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Kodaikanal Tourism

Kodaikanal is a hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,133 meters above sea level, the town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest. Rowing boats can be hired, and hikers and cyclists follow the 5km Lake Road path around the shore.


Often referred as “Princess of Hill stations”, Kodaikanal is one of the most popular tourist destinations. This town of Tamil Nadu has mesmerising settings and exciting activities to offer its guests. “The Gift of the Forest”, in city of Kodaikanal, elite itinerary presents its tourist with complete holiday package with wide range of activities to do while holidaying. From trekking routes to temples to museums to caves to falls to parks and lakes, you will have more than just one option to keep yourself engaged while holidaying on this hill station. Along with striking natural settings and a soothing and calm environment, you will also find many other places good for sightseeing. The earliest residents of Kodaikanal were the Palaiyar tribal people. The earliest specific references to Kodaikanal and the Palani Hills are found in Tamil Sangam literature of the early Common era. Modern Kodaikanal was established by American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats in 1845, as a refuge from the high temperatures and tropical diseases of the plains. In the 20th century a few elite Indians came to realise the value of this enchanting hill station and started relocating here.

Sightseeing Points In Kodaikanal

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Lake

Kodaikanal Lake is a manmade lake. Sir Vere Henry Levinge, the then Collector of Madurai, was instrumental in creating the lake in 1863, amidst the Kodaikanal town which was developed by the British and early missionaries from USA. The lake is said to be Kodaikanal most popular geographic landmark and tourist attraction. Over the years a boat club, boathouse and boat service for the public and tourists has become fully functional and is of aesthetic significance for tourism. Boat Pageant and Flower Shows are a regular feature in the summer season which attracts tourists.

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Coaker's Walk

Coaker’s Walk, was constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872, a 3,300 ft paved pedestrian path winding around Mount Nebo, starts in front of the Van Allen hospital, running parallel to the Van Allen Hospital Road, and joins the main road beside St.Peter’s Church, providing a panoramic view of the plains. On a clear day one can view as far as Dolphin’s Nose in the south, the valley of the Pambar River in the southeast, Periyakulam town and even the city of Madurai. A fascinating rare phenomenon called the Brocken spectre can be witnessed, when a person can see his shadow on the clouds with a rainbow halo. This occurs when the sun is behind the viewer and clouds and mist are to the front.

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Silver Cascade Waterfalls

Silver Cascade, 8 kilometres from Kodaikanal at a wide bend in the long and winding Laws Ghat Road, at altitude 1,800 metres (5,900 ft), is a 55-metre (180 ft) waterfall formed from the outflow of Kodaikanal Lake. This impressive waterfall is a popular stop for first-time visitors. There are a few souvenir and fruit vendors and many monkeys here. There is also a smaller but more serene waterfall below the bridge which crosses the stream here.

Elite Itinerary Bryant Park Kodaikanal

Bryant Park is a well maintained 20.5 acres botanical garden. The park was planned and built in 1908 by a forest officer from Madurai, H.D. Bryant, and named after him. With 325 species of trees, shrubs, and cacti, the park is a rainbow of flowers during the peak season. A large section is dedicated to nearly 740 varieties of roses. There is an 1857 eucalyptus tree and a Bodhi tree which adds a religious significance to the park. Ornamental plants are cultivated in a nursery for sale. The park organizes horticultural exhibits and flower shows every summer, to coincide with the peak season. The entrance fee to the park is nominal, and it is open all year.

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple

Kurinji Andavar Murugan temple is famous for its Kurinji flower which blossoms in the area only once every 12 years. The deity here is called Sri Kurinji Easwaran, who is Lord Murugan. This temple was built in 1936 by a European woman, who on coming to Ceylon, converted to Hinduism. She changed her name to Leelavathi and married Ponnambalam Ramanathan. She is also known as Lady Ramanathan. This temple was handed over to Arulmigu Dhandayuthapani Swamy Thiru Kovil, Palani by Devi Prasad Bhaskaran (also known as Padmini, niece and adopted daughter of S Natesan Pillai, son-in-law of Lady Ramanathan) and her husband R. Bhaskaran.

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Bear Shola Falls

Bear Shola Falls derived its name from the fact that bears used to come to this fall for drinking water. The best time to visit the falls is during the rainy season when the water level is at its fullest and thus most beautiful. During non-monsoon season, there is not much water in the falls. If interested, one can also go for trekking here. It has a beautiful climbing path which is almost 1 km long inside the forest.

