More About Kotagiri
Kotagiri ( lines of Houses of the Kotas) is a small, quite
village about 28 km east of Ooty, at an altitude of 1950 m. Though
the oldest of the three Nilgiri hill stations - the British started
building houses here in 1819 - it is much less touristed than Ooty
and calmer than Coonoor. Life is now concentrated around tea production.
The road to Ooty winds along hills denuded of their original cover
in favour of bright green tea plantations and dotted with Kota settlements.
In town, there's a Woman's Cooperative near Ramachand Square which
sells local handicrafts.
To Eat & Stay
There are a few basic lodges in town such as the Majestic Lodge,
the Blue star and the Hotel Ramesh Vihar. In all, double rooms are
available. There are several 'meals' restaurants. The vegetarian
Kasturi Paradise Restaurant, opposite the Women's Cooperative, is
The nicest place to stay, for its homeliness and wonderful setting
is the Queens hill Christian Guest House, one km uphill behind the
bus stand and past the women's Cooperative. However, this place
may not be open much longer.
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.
Peak and Pillar
It is 20 kms from Kotagiri. The conical peak exudes an exhilarating
view of the wild yet harmonious semblance of the country lying around.
It is 7 km from Kotagiri and situated above the village Uyilathi.
The road passes through serenely laid out Badaga habitations.
At the Kannerimukku village the first European house in the Nilgiris
was built by collector Sullivan in the year 1819. The two-storeyed
house is now moreover ruined.
Though the water is full only in the rainy season, the site is
always worth a visit. It commands towards the north, a spectacular
view of the Echoing Valley of Kookal and a superb view of exquisite
About 3 km from the town, the road proceeding towards the Badaga
village of "Milidhane" branes off to a Forest Reseve Long
A very primeval tract of wild enclave, the Shola provides a grand
opportunity for bird-weathers.
There & Away
There are regular buses to Ooty which cross one of Tamil Nadu's
highest passes. Buses to Mettupalayam leave every 30 minutes and
to Coonoor every 15 minutes.