Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal popularly known as the “Princess of Hill stations” has been attracting tourists like magnet for past many years as it is a gift of forest to mankind.Kodaikanal is small town of hills located at the upper hills pf Palani at about 2133m(6998ft) in Dinduigal district, TamilNadu. This tourist location mainly surrounds around the manmade lake known as Kodaikanal lake which is of 5kms circumference. This hill station undoubtedly like any other if rich in flora and fauna. Kodaiknal has several natural attractions blessed with scenic beauty which makes it an unique tourist spot for family trips and honeymooners.


Places to visit in Kodaikanal


KODAIKANAL LAKE

This man-made star shaped lake which covers an extend of 60 acres lies in the center of Kodaikanal town. The creator of this geographical landmark is Sir Vere Henry Levinge, the former collector of Madurai in 1863.The beautiful waterfall Silver cascade is formed from outflow of this lake which is at a height of 180 feet. This lake with shore length of 9kms and average depth of about 9.7 meters is located at an elevation of about 6911 feet from sea level. Boating in the serene lake with greenery all-around is a thrilling experience. The lake catchment area is mainly covered with Kurinji flowers which makes the entire hill blue during its blooming season. The 9 kms of shore length offers tourist the best path for cycling, horse riding and shopping. As a part of tourist development boat club and boat houses have been set up in lakeside who conduct flower shows and boat pageants during summer season. Variety of fishes and aqua insects are found in which rainbow trout and common carp are in abundance.

DEVIL’S KITCHEN OR GUNA CAVES

Between the three majestic 400 feet tall Pillar rocks and Green valley lies the deep narrow hidden valley called as “Devil’s kitchen”. This looks like small trenches but are dangerous deep covered with mist and fog. There are dark chambers in between the rocks which are inhabited by bats, hence the name “Devil’s kitchen”. This place is also known as Guna Caves since the Tamil movie starring Kamal Hassan was shoot here and the place gained more popularity after that movie. The Hindu mythology it is believed that Pandavas have stayed in this place while they were in exile. Due to danger involved in this place the deep narrow caves are now completely closed for public and only aerial view of the cave entrance can be seen behind the iron bars. Tourist must walk 400meters from main entrance to reach this adventurous spot. This place is a must-see spot for photographers and adventure lovers.

BERIJAM LAKE

It is a calm and pristine away from the crowd surrounded by lush greenery. Berijam lake is located at about 21 kms from Kodaikanal town. Tourist can enjoy peaceful family time and this place not crowded as boating is prohibited here. One requires a forest pass which can be obtained from the Department Forest officer who provide free passes to tourists. Bison, deer, panthers and leopards are spotted in this area. People interested in fishing can indulge in fishing activities here as several known and unknown species of fish are found in this lake. Medicine forest found here is believed to have certain species of trees whose fragrance is believed to be having hallucinogenic effects. A 100-year- old -story brick building in Berijam makes it more interesting for sightseeing.

COAKERS WALKWAY

A stroll through the clouds is the feel that one can experience while one walks through the Coakers walkway. Coaker’s walk is around one kilometer around the valley edge, it is done by cutting the steep edges of south east facing side of valley. One can enjoy the beauty of the valley at its best in the early morning since the walkway will be filled with fog and mist. The serenity of this place can be best enjoyed during early morning. It is named after Lieutenant Coaker who prepared the entire map of Kodaikanal. The Telescope House can be reached if you walk up the walkway which offer a picture-perfect view of the valley. The walkway side are occupied by vendors who sell snacks, cake, homemade chocolates etc.

DOLPHIN’S NOSE

Dolphin’s Nose is located at the edge of the cliff, it’s a flat rock protruding from the edge of the cliff resembling a Dolphin’s nose. It is located at an altitude of 6600ft and is a natural rock formation.one can reach this sot either by trekking through from Vattakkanal hamlet or through the old road crossing the Pambar Bridge. It is secluded away from the crowd place which offers you a soothing atmosphere. During summer, it gives the most enchanting view of the Vaigai Lake. The entire valley can be seen from this spot which is mesmerizing to one’s eyes.

