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Great place to watch nature in fullest. The view from the top will amaze you. it was a memorable experience for the group. just the trek was tiring but...


Bharat Pattem


Thrilled of the best treks...forest trek..catherine water falls...waterfall trek is the best where you trek upstream in hip deep water...

Kotagiri Trek Overview

Activity Location: Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

Activity Timing: Start Time: 09:00 AM
                             End Time: 06:00 PM

Situated at an elevation of 5,882 ft, the hill station is located in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. The trekking trail starts in the huge tea estates and goes through the valley on the river path and ends at Mettupalayam-Kotagiri junction.

Grab a mind-blowing opportunity to partake in an exciting trekking trip of 7 Km (to & fro) at the earliest and find the beauty of Kotagiri Hill station with mesmerizing Catherine Falls Trek. You’ll experience living as close to nature as you can get. Get your camera ready and snap away! One in a million views! Feel real trekking experience at a height of 1900m in Kotagiri. The trekker’s wide choice is this hill that brings forth some adventurous trails unexplored.

Places to visit nearby:
Elk Falls: 7 KM
Catherine Falls: 9 KM
Rangaswamy Pillar: 18 KM
Doddabetta Peak: 23 KM

Package Offered:
Day-Trek at Kotagiri
Meals: Lunch
Activity: Kotagiri Trek, maneuver rocks, jump and play through the canyon to reach the secret pond, Catherine Waterfall visit.

How to reach: The nearest railhead to Kotagiri is Coonoor, about 21 km from the hill town. You can easily book a cab from the railway station, and also get buses to Kotagiri.

Note: The difficulty level of Kotagiri trek is moderate, therefore an individual above 11 years can book this package.

Kotagiri Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 - This is how your day looks like -

    09:00 AM : Reach to the campsite & freshen up

    09:30 AM : Post this, start your Kotagiri trek to the hill and your lunch will be packed.

    13:00 PM : En route, have lunch and reach the top by noon.

    15:00 PM : Adventure through the maneuver rocks, jump and play through the canyon to reach the secret pond.

    16:00 PM : Mesmerizing shower at Catherine waterfall

    17:00 PM : Sunset view from the Nilgiri Valley.

    18:00 PM : End the activity with evening break at Catherine falls parking


  • Packed Lunch (Veg-South Indian)


  • Kotagiri Trek
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  • Sunset view from the Nilgiri Valley
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  • Visit to Catherine falls & the Nilgiri viewpoint

Other Inclusions

  • Trekking Permit & Charges
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  • Coordinator/instructor
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  • Local Guide


  • The nearest railhead to Kotagiri is Coonoor, about 21 km from the hill town. You can easily book a cab from the railway station. Alternatively, Kotagiri is a popular hill station which is well connected to many major neighboring cities via a well-maintained network of roads. You can easily get buses to Kotagiri

Things To Carry

  • Aadhar Card or any ID Proof
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  • Personal Medication (if any)
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  • A strong back-pack.
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  • A fully-charged torch with backup batteries.
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  • Water bottle (At least 2Lts)
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  • Rain Jacket (Climate is the area is volatile, it may rain anytime during the trek)
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  • Extra pair of clothes.
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  • Glucose, Energy drinks/ORS.
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  • Light Munch items: Chocolates/cakes/Bananas
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  • Pocket Knife, Matchbox/Lighter
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  • Anti-dysentery pills/ Analgesic/ Cold pills like-Eldoper/ Dolo-650/Crocin
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  • Band-aids, Antiseptic cream/Moov etc)
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  • Sunglasses / Hats
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  • Thrillophilia Voucher


  • Pay heed to the guidelines given by the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound Kotagrir trekking experience.
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  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey. Kindly cooperate with us to make the experience more fun.
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  • The trek takes place through an eco-friendly zone; we do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
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  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
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  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc. Kindly do take care.
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  • If someone feels like not participating in the activities, they can always choose to sit back, relax and marvel at nature.
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  • Carry Aadhar Card or any valid ID Proof

Tour Type

  • This is a group tour

Kotagiri Trek: Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Kotagiri Trek: Refund Policy

  • All applicable refunds will be done in traveller's thrillophilia wallet as Thrillcash

Kotagiri Trek: Booking Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 15 minutes of successful booking.
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    Story by Santhosh

     Rated : 5.0

    Great place to watch nature in fullest. The view from the top will amaze you. it was a memorable experience for the group. just the trek was tiring but it was worth it. there were small streams and waterfall allover and a perfect place to enjoy with my friends. also, a night stay was very refreshing away from the city. do this trek i am sure you will all love it like i did.

