Tea plantation near Kotagiri

Kotagiri is a beautiful hill station in the Nilgiris Hills, about 33 km southeast of Ooty. It is believed to have the world's second best climate. Kotagiri is very peaceful and cheap, but it has all the good qualities of Ooty, which is suffering from over-attention.

Holy cows at Kotagiri
Children Playing at Kotagiri
Cute little temple at Kotagiri

Get in

Kotagiri can be reached from Coimbatore, 66 km and from Ooty, 28 km. Direct buses to Kotagiri are a little crowded when you board them from Coimbatore. It is advisable to go to Coonoor first and then take a bus back to Kotagiri.

Get around

Kotagiri Conoor Road

Taxis and autorikshas are freely available. Only taxis are available after 8 p.m.


Kotagiri abounds in big european style bungalows built by the British and most of them retain their englishness, are still very habitable and have been conveted into upmarket homestays. New constructions too are aplenty but at the cost of aesthetics.

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.

Kotagiri also has some gold deposits, which were mined to levels possible during the days of the British Raj. Presently research is going on to determine if it would be possible to extract more gold from the mines.

There is also some considerable bauxite in the area.




Hot fresh tea is special in the cool climate. You get different favours of tea like chocolate, ilaichi, ginger, lemon etc.


Be Safe

Estate dogs can be very ferocious when you walk in the tea gardens. They are even more dangerous if you carry a stick with you. Keep to the main roads and don't walk early in the morning.

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