Kotagiri is a beautiful Hills Station located in the Nilgiris Hills. About 33 km southeast of Ooty. It is believed to have the world's second best climate.
Ooty is suffering from over attention. Kotagiri is very peaceful and cheap, but it has all the qualities of Ooty.
There are frequent buses from all the above places. You can hire tourist taxis from these places at a nominal charges
Direct buses to Kotagiri are a little crowded when you board them from Mettupalayam. It is advisable to go to Coonoor first and then take a bus to Kotagiri.
Kotagiri has some of the best schools in Nilgiri District
Riverside Public School
St. Jude Public School
International Community School
Taxi and Autorikshas are freely available. Only Taxis are available after eight p.m.
Other places of interest are the St.Catherine waterfalls near Aravenu, the Uyilatty falls, 15km from Kotagiri town and the 1,785 m (5,856 feet) high Rangasamy Peak. It is a conical peak and is the most sacred hill on the plateau. Being the Holy deity of the Nilgiris, this shrine is visited by thousands of pilgrims from the 'Kongu' region and other places every yearl. According to Hindu Legend, Lord Rangaswamy used to live at Karamadai in Coimbatore district on the plains but quarrelled with his wife and came to live alone here. Two-foot prints on the rock not far from Arakadu village below the peak, are stated to be the proof for this event.
Kotagiri abounds in big european style bungalows built by the British and most of them retain their englishness, are still very habitable and have been conveted into upmarket homestays. New constructions too are aplenty but at the cost of aesthetics.
There are numerous tea factories producing the famous Nilgiri tea. The famous Nilgiri thailam (Eucalyptus oil) is distilled in small shacks in a rudimentary manner.
Kotagiri also has some gold deposits, which were mined to levels possible during the days of the British Raj. Presently research is going on to determine if it would be possible to extract more gold from the mines.
There is also some considerable bauxite in the area.
Walk in the tea gardens. It is very refreshing but be careful of estate dogs.
Hotel Hope Park charges Rs. 70.00 for lunch.
Hotel Kasthuri is a budget vegetarian restaurant.
Hotel Subam is budget non-vegetarian restaurant.
All these three are situated in the Johnston Squire.
Very tasty samoosa is available opposite the private busstand.
Spicy soya fry is also available on the same spot for Rs.10 only.
And also available economy non-veg food at HARI MESS in Donington Road ( Phone : 04266272271 )
Hot Fresh tea is special in the cool climate. You get different favours of tea like Chocolate, Ilaichi, Ginger, Lemon etc.
Green Nest Resort 09894045111
Hotel Hope Park 04266271229
Annamar Cottages. 04266 272199
Hotel Belair 04266272888
Hotel Blue Star 04266274454
Majestic Lodge 04266271520
Hotel Misty Heights 04266279353
Nilgiri Resorts 04266273755
Hotel Ramesh Vihar 04266271346
Hotel Sunshine 09787588869
Trilan Cottages 04266273080