Kodaikanal is a hill resort in TamilNadu, which mesmerizes you with its beauty and tranquility. A honeymooners' haven, Kodaikanal nestles beautifully amidst the folds of the Pali hills. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower', which blossoms once in 12 years, imparting an ethereal beauty to the hills.
Kodaikanal seems to be bestowed with all forms of beauty by Nature-majestic hills, mighty rocks, beautiful waterfalls, a serene lake, fruit orchards, lush flora -which makes it one of the most popular hill stations in South India.
Tourist attractions in Kodaikanal
Berijam Lake: The tourist attractions in Kodaikanal are Berijam Lake, one of the beautiful picnic spots in Kodai in the heart of Kodai town, about 21-km away from the bus stand.
Bryant Park: Bryant Park situated on the eastern side of the lake, is noted for flowers, hybrids and rafts.
The Glass House: The Glass House is an added attraction. It hosts the annual horticultural show held here in May.
Shenbaganur Museum: Shenbaganur Museum, located about 5-Km from the lake is one of the best orchidoriums in the country with more than 300 species of orchids and wide-ranging collection of birds are found here.
Boat Club: At the Boat Club, boats like T.T.D.C, Kodai boats, Carlton boats are available for hire.
Kodaikanal Lake: It is a magnificent man-made lake, which spreads out in a star shape over sixty acres set among the greenery. Boating and Angling facilities are available at the Kodaikanal Lake If you wish to have a panoramic view of the Kodai valley, then you should climb up the Pillar Rocks measuring to a height of about 122 meters provides a panoramic view.
Coaker's Walk: Coaker's Walk derives the name from Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodai and it is about a kilometer from the lake, which runs along a steep slope on the southern side of the Kodai.
Devil's Kitchen (ravine): It is more popular to the locals, looks like mere dark gutters. There is a probability that travelers may fall prey to the 'devil's trap'.
The Guna cave: It is a very good place for the travelers to take pictures. Some of the best views of the plains can be seen from here. Telescope Houses also enable the visitors to have a panoramic view of the valley and the nearby towns.
Kurinji Andavar Temple: The spiritual can stop at Kurinji Andavar Temple, about 3.2 km from the Lake. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Murugan. In Tamil literature "Kurinji" means "Hilly Region" and "Andavar" means God. From this temple, one can get a view of the northern plains and Palani Hills.
Silver Cascade Waterfall: It is located on the Ghat Road about 8-km from Kodaikanal. The overflow of Kodai Lake comes down here as 180 feet high falls.
Bear Shola Falls: An ideal picnic spot would be the Bear Shola Falls, 1.6 km from the Lake where bears once used to drink water above the falls.
The Golf Club: It is located 5-km from the Kodaikanal Lake. Picturesque trek routes are available in and around Kodaikanal.
How to reach Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill resort in TamilNadu. It is easy to reach Kodaikanal as it is well connected by air, rail and road.
By Air: The nearest airport is Madurai, which is 120 km from Kodaikanal.
By Train: The nearest railway stations are Palani, which is 80 km from Kodaikanal and Kodai Road Station, which is 64 km away from Kodai.
By Road: Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai (520km), Ooty (264km), Trichy (197km), Coimbatore (175km), Kumili (160km), and Madurai (120km). There are regular bus services from Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli (Thekkady) and Coimbatore. For local transport, taxis and luxury buses are available for local transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in Kodaikanal.