The mind blowing Hill Station of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is also known as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. There was a time when Kodaikanal was the most favoured holiday destination for the people from North. Even now, Kodaikanal is a really very good option for vacations. But due to the absence of being promoted, it has been overshadowed by other famous hill stations such as Ooty, Kashmir etc.
But still, Kodaikanal is not less than other hill stations. It provides you a lot of interesting tourist spots. It is the home to a unique flower called ‘Kurinji’ that blossoms just once in 12 years. It is a good place for trekking, as there are lots of breathtaking trekking trails here. If you just want to relax by lazing on the side of calm lakes, then there is no better place than Kodaikanal.
Location: Didingul District of Tamil Nadu. It is on the southern crest of the Palani hills, about 120 kilometers away from Madurai.
Climate: Weather in summer season is pleasant, while winters are mild cold.
Cotton clothes are suitable in summers. But carry some woollens also, as the weather may change anytime.
Best time to visit: April-May, September-October
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest is Madurai Airport (120 kms)
By Train: Nearest railhead is Kodai Railway Station
By Road: HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches available regularly
Places of Interest
Location: 20 kms from Kodaikanal
Situated at a distance of 21 Kilometers from the heart of the city, the Berijam Lake was brought in front of the public eye by the European settlers. Originally a swamp, the area was cleared to discover the lake.
Address : Old site of Fort Hamilton, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu - 624101
Best month to visit: October to May
Berijam Lake stands among the most attractive picnic spots of kodaikanal. The lake is extremely beautiful and quiet. The lake area is really a pure nature beauty. This lake is a good wellspring of drinking water for the town called Periyakulam, which is located below Kodaikanal.
You can see a diversified variety of flora and fauna at this place. The tourists require permission from the forest office to enter this forest region. Between 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m., entrance to the lake is prohibited as wild animals like deer, buffalo, panther, snakes and many more other animals come to the lake to drink water amid these hours. If you are interested in enjoying fishing in the lake, you will have to take permission from the Fisheries Department. Boat riding in the lake is also a remarkable experience.
Location: Located at 3 kms from the main bus stand of Kodaikanal
Best month to visit: September-May. It is open from 6.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.
Kodaikanal Lake is an artificial lake which was constructed in 1863. The shape of this lake is like a star and it spreads in 60 acres area. Tourists can enjoy activities like cycling, boating, fishing and horse riding near the lake. The most amazing fact of this lake is that the water of the lake is crystal blue, which is mesmerizing. The whole lake is surrounded by a lush green valley that makes a wonderful picnic spot. The Sunset view from this place is just marvellous. Every year an annual Summer Festival is also organised here, which is worth attending. From the outflow of the lake water, a beautiful 180 feet waterfall is created, which is also well known for its beauty.
Bear Shola Falls
Location: 3 kms from Kodaikanal Bus Stand
Best month to visit: October to May, all days from 10.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.
Bear Shola falls is a splendid waterfall surrounded by forests. This is a seasonal waterfall, which wakes up in the rainy season. It is a serene and lovable picnic spot for tourists to spend some quality time. Previously, bears used to drink water from this fall. Because of this, the falls were named as ‘Bear Shola Falls’. At the time of the monsoon season, the beauty of this lake is at its top. Do not forget to carry your camera while going to this dazzling waterfall. It is such a picturesque place that it offers lots of good locations for photography in the surrounding areas.
Kurinji Andavar Temple
Location: 3 kms from Kodaikanal lake
Timings: Open all days of the week from 7.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
According to Tamil Literature, Kurinji Andavar Temple is known for worshipping Lord Murugan or Kartikeya, who is the son of Lord Shiva. The sanctuary was built up in 1936 by a European woman, named 'Lady Ramanathan'. In Tamil language, Kurinji signifies 'hill region' and Andavar signifies 'God'. So, Lord Muruga is known as 'God of hills'. This place is popular for a unique type of flower named as ‘Kurinji flower’ that blossoms only once after 12 years. A panoramic view of the Northern fields and Palini Hills can be seen from the temple premises.
Location: 1.3 kms from the city centre
Timings: Open every day from 7.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Coaker's Walk was built in 1872 by Lt. Coaker. It is a one kilometre narrow pathway closer to the lake. It is a standout amongst the most beautiful places in India. This pathway is made on a slant of a hill. Visitors can enjoy the fascinating sights of the valley of the Pambar River in South East, Dolphin's Nose in the South, Periyakulam and even a view of Madurai city on a clear sunny day. If you are lucky enough and when the cloud is present in the front and the sun is behind, then you can have a glimpse of your own shadow on the clouds. It is called ‘Brachem Spectre’.
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