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Kotagiri Trek – Camp Amidst The Nilgiri Hills

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Let us connect to the roots of raw nature and spend some time making new friends, camping, watching the beautiful sunset and stare up at the starry skies. Covered with a vast expanse of lush green forests, the Kotagiri Trek is the perfect amalgamation of nature, serenity and cuisine. A typical forest trail crosses emerald blue lakes, frothy waterfalls and a large ambit of tree plantations. It is characterised by very rich plant diversity and exotic and endemic animal species along with two endangered animals – Lion-Tailed Macaque and Nilgiri Tahr. Pack your bags to wander in the wilderness and be mesmerised by the beauty of sheer beauty of the Nilgiri mountain range. Experience the cool weather and be bewitched by the aroma of tea gardens. Spend a night in a tent, under a star-lit sky and share some exciting stories with strangers over the barbeque. Travel! Before you run out of time.


Trek Details

  • Trek LevelEasy - Moderate ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeTea Plantations & Meadows
  • Trek Distance10-12 km (to & fro)

Kotagiri - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore by 10:00 PM

Day 1

  • Reach the Campsite by 8:30 AM – freshen up and have breakfast
  • Start the Kotagiri Ridge Trek
  • Have packed lunch during the trek
  • Explore the Tea Estates
  • Enjoy the sunset from Nilgiri Valley
  • Return to the Campsite by evening
  • Have dinner around a bonfire and spend the night stargazing

Day 2

  • Visit the Foothills of the Dale River
  • Visit the Ooty Tea Factory
  • Depart for Bangalore, and have a self-sponsored lunch on the wayl
  • Reach Bangalore By 10 PM

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in tents on multiple sharing basis
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Inter-state Taxes, road permits and Tolls
  • Guide and entry charges for trek
  • Campfire ( only if weather permits )
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any other meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Following are the pick-up points & timings:

  • Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking
  • Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Drop-off points shall be the same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 25 to 30 pax
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • Mode of Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer ( Kodaikanal has a cold temperature up to 6-10 Degree )
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Kotagiri Trek - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0Depart for Kotagiri

We begin our trip from Bangalore as strangers but not for long as our fun and energetic trek leads have some exciting icebreakers up their sleeves to turn you lot into the best of friends overnight! Some call it magic but we simply consider it as another part of the experience here at Plan The Unplanned. Once you’re all familiar with the group, spend the night playing some fun games, engaged in interesting conversations or simply settle in for the night looking forward to an adventurous journey up ahead.

Day 1Trek to Kotagiri

We will reach the campsite by 8:30 AM approx), and after some rest and a hearty breakfast, we will start the Kotagiri trek. Explore the adventurous trail with lush green forests and streams entangled around it and pamper yourself with the natural bliss of the Kotagiri hills. We will be given packed lunch during the trek.

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After a breathtaking ridge trek, we will head to the tea estates. Experience the intensely aromatic tea grown there and after having a sip, we will wait to witness the enchanting sunset scene from Nilgiri Valley.

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Then, we will head back to the campsite, and after some rest and dinner, we will sit under the starry skies and be spellbound by the beauty of the glittery sky.

Day 2Visit Catherine Falls and Tea Factory

We will kick-start the day with a visit to the double-cascaded Catherine Falls. We shall also visit Ooty Tea factory and start our journey back via the beautiful Bandipur Sanctuary.

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Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show. Every mountain is within reach if you travel. Be enchanted and coddiwomple to a world of fantasy. Be a traveler and a storyteller.

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The above itinerary shall always be a tentative schedule as reaching the destination always depends on a lot of factors. The Outdoor leaders shall always have the right to modify the itinerary without any prior intimation and everyone shall follow the same without any complaints as to the schedule. We shall not compromise on the experience.


I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.


Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

The general cancellation policy for weekend treks from Bangalore is listed below

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

For all the above points you can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard-earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).


  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
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Vaibhav Kumar

Solo Traveller

Last weekend I went to kotagiri trek with Plan the unplanned, it’s my 2nd trek with PTU, I must say it’s a very unique experience for me, organizing camp site to making tent for night, from night trek to long bon fire experience sharing sessions all are very good, really enjoyed, trek leads are really good, helpful and patient.
I would strongly recommend this trek for all urbanites.

October 24, 2019

Sanghavi PS

Group Traveller

It was my first trek with Plan the unplanned and I loved the experience. I went to kotagiri with them. The organizers are young and energetic. They are very patient and motivate you throughout. I had a very nice set of people travelling with me. It was also my solo trip but throughout the span of 3 days, I did not feel discomfort. I had an amazing experience with Plan the Unplanned. Looking forward to going on more treks with them.

February 21, 2019


Group Traveller

Really amazing trek community, one thing I must say PTU are not just about making money or running business but they are very soulfull people who is running this adventure, entire trek of Kotagiri was a blissful for me where I met a adventure junkie co-founder of PTU #Tarun and other trek leads Gowthem, Akshay & Rakshita. Entire crew was active and patience full throughout the trek. Arrangement was super in middle of mountains and loads of fun… I would highly recommend at least join 1 trek with these amazing people … Highly recommended.

August 23, 2018