Trekking being a small adventure sport, almost anyone in reasonable physical condition can go trekking. More or less, trekking begins with day hikes, returning to your starting point in the evening. When it comes to an idea of trekking in the regions of Western Ghats, Kotagiri offers some of the most attractive trekking streams in the state. Indeed, it is the oldest and the third largest hill stations, nestled in the lap of Nilgiri Hills bounded by surroundings that exhibit peace.
Looming over and above all the surrounding hills in the North-eastern escarpments, its climate is claimed to be one of the best in the World. The lines of the house of the Kotas quietly tucked away in the Nilgiris and used to be the summer resort of the British.
Kotagiri Hill Station
However, this place once served as a site of coffee plantation, today the town is a tea plantation covering a huge area of 30,000 acres. This place holds several mystifying secrets of unexplored nature and beauty waiting to be uncovered. It is also believed to have the world’s second best climate. Kotagiri has big European style bungalows built by the British empire. Surprisingly they are still very habitable and have been converted into upmarket homestays. New constructions too are aplenty but at the cost of aesthetics.
Kotagiri can only be reached by Road. To Kotagiri via Road: Coimbatore 66 km, Mettupalayam 33 km, Coonoor 23 km, Ooty 28 km.
There are frequent buses from all the above places. On the other hand, direct buses to Kotagiri are a little crowded when you board them from Mettupalayam. You can hire a vehicle from these places at a nominal charge. However, the best time to visit Kotagiri is in October. Unlike in Ooty and Coonoor, the weather in Kotagiri is far more pleasant.