GREEN VALLEY VIEW OR SUICIDE POINT

It is a magnificent spot of Kodaikanal and a must-see spot for tourists. To reach this heavenly spot we must walk through mist laden woodlands which is a chilling experience. This point was called as Suicide point since large people committed suicide here, but now it is renamed as Green Valley view. Now the authorities have fenced the area completely to avoid such incidents. This point provides a panoramic view of the Vaigai dam and the nearby valleys. On the walkway sides one can find array of vendors selling homemade chocolates and ornamental flowers in bunches. One should be careful with their belongings since hoardes of monkeys snatch away our belongings.

KUKKAL CAVE

This cave is located 40kms from Kodaikanal and offers an adventurous excursion for trekkers. A walk through the rich forested area takes the tourists to the Kukkal caves. This region is rich in flora with varieties of orchid and shola trees. The path to the Kukkal caves is equally thrilling as to see the spot. It is an old carved cave region located at 1500metres above sea level. This cave is a slab cutout hanging overhead which provides a captivating view of the Manjampath valley, home of numerous bison. Kukkal Caves reveal traces of early settlement of the Paliyans. A stroll through the Geranium plantations and the Wattle and Pine forests can lead us to the rest house which is located near to the Kukkal caves.

PINE FORESTS

This cave is located 40kms from Kodaikanal and offers an adventurous excursion for trekkers. A walk through the rich forested area takes the tourists to the Kukkal caves. This region is rich in flora with varieties of orchid and shola trees. The path to the Kukkal caves is equally thrilling as to see the spot. It is an old carved cave region located at 1500metres above sea level. This cave is a slab cutout hanging overhead which provides a captivating view of the Manjampath valley, home of numerous bison. Kukkal Caves reveal traces of early settlement of the Paliyans. A stroll through the Geranium plantations and the Wattle and Pine forests can lead us to the rest house which is located near to the Kukkal caves.

KUKKAL CAVE

One of the most popular and unique place to visit in Kodaikanal is the Pine forest. It is the effort of Mr Bryant which has resulted in these forests who wanted Pine trees to grow timber. Countless tress waving to the music of wind welcomes you to a mesmerizing world gifted by nature. The forests floors are filled with Magic mushrooms believed to have hallucinogenic effect ones you have them. It is photographer’s paradise were one can capture the moments spent here. It one of the best picnic spots to spent a wonderful day with near and dear ones.

BRYANT PARK

Byrant park is a botanical park located in the eastern side of Kodaikanal lake. This park was planned and built by H.D.Byrant , a forest officer in 1908.The people who have interest in botany would love to visit this place. There are 325 species of trees, shrubs, cactuses and variety of flowers which is treat to the eye of the beholder. Around 740 species of roses and several ornamental plants are found here. These flowers are cut and exported to various countries. A Eucalyptus plant of 127 years old is the main attraction of this park. In the month of May, Flower shows are conducted here which attract tourists in large numbers.

BEAR SHOLA WATERFALLS

Bear Shola Waterfalls is located 3kms from the Kodaikanal town. It is located inside a forest reserve of Shola trees which was source of drinking water for bears and hence the name Bear Shola Waterfalls. It is a seasonal waterfall which will be in its full size during the monsoons. The surrounding is undulating terrain covered with dense forest which makes the waterfalls more charming. It is less crowded, cool and calm place to spent a refreshing time. The waterfalls have an inclined height and is undisturbed by human encroachments.

FAIRY FALLS

This is a beautiful waterfall is located in Pambarpuram area in Kodaikanal which gets supply of water from the seepage of the Kodaikanal Municipal Reservoir. A small dam is in the side of this waterfall and the area is fully covered with trees. It is a secluded place away from the crowded area where we can spend refreshing time in the cool atmosphere. This waterfall will be in its full size during monsoons when one can admire its beauty the best. The sprinkling water will fill the basin at the foot of the waterfall which offers a refreshing swimming experience.

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