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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

Trip Starting From: Bangalore

Trip Location: Ooty

About the Kotagiri Trek:

Grab a mind-blowing opportunity to partake in an exciting trekking trip at the earliest and find the beauty of Kotagiri Hill station amazing. A two-day happy trip is now on!!! Kotagiri hill station is situated in Nilgiri district at a height of about 5890 feet. The trekkers' wide choice is this hill that brings forth some adventurous trails unexplored.

The trails are collected to the vast Nilgiri ranges but prohibited to outsiders by the forest department. This trekking trip has the starting point in Bangalore. Take an overnight journey to the destination on Friday after you get picked up from the different points in the city in the evening.

Kotagiri is lying about 330 kilometres away from Bangalore with unending sights of serenity. The trekking trail starts in the huge tea estates and goes through the valley on the river path and ends at Mettupalayam- Kotagiri junction.

Other attractions near the hill are the Catherine Falls, Elk Falls, Doddabetta Peak and the Rangaswami Pillar.
Wind up your tour on the third day of the tour with a visit to the Catherine Falls which is the second-highest waterfall in Nilgiri Mountains.

Difficulty Level of Kotagiri Trek: Easy

Kotagiri Trek Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Departure from Bangalore | Trek to Kotagiri

    You will be picked up from the following stops in Bangalore:

    08:30 PM: Pick-up from 80 feet road, Indiranagar.

    08:45 PM: Pick-up from New Shanthi Sagar Hotel, Domlur.

    09:00 PM: Pick up from Lifestyle, Magrath Road (Near Garuda Mall).

    Approximately by 06:00 am, you will reach the campsite after the overnight journey from Bangalore.

    Freshen up and have breakfast.

    Post this, start your Kotagiri trek to the hill by 08:30 am and your lunch will be packed.

    En route, have lunch and reach the top by noon. Explore and unwind the less explored trails.

    Watch the amazing surrounding from the top.

    Return to the homestay by sunset and relax by the campfire (depending on the weather condition).

    Have dinner and relax.

  • Day 2 - Visit to the waterfall and return

    Wake up early and refresh your mind.

    Post breakfast, begin your trip to the second highest waterfall in Nilgiri, the Catherine Falls.

    After enjoying its beauty, begin your return journey to Bangalore. By 09:00 pm, you will reach Bangalore end your Kotagiri Ttek trip


  • Accommodation in tents on sharing basis
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  • Sleeping beds will be provided


  • Basic veg food
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  • 2 breakfast
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  • 1 lunch
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  • 1 dinner


  • Kotagiri Trek
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  • Sightseeing

Other Inclusions

  • Coordinator/instructor
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  • Local guide


  • Non A/C, depending on the number of participants it can be Tavera/Qualis, Tempo Traveler, Minibus

Things To Carry

  • Sturdy and waterproof backpack (It will be advised that you pack light)
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  • Water bottles (at least 2 liters of water)
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  • Fresh clothes for two days
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  • Extra set of clothes
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  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
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  • Cap/hat
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  • Toiletries (Shampoo, towel, toothpaste, tissue paper, etc.)
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  • Juice packs, Glucon-D etc.
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  • Raincoat or a Poncho
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  • Personal medication (if any)
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  • Allergy medication (if any)
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  • Mosquito repellent cream
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  • A torch with new batteries (in case of emergency)
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  • You can carry energy food (Chocolate bars, flavored milk, Electrolyte drinks etc.)
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  • Camera (Optional)

Tour Type

  • This is a group tour

Kotagiri Trek: Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 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 0-30 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

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
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  • 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 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking before confirmation and a full refund will be processed.
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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 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 Dinesh Mukhopadhyay

     Rated : 5.0


    The Kotagiri Trek by Thrillophilia had everything that I wanted from a trek. 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 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 Shashank Sashihithlu

     Rated : 5.0


    Great experience! Loved it... The hosts were very caring and took care of everything. Highly recommend this group!!

    Story by Maninder Singh

     Rated : 5.0


    it was a great experience. such a lovely guides and group..????????

    Story by Niral Khambhati

     Rated : 5.0


    The trek was good but the food could have been better. Great experience overall.

    Story by Debadatta Mishra

     Rated : 5.0




    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.

      However, if you are travelling to Kotagiri from Bangalore, we do offer pick up facilities from three different pick up locations in the city. Guests can choose any of the three pick up locations as per their convenience. The locations are the 80 Feet Road in Indiranagar (08:30 p.m.), followed by the New Shanti Sagar Hotel in Domlur (08:45 p.m.) and finally the Lifestyle Store at Magrath Road near Garuda Mall (09:00 p.m.). 

    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 10 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. The climate of this place is considered to be the high point as it claimed to be the best, not only in India but in the World. 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 this package is 2. We will schedule the trek only after we have the minimum number of people for trek to Kotagiri.

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

      Accommodation is included in the package. Tents are provided on sharing basis. Men and women are given separate tents. Sleeping beds are included in your package. Meals for Day 1 and Breakfast for Day 2 is included in your package.

      Day 1 will include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Transportation services to and from Bangalore is included in the package. Arrangements for trekking and sightseeing are inclusive. An instructor is provided who will accompany you throughout the trip. A local guide is also organized.

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

      Yes, pickup and drop off facilities are available from Bangalore. Three pick up locations are provided from Bangalore and you can choose as per your closeness. The 1st pick up is scheduled at 8:30 PM from the 80 feet road in Indiranagar.

      The second pickup is at 8:45 PM from New Shanti Sagar Hotel in Domlur. The last pickup is at 9 PM from the Lifestyle Store at Magrath Road near Garuda Mall.

    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, we provide separate accommodations for men as well as women. Available on a twin sharing basis, we offer tents to our guests, which are equipped with the basic necessities as well as sleeping beds. The accommodation is included in our Kotagiri Trekking 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 do offer pick up facilities from Bangalore. Guests can choose from three different pick up locations in the city according to their preferences. These locations are:

      -80 feet Road, Indiranagar, where the scheduled pick up time is 08:30 p.m.

      -New Shanti Sagar Hotel, Domlur, where the scheduled pick up time is 08:45 p.m.

      -Lifestyle Store, Magrath Road, near Garuda Mall, where then scheduled pick up time is 09:00 p.m.

    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 6 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 10 to 12 kilometres long, which can be traversed in 2 days and 1 night 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.

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