“How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.” -R. Buckminster Fuller
A tiny village hiding in the shadows of its famous sisters in the Nilgiris.
When it comes to selecting the perfect weekend gateway, most of us tend to choose a famous spot near our city. A place which is easily accessible and has ample options for overnight stay. But there are few places which are yet unexplored and not so popular among weekend travellers. Kotagiri is one such remote and peaceful, serene village about 29 kms east of Ooty and 19 kms north east of Conoor in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Most of us travellers visiting Ooty and Conoor are unaware of this little piece of freshness shrouded in the hills of Nilgiris.
I was also one of the many, who had set out to visit Ooty and Conoor during the peak season of early January last year. Witnessing the crowded streets and traffic in ooty this time of the year, I decided to rather explore the unfamiliar roads. Therefore, I set off next morning from Ooty to a tiny village of Kotagiri.
My entire journey through the hills to Kotagiri was welcomed by gleaming green slopes on one side with a fair blue sky. The sight was calming and relieving. After seeing the crowd spread all over in Ooty, I needed a sedate atmosphere to cool my mind.
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Kotagiri which gets its name from the Kota tribes and means the "Mountain of Kotas" is a quiet place in the Nilgiris cloaked with the dense forest of Shola. The strikingly scenic views of this village covered with tea plantations bewitched me. Housed amongst the tea estates and surrounded by the infinite mountain ranges, Kotagiri exemplified a paradise of eternal beauty.
The first destination of my voyage was the Kodanad view point. As I approached my destination, the panaromic view from a distant caught my eyes. One peculiar mountain peak (the Rangaswamy Peak) was standing out towering amongst the vast expanse. Tall and dense pine forests, beautiful green tea estates and a pleasant nip in the air was what this view point offered me but that wasn't the end of it.