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Kodai Lake Kodaikanal Address: Kodaikanal Lake, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, 624101, India
Kodai lake has an exceptional role to play not just in the beauty of the land but also it its name. It is Kodai Lake from which the name of Kodaikanal has been derived and thus making it one of the most crucial place to have at least one visit of yours. Built in 1983 by Sir Vere Henry Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai, it is 500 metres (1,600 ft) and is spread out in a star shape over 60 acres along with being surrounded by fine tarred road of 5 Kms length. Boating on the lake along with pony rides around the lake are enjoyable and relaxing.
The hill station of Kodaikanal, located at the at the longitude of 77.5 and latitude of 10.2 in the Palani hill range of Tamil Nadu state, presents tourists with amazing holidaying options. Be it for honeymoon or adventure trip or family holidays, Kodaikanal promises exceptional experience with mesmerising natural settings, exciting sports options like trekking, pleasant climate and varied kinds of accommodation facilities. Rightly called as the “Princess of Hill Stations”, Kodaikanal has more than just one tourist spots to keep its visitors engaged. One of the most popular ones is Kodaikanal Lake.
The importance of the Kodaikanal Lake can be seen from the fact that the hill station shares the same name as well. The lake adds an exceptional beauty to the hill station. Situated at a distance of 3 km from the main bus stand, at 10 degree 14' and latitude and 77 degree 28' longitude at an elevation of 2285m above sea level the lake has been created in the shape of star. It is spread across an area of 60 acres. The lake is surrounded by lush and refreshing greenery and a tarred road of 5 km in length. This start shaped lake had a depth of 11.5m in 1962. However, due to siltation, it has been reduced to 9 m with an average depth of approximately 3.0 m. The Kodaikanal Lake has been formed in 1983 by Sir Vere Henry Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai who later settled in Kodaikanal during retirement years. He was the creator of the lake as he spent his personal money. He transformed the marshy land with various streams of lake by building a strong bund. He also brought boats from Tuticorin and used to swim in the lake if tales have to be believed.
Now for the entertainment of tourists, the boats club offers various boats. If looking for luxury and comfort, there are luxury boats as well on the Kodaikanal Lake. Some hotels have their private boats for their guests promising an enjoyable and refreshing time. The lakes with beautiful hills around it, makes for an interesting picnic spot as well. Tourists can relax and enjoy some calm time by the side of lake. You can also go on horse rides and cycling by the side of lakes. In fact just walking around the lake is also quite soothing when cool breeze caress you as you spend some time amidst its beauty. If interested, you can also go for fishing. This can be done after getting from Inspector of -Fisheries. Taking a Pony-ride is a must for both adults and kids.
Kurungi (Strobilanthes Kunthiana) is a unique flower which adds on to the charm of Kodaikanal. It is said that this flower booms once in 12 years. It bloomed last in 2004. These can be seen in the area around lake.
Other tourist places that you can visit in Kodaikanal are Berijam Lake, Bryant Park, Kurinjiandavar Temple, Green Valley View/Suicide Point, Pillar Rocks, Silent Valley View, Devil's Kitchen, Guna Caves, Pine Forest, Shanthi Valley, Silver Cascade, Telescope House, Kukal Cave and Shenbaganur Museum.