Kotagiri Tourism
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Kotagiri Tourism

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  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Nilgiris
Kotagiri, located at an elevation of 1793 metres above sea level in the state of Tamil Nadu, is an old hill station well known for its green spaces and a number of trekking opportunities.

History of Kotagiri

The name Kotagiri literally means ‘the home of the Kota’ and refers to the Kota tribe who lived here in the past.  Today, the Kota tribe has been reduced to a few thousand and is on the brink of extinction. There is no written record of the ancient history of Kotagiri. All that is present is the history of Kotagiri from the British era to the present. This hill station was the preferred location for the British who looked to escape the heat and the humidity of the plains. In fact, Kotagiri was the summer home of the British in Southern India.

Kotagiri is not as well known as some of the other hill stations in South India like Ooty, but it is still a significant one. This small hill station in the Nilgiri Hills was the first one to be discovered by the British. However, when an alternate path was built to Ooty, other than the Horse Trail which passed through Kotagiri, the popularity of Kotagiri started waning until it fell into obscurity. However, of late, tourism has picked up due to various awareness drives undertaken by the government.

Kotagiri was originally a coffee plantation. The first coffee plantation was planted in 1843 here which was followed by many more plantations. However, following the first tea plantation in the late 19th century by the daughter of MD Cockburn, tea slowly started taking over coffee until it completely spanned the city. Today, the tea plantations in Kotagiri cover a total area of 30,000 acres.

Things to do in Kotagiri

The trekking trails in this region go through picturesque tea-estates and lush greenery, meadows and rivers. The most popular trail of the region is the Kotagiri-Kodanad Trail. Kotagiri has many places of tourist interest apart from its trekking and mountaineering opportunities. Some of the tourist attractions here are the Kodanad View Point, Catherine Falls and Longwood Shola.

Food & Shopping in Kotagiri

Famous for its tea gardens, tourists visiting Kotagiri must try some freshly brewed tea here. It is available in a range of flavours right from ginger to chocolate. Food in Kotagiri is limited to regular snacks and Indian food, which is served at the restaurants in the town.

Travelling to Kotagiri

Tourists can reach Kotagiri by air as the nearest airport to the destination is in Coimbatore at a distance of about 105 km. Kotagiri is well connected to major cities in Tamil Nadu by road with regular bus plying from Mettupalayam, Coimbatore, Trichy, Thirupur and Erode. The nearest railhead to Kotagiri is Coonoor at 21 km.

Accommodation options in Kotagiri

There are a few budget hotels in Kotagiri. Some are located in the main town area while a few are near its tea gardens. Tourists can also opt to stay in a homestay, which are found aplenty in the destination. For a wholesome holiday experience, the best option is to choose from the many attractive Kotagiri holiday packages, which are offered to travellers.

Summers are best time to visit Kotagiri as the temperature pleasant. Summer season starts from March and lasts till May. During this time, the temperature is pleasant and it is an ideal time to visit the hill station. Just when the monsoons end, winter starts, i.e. early December to May, which is also a good time to visit Kotagiri.

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Renjita  Menon

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  • Renjita Menon
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  458 readers

"Second heaven on earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2016
There is nothing to do in Kotagiri except to let your soul wander. My journey from Ooty to Kotagiri, which is hardly 33 km, was done in a local rick and I couldn't have asked for more.

Kotagiri is a small village nestled between Ooty & Coonoor and many people miss this heavenly destination has it is still untouched by tourists which has only increased its appeal. We (3 of us) took an auto rickshaw from Ooty to Kotagiri and the scenic views are indescribable with steep winding roads, pine trees on both sides and an awesome weather. After some since it was physically challenging to get the rick up the steep hill we offered to get off and walk along and we felt we were straight out of a movie scene with mist, pine trees and steep road ahead of us. The place where we stayed, Green Nest Resorts, was far flung from the city and was nestled among a sea of tea plantations. The entire scenario there was soothing to the eyes, heart, mind and soul.

Since we arrived well past lunch time we didn't have the luxury of ordering what we wanted but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we had one of the most sumptuous South Indian meal ever!

The entire evening was spent just wandering among the rows and rows of tea gardens and taking in the fresh air. Dinner was served on time and by now we realized that they serve really yummy food. Next morning we took a small trek on the nearby hills to get a 360 degree view of the surroundings which are breathtakingly beautiful with trees and flowers that belong to another world!

