Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station perched on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills (close to Madurai) in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This hill station is also called as ‘the Princess of Hills’. Situated at 2,133 meter above the sea level, this place is blessed with leafy slopes that are dotted by waterfalls and cascades. This place offers scenic views of the adjoining plains. The adjacent forests of Kodaikanal provide great trekking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. However, if you want to spend some quite time with nature, then planning a trip to Kodaikanal is a wonderful idea.
Places of to Visit in Kodaikanal
Spanning more than an area of 24 hectares (60 acres) and encircled by a 4.8 KM tarred road, Kodaikanal Lake (also known as Kodai Lake) is the key attraction of this beautiful hill station. The lake is an ideal place to enjoy boating. Apart from boating, you can go for angling / fishing but after getting permission from the authorities.
Golfers can find a paradise in Kodaikanal’s Golf club. This golf club is located at a height of 6,000 feet and has 18- hole par- 66 course that sprawls over an area of over 100 acres.
Bryant’s Park is located on the eastern part of the famous Kodaikanal Lake. This park sprawls over an area of 20 acres. The most notable thing about this park is that it has a variety of 740 kinds of roses.
The special Coaker’s Walk offers you an impressive view of the plains of Madurai; and Green Valley View from where you can capture panoramic views of the entire Vaigai Project.
Situated at a height of 2, 347 meters above the sea level, the Astrophysical Observatory was constructed in the year 1899. This one and only kind of observatory in India deals with a good work on solar astrophysics. The visiting hours to this observatory are 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm (during season) and 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm on Fridays only (during off season).
There are many beautiful waterfalls are located around this beautiful hill station. Some of the famous ones or you should visit are the Fairy falls (located about 5 KM from Kodaikanal Lake). The Silver Cascade Falls, situated around 8 KM from the lake, where the excess water from Kodaikanal Lake (Kodai Lake) gushes down in the form of a roaring 180- feet high waterfall.
Kurinji Andavar Temple
Kurinji Andavar temple is situated 3.2 KM from the Kodaikanal. The presiding deity of this temple is ‘Lord Murugan’. From this point, you can enjoy beautiful views of the northern plains which include Vaigai Dam as well.
Located at a distance of 7.2 KM from Kodaikanal, there are 122 m high rocks located with imposing boulders. You will get to enjoy some fun-filled experience at picnic spots behind the rocks. There are various caves and chasms below the rocks.
How to Reach:
The nearest way to Kodaikanal by air is located at Madurai (120 KM), you can hire taxi or take bus to reach here. The nearest railhead is ‘Kodaikanal Road’, which is around 80 KM away from Kodaikanal hill station. Kodaikanal hill station is connected by road with all important towns in South India. Some of the famous places are Kodai Road (80 KM), Palani (64 KM), Munnar (90 KM), Madurai (120 KM), Periyar (160 KM) and Chennai (520 KM), etc.