Tourism in Kotagiri

Shaded by misty mountains that alternate with awe-inspiring valleys, the incredible Kotagiri is a hill station where the only noise the visitors can hear is of astounding waterfalls! Kotagiri is regarded as tea-town for its lush tea plantations all around, settled in the shade of the Doddabetta - the highest mountain in the Nilgiri Hills at 8,650 feet above sea level. Although, many think that there is nothing much to do in Kotagiri except a few adventurous trekking trails, well, the hill station has a whole lot to offer.
Tourism in Kotagiri

While the fact remains that Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam and Coonoor are the two most popular hill stations of the Nilgiris, Kotagiri will not fall short in offering a memorable experience to the visitors, with the a never-ceasing sponsorship of mother nature! Let's get to know more about some of the most popular tourist attractions and important places of interest in Kotagiri.

Kodanad View Point

Kodanad View Point Kotagiri

Located just 18 km east of Kotagiri town, the Kodanad View Point (popularly called as Kodanadu View Point in the local language of Tamil) is one among the most frequented tourist attractions in the town. The forty five minutes travel from Kotagiri town with the deep, narrow steep-sided valley on one side and lush tea plantations on the other with lovely view and coll breeze will take you to a whole new world.

Tourist Attractions in KOtagiri

On reaching the Kodanad View Point, visitors will witness a brumous welcome for certain. Kodanad View Point is surely an ideal spot for camera buffs. The view point provides a jaw-dropping bird's eye view of the remote tablelands, tea estates, Thengumarahada village, Kil-Kotagiri region crowns, Bhavani sagar dam, the Moyar River and so on.

Quick Facts:

Timings: 09:00 AM to 6:00 PM (all days of the week)
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Entry Fee: Rs. 10
Parking Fee: Rs. 10
Telescope: Rs. 10
Camera Fee: Nil
Nearby Places of Interest: Longwood Forest (9.8 km)
Nearest Bus Stand: Kotagiri Bus Stand
Nearest Railway Station: Lovedale Train Station (LOV) - 27.8 km

John Sullivan's Memorial

Sullivan's Memorial Kotagiri

Popularly known as John Sullivan's Bungalow/Red Bungalow or the Pethakal Bungalow, that the British Collector of Coimbatore, John Sullivan (the first European occupant of the Nilgiri hills) constructed during his stay at Kotagiri, has been restored to a better condition and is converted into a memorial. Presently, the bungalow houses the Nilgiris Museum and the Nilgiris Documentation Centre.

Inside John Sullivan's Memorial

The memorial portrays a number of rare portraits, newsprint filings and artifacts that belonged to the different tribal people living here in Kotagiri. Altogether, the John Sullivan's Memorial in Kotagiri will reveal a lot about the history of the Nilgiris. From the year 2006, the John Sullivan's Bungalow is being well-kept by the Nilgiri Documentation Centre in assistance with the Development Promotion Group, Chennai.

Quick Facts:

Location:
The John Sullivan Memorial, Kannerimukku Village, Kotagiri, Pincode - 643217, Nilgiris

Contact Details (for group and educational visits):
Mr. Natarajan (Memorial Manager):  91-9942545085
Email: admn@sullivanmemorial.org

Mrs. Vijaylakshmi (Library Incharge):  91-9486639092
Email: library@sullivanmemorial.org

Memorial Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (all days of the week)
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Admission: Rs. 10 (for adults) and Rs. 5 (for children)

Nearby Places of Interest:
Ooty - 1.7 km
Ooty Botanical Garden: 1.3 km
Catherine Falls: 2 km
Upper Bhavani Lake: 2.4 km
Wellington's Golf Course: 9.4 km

Nearest Railway Station: Lovedale Train Station (LOV) - 2.7 km

Rangaswamy Pillar and Peak

Rangaswamy Pillar and Peak is nothing but a unique structure which is located at an elevation of 5885.83 ft above sea level. The scenic spot is situated about 20 km away from the hill station of Kotagiri and is one of the must-visit places of interest in the region. The extremely enthralling Rangaswamy peak is worshiped by the local tribes and regarded as a holy place for hundreds of thousands of households dwelling in and around Kotagiri.

Rangaswamy Pillar and Peak

The historic Rangaswamy Pillar is an inscrutable rock column that it has assorted chronicles for its name! The mysterious rock column is a genuine visual extravaganza to look up to as the pillar protruding from a lush verdure is a spectacular sight.