Overall, this trip was a soothing yet exciting trip for the soul. Highly recommended!
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Bhavya Bangera

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  • Bhavya Bangera
  • Lives in Mangalore
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"Awesome place to be at"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2015
It was an awesome place to be away from work & city life. Driving up the hill to reach our destination was worth. Awesome weather and lovely residents who were always there to help us at any point of the day. Memorable time spent with my hubby and would love to go back to this small hill station.
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Govind Raj

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  • Govind Raj
  • Lives in Dharmapuri
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"Fabulous two days"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 17, 2014
I visited Kotagiri for my friend's sister marriage, the nearest small villages near Kotagiri were Milithene, Kodanad and Coonoor. Major place in this place is Kodanad view point, such awesome estate. To visit Kotagiri travelers make sure you carry adequate warm clothes.
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Toshal  Shenai

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  • Toshal Shenai
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  4 helpful votes
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"Kotagiri - relax and chill"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 8, 2014
A good place to relax, unwind and breath in the fresh, crisp air. Not many sightseeing places, but it is a good place to be in the midst of clouds and tea gardens with great food and cheap accommodation. It is about 35km from Ooty and 30km from Coonoor. On a 2-3 day trip, it is good to go to Coonoor, catch the toy train to Ooty and come back by a cab/bus. Even if you go biking to Kotagiri, the experience will be amazing due to the excellently managed roads and view.

Advice: Don't go there for sightseeing. Go there only if you want to relax and sleep and unwind. It is a good destination for taking out all the stress from your lives and be in peace with yourself. Must Visit in Nov-Jan.
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Miss.    	lata iyer

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  • Miss. lata iyer
  • Lives in Palakkad
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"Beautiful Drive"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2013
Go by car to Kotagiri, it is best coz you can find beautiful views greenery. It is best to start in the early morning so that u can see some animals like elephants coming out. Which we also saw scenes and road condition are good. But there are no dhabas or refreshment stalls that the travelers will be benefited. My advice to the people is to drive slowly and have safe and beautiful drive and enjoy the sights seeing places.
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Balasubramaniam.j.

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"overall the stay at bel..."

  • Posted May 28, 2013
overall the stay at bel air cottage was very nice and the food they served was excellent as good as our home make.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: shopping near the nehru park and site seeing in the outskirts was nice

Activities & things to do: go round the parks there, may go to ooty, kodanad, thotabetta from there.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: keep up to the left side of the road strictly while travelling in mountains,take your own car or a taxi so that you can enjoy the in and around places.
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Aravindan  Selvaraj

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  • Aravindan Selvaraj
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Destination is good and it..."

  • Posted May 24, 2013
Destination is good and it was peaceful and pleasent climate. All the site seeings are around 20 to 25 km.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: n/a

Activities & things to do: n/a

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: n/a
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Alapathi

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"the memorable IV"

  • Posted Oct 27, 2012
Kotagiri is a panchayat town in The Nilgiris District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kotagiri is situated at an elevation of around 1793m above sea level and is one of the three popular hill stations located in the Nilgiris. This picturesque hill station is bounded by verdant green tea estates and offers a number of trekking options. This old hill station has been developed around innumerable knolls and valleys. The Doddabetta Range is 22 km away. Catherine Falls, Elk Falls and Rangaswami Pillar are the major attractions near Kotagiri and you can trek to these places. Kodanad View Point offers a spectacular view of the gentle sloping hills and blue hills. There is another jungle trekking trail that leads you to a small stream of water. The three popular trekking trails are Kotagiri - Kodanad; Kotagiri - St. Catherine Falls and Kotagiri - Longwood Shola. The Kotagiri - Kodanad trail leads you through splendid views of lush-green tea estates and the magnificent Moyar River. One has to cross through meadows to reach Kodanad.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Kodanad View Point,John Sullivan's Bungalow, St. Catherine Falls (Geddhehaada Halla) is an 8 km trail.

Activities & things to do: trekking, shopping, cycling and visiting tea company

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: careful at the hair pin turn if you are travelling by road, jackets, scarfs are must to wear garments!
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Jayanti

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"Good experience"

  • Posted Oct 19, 2012
The place was cool and it was fun to be with friends.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: They provided us with good home made food. its was healthy and yummy too.

Activities & things to do: Not bad.we had camp fire and used to chat in the garden.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: To enjoy atmost atleast we need to spend 10 days .
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Harsha

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"Kotagiri"

  • Posted Oct 9, 2012
It was really superb, he location was really good. It's a hill station, so the temperature is very low, but we can still enjoy the place very well, because it is a very beautiful place

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is a forest over there,it is really superb. For shopping go to Ooty.

Activities & things to do: You can play out door games and can have campfire in the cottage

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: It is a hill station, so there are many hair pin bends. Those who get vomiting sensation in such travel will have to take the necessary tablets.
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