Catherine Falls Timing & Entrance Fees

Lake 6:00am to 6:00pm No fees 15 Tips

Timing: Mon-Fri: Any Time, Sat-Sun: Any Time

Fees: No Fees

Camera Fees: No Fees

Things to do: Watching views

Places nearby: Sims Park (19km), Lambs Rock (23km), Dolphin Nose (21km), Toy train Coonoor (27km), MRC (23 km)

Entry fees last updated on 11/30/2016


The St. Catherine Falls near Aravenu is considered to be a two step waterfall which comes down from a height of 76 metres. This water fall has both lower and upper falls. The upper fall is the second highest in the region and is known to take a leap of about 250 feet.

Catherine Falls is a double-cascaded waterfall located in Kotagiri, The Nilgiris District, Tamil nadu and it is also a major tourist spot in Kotagiri. It is on the Mettupalayam road branching off at Aravenu. The upper fall drops to the floor, and is the second highest in the mountains. The waters from the upper stream of the Kallar River are crossed by the invisible Mettupalayam-Ooty road beyond the mountains in the south-west.

The height of waterfalls is about 250 ft. Catherine Falls is named after the wife of M.D. Cockburn, believed to have introduced the coffee plantation to Kotagiri. The native name of the Catherine Falls is Geddhehaada Halla, meaning "Foothills Dale River". It can clearly been seen from the top of Dolphin's Nose if seeing the entire waterfall as one total impression is what you are looking for. It is also possible to take a road to the top of the falls. If you need to stay overnight, cottages are available very close to Catherine Falls at Catherine Greens.

Apart from the St. Catherine Water Falls, tourists can visit the nearby Uyilatty Falls or Elk Falls, which is around 8 km from Kotagiri. Moreover, Kotagiri is home to the Rangaswamy Peak, which is around 1785 metres high. This biconical peak is a sacred hill among the residents of Nilgiri. It is believed that Lord Rangaswamy, who lived in Karamadai in Coimbatore, came here after a quarrel with his wife.

Catherine Falls, also known as St. Catherine's Falls, is located in the area that surrounds Coonoor. This beautiful waterfall falls from an impressive 250 feet. It can clearly been seen from the top of Dolphin's Nose if seeing the entire waterfall as one total impression is what you are looking for. It is also possible to take a road to the top of the falls. This vantage point allows you to truly appreciate the awesome power that Mother Nature has contained within a waterfall as you look down the 250 feet to the pool of water and its surrounding landscape below. To reach the top of the hills tourist should take a diversion at Aravenu on Kotagiri - Mettupalayam road

15 Reviews and Tips

8/13/2019 11:54:32 PM

A good place to hang on.Waterfall is too good and the surrounding is calm and nice place for photo shot. Don't throw the plastic in to the falls. Take some covers to take away the empty plastic cans from the falls.Drive to this place only if you are good in hills drive.

3/1/2018 11:24:55 PM

Catherine waterfall is the best place to visit with friends.Food is not available nearby, so it would be better to bring food items while visiting this place. If you are looking for an adventure trip it is the best choice.Be aware of monkeys and keep your things safe.The water flow is more during rainy days so visiting this place in rainy season is not safe.

11/15/2017 11:25:56 PM

If you visit Kotagiri never skip this place(Catherine falls) because the nature walk towards the waterfall and the breathtaking view of the waterfall is beyond our expectation.We just love the walk through the tea gardens surroundings and the cool atmosphere. One can get a clear view of the waterfall from the Dolphin Nose, the waterfall cascades in two steps from a height of about 250 feet. During monsoon, the volume of water flow will be thick and that is the perfect time to visit Catherine Falls.

10/17/2017 2:25:30 AM

Catherine falls is a nice place.One should want to walk more to reach this place.I visited with my friends.We enjoyed a lot.It is also a good place for photography lovers.

9/14/2017 11:41:09 PM

A trip to Catherine falls was a good experience, we walked superimposed a long time to sense the beautiful water falls. The water fall is not too much deep so you can enjoy the view points without any fear. The clouds are surrounded the beautiful hills which make the extra beauty to the falls over. Sure it will be the good eye treat for the nature lovers.

9/14/2017 3:16:26 AM

Catherine falls is very picturesque and great place for nature lovers. You will relax well and enjoy the place with friends or family. Lovely place but it is also a dangerous place to visit during the rainy time.

7/27/2017 10:08:16 PM

It is a joyride to go this wonderful falls, it indeed seems like paradise on the earth. Always travel with the group here, there are also small trekking spots available, surely recommended.

7/5/2017 2:47:23 AM

Catherine waterfall is amazing but the way to this waterfall is not good. A must visit for all nature lovers. It is the best place to visit for adventure lover and it has a nice scenery.

7/4/2017 12:26:07 AM

If you visit Kotagiri, never leave the place without seeing Catherine falls because the trek towards the tea estates and the breathtaking view of the falls is mesmerizing. You can enjoy the picturesque view of the surroundings and enjoy the nature at its best. During monsoon, the volume of water flowing will be high and that is the best time to visit Catherine falls.

3/22/2017 4:04:16 AM

One of the must visit place in Ooty. The waterfall is extremely good and the surrounding is a calm and nice place for a photo shoot.

Arun Kumar
3/14/2017 10:00:48 AM

Hi everyone according to me this is one of the best water falls highest waterfalls among other falls in nilgiris because it is undisturbed clean and nobody knows, it is better that no one knows. If there is a hanging bridge across the falls means then we can enjoy the entire falls well. Everyone should visit this place and you can see buffalo very close

8/9/2016 2:56:59 AM

Do not miss this spot when you are visiting Kotagiri. Walk for about 20 minutes through the tea plantation.You can find the nature at its pure condition. The best time to visit is early morning or evening so that you can enjoy the nature at its best.

3/15/2016 1:43:22 AM

The drive to this place itself offers picturesque views.The waterfall has both lower and upper fall.The best view is enjoyed from the dolphin nose viewpoint. There are many tourist spots like Uyilatty falls, Longwood shola forest etc, near to this spot. If you have to go, be prepared for a long walk because you need to tek for about 1 hour.

1/20/2016 11:22:07 PM

One of the major tourist spot in Kotagiri. From dolphin nose, you can see this Catherine falls which gives a visual treat to the eyes. Carry water and snacks with you as there are no shops nearby. If you are going with kids and elders be careful. As you want to make a small trek to reach water falls the best time to visit is during morning and noon . Evening you will not be allowed to view the waterfalls. If you are a trekking enthusiast then this is a must place to visit.

11/5/2015 10:22:06 PM

It is one of the renowned tourist spots in Kotagiri, you need to trek 1.5 km from the main road to reach Catherine waterfalls. There are no any eatery shops nearby, so you can carry your own eatery items and water with you.This is not an ideal place for elders.Best time to visit this spot is monsoon season.

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