Kodaikanal

Why To Go

Kodaikanal is a city amid the slopes of Palani in the hills of the Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal or ‘The Gift of the Forest’ as the name means in Tamil is also referred to as the “Princess of Hill Stations”.

Kodaikanal is one of the famous hill stations of southern India visited by tourists all over the world on regular basis because of its natural pristine warmth.  Established in 1845 by the American Christian Missionaries and British bureaucrats as a respite place from high temperature of the plains and diseases, Kodaikanal with its pleasant climate, mist covered hillocks, waterfalls, lush greeneries and meadows is ideal as a honeymoon destination.

The rich nature of the flora of this region attracts the nature loving population to study its soulful tune.

At 2,000 or 7200 ft. meters above sea level, the town centred on man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest. Explore the nature as you get ready for biking or trekking or just enjoy a stroll through the vast green forest. Rowing boats can be hired, and hikers and cyclists follow the 5k Lake Road path around the shore. Kodaikanal is a perfect place where you visit to loosen yourself from the monotony of city life and enjoy the lush green of the town.

Travel Tips

June to early October is a nice time to visit Kodaikanal. Not only the weather remains pleasant but is also colourful. Monsoon time with the beauty of rains and fresh aroma of rain soaked earth, blossoms, fresh greenery is also a great time to make a trip. However, winter is a bit chilly, and for trekking you may visit in the months of January and February. Try to reach Coimbatore before 2:00p.m. so that you can enjoy the scenic 4hour drive to Kodaikanal. Try to visit Berijam lake during your initial stay reasons being it requires forest department’s permission to enter the area and permission is given on daily basis in advance. Spare one day for visit to Berijam lake. You can get the information on various trekking spots and hire a guide at tourist centre.

Things To Do

The best thing to do in this place is taking a nature walk around the region and study its nature. Much activity are available surrounding the Kodai Lake where people can take up cycling and horse riding. Boating in the lake is available also. There are trekking routes available for the trekkers also. Shopaholics can collect the collectibles from the local market. Secretive mountain paths, mist and bramble, hedges full of wildflowers, gardens full of roses, placid lakes – Kodai is rich with discoveries. These hills are alive with flora and fauna. The sight-seeing tours might be useful if you are short on time but its best to explore on your own. Arrange a cab for half a day to visit places like Devil’s kitchen, Green valley view, Pillar rocks and Pine forest.

Getting Around

Fortunately, cycles and bikes can be hired to roam around the place. If you don’t have your own vehicle, taxis, buses and auto rickshaws are readily available for hire, and the roads are clean and well-maintained. However, the best way to explore this placid town is by walking.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

There is no airport at Kodaikanal. The nearest one is at Madurai within a distance of 120 km. and it takes a slight more than 3 hours. From the airport you can avail the local state run buses or hire a cab to reach Kodaikanal. Tourists can come via Trichy airport and Coimbatore airport also which are 150 km and 175 km respectively away from Kodaikanal.

TRAIN

Kodai Road is the railway station which is closest to Kodaikanal. It is 100km away from the hill station. Get on to a bus or hire a cab to cover the rest journey and reach the town.

ROAD

All the southern Indian major cities are interlocked with Kodaikanal by motorable roads. Regular bus services are available from other major cities like Chennai, Pondicherry, Madurai, Hyderabad, Pune, and Bangalore to visit this place. You may also go for a rented car to travel from Bengaluru, Madurai, Ooty, Pune.

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Surrounding Attractions

Berijam Lake and Kodaikanal Lake are the two attractions around this area. Kodaikanal Lake, also known as Kodai Lake is a manmade lake located in the Kodaikanal city in Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu, India. Berijam Lake is a reservoir near Kodaikanal town in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, South India. It is at the old site of “Fort Hamilton”, in the upper Palani hills. The lake is part of a micro–watershed development project. There is a museum to give an info about the area also. Other attractions include Bryant Park, Botanical garden, Golf course, Pillar rocks, Chettiar Park, Kurunjiandavar temple, Wax museum, Guna cave, Kukkal cave, Silver cascade falls, Bear Sholafalls, Palani Hills, Kodaikanal Solar observatory to keep the tourists busy during their stay.
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