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Reasons to go to Kotagiri

1Solitude in the touristy Nilgiris
Solitude in the touristy Nilgiris

HolidayIQ reviewer Alapathi says, "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." 

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2The road less-travelled, Kotagiri
The road less-travelled, Kotagiri

HolidayIQ scout Govind says, "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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3Explore the Nilgiris with Kotagiri as base
Explore the Nilgiris with Kotagiri as base

HolidayIQ reviewer Toshal says, "Kotagiri is a good place to relax, unwind and breath in the fresh, crisp air. Many sightseeing places, 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." 

HolidayIQ reviewer Alapathy says, "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. Catherine Falls, Elk Falls and Rangaswami Pillar are the major attractions near Kotagiri and you can trek to these places."

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4To experience camping inside a dense forest
To experience camping inside a dense forest

HolidayIQ Reviewer Basil Neelambra shares, “Trekking inside the forest. Longwood shola offers trekking into the forest. However you need a guide to take you inside the forest. Otherwise forest department will not let you. Most of the hotel will arrange for a guide. The best guide is Mr. Boopathy, he is accredited wild life guide. Ask for him. The guide will charge you Rs. 1, 000-2, 000 depending on the number of persons. When you go inside the forest, you will refreshed. Pure oxygen and cool climate will welcome you inside the forest. It's a must to do in Kotagiri. It will definitely refresh you. It will be better if you put on trekking shoes. There will be leaches, so take iodized salt with you. Applying iodized salt will keep away the leaches. Take water bottle along with you. The fun part lies at the camping spot inside the forest atop a small hillock.”

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5Enjoy a quintessential coming together of luxury and lush greenery
Enjoy a quintessential coming together of luxury and lush greenery

Known for quiet waterways, lush green tea estates, and artisanal shops, Kotagiri can be the ultimate destination to relax in. A quick pit stop at Ooty will give you enough time to explore the Ooty Lake, Thread Garden, St. Stephen’s church and Doddabetta, where you can treat your eyes with spectacular views.

When you are done exploring for the day, head to the V Resorts Kotagiri to ease up on a hammock and relish a cup of tea while reading your favourite book. The resort is essentially a beautiful 4-room villa, which is tucked away in the midst of lush green tea plantations. The rooms are tastefully designed with soothing colours, and the views are breathtaking in all directions. Go on a photography tour or a trek, and do not miss out on a visit to the tea plantations.

HolidayIQ Traveller Toshal Shenai says, “A good place to relax, unwind and breathe in the fresh, crisp air. Not many sightseeing places, but it is a good place to be in the midst of nature and tea gardens with great food.”

Make sure you experience all of this on your next weekend getaway! Plan your trip now and get absorbed in the beauty of the gorgeous hill stations and the quaint beach towns.



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Reviews (15)

Vic Channaraj

Vic Channaraj

35 reviews

An undiscovered gem of a hill station in South India

If you want to experience pleasant weather and don't like the crowds typical of popular hill stations then look no further than this little town, which is enroute to Ooty from Coimbatore.

Vinay Katte

Vinay Katte1.8/5

10 reviews

The climate at this time is cool

The climate was cool. The local people are a helpful lot. They also take pride in the chocolates that they produce there. The tea is also good. Milk is not available after 7 pm. So if you have kids and need milk, go to the nearby tea center and ask them for milk, they will help you. Take your time around the place, it is peaceful.

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Kotagiri Overview

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 KotagiriThe 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 KotagiriFamous 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 KotagiriTourists 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 KotagiriThere 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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Kodanad View Point, Kotagiri

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Suvra Banerjee

Kodanad View Point, Kotagiri
Kodanad View Point, Kotagiri

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Suvra Banerjee

Kodanad View Point, Kotagiri
Kodanad View Point, Kotagiri

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Suvra Banerjee

Kodanad View Point, Kotagiri
Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

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Toshal Shenai

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