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Kotagiri - Hills That Listen


Kotagiri being a major hill station in the Nilgiri district can be ranked along with Coonoor and Ooty. It is the smallest of the three in many respects, but it does not come last in terms of ambience. It was from here that Ralph Thomas Hotchkin Griffith, the son of a Christian missionary, set about to translate the Vedas into English.

The hill station is situated at a towering elevation of 1793 metres above sea level and is famous for being a good spot to carry out trekking expeditions. As such, several trekking trails exist that take one to several parts of Nilgiris, many of which are still unblemished by human civilisation.

Tourist Places In And Around Kotagiri

Some of the popular trekking trails of Kotagiri are the St. Catherine Falls trail, the Kotagiri–Kodanad trail and the Kotagiri–Longwood Shola trail. Many smaller trails also exist, winding in and out of the hills and meadows, each affording the trekker a candid view of the heart and soul of the Nilgiris.

The main sightseeing options in and around the area also include Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar, Kodanad View Point, Catherine Falls, Elk Falls, John Sullivan Memorial, Nilgiris Museum, Nehru park and Snowdon Peak.

The Mountain Of The Kotas

The written history of Kotagiri extends back only to the British occupation of the area, even though the hill station is much older than that. The name Kotagiri translates to “mountain of the Kotas”.

The Kotas are a tribe of artisans who have been living in Kotagiri for centuries. They are reluctant to mingle with outsiders and their numbers have been steadily dwindling in the past many years. They were thousand in number at the last count.

How To Reach Kotagiri

Kotagiri is well connected by road and rail.

Best Time To Visit Kotagiri

Summer is the best time to visit this place.

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How to Reach Kotagiri

  • By Road
    Travelling by road may very well be the best option if one wants to get to Kotagiri. Starting from the plains, getting to Coonoor by any vehicle is easy enough. The Kotagiri Ghat road route, which is also the oldest known route to the Nilgiris from the plains, is the best way you can get. Getting on this route from Mettupalayam, you can pass through Aravenu and then reach Kotagiri. The distance from Mettupalayam to Kotagiri along this route is a mere 33 kilometres. The fact that the road is well maintained only adds to its appeal.
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  • By Train
    No direct railroad exists to Kotagiri. The closest railroad that exists is from Mettupalayam to Coonoor, which further goes on to Ooty. The best choice if one plans to travel by rail, would be to board a train from any place in the country to Coimbatore and then board one to Mettupalayam. From there board the Nilgiri Mountain Railway to Coonoor. After reaching Coonoor, all you have to do is board a bus or hire a cab to Kotagiri, which is relatively close by.
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  • By Air
    Coimbatore International Airport is the closest airport to Kotagiri. You can board a flight to Coimbatore and then either take the Kotagiri Ghat route to Kotagiri, or travel to Coonoor from Coimbatore and then divert from there to Kotagiri.
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