If you’ve ever wondered where Kodanadu view point is, what to see there, where to stay, or why many tourists come to Kodanadu while visiting the Nilgiris, I’ll be happy to answer your questions.
I’ve toured Kodanadu around five or six times, and each time I ride to this scenic village in the Western Ghats, I’m pleased to appreciate the climate, route, ride, locality, and tranquility.
My brother and I travel to the mountains often as we live in the foothills of the Western Ghats. We started our one-day visit to Kodanadu on a sunny day.
Kodanad is located close to the easternmost point of the Nilgiris, where it meets the eastern ghats range. This village, which is roughly 1.8 kilometers above sea level, is about an hour’s drive from the nearby town of Kotagiri.
The map route shows how long it will take us to get to our destination if we start from Mettupalayam.
This, in the above picture, is the first check post that we have to pass through to reach our first destination Kotagiri ( 30.6kms away). Forest College and Research Institute are also located in this area on the right side of the road.
After a short ride, we came to a Mettupalayam viewpoint on the left side of the road. This viewpoint point allows us to see the entire town of Mettupalayam.
We were stopped at another check post as we continued riding. All vehicles except local ones are stopped here and a little fee of Rs.10 is collected per bike (Rs.20 for cars and commercial vehicles). We pay for the local panchayat’s establishment and tourism maintenance using this money. Not only did we have to pay the money, but we also had to provide information about our journey to the officer so that he/she could record it in their databook.
We continued on our way to Kotagiri, arriving over an hour and a half after we began our trip. Actually, we traveled slowly enjoying the climate and ride but the destination can be reached in an hour if there isn’t much traffic. At 10 a.m., we were enjoying breakfast at Hari Mess. In that order, dosas and idlis were served (my brother indeed is a idli fan). The breakfast came to an end with steaming tea cups!
After a nice breakfast and a cup of delicious tea, we continued to drive to our final destination. Kotagiri is still 17 kilometres away from Kodanad. We passed through Kaikatti village. The route offered breathtaking views of the mountains and trees.
Along the way, we came across a tribal temple and spent some time shooting it. It looked fantastic from every perspective, and we’ve included some snapshots below.
Crossing the village of Elada, the way turned up to be even more beautiful with tea estates on both sides. Employees were seen working while we stopped and had some good time chatting with them. The smell of the tea was so significant and aromatic.
Happy Visiting !!