting something new from the local menu. I just can’t remember though what this was! Anyone can tell me?


Yes, Coonoor was busy and chaotic but we were so lucky to have see a brighter side of the town. So if you are nearby, please don’t leave without visiting the heart of Coonoor! It’s so unreal and seems so exotic thinking about it now.



  1. Åh så härligt! Tänkte skriva ett inlägg om olika färgglada platser i världen, och länka till olika bloggar med bild. Är det ok att jag lånar en av bilderna och länkar till ditt blogginlägg? 🙂

    • Tack Maria att du tog dig tiden att läsa! Ja tack, länka gärna mitt! Jag har andra färgglada platser som jag inte har hunnit skriva om än. Ser framemot att läsa dina inlägg om din lànga road trip!

    • Hej, Indien är väldig färgglad och doftstarkt! Tre mànader i Indien men jag är inte säkert pà att jag vill àtervända dit!
      Och vad glad jag blir när jag kan väcka reslusten hos nàgon som redan har rest mycket!

  2. What a picturesque place to visit! Love the synergy of Eastern and Western churches, both gorgeous. Oh, and the laundry would make me feel right a home 😉

  3. This is beautiful. What i loved the most about this blog is it is the way we see the Nilgiri s. My post about Darjeeling is pretty similar only little difference of culture and food habit and ethnic population.

    • Yes! This is my first post from Nilgiri. There will be more so hopefully I will add some historical information…but I am quite bad at that. Thanks for reading!❤️

  4. The meal you ate was dosa with sambhar and Chutney. Seems to be quite a colourful trip… but conoor has a lot more than colourful laundry…it has one of the most breathtaking views and I love it much more than Ooty which is now too commercial. The local cuisine and people are lovely. Happy travels.

    • Yes all around Nilgiri hills has wonderful views and sure Coonoor no exeption. We are though very glad to have wandered around Coonoor on the part that perhaps not many though of visiting. We love this kind of discovery. Ahh yes Dosa! Thanks


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