Kotagiri is located 16-km away from Ooty and it is the oldest hill station of the Nilgiris. Kotagiri is situated at an altitude of 1950m, which was once a British hill resort, that dates back to 1819 and is quieter than Ooty. Elk Falls, Kodanad Viewpoint and Catherine Falls are a few places to visit.
Kotagiri enjoys a climatic advantage over Ooty, in that the Doddabetta range protects it from the onslaught of the southeast monsoon. There is a wonderful golf course, which is just a sheet of gorgeous green. There are some thick, deep impenetrable forests called "Sholas".
Rangaswamy Pillar is located 16 km away from Kotagiri on the eastern slopes of the Nilgiris. It is considered to be a sacred place.
Kodanad Viewpoint located at a distance of 16 km from Kotagiri commands a panoramic view of the plains and the eastern slopes of the Nilgiris.
Wellington situated on the way from Coonoor to Ooty is a military town with rows and rows of barracks. The headquarters of the Madras Regimental Centre, the Indian Army and the Defence Staff College are located here.
Air: The nearest airport is at
Rail: The nearest convenient railway station is at Ooty.
Road: Kotagiri is connected to the nearby places by road and there are regular bus services from Mettupalayam railway station, Ooty, Coonoor, Wellington and Kila Kotagiri.
Accommodation is available at the luxury and budget hotels, guesthouses and picturesque resorts in Coonoor. Upper Coonoor is highly recommended.