Kodaikanal – Princess of hill stations

Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill stations of southern India because of its mesmerizing and unspoilt beauty. Unlike Ooty, another popular hill station of south India, Kodaikanal has retained its old-world charm while offering all modern amenities. Often referred to as the “Princess of the hill stations”, Kodaikanal is an ideal destination for a relaxed and rejuvenating vacation away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Salubrious climate, lovely lakes, rows and rows of silky pine trees, spectacular views, enchanting waterfalls, mighty rocks, pristine surroundings and intoxicating air, Kodaikanal has all the ingredients to be the most sought after hill destination of India.


View of the star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake

Where is Kodaikanal?

Kodaikanal, popularly known as Kodai, is in the Dindigul district of Tamilnadu, bordering the state of Kerala.

About Kodaikanal

Situated at an altitude of 2133 m on the southern tip of upper Palani hills of Western Ghats, the secluded hill town of Kodaikanal was set up as a sanatorium in 1845 by the American Madura Mission. Lofty hills, lush green valleys, silverline of cascading stream, picture perfect scenery, colonial ambience, cold waters of lake and misty hills grabbed in silver oaks and pines are some of the snapshot which ideally describes Kodaikanal.
Kodaikanal has the reputation of being one of the most popular romantic destinations for newlyweds. Peace, serenity and secludedness of the place has made Kodaikanal favourite among honeymoon couples.
Kodaikanal is an ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts. It offers several scenic trekking trails. The most common being a walk along the stream leading to dolphin nose. One can also trek up to Perumalmalai, which is the tallest mountain in the area.
Nature has gifted Kodaikanal with Kurinji flower which bloom once in 12 years. This sacred flower according Hindu mythology makes the entire area blue when it blooms. The town is also famous for being the centre of quite a number of educational institutions of international repute.

Sightseeing in and around Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal Lake – This artificially built star-shaped lake surrounded by beautiful slopes form the pivot around which the town of Kodaikanal has evolved. This lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge, and is the favourite hang-out of tourists who like to take long, leisurely strolls around its well-maintained 5 Km peripheral road. Facility of boating in this cool, placid lake is an added attraction. Horses and bicycles can be hired beside the lake for short periods so as to take short rides in the path that skirts the periphery of this lovely lake.
Bryant Park – Just east of the Kodai Lake is the wonderfully maintained botanical garden with exotic species of flowering plant. The flower show organized every year during the month of May, as a part of the summer festival, attracts large crowds. The park spreading over an area of 20.5 acres was planned and built in 1908 by a forest officer, H.D.Bryant, and named after him. The park becomes a rainbow of stunning flowers during the peak season with a large section being dedicated to nearly 740 varieties of roses.


Walking in the misty pavements of Coaker's walk

Coaker’s walk – This is a 1 Km long paved pedestrian path built by Lt.Coaker in 1872, running along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai. The walk winding around Mt. Nebo provides some stunning view of the plains on a bright sunny day but when it is foggy, the experience of walking in the cloud is none less fascinating.
Berijam Lake – Just 21 Km from Kodaikanal is the beautiful Berijam Lake offering panoramic view. Presently, this large lake cannot be visited by general public without the permission of the District Forest Officer. Although, a boat ride in its cool waters and excursion around the scenic lake is a mind blowing experience.
Dolphin’s nose – About 8 km from the Kodai town is a projected rock formation that looks similar to the nose of the dolphin. 1 Km down a very steep rocky trail after Pambar Bridge will lead to a flat rock projecting over a breathtaking chasm, known as Dolphin’s nose. The place offers breathtaking views of the plains and steep rocky eascarpeints called rolling hills.
A short paved walkway from here leads to Pambar falls which is also known as Liril Falls, after the famous Liril Soap Advertisement filming in 1985.
Pillar Rocks – Just 8 Km from Kodai town are three huge rocks jutting into the sky to a height of about 400 ft. This view point is extremely popular among tourists.


Gushing waters of Bear Shola fall

Bear Shola Falls – Just about 2 Km from the Kodai town is the tall Bear Shola falls which once were visited by bears. Set amidst lush green surroundings and rugged landscape is this waterfall which is a scenic drive from the Kodai town.
Silver Cascade Falls – On the Madurai – Kodaikanal road, just before reaching Kodaikanal town is the 180 ft high Silver Cascade waterfall which is sourced from the Kodai Lake’s excess water.
Solar Observatory – About 3.2 Km from the Kodaikanal Lake is one of world’s oldest Observatory. Built at an elevation of 2343 m the Observatory was started in1901 and houses a museum as well. It is open daily to the public during peak season, and a few hours each Friday the rest of the year.
Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple – Approximately 4 Km from the Kodai town is the popular temple of Kurinji Andavar where Lord Murugan is worshipped. The temple is the sight of Kurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years.
Other places of tourist interest includes Fairy Fall, Glen Falls, Thalaiyar Falls, Perumal Peak, Orchidorium, Green Valley View Point, Shenbaganur Museum, Lutheran Church and quite a few others.

How to reach Kodaikanal?

By Air – Madurai at a distance of 120 Km is the nearest airport. Madurai is well connected by air to other cities of India.
By Rail – The nearest railway stations are Kodai Road at a distance of 80 Km and Palani at a distance of 64 Km.
By Road – Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai (520 Km), Ooty (264 Km), Trichy (197 Km), Coimbatore (175 Km), and Madurai (120 Km). Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road Station, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Thekkady and Coimbatore.

Where to stay at Kodaikanal?

Kodai Resort (04542–240632)
Garden Manor (09831024628)
Kodai International (04542-245190)
Mount View (04542-241978)
Strawberry Park (04542-242340)
The Carlton (04542-240056)
Hilltop Towers (04542-240413).

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