Kotagiri - Un Explored Splendor of Nilgiris

Umarani Gunasekaran
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kotagiri is one of the hill stations of Nilgiris, with the popularity of Ooty and Coonoor, Kotagiri lost its importance and even now it is virtually unknown to outsiders.  Kotagiri which is about 30 kilo meters east of Udhagamandalam, 23 km from Coonoor and 33 km from Mettupalayam is one of the oldest and the largest of the hill stations.

History records John Sullivan, the Collector of Coimbatore during British rule, as the first European resident who explored Kotagiri. Several English folk followed him and Kotagiri became the summer haven for these settlers.

Kotagiri is situated at a height of 1793m above sea level. It is protected by the Doddabetta range from the violent southwest monsoon and is not affected by mists which are so common at Coonoor. The lower elevation of the place makes it warmer than Ooty. These advantages in the climate make the station a fine health resort. This picturesque hill station is bounded by verdant green tea estates and offers a number of trekking options.


Situated in the lush green hills of Nilgiris, the name of this hill-station literally means the lines of the houses of the Kotas. Some Kota tribes still inhabit the slopes of Nilgiris Hills and are traditional artisans who are experts in the art of pottery and terracotta baking. This pretty hill station enjoys a pleasant climate all through the year. There are plenty of tourist attractions around Kotagiri.

Nehru Park: It is in the heart of the town. It has a beautiful lawn and colorful flowers and a beautiful temple of the Kota Tribes.

Pandiaraj Memorial Park: Located 3 km from the town, on the Coonoor road, this private park has a vast variety of flowers and plants.

Kodanad View Point: Located 16km from Kotagiri, about 30 minutes by vehicle. It provides a splendid view of the great Mysore Plateau to one side and the picturesque 50 acre farming cooperative called Thengumarahada, which seems like a green mosaic amidst the shrub land, lazily meandering this little village is the Moyar River.

Rangaswamy Pillar: Situated at a distance of 16 km from Kotagiri. It is on the same way to Kodanad view point and seen from there also.  The site is a vantage point to check out the wondrous vistas of the Nilgiris. This is a very adventurous place which should never be missed by the rock climbers.


St Cathrine Falls: 15 km from Kotagiri, on the way to Mettupalayam, is a two step waterfalls that plummets down from a height of 250 ft. From this beautiful waterfalls, you get the view of the forest, tea gardens and Mettupalayam view as well. From this point of view Dolphin's Nose of Coonoor is also seen across the mighty gap in the hills.

Elk falls: 7 km from Kotagiri close to the Uyilathii Village. Though this waterfall comes in full gush only in the rainy season it is worth visiting this place to get the view of the Echoing Valley.

Ralliah Dam: On the Kotagiri-Coonoor road in the military area of Wellington, this small dam built by the British in the pre independence era, is an absolute silent and a great trek cum picnic spot.

The other attractions here include the first European house built in 1819 by collector Sullivan at the Kannerimukku village. You can also have a close look into the lives of the people of Nilgiris by exploring the Badaga settlement.
Eventhough Kotagiri is  not a destination for normal tourist who were expecting attractions like parks, lakes, hotels, shopping etc, but one can stay in Kotagiri and easily visit Ooty, Coonoor and other tourist attractions. Accommodation is easily available and cheaper. Regular bus service is available but it would be better to note that the buses are crowded and poorly maintained.

If you are planning a holiday trip to Nilgiris, your trip is more than two days and then  holiday in Kotagiri promises to be one that will revolve around your timing and wishes.
Kotagiri, the unknown splendor of the Nilgiris is waiting to be explored.


Express your comment on this article

Sen Thomas
Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2016

Kotagiri is one of the most beautiful tourist place. But don't try to visit in Dec Jan because of cold weather. I was in coonoor for the last 50 years. Way to Kotagiri by train get down at Coimbatore and get bus to Kotagiri or Come to Mettupalaym and get Ootty train which is more enjoyable trip and get down at Coonoor. From Coonoor take bus to Kotagiri. You can really enjoy there. Coonoor and Kotagiri is famous tourist place.

