Coonoor - Masinagudi Break(6 Nights)

Coimbatore, Masinagudi, Coonoor, Coimbatore

for Off-Beat Traveller, Senior Citizens, Honeymooner

Holiday Overview

Sims Park
Nilgiri Heritage Train
View from Dolphins Nose
View from Dolphins Nose
Lambs Rock
Wild Elephant at Mudumalai (Nivalink Trip Dated - 14 April 2011)
Moyar Falls (Photo Courtesy: D momaya)
An elephant at the Camp (Photo Courtesy: Moorthy Gounder)

Coonoor - Masinagudi Break is an itinerary for off-beat, nature centric, adventure and experiential travellers combining two nature centric getaways of Nilgiri Hills i.e. Mudumalai (Wildlife, walking, trekking) and Coonoor (Tea Plantations).


Masinagudi(3) - Coonoor(3)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Coimbatore. Travel to Masinagudi
  • Day-2 Walking / Bird watching around Mudumalai
  • Day-3 Proceed to Mudumalai. Activities around Mudumalai.
  • Day-4 Travel to Coonoor via Ooty
  • Day-5 Sightseeing around Coonoor
  • Day-6 Explore around Coonoor
  • Day-7 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Coonoor - Sims Park (2.50 kms), Dolphins Nose Coonoor (10.00 kms), Droog Fort Trek (10.00 kms), Catherine Falls (20.00 kms)

Masinagudi - Elephant Camp Theppakadu (7.50 kms), Walking in Mudumalai (10.00 kms), Pykara Lake (24.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Coimbatore Departure - Coimbatore
Best Season to Travel
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests with specific interest in Wildlife may look to spend a night at Bandipur.

  • Coimbatore to Masinagudi -115 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Masinagudi to Coonoor -57 kms (2 hrs)
  • Coonoor to Coimbatore -64 kms (1.5 hrs)

Coimbatore - Masinagudi(3) - Coonoor(3) - Coimbatore

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Coimbatore. Travel to Masinagudi Arrival at Coimbatore. Proceed to Masinagudi (120 kms - 3 hrs). Masinagudi lies in the heart of Mudumalai Forests, renowned for its Elephants, birdlife, simple jungle lodges and totally nature centric experience.

Day-2 Walking / Bird watching around Mudumalai  Undertake Walking / Trekking (Mountain Treks, Riverside Treks, Grassland Treks) / Bird watching around Mudumalai.

Day-3 Proceed to Mudumalai. Activities around Mudumalai. Explore around Masinagudi such as Theppakadu Elephant Camp OR go for a Jeep Safari in Bandipur (requires pre-booking) or undertake half day trips (Gopalswamibetta, Silk (Sericulture) Farm, Tribal Villages, Historical Places (Hero Stones)

Day-4 Travel to Coonoor via Ooty Travel to Coonoor (55 kms) via Pykkara falls and Ooty. Coonoor is a coffee plantation area renowned for its offbeat character.

Day-5 Sightseeing around Coonoor Full day visit around Coonoor exploring Dolphin’s Nose point and Catherine Falls and other areas around such as Kotagiri.

Day-6 Explore around Coonoor Local sightseeing at Sim's park and Droog's Fort. Based on where the guest is staying, one can also opt for activities such as Horse Riding, Rock Climbing, River Crossing, Fishing (Carp and Trout), Open Jeep Rides etc. Guests can also opt for a short Nilgiri heritage train ride between Metupalayam and Ooty (Tickets to be booked in advance).

Day-7 Departure Depart to Coimbatore (65 kms - 1.5 hours) for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Coonoor :

  • Sims Park - Sims Park is a botanical garden spread over 12 hactres having a collection of over 1,000 plant species.

  • Dolphins Nose Coonoor - Dolphins Nose Viewpoint is 10 km from Coonoor. It provides a panoramic view of the Nilgiri Hills and Catherine Falls.

  • Droog Fort Trek - Droog Fort is the erstwhile outpost of Tipu Sultan. Droog fort is approachable from Coonoor and requires an uphil trek. Level of difficulty is medium.

  • Catherine Falls - Catherine Falls is a double-cascaded waterfall (250 ft height) located near Kotagiri and It is also a major tourist attraction.

Masinagudi :

  • Elephant Camp Theppakadu - Theppakadu Elephant camp is where one can enjoy being around elephants, feed them and enjoy a kind of elephant experience. This is popular with inbound travellers and families with kids. Museum near the Elephant feeding camp is where some animals who once lived in the Mudumalai Jungle are preserved

  • Walking in Mudumalai - Walking in jungle is possible around Masinagudi with forest permission. Forest department from time to time restricts this. One can take upto 10 km walk / trek around doing a bit of bird watching and spotting wild animals. Taking a guide along is a must.

  • Pykara Lake - The Pykara Lake formed after a dam was constructed on Pykara river. There are two waterfalls over 50 meters height that are popularly known as Pykara falls and are a major tourist attraction. Enroute one also stops over at Shooting point, a point where many movies were shot in past.

Destination Overview

Coimbatore - Coimbatore is the second largest city in state of Tamil Nadu and a major textile and engineering hub. The plantation areas Coonnor and Valparai and hill station of ooty and kodaikanal are accessible from here.

Masinagudi - Mudumalai is a popular ex-Bangalore weekend getaway and is visited as a part of Karnataka / Tamilnadu itineraries. Mudumalai is excellent for a more nature centric stay.

Coonoor - Coonoor is the tea plantation area located at an altitude of 5000+ ft asl, at 19 km to the south of Ooty. Coonoor provides the traveler with the panoramic view of the green Nilgiri hills, home to a number of homestays and heritage stays. The area is excellent for bird watching.

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  • Coimbatore to Masinagudi -115 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Masinagudi to Coonoor -57 kms (2 hrs)
  • Coonoor to Coimbatore -64 kms (1.5 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Mudumalai Getaway

Mudumalai is a popular getaway for travelers looking for a quiet getaway with option to explore more

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  • Coimbatore to Masinagudi -115 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Masinagudi to Coonoor -57 kms (2 hrs)
  • Coonoor to Coimbatore -64 kms (1.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

Coonoor - Masinagudi Break is a classic off-beat traveller itinerary. To go with the spirit of the itinerary homestays and Colonial bungalow stays in Coonoor and simple nature centric stays at Masinagudi are recommended.

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