Kothagiri Places of Interest

Kotagiri is situated at an elevation of around 1793 m above sea level and is one of the three popular hill stations located in the Nilgiris. This picturesque hill station is bounded by verdant green tea estates and offers a number of trekking options.

Kotagiri enjoys a climatic advantage over Ooty in that it is protected by the Doddabetta mountain range from the onslaught of the south-west monsoon.

16 km from Ooty


Elk Falls:


It is 7 km from Kothagiri and situated below Uyilatti village. The road passes through serenely laid out Badaga habitations. Enroute at the Kannerimukku village is found the first European house in the Nilgiris built by Collector Sullivan in the year 1819. The two stroy house is now ruined. Though the water is full only in the wet months, the site is always worth a visit. It commands towards the north, an exquisite view of the valley of Kookal, one known for its famous oranges.

St. Catherine Falls :


There are two falls and is about 5 kms from Kothagiri on the way to mettupalayam Road. The upper fall 250 feet is the second largest in the Nilgiris Beautiful view of forest and woodlands, ever green tea garden and Mettupalayam plains can be seen from here.

Kodanadu View Point :

18 kms from Kothagiri. The Kodanad Tea factory is situated here. A beautiful view of the river major dividing the Nilgiri’s and Erode District. And also can see Tamilnadu & Karnataka Borders. This is best view point on the Blue Mountains and provides Good view on a bright sunny day.

Bikkapathi Reserve:

Situated beyond Kookalthorai, about 10 kms from Kothagiri. This very exciting forest reserve under the jurisdiction of the Forest Range Officer of Kattabettu at Kothagiri.


A small town situated 13 km north east of Kotagiri. Denad, Thuneri, Buckada are the villages around Kil-Kotagiri. Mahalingaswami temple, Jedayaswami temple (famous for fire walking ceremony during February month of each year) and Kannimariamman temple are situated near Kil-Kotagiri.

Tea Factories

There are numerous tea factories producing the famous Nilgiri tea. The famous Nilgiri thailam (Eucalyptus oil) is distilled in small shacks in a rudimentary manner.

Rangaswamy Peak

Located at a distance of 12 km from Kil-Kotagiri, the highly captivating Rangaswamy peak is revered by the Irulas tribes and sacred place for Thousand of families in and around porangadu seemai (kotagiri region),Located at the altitude of 1800M Above MSL. It is the most sacred hill on the plateau. Visited by devotees during the summer month and pray Lord Rangaswamy. According to Hindu Legend Lord Rangaswamy used to live at Karamadai in Coimbatore district on the plains but quarrelled with his wife, came to live alone here. Two-foot prints on the rock not far from Arakadu village below the peak are stated to be the proof for this.

Rangaswamy Pillar

Situated 4 km from Kil-Kotagiri is another sacred pillar that is worshipped. It is an extraordinary isolated rocky pillar rising in solitary grandeur to a height of some 400 feet and has sheer narrow sides which are quite unclimbable.

The Nehru park

in the town is a complex which houses a temple of the Kotas, the Gandhi Maidanam which is the public playground, a Congregation centre and the Flood shelter which is used in normal times for indoor games. A private park about 3 km from the town on Coonoor road, specialises in roses and is a must see from march to June.


“The paddy bowl of the Nilgiris”, is situated in Kotagiri taluk, on the plains and could be reached via the Bhavani Sagar reservoir.

Longwood Forest :

Located within Kotagiri town, Longwood forest, a pristine tropical evergreen forest is a secluded refuge for those seeking peace and quiet, it is home to the flying fox (a large arboreal squirrel) that is rarely seen, there is also a resident family of about 20 bison which can be seen grazing in the evenings just outside the forest on Milidhane road.


Kothagiri Trekking

The three popular trekking trails are :
Kotagiri - Kodanad
Kotagiri - St. Catherine Falls and Kotagiri - Longwood Shola.
The Kotagiri - Kodanad trail leads you through splendid views of lush-green tea estates and the magnificent Moyar river. One has to cross through meadows to reach Kodanad.


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