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Ideal duration: 1 day

Best time: Dec-May (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore (Check Flights)


Kotagiri Tourism

Kotagiri is a smallest and oldest hill station, nestled in the lap of Nilgiri Hills bounded by surroundings that exhibits peace and tranquility. A hill town that was first noticed by the British as their summer home away from the heat of plains, today, it is again gaining popularity among tourists.

In fact, what we see today of the town is nothing but a pure reflection of the glorious past of the British Raj and Kota tribe who inhabited this place in past and has been reduced to a small number at present. Dictated by pleasant weather condition throughout the year, Kotagiri is packed with lush green environs and clean and fresh air. Once served as a site of coffee plantation, today the town is a tea plantation covering a huge area of 30,000 acres. With an essence of charm and magic, the place holds several mystifying secrets of unexplored nature and beauty waiting to be uncovered.

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Kotagiri has no written history before the pre-British era. It possibly has always been there without any recognition. It was inhabited by the ‘kota’ tribes for ages. The name Kotagiri itself translates to “mountain of the Kotas”. The history goes to say that in 1819, two civil servants of the Madras government namely J.C. Whish and N.W. Kindersley discovered the land while looking for outlaws. They reported back to their superior about the region having a climate similar to that of Europe and called it ‘Kotercherry’. Following this, the collector of Coimbatore bought himself a house in Kotagiri and on his suggestion, the region became a summer resort for most other British officers. The ‘Kota’ people are still just two kms away, shifted to the Aggal hamlet, although they are rapidly declining in number due to their reluctance to mix with the outside world. Currently just about 1000 or so in number, they are traditional artisans and excel in the art of pottery and terracotta baking.

Nestled in the lap of Nilgiri Hills, Kotagiri is a beautiful hill station situated in the state of Tamil Nadu. Discovered by the Britishers, it is now an emerging tourist hotspot, popular among both trekkers and normal tourists. Once a bustling coffee plantation, Kotagiri is now a sprawling tea plantation as of now, covering a huge of 30000 acres. Packed with the lush green environment and clean air, Kotagiri is one of the oldest hill stations in this region, and a must visit if you have a penchant for the bold and the unexplored. 

Being located in Tamil Nadu, Kotagiri is famous for its South Indian dishes both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian. Also if you are in the town, make sure you taste the variety of tea flavors available here ranging from chocolate and elaichi tea to ginger tea.
The place houses many restaurants, mostly located near Donington Road or Johnston Square.

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Although no number of days is enough to enjoy this nature’s masterpiece. We recommend you to take at least two days to soak in the beauty and charm of the place.

Day 1: Wake up early in the morning and begin by taking a stroll in the tea gardens and spending some time by the tea pickers. A little chat can leave you with a vast knowledge of the plantations. Towards noon you can visit the famous wildlife hotspot Longwood Shola. In the evening you can spend some time in the local markets and pick up little something on your way back.

Day 2: Kick start your next day with an adventurous trip to the enchanting Elk Falls and Catherine Falls. You can end your trip with a visit to the famous Rangasamy Peak & Pillars.

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Kotagiri Reviews

10 months ago by Shashwat Kant

- Carry a pair of good sport shoes for there will be a lot of walking around the town.- Monsoon being the best tie to visit the place, make sure to carry umbrellas and raincoat for light showers.- Do not forget to try the different flavors of tea including the delicious chocolate flavour.

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  What's Great?

A tranquil and serene place. Is believed to have world's second best climate.

  What's not so Great?

Can be reached by road only.

For Whom

It is ideal for all types of crowds- honeymooners can find gratification in the pleasant corny weather. And for all you people seeking a breakthrough from the monotony and noise and clutter of the cities- this is the escape point you are all in need of! It is also a must-visit destination for the backpackers anxious to uncover the mystics of nature. And same so for the adventure enthusiasts- as it offers numerous trekking and adventure activities.


How to Reach Kotagiri

Kotagiri is well connected to the rest of India via roadways. Regular bus services are available to and fro the town of Kotagiri. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity, however, to Kotagir... (Read More)

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