Quick Facts:

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Nehru Park

Named in honor of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, Nehru Park is one among the important places of Interest in Kotagiri.
Nehru Park

Situated just 1000 m away from the Kotagiri main bus stand, Nehru Park has a brilliantly designed park that features a beautiful hayfield lawn covered with flowers and diverse trees. The park also serves as a primary host to several regional festivals, events and indoor games.

Quick Facts:

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
How to Reach: Approximately 1 km from Kotagiri main bus stand (walkable)
Entry: Rs. 10
Facilities: Free Parking
Camera Fee: Applicable

Some of the other important places of interest in Kotagiri include:
  • Thengumarahada (Paddy Bowl of the Nilgiris)
  • St. Catherine Falls (Geddhehaada Halla)
  • Elk Falls (Uyilatty Falls)

Kotagiri Tourism - Popular Trekking Trails

  • Kotagiri - Kodanad: The adventurous trekking trail leads the trekkers through magnificent eyeshots of lush verdure tea plantations and the splendid Moyar River
  • Kotagiri - Longwood Shola: The Longwood Shola forest is located just 3 km away from the hill station and it extends a stupefying trekking experience to the trekkers. Holidaymakers need prior permit from the Nilgiris district forest officer for trekking
  • Kotagiri - St. Catherine Falls

Hotels in Kotagiri

Adubettu Leisure Homes

For a hill station, Kotagiri is well equipped with various accommodation options that include guest houses, hotels, home stays, leisure homes, cottages, resorts, lodges and so on. Some of the most popular accommodation options of Kotagiri include:

Celestial Resorts
No 27/177, Luke Church Road, Kotagiri, Nilgiri - 643217, Kamaraj Square Near Nehru Park
Phone Number: +(91)-9487071995, 9443055889, 9789100107, 9962247686

Nilgiri Resorts
17/141, Kamaraj Square, Kotagiri, Nilgiri - 643217
Phone Number: +(91)-9047073755, +(91)-4266-273755

Moonshadow Cottage
5/43, Corsley Road, Kotagiri, Nilgiri - 643217
Phone Number: +(91)-9786036728, +(91)-4266-227108

A.S. Gardens
5/8-J,5/8-K,Thandhanad Road, Near Pandiaraj Park, Nihung Post, Kotagiri,
The Nilgiris - 643217
Phone Number: +91-4266-271766, +91-9443021766, +91-9047249988
Email: asgardensfamilysretreat@gmail.com, info@asgardens.in

Marsh Villa Luxury Home Stay
No 25/85, 86, 87, Darmona Bunglow Road, Kotagiri, Nilgiri - 643217
Landmark: Near Viswa Shanthi School
Phone Number: +(91)-9943747809, 9042490425, +(91)-4266-271331

Adubettu Leisure Homes
Thabbada Estate, Adubettu, Aravenu (PO), Kotagiri,
The Nilgiris - 643201
Phone Number: +91-9677794433. +91-9842202899, +91-9443338004
Email: adubettu@yahoo.com

Sri Annamar Cottages
17/124, Mettupalayam Road, John Stone Square, Kotagiri, The Nilgiris - 643217
Phone Number: +91-4266-272199, +91-9443023199

Green Nest Resort
Gundar School Road, Kotagiri, Nilgiri - 643217
Phone Number: +(91)-9894045111, 9600445111

Hope Park Hotel & Resorts
Hope Park, Kotagiri, The Nilgiris - 643217
Phone Number: +91-4266-271229, +91-9442226229

Inn The Wild
Northern Hay Estate, Kotagiri, Nilgiri - 643217
Landmark: Singara Post near Mudumalai National Park Masinagudi
Phone Number: +(91)-8049114949

Hotel Ramesh Vihar
HRM Buildings, Kamaraj Square, Kotagiri, The Nilgiris - 643217
Phone Number: +91-4266-271346

Somer Ford Cottages
Thangamalai Road, Kotagiri, The Nilgiris
Phone Number: +91-9443003790, +91-9865219212

Grimms Villa Resorts
5/538, Grimm Estate, Kotagiri, Nilgiri - 643217, Kannerimukku Post
Phone Number: +(91)-9943527451, 9176180652
 
Hotel Byna Palace
17/80 Nanjamma Complex, Donnington Road, Kotagiri, The Nilgiris
Phone Number: +91-9443027777

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