St Catherine Falls

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Location : 8-km From Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu
Height: 250 Feet
Famous As: Picnic Spot

Dolphin's Nose (12-km from Coonoor) has spectacular views onto St. Catherine's falls on one side and Coonoor and Kotagiri streams, tributaries of the Bhavani, on the other. Located at a distance of 8-km from Coonoor, St. Catherine waterfalls are breathtakingly beautiful and are an ideal spot for a picnic.

The height of the falls is about 250 feet. To reach the top of the hills tourists should take a diversion at Aravenu on Kotagiri - Mettupalayam road.

Nearby are the Laws falls situated along the Coonoor-Mettupalayam road at the distance of 7-km from Coonoor. The height of the falls is about 180feet. It is formed at the junction of the Coonoor and Katteri Rivers. There are vast stretches of undisturbed Shola forests around offering lots of variety for trekkers.


Air: Regular flights operate from Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) to the nearest airport at Coimbatore.
Rail: Tourists can take the Blue Mountain Railway from Mettupalayam, which runs on steam up to Coonoor. The distance of 28-kms takes 3 hours to cover and offers a breathtaking view of the Nilgiri hills. From here it continues to Udhagamandalam (Ooty), a distance of 18-kms, which takes an hour and a half to cover.
Road: Regular bus services are available from Coimbatore, Coonoor, Udhagamandalam (Ooty) and Kotagiri.


Coonoor has its share of budget hotels and guesthouses to picturesque resorts. Upper Coonoor is highly recommended.

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