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Solar Observatory

Solar Observatory is a solar observatory owned and operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. The Evershed effect was first detected at this observatory in January 1909. Solar data collected by the lab is the oldest continuous series of its kind in India. Precise observations of the equatorial electrojet are made here due to the unique geography of Kodaikanal. Ionospheric soundings, geomagnetic, F region vertical drift and surface observations are made here regularly. Summaries of the data obtained are sent to national and global data centers. They have a full-time staff of two scientists and three technicians.

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Pillar Rock

Pillar Rocks, 8 kilometres from the bus-stand, is a set of three giant rock pillars which stand 122 metres (400 ft) high. Managed by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department, The viewpoint can be crowded but is not commercialized. There is an excellent public garden adjacent to the viewpoint.

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Green Valley View

Green Valley View (formerly called Suicide Point), 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) from the bus-stand and near the golf course, has a panoramic view of the plains and a sheer drop of 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) overlooking the Vaigai Dam to the south. The stairway leading up to it is highly commercialized and lined with rows of shops to tempt tourists.

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Guna Caves

Guna caves made popular by the Tamil movie Guna, previously called Devil’s Kitchen, are deep bat-infested chambers between the three gigantic boulders that are the Pillar Rocks. The deep narrow ravines of the caves are now closed to public due to the deaths of twelve youths there. These dangerous caves are highly protected now, and tourists can see sections of the cave system from afar. In the late 1970s the inside of the caves was well photographed.

Elite Itinerary Kodaikanal Berijam Lake

Berijam Lake is surrounded by nature at a distance of around 20 km from Kodaikanal. Boating is prohibited as the lake is a source of water for villages. Forest department permission is required and a limited number of vehicles (up to 80) are allowed to enter the forest area where the lake is situated. Entry is restricted into the Berijam Lake area to between 9.30 a.m. and 3pm Bison, deer, panthers, and snakes are often spotted in this area. The fire tower, Silent Valley, Medicine Forest, and Lake View are other attractions around the lake.

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FAQs About Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a city in the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in the Tamil language means “The Gift of the Forest”. Kodaikanal is referred to as the “Princess of Hill stations” and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination.

The serene hill station of Kodaikanal is famous worldwide for its breathtaking natural beauty and serene environs. … Shopping in Kodaikanal will also include visit to Kashmir Handicrafts center in Anna Salai which is famous for shawls, Jewelry, Brass, Leather items, Bone and Walnut wood articles.

Kodaikanal can be visited through the year, but the ideal time to visit is in the winter between October and March. This is when the weather is at its best. The summer and monsoon months, of April to June and between July and September respectively, also make for a good Kodaikanal trip.

Yes, unmarried couples are welcome at our hotels in Kodaikanal, where they can be assured of modern amenities and warm hospitality.

While the most of the people flock to the famous hill stations of Ooty and Coonoor , the crowd at kodaikanal is relatively low. To visit Kodaikanal 2 days are sufficient . Let’ see how to spend these two days to make our weekend a memorable one.

Certainly. While most of the hill stations have become over crowded with less greenery, Kodaikanal still retains nature. I never miss a visit to kodai. It is a must visit place.

Weather in Kodaikanal does not differ much from one season to another. However, summers are usually warm and cool, so light warm woolen clothing are fine. Monsoon seasons are wet with abundant rainfall so do also carry jackets, umbrellas in case it rains. Winters are usually cold so heavy woolen clothes are advisable.

One of the best hill towns in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is an ideal honeymoon destinations for those seeking refuge out of the bustling city life. The picturesque location and amazing culture make this town an ideal getaway for city dwellers.

You will find a reasonably priced store that sells Eucalyptus oil, homemade chocolates, natural oils and spices. Kodai Chocolate Factory. Chocolate production. Kodai Cheese. Object Organic. Spices Corner. Potter’s Shed. Shalimar Weaves.

Kodaikanal is located on a 2,133 m Elevation on the southern side of the Palani hills forming the eastern side of the Western Ghats mountain range in southern India. The hill town sits at an elevation of 2,133 meters above sea level and is surrounded with thick shola forests, flowery meadows and grasslands.

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