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[ Edit ] Overview
Kodaikanal, meaning “gift of the forest” is a beautiful hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. Located in the Palani Hills in the Western Ghats Kodaikanal has been known as Princess of hill stations. At an altitude of 7200 ft Kodaikanal, a popular honeymoon destination, is rich with deep green valleys, waterfalls and trekking trails.
Kodaikanal, or Kodai, as it used to be commonly known was discovered by American missionaries in 1845. It was then used as a place of safety from the dreaded malaria. This picturesque town is spread around the man made Kodai Lake. Kodaikanal is also known for some of the best residential schools in the country.
[ Edit ] History
Historically, the Kodaikanal area was inhabited by various prehistoric tribes and proof of this is said to be visible with various artifacts - primarily dolmens homes made of of large stone slabs. Starting in the 14th century, various tribes including the Paliyans and Pulyans and villagers from the Palani Hills area started to colonise the Kodaikanal area as they escaped from various oppressive rulers including Tippu Sultan.
The first European visitors to Kodaikanal came in the 1820s. The first surveyor of the region was Lt. B.S. Ward who had his headquarters in Vellagavi village. Subsequently KodaiKanal, with its wonderful climate and easy accessibility from Madurai, became a popular hill station for British living in South India who sought to escape from the oppressive summer heat of Tamilnadu. American missionaries also began to frequent Kodaikanal and established numerous churches in the region.
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Tamil Nadu, India
[ Edit ] Location
The hill station of Kodaikanal, 2133 m from Palani Hills is a derivative of the Western Ghats Mountain range.
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[ Edit ] Best Time To Visit
The best months to visit Kodaikanal are between April to June and again from September through October. However, this is a year round destination.
[ Edit ] Tourist Offices
Municipal Bus Stand Rest House
Kodaikanal - 624 101
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Bear Shola falls located 2km from the Kodai lake is best visited during the rainy season or immediately after the rainy season. The road to the falls is rugged and hilly. It is believed that a bear used to come and ...More>>>
A pristine and serene lake, Berijam Lake is situated 23 km from Kodaikanal. The lake is the source of drinking water to Periakulam town. Berijam however cannot be visited without prior permission from the District F...More>>>
Bryant Park on the eastern side of Kodai Lake is a beautiful landscaped botanical park which holds an annual flower show in May. The park is named after a British forest officer, Bryant who undertook the landscaping...More>>>
Coaker’s walk is named after Lt. Coaker who designed the map of Kodaikanal. The 1 kilometre long trails was constructed by Lt Coaker in 1872. Coaker’s walk is a trail running along the hillside on the so...More>>>
Situated between Pillars Rocks and Green Valley view, Devil’s Kitchen is a deep hidden ravine. From a distance it looks like small dark gutters however in reality it is very deep ravines and is also very dange...More>>>
The majestic Golf Links exudes a colonial legacy. Spread across 114 acre, the place is well maintained and is bordered by thick woods....More>>>
Green Valley view was formerly called suicide point. Located near the golf course, Green valley view offers great views of the plains. Over the years, this point has become highly commercialized and is always filled...More>>>
The Guna caves are protected caves. The caves used to be a big tourist attraction. However authorities decided to close the caves for tourists due to the large number of accidents at the location. The entry to the c...More>>>
One of the most popular tourist spots at Kodaikanal is star shaped Kodai Lake. Kodai lake is an artificial lake and is spread over an area 60 acres of lush greenery around it. It is possible to go boating, cycling o...More>>>
Located 4 km from the Kodai Lake, Kurinjiandavar temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga. From the temple it is possible to see Palani Hills. The temple is famous for the Kurinji flower inside the temple premises. The fl...More>>>
Located close to Kodaikanal School, Lutheran Church is known for its Gothic stone architecture, stained glass windows and paintings depicting the life of Jesus Christ....More>>>
Also known as Karthikeya temple, this temple is located 65 km from Kodaikanal. Dedicated to Dandayudhapani Swami,, the temple is located at an altitude of 1500 ft. 659 steps have to be climbed to reach up or a winch...More>>>
The main attraction at Pillar Rocks are the 3 vertically standing granite boulders measuring 400 ft. The boulders are also seen from the Telescope house at Coakers Walk....More>>>
This museum is a haven for orchid lovers. The museum is maintained by Sacred Heart College, 5km from the Kodai Lake. It is said that the museum houses more than 300 species of orchids. Other than orchids the museum ...More>>>
Located 8 km from Kodaikanal, Silver Cascade waterfall is the overflow from the Kodai Lake. Falling from a height of 180 feet, the Silver Cascade falls is located on the Madurai - Kodaikanal road. The water of the f...More>>>
The best way to experience Kodaikanal is either on foot or by cycling. Hire a cycle and experience the hill station. However be aware that being a hilly terrain it is sometime difficult and exhausting to cycle in so...More>>>
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