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Timings : Sunrise to Sunset

Time Required : Less than 1 hour

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Catherine Falls, Kotagiri Overview

Catherine Falls in Kotagiri near Ooty is nestled amidst the lush greens of the Nilgiris. The water of the Kallar River, cut off by the Mettupalayam - Ooty road beyond the mountains, falls in a double cascade from over a height of 250 meters as it forms the Catherine Falls, making it the second-highest waterfall of the Nilgiris. Located near Kotagiri, this tourist-favorite spot is often visited by people travelling the Ooty-Coonoor.

The entire area around the Catherine waterfalls is covered with beautiful greenery of the forest of Nilgiris, tea plantations, and the plains of Mettupalayam. A climb to the top of Dolphin's Nose, a spectacular viewpoint at 1000 feet above sea level, reveals the most picturesque view of the Catherine waterfalls and the whole stretch of greenery around it. The tip of this unique rock formation resembles the snout of a dolphin, from which it gets its quirky name.

Catherine Falls has some fantastic trek routes as well. Apart from the 2-3 kilometers walk from the road to the falls through the pine forests, travelers interested in exploring a bit more can start walking from the small town of Aravenu as well. Also, trekking through the nearby Longwood Shola forest is quite a popular activity for trek groups. The trips are easy and short, but trekkers need the permission of the Forest Department to do it.

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Etymology of Catherine Falls

Unlike most of the other waterfalls in this part of the country, this waterfall has an English name. This is because it is named after Catherine Cockburn, the wife of M. D. Cockburn - who is known to have introduced coffee plantation in Kotagiri and Yercaud. South India is famous for its coffee plantation, and this is a tribute to the family who started it in the local neighbourhood. However, the waterfall has a native name of its own, given by the local people, "Geddhehaada Halla" which translates to "Foothills of Dale River" in English; though the reason behind this naming is not clear.

Best Time To Visit Catherine Falls

Since most of the streams of South India are non-perennial and depend largely on the Indian monsoon, the time after the rainy season, from September to around March-April is the ideal time to visit.

Tips For Visiting Catherine Falls

1. Try to avoid the summer months as the water level goes down and the waterfall mostly tends to be drier because of the scorching heat.
2. Though monsoon is the main season when the rivers and waterfalls show their real self, it is not safe to visit during this time, and also quite inconvenient in the wet weather.
3. Wear good shoes while trekking - better be safe than sorry.
4. Carry food and drinks while trekking in the forests because there are no shops or shacks near the waterfall.

How To Reach Catherine Falls

Kotagiri is well connected with main cities like Ooty (36 km) and Coonoor (21 km) via buses and cars. Catherine Falls can be reached via the Moon Road off the main Kotagiri-Mettupalayam Road, from a small town called Aravenu. A small distance needs to be walked through the lush tea estates to reach near the falls from where the cars are parked.

The road to the falls is pretty narrow, so if you are driving your own vehicle, you need to be very cautious. The directions to the falls in not properly marked. You need to ask the local people for the correct directions.

Though many trekkers start their walking journey right from Kotagiri or Aravenu to enjoy the scenery, private cars can also be taken inside to the falls but with prior permission of the District Forest Officer.

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