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The quiet hill station of Kotagiri (also referred to as “Switzerland of the East”, is situated in the Nilgiris, "the Blue Mountains" of southern India in the state of Tamil Nadu, about 6,000 feet above sea level. The town is surrounded by waterfalls, rivulets and lush green forests. Adventure Sports, Trekking, Rock Climbing etc. are all activities that Kotagiri offers the traveler. You may also want to simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, clear streams, rolling clouds and valleys surrounded by mist. The region abounds in lush green tea estates, charming British Era buildings and pristine Reserve forests rich in flaura and fauna.
Kotagiri was previously known as Kota-keri, "the home of the Kota tribes". Some regions of Kotagiri are still inhibited by members of this tribe who make a living as artisans. Nowadays though, members of the Badaga community are settled in Kotagiri in large numbers and are involved in all kinds of professions. A lot of Badaga villages are dotted all over the hills and valleys around Kotagiri.
Kotagiri is located about 27 km east of Ooty and 23 km northeast of Coonoor. It is one of the oldest hill stations in the Nilgiris. Kotagiri has a more favourable climate and milder temperatures when compared to Ooty because it is protected by the Dodabetta mountain ranges from the harsh southwest monsoons. On the whole, Kotagiri is a hill station that still retains its old world charm, yet close and easily accessible from Ooty and Coonoor and Mettupalayam in the foot of the hills.