serene setting of the Nilgiri Hills and just an hour's drive
from Udhagamandalam, Kotagiri is a small resort set among
the lush tea estates. Retaining the essence of hill magic
and charm, the resort offers year round sylvan charm. Trips
to Kodanad View Point, St. Catharine Falls and Rangaswamy
Pillar and Peak are worthwhile.Kotagiri is a hiker's
paradise, with endless trails and sufficient 'off beat ness'.
It is the third largest and the oldest hill station in the
Nilgiri's. Like all hill stations in India, this also has
had strong presence of the British Raj. The town is fast
becoming commercial, with many banks and shopping facilities
coming up. It has a Kota temple in the middle of the town,
even though the Kota tribes have long moved out, giving
exotic tribal feel. Kotagiri has one of the best climates in
the world. It is more temperate than Ooty, attributed to its
altitude of 1984 metres above sea level.
Places of Interest
Discover the enchanting hills
Kodanaad View point
Otherwise called the Terminus Country, because of its
location (perched on the eastern most edge of the Nilgiri's.)
From here one can see an entire array of natural processes
like rivers Moyar and Bhavani, the Mysore Plateau, Valleys,
trenches and also paddy fields.
Even though dry for some months of the year, is worth
visiting this place; reason being, it has the first European
house built in Nilgris here. Now a ruin, but still is a
captivating sight. Another reason is the Badaga settlement,
on the road to the falls. Quaint and idyllic, this is a
beautiful definition of a tribal village. Great place for
Rangaswamy Pillar and Rock
The Rangaswamy peak lies 20 km from Kotagiri. This peak is
sacred for Irulas (a tribe), adding mysticism to this
natural beauty. Nearby is the Rangaswamy rock, a
rock-climbers nightmare. Rising abruptly on all sides to
about 400 metres, it is unclimbable.
Long Wood Shola
3 km away from the town, it is a wild life reserve.
Perfectly peaceful and untouched forest trails are an
invitation to serenity seekers. Also a great place for
How to Reach Kotagiri
By Air: The nearest airport is Coimbatore (105 km).
It is connected by Indian Airlines with Madras, Bangalore
By Rail: The nearest railhead is Coonoor (21 km).
By Road: Kotagiri is connected to nearby places of