This stunning hill station is located in the lush green hills of Nilgiri, Tamil Nadu at an altitude of 1793 metres and 28km east of Ooty. Kotagiri is a small village and is silent and untouched. This old hill station is well known for its lush greenery, tea plantations and trekking possibilities. The trekking in this area is awe-inspiring. This area is abounding with natural prettiness and the sightseer prefers the gorgeous viewpoints that permit them to take pleasure in natural world at its best. Kotagiri is a perfect holiday get away.
PLACES TO SEE
Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar:
The Rangaswamy Peak is conical structure that is at a height of about 5855 feet above sea level. It is situated at 20 km from Kotagiri. This peak is sacred for Nilgiris people, adding holiness to this natural beauty. The hill on which it is situated is considered extremely sacred and legends have it that Lord Rangaswamy lived here when he left home to be alone. On the rocks of this hill just after the Arakadu village lie two footprints that stand for evidence. This place of worship is visited by number of pilgrims. The Rangaswamy Pillar is found on the north-west of the peak. It rises in splendour to a height of about 400 feet as an isolated rock pillar with unclimbable steep sides.
The Catherine waterfalls is an attractive tourist spot located around 8 km away from Kotagiri. This falls was named after the wife of a European called M.D.Cockburn a coffee planter of Kotagiri. This double-cascaded Falls is the second uppermost in the district about 250 ft and it waters from the upper stream of the kallar river crossed by the unseen Mettupalyam-Ooty road beyond the mountains in the south-west. From this point magnificent view of Dolphin's Nose - Coonoor is also seen
Elk Falls is located 7 km from Kotagiri and situated above the village Uyilathi and located on the main route to Mettupalayam in the Nilgiri District. An European House, built during the British ruling, can be seen in close proximity to the waterfall. The perfect period to trip the waterfall is during the monsoon the site is always worth of visit.
Kodanaad View point:
Kodanad is name of a small village; Kodanaad View point located around 16 km away from Kotagiri in the Nilgiri District. From this view point one can see Rangasamy Peak, Rangasamy Pillar, Catherine Falls and Dolphin's Nose, Mysore Plateau, Valleys.
Longwood Shola is a wooded forest located right next to Kotagiri on the Nilgiris. It is a tropical evergreen forest and host to the enormously fragile ecosystem of the Nilgiris and expands on an area of around 116 hectares. It has a attractive trekking pathway that allows visitors to walk through the picturesque settings of this peaceful forest
HOW TO REACH
The nearest airport is Coimbatore -105 km. It is connected to Chennai, Bangalore and Cochin.
The nearest railhead is Coonoor (21 km)...
Kotagiri is well connected to other major places in Tamil Nadu by road. Regular bus services connect the hill resort to Ooty, Mettupalayam and Coonoor.
Kotagiri is having mild temperature all round the year, the best time to visit the hill station is any time of the year