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    Story by Bharat Pattem

     Rated : 5.0

    Thrilled of the best treks...forest trek..catherine water falls...waterfall trek is the best where you trek upstream in hip deep water

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    Story by Dinesh Mukhopadhyay

     Rated : 5.0


    The Kotagiri Trek by Thrillophilia had everything that I wanted from a trek. You can see the thrillophilia reviews about this trek and they were all true. As a solo traveller who thrives on budget tours and tries to enjoy different places as much as possible, this trek to Kotagiri was a major tick on my bucket list. From adventurous forest trails to walking alongside ice-cold river paths, it is safe to say that not just me, but everyone in the trekking group enjoyed this trek a lot. The support staff, guide and even the whole process (from the booking to the post-trek service) was an organised one, thanks Thrillophilia. The most enjoyable experience for me was sleeping in the cosy tents on the sleeping beds and gorging on the yummy food. With this trekking tour by Thrillophilia, they have surely gained a permanent customer who is going to keep coming back to them to go for more such exciting and adventurous tours.

    Story by Brajesh Deshpande

     Rated : 5.0


    My wife and I love to go on different treks whenever we get the time. This time, we were looking to go on a trek somewhere near home. Thanks to Thrillophilia, we found out about the Kotagiri Trek, which seemed perfect to us. With over 20 percent discount and such affordable rates, the trek also included accommodation, food and a guide. This was nothing short of a sweet deal for us! Soon after we decided to do the booking, we were surprised to find out how easy and smooth the entire process actually was. Everything, right from the booking procedure, to the mode of payment was easy and without any issues. Thrillophilia even made sure that we were taken care of during the Kotagiri trek in Ooty, which not many people look after. It is due to them that not only we could enjoy such an amazing trek, but also capture the sights of such beautiful waterfalls and tea estates, that too near our home.

    Story by Lavanya Lavanya

     Rated : 5.0

    The trek was very well organized and laid out. Right from pick up, stay location, facilities, food, hygiene, tent quality, the trek itself.. and most importantly the trek lead- who was the essence of the trek. Poola not only made sure that we broke the ice quite quickly, but also took personal care of each and every participant. Highly recommended!

    Story by Kanti Nambeesan

     Rated : 4.0

    I was looking for an adventure place where I enjoy with my family so my colleague suggest me to visit Kotagiri trek which was very popular and this trek was awesome we do many activities there and saw mesmerizing waterfall and sunset point . This trek give me life time experience. HIGHLY RECOMMANDED

    Story by Gopaal Asan

     Rated : 4.0

    This weekend was amazing I booked Kotagiri trek for my family to spend some time with them, this place is for all age group the view from the top is superb, we take many photograph especially at the time of sunset, the guide was knowledgeable , the food quality was good. MUST VISIT

    Story by Garuda Jain

     Rated : 5.0

    I was very excited to do this Kotagiri trek so I book this trek in advance from Thrillophilia and we all friends enjoy very much by doing trekking and see beautiful things there nilgiri valley was my favorite. I wish to visit this place again. Must doing activity and try to go with bigger groups.

    Story by Gati Singh

     Rated : 4.0

    I reached here with the group of 15 friends to do trekking and enjoy together, instructor was professional and polite, the food was yummy and we take many pictures for fb and instagram this was one of the best holiday.

    Story by Balamani Mishra

     Rated : 5.0

    This was the best trek I ever had in my life, extremely joyful with everything was so managed, especially the food, that was up to the mark and the guide showed us the hidden places too. Recommended.


    People Also Ask About Kotagiri Trek

    1. Is Kotagiri Trek difficult?

      Kotagiri trek is considered to be easy and the trail mostly goes through tea estates and river paths. It can be done by men, women and children who are physically fit, without any problems.

    2. How do I get to Kotagiri?

      If you are coming to Kotagiri from other parts of the country, the best way to reach this place would either be by trains or flights. In this regard, both the nearest airport as well as the nearest railways station to Kotagiri is in Coimbatore, namely the Coimbatore International Airport and the Coimbatore Junction respectively.

      From here, the distance to Kotagiri is approximately 63 kilometres, which can be covered by buses or taxis or private cars. You can also take the toy train from Mettupalayam to Ooty and then take a taxi from Ooty to Kotagiri for a more beautiful route.

      Alternatively, if you are coming to Kotagiri from Ooty, the distance is only 30 kilometres, which can be covered in almost 1 hour via road.

    3. What is the best time to visit Kotagiri?

      It is beautiful throughout the year and you can plan your Kotagiri trekking anytime of the year. However, if you wish to experience the beauty of nature at its best, then the months between winters and onset of summer is the best time to visit Kotagiri.

      December to May is considered the most ideal time to go for trek to Kotagiri as the weather is cool and pleasant. The dewy trekking trails, misty atmosphere and foggy clouds adds up to the overall experience.

