How to spend a day in Kotagiri, an offbeat location in Tamil Nadu
Imagine a town which sits elegantly in nature’s lap with neat roads, a refreshing breeze, friendly people and devoid of pushy vendors. You can find great eateries here, serving amazing authentic local cuisine since decades, to pleasantly surprise your taste buds!
Kotagiri looks like one such town, conjured out of fantastical imagination!
Nestled amidst the gorgeous mountains of Nilgiris, Kotagiri is juxtaposed with the popular hill stations of Ooty & Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. The tea plantations scattered all over this picturesque town are mesmerizing. If you are visiting Ooty or Coonoor, you can drive down here and spend a day in absolute serenity & enchanting peace.
How to reach Kotagiri
Kotagiri is located at a distance of 30 KMs from Ooty & 17 KMs from Coonoor. The roads are not only well maintained but also scenic. You will gradually start seeing less tourists & more locals as you traverse through the meandering roads, carved from the mountains.
For people residing in the North of India, Kotagiri is perfect as an extra feather along with Ooty & Coonoor. To reach this set of hill stations, you can fly from Delhi to Coimbatore. Indigo offers non-stop flights which take a little less than 3 hours.
Things to do in Kotagiri
Being a small town, there aren’t many things to do in Kotagiri. However, whatever Kotagiri can offer, is sufficient for one day. I have listed down top 3 things to do here given that this destination is recommended for a day trip.
Relish amazing cakes at Shops near Johnstone Circle
The best part in such an offbeat destination are the small outlets & eateries known for not compromising with taste! We discovered one such bakery and it blew our mind! Kotagiri doesn’t have many mainstream restaurants and we decided to let this bakery decide our lunch menu. Our lunch platter comprised of swim jam cakes, cup-cakes & pineapple rolls! Relishing the bursts of flavor was surely a joy ride for my taste buds. This and many such bakeries will offer you an unforgettable gastronomic delight!
Traverse through tea estates to reach Catherine falls
Most of the waterfalls in India are swamped by tourists. The filth & dirt around the waterfall makes it a less fascinating attraction. However, Catherine falls around Kotagiri is lesser known and hence, intact in its purest form. You might not be able to actually go to the waterfalls & take a dip, but the drive to reach here is something to look forward to. We also spotted a bear here, hidden in one of the vast tea plantations.
Visit Kodanad view point, located in Jayalalithaa’s Tea Estate
After visiting Catherine falls & the tea plantations, you can visit the Kodanad view point. As you start approaching the view point, you will be stopped by police and your details will be taken. This is from where Jayalalithaa’s Tea estate will start. You will realize this when a 20 feet high Jayalalithaa standee will stare at you! The flags of her political party will flutter & welcome you in her vast tea estate. You will gradually go deeper in her tea estate and will discover a brilliant bungalow which is actually her residence. It is believed that there are around 108 rooms in her house!
The Kodanad view point offers brilliant & picturesque views of the Nilgiri Mountains. The view can be enjoyed from a lower deck & an upper deck. You can enjoy photography here as the sun gradually slides towards the horizon.
Once you have spent time at the view point till the sunset, you can start your journey back to your stay, hoping you can spend more time in this untouched terrain!
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