Kodaikanal Tourism
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Kodaikanal Tourism

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As planned, we reached Kodai morning around 6.30Am on July 7th 2013, Once we had tea we took a cab to reach hotel Named "VILLA RETREAT". The room allotted to us as scheduled. After refreshment, had Break Fast and we took rest till Lunch.

Day 1 : After Lunch, we like to move for sight seeing which is just walkable distance near to hotel.
Coaker's Walk : Which is next to hotel, we bought tickets and went inside. The valley views is excellent and its very cool, i touched the clouds its very enjoyable to spend time at this place.
Byrant Park : After a energetic walk, we took some rest at Byrant Park.
Kodai Lake : Before to boat house, we hired a cycle and then went for trekking. After trekking we tried for boating, but unfortunately boat house was closed.
Tibetian Bazaar : We had some snacks and coffee and started for shopping and purchased some jerkin and sweaters. And we reached hotel. Had excellent food on dinner and went to room.

Day 2 : After Break fast a cab arranged by Hotel. We went to Berijam Lake. Before to Lake, we have visited Silent Valley. Its very beautiful location and the valley view too, the way to down view is made by the roots of tree and its looks like steps, we took some photos there.
On the way to Berijam Lake We stopped near "Madhikettan Cholai" the place was wonderful to look after we reached Berijam Lake. The lake water is less at the time of our visit but its very enjoyable. We took pic's of sceneries and enjoyed sight seeing.
Around 3 pm, we reached hotel and took some rest. By Evening, we started walking to visit city and purchased some snacks and fruits. At the end of the day, we had dinner and left to room.

Day 3 : After Break fast a cab arranged by Hotel. We have visited Chettiyar Park, which is simple and very attractive one.
We reached to Kurunji Andavar Temple, the city view & Palani View from the point is excellent. We clicked some good memorable photos at this location, which is still appreciable my friends.
We moved to Pillar Rock, which is very famous in Kodai Tourism. Its taken lots of time to view those two rocks, because of heavy mists and clouds covered. Even other tourists have not left without seeing this rocks. Finally, we got a attractive view of this rock, which is really rocking. I have visited already to this place but i can able to view those rocks for this time only. which is unforgettable. We purchased some handicrafts products out side the view point and we moved to "Devil's Kitchen" which well Known as Guna Caves.
The dangerous Caves has been closed by grills, so that no one can get inside the caves which is restricted by authority, out side view can be possible.There was as valley view point too. Right to the caves, the roots of the forest trees on upper ground level is looks like excellent art. We took some photos at this enjoyable location and left from there.
After we gone for trekking by walk, to Dolphin Nose and Echo Point.
Trekking to this location is very different experience in this trip. the way is full down to hills which made by small rocks, its looks we are trekking in to a tiny Valley. on the way to this place, we can able to see the fruit & refreshment stalls, the different kind of fruits are kept for sale and each has a different taste. I have not missed to taste all those fresh forest fruits, which will not get at other places.
Both Location was awesome, Echo Point is a special place, if you sounds loudly it will get reflects to all (Echo). Good Attractions, rocks and good valley view. I have taken a excellent picture of this valley with mists, still am having in my official desktop Screen saver to remember this beautiful memories of this trip.
Dolphin Nose is just located near to this place which is less than 100 Yards before. The suicide point view looks like a Dolphin's Nose and its really situated in a single rock. We have spent much time in Echo Point and Dolphin Nose and had some Coffee in a small stall and started climbing to destination. Once we started leaving this place the mists starts to cover the whole place. We climbed the rocks on this misty climate. It was a awe some day. End of the day we reached hotel and had delicious food and left to room.

Day 4 : We started by cab for Mannavanur Lake, which located around 40 km from Kodai City. On the way to this place we spent some time on Pine Tree Forest and took some photos and stated travelling. Before 14 km, there was a village named "Poomparai Village" the upper view of this village from the road is extraordinary. The shape and the design made us stunned, there is no words to say about this view, those who enjoyed will appreciate for ever. We moved to valley view of Mannavanur and took lots of memorable pictures, which is still appreciated by my friends and family.
We reached lake, there was a stream near the road and inside the entrance of the lake area is very superb, the dam before lake and view of the lake is wonderful. We gone for long walk to cover maximum but the shore of lake not ends. Around the lake, the hills forests looks like a "Greenery Wall" to cover the lake. We spend much time here and clicked much of photos. Moreover, the location is movie shooting Area, like some of the most famous Film songs shot here. End of the day, we left to hotel.

