Kodaikanal Attractions : Kodaikanal is aptly called as "Princess of Hill stations". With lush greenery every where, soothing environment, adventurous trekking routes and umpteen numbers of places for sightseeing, Kodaikanal makes for an interesting trip. Situated at the longitude of 77.5 and latitude of 10.2 in the Palani hill range under the administrative control of Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is an interesting place to spend few special days with your loved ones. Be it for honeymoon or for an adventure trip or a religious tour or a trip with your children and family, the hill station of Kodaikanal has something to entertain each and every tourist. From rocks to water falls to trekking routes to temples to museums to caves to parks to lakes, you have many options to keep yourself engaged.
What is more special about Kodaikanal is its well connectivity with rest of the country. Airways, road and railways, you can choose any from these modes of transportation. The nearest airport is Madurai (120 km away) and the nearest railway station is Kodaikanal road. there are many buses to Kodaikanal operating from various parts of the state. Even the accommodation in kodaikanal are of different kinds varying from budgets hotels to luxurious resorts. Along with all these, you can some good experience shopping in Kodaikanal. Places such as Khadi Emporium, Handloom Co-operative Stores and Travancore Crafts Work and Government Sales Emporium presents good options.
Unlike other hill stations, not just offers beautiful natural settings or a pleasant weather at Kodaikanal, you also have various places worth visiting. Some of the major kodaikanal sightseeing places are:
Kodai Lake: The name Kodaikanal has been derived from the Kodai Lake. Thus, one can’t afford to not visit the lake on his/her Kodaikanal trip. The place is a perfect picnic spot with breath taking natural settings and lush greenery around. Kodai Lake is a man made lake. Spread across an area of 60 acres, the lake is in the shape of a star. It was constructed in 1983 by Sir Vere Henry Levinge who was the former District Collector of Madurai. One can also go for boating and for pony rides around the lake.
Berijam Lake: Berijan Lake is 3 km long lake and is located at a distance of 21 km from Kodaikanal. The lake is equally captivating and charming and promises some relaxed memorable moment to its visitors. one can just go and spend some time amidst the best of natural settings. The lake makes for a good picnic spot.
Kukal Cave: Kukal Cave is located at a distance of 40 km from the hill station of Kodaikanal. If you are looking for some adventure and excitement, Kukal Caves is the place for you. It offers tourists with amazing opportunities for camping. One can also go for trekking here.
Water Falls: The hill station of Kodaikanal is bestowed with many breath taking waterfalls. These waterfalls add a refreshing touch to the atmosphere. It an experience in itself to look at the sheer beauty of water falling down with so much of force. Some of the water falls here are Silver cascade, Bear Shola Falls, Pambar Falls and Thalaiyar Falls. Bear Shola is just 2 kms away from the Kodai Lake. Silver Cascade waterfall you will find on your way to Kodai from Kodai Road. It is 8 kms away. Thalaiyar Falls can be seen on the on the ghat road to kodai. It is 13 kms away. And the Pambar Falls is 4 kms from Kodaikanal.
Shenbaganur Museum: The Shenbaganur Museum was founded in the year of 1895. the museum has various kinds of artifacts belonging to ancient Paliyans tribes. there is also has interesting collection of more than 300 exotic orchid species. Close to 500 species of animals, birds and insects can also be spotted.
Telescope House: The place offers its visitors with breath taking view of the valley and the area around it. It is located in Coaker's Walk. Coaker's Walk was built by Lt. Coaker in 1872 and runs along slopes on the southern side of Kodai.
Green Valley View: Also referred as Suicide point, Green Valley View is an interesting places to visit offering its visitors with amazing view of the valley, the Vaigai dam and the surrounding area. If you want a good view it is advisable to visit after 10 am and before 3 pm as the place is mostly covered with moist and fog at other time of the day. It is a good place for photography too. Pillar Rocks: Located 8 km away from the lake, Pillar rocks are consisted of three granite boulders. The height of each granite boulders is 400 feet. they are standing shoulder to shoulder. there is chamber between two pillars which is called as Devil's kitchen.
Dolphin's Nose: Dolphin’s Nose is a flat projecting rock and is situated 8 km away from the lake and offers good view. One can reach the place by a steep rocky trail that begins after Pambar Bridge.
Vembadi Peak: With a height of 2466m, Venbadi Peak is the second highest peak. It can be reached by taking a right turn in Berijam road along with a steep climbing and it begins from Kodaikanal TV Tower. From here you get amazing view of the Berijam lake, Vandaravu range, Mannovanur sheep farm, Poombarai valley, etc.
Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple: Kurinji Andavar Murugan Temple is located 3 km away from the Kodai Lake. The temple is a major tourist attraction. It is popular for the Kurinji flower which blossoms in the area only once every 12 years. Dedicated to Lord Muruga who is referred as 'God of hill', the temple makes for an interesting visit.
Along with all these, there are many other places as well in and around Kodaikanal, that can be visited. Some of these are Mariamman Temple, Vinayagar Temple, Murugan Temple, two mosques at Ellis Villa and Munjikal, sacred Heart Church, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Silent Valley View, Bryant Park, Guna Caves, Pine Forest, etc. Call us for more details on Kodaikanal Tour Packages..