Ravi Belliraj
Posted on Monday, March 26, 2012

Kotagiri can be reached only by Road. From Coimbatore it is 66 km via Mettupalayam. From Mettupalayam it is 33 km. From Coonoor it is 23 km. From Ooty it is 28 km.
There are frequent buses from all the above places. You can hire tourist taxis from these places at a nominal charges
It is advisable to go to Coonoor first and then take a bus to Kotagiri.
Kotagiri - The oldest of the three Nilgiri hill stations, the village itself is dusty and uninspiring but the surrounding landscape of tea estates, tribal Kota settlements and rolling hills is a world away from the overdevelopment of Ooty.
From Kotagiri you can visit Catherine Falls, 8km away near the Mettupalayam road (the last 3km is by foot only, and the falls only flow after rain), Elk Falls (6km) and Kodanad Viewpoint (22km), where there’s a view over the Coimbatore Plains and Mysore Plateau. A half-day taxi tour to all three will cost around Rs 600. The scenery on the road down to Mettupalayam is gorgeous, so you may want to detour this way if you’re heading down from Ooty.
A couple of very basic lodges are in the small town centre and a splendid 1915 colonial building, Stone House Retreat (273300; www.naharhotels.com; r Rs 2000), offers fabulous views and atmosphere but charges like a wounded bull for all extras.
Situated at around 1793 meters above sea level, Kotagiri is one of the three prominent hill stations in the Nilgiris, Ooty and Coonoor being the other two. A tableland that enjoys the status of being the well-kept secret of the Nilgiris and boasts of a climate second only to Switzerland. A picturesque hill station developed around innumerable knolls and valleys, bounded by verdant green tea estates and offering a number of trekking options. The unpolluted and green environment, unhurried grace and renowned hospitality make it a wonderful and a reminiscent place for a peaceful sojourn.
Few must visit places:Catherine Falls,Elk Falls, Kodnad View point, Longwood Shola & Rangasamy Pillar.

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Posted on Monday, March 5, 2012

Hi,I Just came across this article,Its surprising to see an article of my home town.Any one from Kotagiri pls get in touch if you are in Kuwait.I am here for the past few months only,so My family here are looking for some good frens,Kotagiri people are most welcome.

[email protected]

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Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011

Lovely description about Kotagiri, I was personally there last week and fell in love with that place and the localities are so friendly that I bought a small property on kodanadu road to settle down there in a couple of years.

Umarani Gunasekaran
Posted on Monday, February 28, 2011

Thanks for giving a nice feedback.I am very proud that during my visit visa I introduced kotagiri in IIK.Now back in Kotagiri and enjoying the season here.I cordially welcome all and willing to assist.My mail Id: [email protected]
@Reg.. From bombay you can reach coimbatore and from there by bus or taxi via mettupalyam you can reach Kotagiri.

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Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011

Pls if u do not want to give any information of yr country then pls dont write about it

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Shiny Frank
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

This article gave me chance to rewind myself to 15years...in which I explored the entire beauty of Nilgiri Hills for around 3 years...

Great memories...lucky those who are born & brought up at the lap of Nilgiris...

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Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Which train should i take from Bombay to reach there. Your reply on this article will be very much appreciated as we plan to come this December. There r so many beautiful places in India which we would like to see.Thanks in advance

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shaji varghese
Posted on Sunday, February 13, 2011

information about the bus services are not correct , all the buses are these routes are properly ,very well maintained & puncual services. but dont expect seating facility like volvo.

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anish varghese
Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2011

dear all,

it is a really beautiful information by the person about kotagiri. actually myself also was unaware about these tourist attactions. these sharing of informations about our beautiful country is highly appreciated.

anish varghese

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Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011

its avery beutyfull place

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Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I am so happy to c my hometown in IIK, a pleasant place that brings u heaven right to ur foot step once u visit kotagiri. I am so proud to say that kotagiri is my birth place and I promise u that u will get more than u expect on ur visit. Hi Mr. Mathew Abraham it’s a pleasure to thank you for ur effort and for the article in IIK, wish you all the best for your business and I’ll try to give you some business and Pls get in touch with me in [email protected]

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Anitha gokul
Posted on Tuesday, February 8, 2011

wow ............. really i feel very prestigious to see the admiring words written in the article about my birth place.if u r planning to visit our place i promise u will really enjoy your time.

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Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011

Dear Mr. Mathew Abraham,

Please provide your e-mail address

Mathew Abraham
Posted on Friday, February 4, 2011

Dear Readers,

I take this opportunity to inform you that I provide lodging facility at the heart of Kotagiri town. If you would be planning on visiting I would be more than glad to assist.

You can contact on the following no's

973-34-294 / 657-97-865 / 976-88-748

Kindly mention reference to this article.


Mathew Abraham

Posted on Friday, February 4, 2011

Interesting info. Thanks for sharing. Excellent writeup.

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Preethi John
Posted on Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Happy to read about my neighbouring town in IIK.

As the article says,its a very beautiful place and all r cordially welcomed to visit our place..........

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