    4. How long is the Kotagiri Trek?

      Kotagiri trek is approximately 7 kilometres long. The trail goes through tea estates and river paths.

    5. How far is Kotagiri from Bangalore?

      Kotagiri is approximately 300 kilometres from Bangalore via Mysore. You can reach the destination in a bus or a train. It is an overnight journey which takes about 8-9 hours, depending on the road and weather conditions. The nearest airport and railway station from Kotagiri is Coimbatore. You can hire a taxi or take a bus from Coimbatore to Kotagiri which is just 63 kilometres away.

    6. What is Kotagiri famous for?

      Kotagiri is the 3rd largest and the oldest hill stations of Nilgiris. Kotagiri is silently placed in Nilgiris which was once the summer holiday destination for the Britishers.

      The beauty of Kotagiri contributes to the popularity of the place. It attracts the tourists and sun seared souls from all over the world. Unlike Coonoor and Ooty, Kotagiri is located in open terrace ridge and the weather is balmier than Ooty and bracing that Coonoor. Kotagiri is blessed with gorgeous waterfalls. Elk Falls and St. Catherine’s Fall are the two most popular hotspots which makes it an ideal location to relax and unwind during anytime of the year.

      Due to the beautiful scenery, waterfalls and striking landscapes, Kotagiri is now one of the best trekking destinations in South India. The virgin land and the extreme beauty makes it a popular choice for quick getaways. Hence overall, Kotagiri is a perfect amalgamation of pleasant weather and natural beauty, making it a paradise for all trek and nature lovers.

    7. What kind of clothes and equipment should I carry for Kotagiri Trek?

      Carry an extra pair of clothes which are light and comfortable. Wear quick dry clothes which is loose and not very short. Wear a hat and apply adequate sunscreen. Carry at least 2 litres of water. Take mosquito repellent and all basic medications.

      Carry fully charged power bank. Take your phone and a camera to capture the beauty of the nature around. Keep a torch for emergency situation.

    8. Is Kotagiri Trek open all year around?

      Yes, Kotagiri trek is open throughout the year. However, the best time to go for trekking is during winters and just before harsh summers. The weather during this time is cool and pleasant. Nevertheless, if you wish to see the swanky landscape and gorgeous deep blue sky, then monsoons is the time you need to go.

    9. What is the starting and ending point of the Kotagiri Trek?

      The starting point of Kotagiri trekking is the basecamp which you need to reach by early morning. From here, you will begin your trek to the peak. The end point of your trekking expedition is the Catherine Falls, which will the next trek destination after completing Kotagiri peak trek. It will mark the end of your Kotagiri expedition.

    10. What is the minimum group size to avail Kotagiri Trek package?

      The minimum number of people required in a group to avail of this package is 1. 

    11. What are the other inclusion in the Kotagiri Trek?

      the inclusion in the Kotagiri Trekking package are:

      - Packed Lunch (Veg-South Indian)
      Kotagiri Trek
      - Sunset view from the Nilgiri Valley
      - Visit Catherine falls & the Nilgiri viewpoint
      - Trekking Permit & Charges
      - Coordinator/instructor
      - Local Guide

    12. Are PickUp and Drop facilities available from Bangalore for Kotagiri Trek?

      Yes, pickup and drop off facilities from Bangalore can be availed at extra cost. Drop an enquire regarding the same and pick up and drop service can be arranged from Bangalore if possible.  

    13. Is Kotagiri trek safe for Female Travelers?

      The trek is completely safe for female and solo travellers. In fact, we have had majority of female travellers with us in the past, who had an amazing experience on Kotagiri trek. The place is completely safe and we too thrive to make all the arrangements, considering the safety of all our travellers.

    14. What is the average temperature of Kotagiri?

      The average temperature of Kotagiri is around 16.2 degrees Celsius.

    15. Do you provide separate accommodations for men & women for Kotagiri Trek?

      For the Kotagiri trek in Ooty, It is a day trek and there is no sleepover and overnight camping. No accommodations are included in the package. 

    16. How can I go to Kotagiri hills from Bangalore?

      Kotagiri is located almost 330 kilometres from the city of Bangalore, via Mysore. In order to reach Kotagiri hill from Bangalore, it will take around 8 to 9 hours, when you are travelling in a bus or a train. In other words, it is an overnight journey, the approximate time of which depends entirely upon the road as well as weather conditions.

      Alternatively, for those availing the Kotagiri Trek from other cities, can arrive at Coimbatore, which is home to the nearest airport as well as railway station in Kotagiri. The distance from Coimbatore to Kotagiri is only 63 kilometres.

      However, for the trekking to Kotagiri, we can offer pick up facilities from Bangalore at extra cost.

