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.