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Kodaikanal Travel Guide
Kodaikanal is situated 410 km from Chennai and 100 km from Dindigul and is one of India's most beautiful hill stations. Kodaikanal is particularly popular for its natural beauty and is known as a romantic destination. The Kodai Lake, as it is called, is the most popular Kodaikanal's geographic landmark. The Kodaikanal Boat Club Lake offers rowboats, pedalos, horses and bicycles beside the lake for short periods for enjoying the loveliness of the place. A walk around the lake, which comes up to a five-kilometer path, is a favorite walk for the locals and tourists alike.
Just beside the lake is a beautifully maintained botanical Park, which is called the Byrant Park. A staggering assortment of trees, shrubs and cactuses is found here in the park. A rainbow of stunning flowers blooms during the peak season making the view fascinating. The nominal entrance fee to the park makes it an easy getaway. It is open all round the year.
If you are looking for adventure or eco tourism, then kodaikanal is an ideal location. These sports are presently gaining momentum in this part of the country. Abundant infrastructural facilities are present all along the journey to and fro and perfect setting of secluded wilderness all around is present for trekking.
The Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History which was founded in 1895 is even open for the public to view their stupendous taxidermal collection of over 500 species of animals, birds and insects and also more than 300 exotic species of the beautiful flower orchid. The museum also has on exhibit, artifacts of the ancient tribal people called Paliyans whose descendants live in these hills till this day.
The Guna cave is another very popular tourist destination. The caves which have steep ravines (are now closed to public due to the large number of recent deaths), but highly protected now, is an enchanting place and tourists can see a part of the caves from afar. The Kurinji flower which blossoms only once every 12 years, can be found in Kurinji Andavar Temple.
Places to See:
Silver Cascade: Silver Cascade is a beautiful waterfall which is a part of Kodai Lake, formed by the spillway of the lake water. It is situated on the way to Kodaikanal and is a major tourist destination. Silver Cascade forms the most romantic picturesque spot for tourists entering the lovely city of Kodaikanal.
Short trips of trekking to destinations like the Kukkal Caves and Dolphin's Nose is usually organized by the Government agencies. Trekkers can arrange special tours with guides to many virgin forests surrounding Kodaikanal.
Kodaikanal Bear Shola Falls: This waterfalls form an ideal picnic spot, situated just 1.6 km from the bus stand and within 2 Km from the lake. It is believed that bears once came to drink water, here; hence the name of the falls became Kodaikanal Bear Shola Falls. The approach to this is a rugged hill path and ideal for a small trek. Autumn is the best season to visit this falls since the water is abundant.
Berijam Lake View in kodaikanal: This place provides a panoramic view of the landscape of the striking Berijam Lake and is located very near the lake. This view point is just 19 km away from Kodaikanal Lake and is a must visit.
Bryant Park is a wonderfully maintained botanical garden located on the eastern side of the lake. With a staggering array of trees, shrubs and cactuses, the park shimmers with a rainbow of stunning flowers during the peak season. The park organizes horticultural exhibits and flower shows during May, as pact of the summer festival. Entrance fee to the park is nominal and it is open all round the year.
Chettiyar Park is located in the northeastern corner of the town, on the way to Kurinji Andavar Temple; the Chettiar Park is a charming place to stop by.
Coaker's Walk is constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872, is a kilometer-long paved pedestrian path running along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai. The walk winding around Mt. Nebo, starts near Van Allen hospital and joins the main road above 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 south, the valley of the Pambar River in the southeast, Periyakulam town and even the city of Madurai. A fascinating, yet extremely rare phenomenon called Brocken spectre can be observered here, in which a person can see his shadow on the clouds with a rainbow halo.
Fairy Falls is a beautiful waterfall and wonderful picnic spot located at a distance of just 5 km Kodai Lake.
Distance from Kodaikanal
Chennai: 410 km
Dindigul: 100 km
Madurai : 120 Km
Coimbatore : 170 Km
Trichy : 195 Km
Bangalore : 510 Km
Palani: 65 Km
Cochin: 330 Km
Ooty: 260 Km
Kanniyakumari :370 Km
Rameswaram: 300 Km
How to get there
Nearest Airport: The nearest airports are located at Trichy, Madurai and Coimbatore
Nearest Railhead: Kodai Road (80 km) and Palani
Road: Kodaikanal can be reached via any one of the ghat roads on either side of the hill. The oldest route is from Kodai road. Another route is from Palani is steeper and Ghat route is longer than the other.
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