Kotagiri, a picturesque hill station in Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris, is known for its numerous tea estates and trekking trails. This hill station has many sightseeing destinations that take you through trekking trails that go through rivers and meadows. Kotagiri lies on the border of Coonoor and Nilgiris. Some of the nearby cities include Udhagamandalam, Coonoor, Gudalur and Sathyamangalam.
Places to Stay
Travellers visiting Kotagiri prefer booking accommodation in Ooty which is 30 km away from this town. A few of the hotels here are Surya Hotel Inn (Tariff – Rs.438), Kings Residency (Tariff – Rs.545), Hotel Comfort Inn (Tariff – Rs.487) and Hotel Royal Mist (Tariff – Rs.623).
The languages spoken in Kotagiri are Tamil, Badaga and Kannada.
The most celebrated festivals in Kotagiri are Pongal in January, Tamil New Year in April, Summer Festival in May-July, Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are many tourist attractions in and around Kotagiri. Some of these places are Ooty (30 km), Ralliah Dam (16 km), Longwood Shola Reserve Forest (3 km), Catherine Water Falls (6 km), Banagudi (5 km), Dolphins Nose (25 km) and Sim's Park (17 km) away.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is located in Coimbatore, which is 72 km away from Kotagiri.
There is no railway station in Kotagiri. Wellington Railway Station is the nearest railway station, being 22 km away from this town.
Kotagiri is well connected through a wide network of state-run and private buses from neighbouring towns and states. TNSTC runs buses daily connecting Kotagiri to other major cities and states. You don’t have to stand in serpentine queues anymore as you can easily book bus ticket online.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.