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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.

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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

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.

Get around[edit]

Taxi and Autorikshas are freely available. Only Taxis are available after eight p.m.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Tea Gardens
  • Kodanad View Point
  • The town is surrounded by many tourist spots. One very popular place is the Kodanad View Point. Accessible by road, 16 km (10 miles) from Kotagiri or about 30 minutes by vehicle, it provides a splendid view of the great Mysore Plateau to one side and the picturesque 500 acre farming cooperative called Thengu mara haada, which seems like a green mosaic amidst the shrubland; lazily meandering this little village is the Bhavani River.
  • John Sullivan's bungalow, the one he built during his stay, has been renovated and is open to the public. It is located in Kannerimukku, about 20 minutes from the main town.
  • Located within Kotagiri town, Longwood forest, a pristine tropical evergreen forest is a secluded refuge for those seeking peace and quiet, it is home to the flying fox/Malabar Squirrel (a large arboreal squirrel) that is rarely seen, there is also a resident family of about 20 bison which can be seen grazing in the evenings just outside the forest on Milidhane road.
  • The Nehru Park in the town has a big complex which houses a temple of the Kotas, the Gandhi Maidanam which is the public playground, congregation centre and the flood shelter which is used in normal times for indoor games. A private park about 3 km from the town on coonoor road specialises in roses and is a must see in the months, March to June.

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 year. 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.

  • On the northwest of Rangaswamy Peak, after "The Denad village" is found the Rangaswamy Pillar, which is an extraordinary isolated rocky pillar rising in solitary grandeur to a height of some 400 feet narrow and has sheer sides, which are quite unclimbable. Kil-kotagiri, Sholurmattam, Karagodumattam and Kadasholai are the places enroute to the Rangaswamy peak.

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.

Do[edit][add listing]

Walk in the tea gardens. It is very refreshing but be careful of estate dogs. They become more aggressive on finding someone walk with a stick.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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 )

FRIENDS AGENCIES For Snacks,Cookies & Chocklates. (For Whole Sale also) Aneesh:9626986777

Drink[edit][add listing]

Hot Fresh tea is special in the cool climate. You get different favours of tea like Chocolate, Ilaichi, Ginger, Lemon etc.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Grimms Villa Resorts (A quaint resort and tea estate in the Niligiris) 91 9943527451

Celestial resorts 09487071995

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

Lazy Hills - Kotagiri, Web: [3] Phone:+ 91 99419 43921

  • Marsh Villa, Darmona Bungalow Road, 25/85, 86, 87, Kotagiri-643217, Nilgiris., +91-04266-271331, [1]. checkin: 12:30 pm; checkout: 11:30 am. Marsh Villa' – for a luxury stay - A name synonymous with a real feel of comfort and luxury amid an enriching setting where nature, clad in its pristine beauty, embraces you.  edit
  • V Resorts Kotagiri, Ashiyana, Jacarandas,Vill. Naduhatty, Kotagiri, Nilgiris, Tamilnadu-643214, 01204004800, [2]. Situated on the outskirts of the town the resort is surrounded by acres of tea estates. Guests can choose between Luxury rooms and Woodden Cottages, both of which offer great views of the Nilgiri hills & valleys and tea estate. There is a facility for indoor games like chess, carom in the activity area. The resort can also arrange for tea garden and factory visits and local tours. Starting INR 3099.  edit


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