Koadaikanal is a city in the hills of Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. The word ‘Kodaikanal’ means the “Gift of the Forest”. The place is referred to as the “Princess of Hill Stations”. This is a most popular holiday destination hill resort in South India. This is a famous honeymoon destination also. The hill station is situated in Upper Palani Hills at about 7200 feet above sea level.
The scenic beauty of the rolling hills, the cool and misty weather and the wooded forest attracts visitors to this beautiful hill station throughout the year. You can have a walk through the wooded forests, row in the lake, and bath in the splashing waterfalls, go for horse riding and cycling around the lake.
The main tourist attraction here is the Kodai Lake located about 3 hrs from the bus stand. Visitors can have boating in the lake. The boat club here provides boats for hire. There are luxury boats also. Travelers can walk around, sail on, and ride on horses or pony or cycle around the lake. With the permission of Inspector of Fisheries, fishing can also be done here. There are many shops on the banks of the lake selling antiques, handicrafts, beautiful hand woven shawls and mufflers. There are many restaurants where you can have a snack break while exploring the beautiful lake. You can also find many Tibetan shops here.
The main places to visit in Kodaikanal are:
Berijam Lake: The lake is surrounded by a wide variety of flora and fauna with great scenic views. Only a certain number of vehicles are allowed here and a special permission from the forest department is also needed to enter the place. The main tourist attractions here are the fire tower, lake view and the medicine forest. The entry to this area is restricted between 9.30 am to 3 pm as wild animals are often spotted near the lake during these hours.
Coakers Walk: This is a pathway about 1 km long constructed on the slopes of a hill offering picturesque views of the hills. You can also witness a rare phenomenon called ‘Brocken Spectre’ ie; your shadow is cast on the clouds that envelop the area.
Dolphin’s Nose: This is a popular trekking spot in Kodaikanal. Dolphin’s Nose is a rock which projects over a wide gorge which is about 2,000 metres deep.
Green Valley View: The place was formerly called Suicide Point. This place is formerly known for its scenic views of the mountains and has an approximate 5000 feet drop from the top.
Kurinjiandavar Temple: The temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is home to the famous kurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years.
The best time to visit Kodaikanal is from April to June or August to September.
The nearest railway stations to Kodaikanal are Palani Station (about 64 kms north of Kodaikanal) and Kodaikanal Road station (8o kms south east of Kodaikanal). The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai at about 135 kms.
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