Kotagiri which showers one of the best climate next to Switzerland is situated at a distance of about 28 km east of Ooty, at an altitude of 1950 m and it is one of the three hill stations of the Nilgiris.Kotagiri is surrounded by dense Shola forests and splendid green lush of tea estates.Kotagiri is a perfect holiday escape and is steeped in colonial nostalgia thus attracting a lot of tourists. In earlier days it used to be the summer resort of the British. Kotagiri is bestowed with a temperate climate. It happens to be one of the oldest and largest hill stations in southern India. It is also one of the important centre for tea industry next only to Coonoor.Kotagiri also takes the pride of being first place in the hills to which road was made from Sirumugai via Dena in the year 1819.


Kotagiri was earlier known as 'Kota-Keri' which literally means the street or lines of the house of the Kotas. Kotagiri is mainly accommodated by members of the Kota tribes who still follow their customs and live as artisans showcasing their talent in baking, terracotta and pottery. These houses were used by the British as a summer resort after which the kota tribes shifted their settlement to Aggal hamlet in 1911. Now the town is fast becoming commercial with the latest advent technologies.


The hill resort of Kotagiri is located in the famous Nilgiri Hills.Kotagiri is located at 11°26N 76°53E / 11.43°N 76.88°E.


Kotagiri because of its mild temperature all round the year, it can be visited at any time.


There is a temple dedicated to Kamataraya deity and the annual festival which falls on Arudra Darshan day is of great importance to all the Kotas.Also the thaipoosam festival which falls in the month of February is celebrated with great pomp in the Elk Hill Murugan Temple.



The Kodanaad View point is perched on the eastern most edge of the Nilgiri's at a distance of about 18 km east of Kotagiri and at an altitude of about 6500ft.You can get a beautiful view of the green carpeted paddy fields of Tengumarahaada village lying below.

Apart from this you get breathtaking views of the Moyar and Bhavani rivers and the Mysore Plateau.

This place is also referred as the Terminus Country.


Elk Falls is situated close to the Uyilathi village at a distance of about 7 km from Kotagiri.

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 of Kookal.

The other attractions here include the first European house built in 1819 by collector Sullivan at the Kannerimukku village which now remains as ruins.

You can also have a close look into the lives of the tribal people by exploring the Badaga settlement, on the road to the falls.


It is 8 km from kotagiri on the Mettupalyam road.

This double-cascaded Falls is the second highest in the district (250 ft) and it waters from the upper stream of the kallar river crossed by the invisible Mettupalyam-Ooty road beyond the mountains in the south-west.

From this point of view Dolphin's Nose of Coonoor is also seen across the mighty gap in the hills.

It presents a lovely view of the tea gardens and forests and woodlands


The Longwood shola is also otherwise known as the Dodda Shola by the local people of Kotagiri and is 3kms away from the town.

Longwood shola is one of the major water resources in Kotagiri for more than 15 villages in the Aravenu area.

In this area of the Western Ghats one can get to see the stunted evergreen vegetation or the shola forests and this plays a major role in Kotagiri's microclimate.

This is an ideal place for trekking and for bird watchers. Longwood Shola is also noted for Indian giant squirrel, bonnet macaque, barking deer, Nilgiri Marten and Indian bison.


Bikkapathi Reserve about 10 kms from Kotagiri is under the control of the Forest Range Officer of Kattabettu at Kotagiri.

This reserve is an ideal place to trek but only on prior permission.


Rangaswamy Pillar or the peak is considered very sacred by a particular tribal community named Irulas of Kotagiri and is at a distance of about 20kms from the same.

The Rangaswamy roch which is about 400 metres high is literally a nightmare for the rock climbers.

This is a very adventurous place which should never be missed in Kotagiri.


There are number of shops in and around Kotagiri selling South Indian artifacts by the Kota tribes.

Kotagiri is also famous for its tea, hand made antiques, Indian handlooms, and shawls.

Irish and Belgian table sets and shadow-worked bed sheets are also readily found in the Kotagiri shops.


There are number of restaurants in and around Kotagiri which concentrates mainly on South Indian food. However, a number of hotels also offer North Indian and Chinese cuisine like the Nahar Hotel. The Tea however is best had in the small shops that dot the hill side.


1.Belair Cottage
43/9 Club Road,
Kotagiri - 643 217,
The Nilgris,
Tamilnadu. Phone : +91 04266 272888

2.Misty Heights
T2/ 401 A Fountainhead
Tamil Nadu - 643217
042666 - 279353

Hope park, Kotagiri
The Nilgiris - 643 217
Tamilnadu, India.
Tel : +91 4266 271229, 273629

4.Blue Star Hotel
Top Lodge
Near Police Station
Kotagiri, The Nilgiris Dist.
Tamil Nadu - 643217 India

5.Nahar Retreat and Wellness Spa
Kota Hall Road (Near Mount Don Bosco)
Kotagiri, The Nilgiris - 643 217.
Phone : +91 4266 273300 / 274400

6.Peak View Cottage  
1/25 – Nihung Post, Horsholai,
Kotagiri – 643 217, The Nilgiris 
Phone : 04266 - 272025 

7. Pyrenees Resort India Pvt Ltd, Adathorai Estate, Nihung post,
Kotagiri 643 217, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu 
Phone -9944 305 397, 9047 589 252 

8. Heenlystay Familly's retreat,
27/107-b , Donbosco road,
Kotagiri 643 217, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu 
Phone -9842272716  

9. Green Nest Eco-Resort,
KettiKambai, Gundada School Road,
Kotagiri 643 217, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India 
Phone -919894045111  
Email : [email protected] 

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By Air

The nearest airport is Coimbatore (105 km). It is connected to Chennai, Bangalore and Cochin.

By Trains

The nearest railhead is Coonoor.

By Road

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.