John Sullivan's bungalow

About 20 minutes from the main town is The First European house that was built during the colonial period also called Stone House.

John Sullivan's bungalow was built by the Collector of Coimbatore, John Sullivan in the year 1819 during his stay. He was the first European resident of the Nilgiri hills.

The two-storeyed house has just been renovated and is open to the public. It is located in Kannerimukku village, about 20 minutes from the main town.


The Kodanad viewpoint is located 18 Km away from Kotagiri on the easternmost ridges of the Nilgiri Hills.

From this viewpoint one can see the panoramic view of the plains and the eastern slopes of the Nilgiris. On both sides of the road is a great view of the distant plains, tea estates, dams and the River Moyar.

From this point, the country lies spread out before the eye and sparkling hills row after as though bathed in the mystic silver sunshine. The enchanting valley dips down to embrace the historic Gajalahatti pass glancing at the green carpeted paddy fields of Thengumarahaada and watced over from its eyrie by the habitat of Hallimoyar.

Otherwise called the Terminus Country, because of its location (perched on the eastern most edge of the Nilgiri's.) From here one can see an entire array of natural processes like rivers Moyar and Bhavani, the Mysore Plateau, Valleys, trenches and also paddy fields.

While the River Moyar scurries along to join her pal Bhanvani round the corner, across the valley of Talamalai ranges of the Eastern Ghats cuddle upto Mysore Plateau, westerly strides of which again adjoin the Kodanaadu stairs in the north, over the deep trenched Mysore Ditch.

St. Catherian's Falls

St. Catherian's Falls is 8 km from kotagiri and second highest(250 ft) in the district (The Nilgiris).

It is on the Mettupalyam road branching off at Aravenu. This double-cascaded Falls is the second highest in the district and it waters from the upper stream of the kallar river crossed by the invisible Mettupalyam-Ooty road beyond the mountains in the south-west.

It is named after the wife of M.D. Cockburn, the pioneer-planter of Kotagiri. The native name of the Falls is Geddhehaada Halla meaning "Foothills Dale River".

It presents a lovely view of the sweeps of forests and woodlands, waylaid by tea gardens and yet running to meet the plains in the south-western moorings.

The glittering Dolphin's Nose of Coonoor is also seen across the mighty gap in the hills-one of the three great systems of faults in the geological formation of the Blue Mountains.

Elk Falls

It is another popular attraction 7 km from Kotagiri and situated above Uyilathi village with a view of exquisite surroundings. The road passes through serenely laid out Badaga habitations.

Though the falls is fully active only in the wet months, the site is always worth a visit. It commands towards the north, a spectacular view of the Echoing Valley of Kookal (one known for its famous oranges) and a view of exquisite surroundings.

Besides the waterfall, it is also known for the first European house that was built here during the colonial period.

Another reason is the Badaga settlement. The road passes through serenely laid out Badaga habitations. You can have a close look into the lives of the tribal people by exploring the Badaga settlement, on the road to the falls. Quaint and idyllic, this is a beautiful definition of a tribal village. Great place for Anthropology.

Rangaswamy Peak and Rock

Rangaswamy Peak

The Rangaswamy peak lies 20 km from Kotagiri via Kil-Kotagiri on the eastern slopes of the Nilgiris. Topping 1785 m (5855 feet) above MSL, the site is crucially sacred to the Irulas (a tribe) that adds mysticism to the natural beauty. The conical peak exudes an exhilarating view of the wild yet harmonious appearance of the country lying around.

You can have breathtaking views of the Nilgiris from the vantage point of the Rangaswamy Peak. The Name ‘Nilgiris’ means blue hills (Neelam – Blue and giri – Hill or Mountain)

Rangaswamy Rock

North by West to the peak is a huge detached pillar of rock rising abruptly on all sides to a height of about 400 ft and is unclimable, a rock-climbers nightmare

Longwood Shola

About 3 km from the town, the road proceeding towards the Badaga village of "Milidhane" branes off to Longwood Shola which is a Wild Life Forest Reserve. Perfectly peaceful and untouched forest trails are an invitation to serenity seekers.

The Longwood shola is the source of pure water for the people of Kotagiri area. Shola forests are a type of stunted evergreen vegetation that is found in the Southern states of India. The Longwood Shola forms an essential part of the delicate eco-system of the area. The micro climatic conditions make Kotagiri one of the ideal climatic locations. You can trek along on the picturesque trekking path, which goes through this calm shola forest.

A very primeval tract of wild enclave, the Shola provides a grand opportunity for Ornithology, bird-withers and a perfect rendezevous for serenity - seekers.