    17. Is it safe to trek in Kotagiri?

      Yes, it is very safe to trek in Kotagiri. Kotagiri Trekking is safe for all kinds of trekkers and travellers, regardless of their age or experience. Moreover, we assure the safety of our guests by providing experienced and friendly guides and taking care of all safety measures. We also take the necessary precautions throughout the trek to ensure that our guests are comfortable and safe during the journey.

      However, we do advise not to go unguided into the forest areas during the trek. Additionally, it is advisable and recommended not to venture out alone or wander off away from the group. Trekkers are also advised to maintain their pace and remain with their group whilst they are doing the trek.

    18. Is trekking allowed in Kotagiri?

      Yes, trekking is allowed in Kotagiri. Located at a height of 5,890 feet in the Nilgiri Hills in the Western Ghats, Kotagiri is home to a lot of trekking trails. Even though a majority of these trails are unexplored due to prohibitions by the forest department, there are a few treks which you can go trekking upon.

    19. What is the minimum age required for Kotagiri Trek?

      Since the Kotagiri Trek is quite an easy trek, even children can go on it. In saying so, the minimum age required for the Kotagiri Trek is 11 years. Also, it is recommended that children below the age of 18 years should always be accompanied by a parent or a local guardian when going for the trek.

    20. I am a solo traveller, can I join Kotagiri trekking group?

      Yes, you can join the Kotagiri trekking group. This trek is great for solo travellers as they can get a chance to meet like-minded travellers and trekkers and enjoy trekking to Kotagiri in an entirely different manner.

    21. What is the maximum altitude of Kotagiri Trek?

      The maximum altitude of the Kotagiri Trek is at 5,890 feet. Located in the Nilgiri district, this adventurous trek boasts of offering trekkers an experience of their lifetime in the thick Nilgiri ranges in the Western Ghats.

      Trekking through winding trails amidst huge tea estates and along various river paths, the trekkers ultimately end the trek at the Mettupalayam-Kotagiri Junction. During the trek, trekkers also get to see the Catherine Falls, which is the second highest waterfall in the entire Nilgiri ranges.

    22. What is the experience required for Kotagiri Trek?

      The trek to Kotagiri is one of the easiest treks in the country, which even children can go on. It is because of this that one does not require any former experience in trekking when doing the Kotagiri Trek. However, we do recommend trekkers to be physically fit and carry sufficient water and dry snacks during the trek to keep themselves hydrated and full of energy.

    23. What is the cellular network connectivity for Kotagiri Trek?

      Whilst on your trek to Kotagiri, you may not get cellular network connectivity for a major part of the trek. Vodafone, BSNL and Airtel are the only mobile networks which tend to work along the trek. However, even these networks have inconsistencies.

      Since Kotagiri is located at a good elevation, only a few selected places along the trek tend to have inconsistent network connectivity as compared to others. It is because of this that we advise trekkers to contact their near and dear ones whenever they are able to get cellular signals anywhere during the trek.

    24. What is the trekking distance of trek to Kotagiri?

      The Kotagiri trek in Ooty is almost 7 kilometres long, which can be traversed in 4-5 hours by trekkers. This beautiful trek takes people through various mesmerising tea estates and glistening river paths.

      Once at the summit, trekkers can also catch beautiful sights of other attractions located nearby. These include the serene Catherine Falls, Elk Falls, the Doddabetta Peak as well as the Rangaswamy Pillar.

    25. What are the sanitary facilities during the trek?

      There are no restrooms or pit-stop along the trail and it is advisable to use the bathrooms before starting the activity.

    26. I am a first timer. Should I go for Kotagiri trek?

      Yes, first-timers and amateur trekkers of age 11 years above can go for this trek. The Kotagiri trek is moderately difficult with a trail that passes through tea estates, Valleys and streams while offering you picturesque views of the Nilgiri hills.

      Moreover, you are accompanied by a guide throughout the activity,making the experience easy and safe.

    27. What meals are included in the Kotagiri trekking package?

      Thrillophilia's Kotagiri trekking package is inclusive of a Lunch that would be served upon reaching the hill in the afternoon.

      Moreover, the meal would be authentic vegetarian South Indian dishes. Besides this, you can bring your own snacks/eatables and drinks for this trekking trip.

    28. What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?

      The trek is in total 7 km long which takes you through a mixed terrain of a comfortable and steep ascend. Marked at a moderate difficulty level, anyone with good fitness can easily attempt this trek.

      Moreover, first-time trekkers can prepare by taking up walking or running before the actual trek. Apart from that, anyone with a health concern is advised to avoid partaking in the activity or consult their doctors beforehand.

    29. What is the height of Kotagiri peak?

      Kotagiri is a hill-station perched at a height of 5882 feet amidst the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu. Moreover, the highest mountain peak in the town is the Rangaswamy peak and pillar which stand at an elevation of 5856 feet.

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