Kotagiri is the oldest and the third largest hill stations in the Nilgiris. Looming over and above all the surrounding hills in the North-eastern escarpmennts, its climate is claimed to be one of the best in the World. Unlike Ooty and Coonoor, Kotagiri is situated in an 'open-terrace' massif. At an elevation of 1985 m. the town has developed around numerous knolls and valleys. The Kotagiri weather is more bracing than that of Coonoor and balmier than that of Ooty.Like Coonoor, Kotagiri is also an important centre of tea industry. Kotagiri also has the reputation of being the first place in the hills to which road was made from Sirumugai (near Mettupalayam) via Denad (in Kil-Kotagiri) in the year 1819. Kotagiri abounding in plum-pudding-like hills is a hikers paradise. The whole of the country spread across the northern and north-eastern dells and heights still provide enthralling excursions into the tranquil naves of Nature's sanctuaries.