Day 5 : We have vacated the room sadly. We took a cab to Dindigul, purchased some Chocolates and fruits. On the way to down hills, we spent some time at Silver Falls which is our last sightseeing of this trip and took some photos at the end of this trip.
At the time of new life begins a trip remembers life time, a awesome hotel stay at romantic location with delicious food, a wonderful attractions of this place makes us to visit again and again to "Kodaikanal".

Without wonderful support of this hotel, it is not possible to make a enjoyable and Memorable trip.
Yes, its a Memorable trip to "Kodaikanal". "Kodaikanal" Rocks.






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Ravi kumar
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"Overall Experience Was Good!" new review

  • 7/7
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Overall we enjoyed a lot and Kodai has become one of our regularly visited spots as it has many places to visit around it. However, one should plan for what they need in Kodai and then only they could enjoy the place to its fullest. If....... More
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Mano Balaji
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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Kodaikanal is one of best hill stations to visit for Summer holidays" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Kodaikanal has a pleasant climate which attracts tourists around the world. It has popular sightseeing places like Dolphin Nose, Lion Cave, Pillar Rock and Guna Cave. These places give us an opportunity to go for trekking. All types of hotels....... More
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Pradeep k harpale
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"Beautiful City with breath taking scenery" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Awesome trip for us in this hilly city of Kodaikanal. Place is surrounded with scenery and nature has designed this city with ample time. Some places are very good like Bryant Park, Pillar Rocks, Berijam Lake. Certain views provide you with a....... More
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Sravani Reddy
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 5 Reviews

"Nature's best scenery!" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Best place for honeymoon couples and even everyone to visit once in their life time atleast. This place is really awesome with the nature's best sceneries and lot more to share. We had stayed here for 3 days and had seen lot of places around........ More
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Purush V
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  • 6 Reviews

"Romantic location, dont miss even a single location!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We went during the starting of March month and the moment we reached Kodai, it was drizzling we experienced the best climate of Kodai. Spring was about to start what else we need. When we visited pillar rocks that spectacular clouds beneath....... More
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Kodaikanal Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 2133 m
  • Pincode: 624601
  • District: Dindigul
  • Language: Tamil
  • STD code: 0242
  • Weather: Summer 20 to 36°C, Winter 8 to 30°C
Located amidst the folds of the Palani Hills, Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Nestled between the Parappar and Gundar Valleys, the town is situated on a plateau above the southern escarpment of the upper Palani Hills. Perched at a height of 2133 m above sea level, this hill town is under the administrative control of the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.

To the north, Kodaikanal is guarded by high hills that slope down into the villages of Vilpatti and Pallangi, while to the east, they descend to the lower Palani hills. To the south of the destination, lies the Cumbum Valley; while to the west lies a plateau which leads to the Manjampatti Valley and the Anamalai Hills.

History of Kodaikanal

The word Kodaikanal in Tamil means Gift of the Forest. Known also as the Princess of Hill Stations, Kodaikanal is one of the most popular holiday destinations in entire South India. The Palaiyar tribal people were believed to be the earliest residents of this place. In addition, the earliest mention of the area in the chronicles of history can be found in Tamil Sangam Literature of the early Christian era.

In 1821, Lt. B.S. Ward was the first British to set foot on this land. In 1860, the first ever church was constructed in this town, which was accompanied by several other developments. These took place between 1860 and 1871, when prominent leaders like the Governors of Madras, Sir Charles Travelyon and Lord Napier visited Kodaikanal. By the 20th century, a few elite Indians came to realise the worth of this hill station and started relocating here.

Things to do in Kodaikanal

Some of the prominent attractions of Kodaikanal include Coakerís Walk, Bryantís Park, Bear Shola Falls apart from the lake which is the main focus. Besides being a famous tourist destination, Kodaikanal is also known for eucalyptus oil, plums, homemade chocolates and pears. In addition, the place is also famous for the Kurinji, the flowers that blossom only once in twelve years.

Travelling to Kodaikanal

The nearest airport to reach Kodaikanal is at Madurai (120 km) which has connections to Chennai and Coimbatore. However, the airport at Coimbatore has more frequent connections to the rest of the country. It is situated at a distance of 180 km from Kodaikanal. Taxis are available from both the airports and cost about INR 2500 from Madurai and INR 4000 from Coimbatore.

Kodaikanal is also well connected by bus to destinations within the state and neighbouring states. Buses are available from Madurai and Dindigul which terminate at the bus stand in the city centre. Bus services are also available from Bengaluru, Kochi, Coimbatore and Chennai.

Trains can also be availed to reach Kodaikanal. The nearest rail station is Kodai Road, which is 3 hours away by bus. However, Coimbatore Junction is the nearest major rail head with frequent connections to major destinations in India like Bengaluru, Ernakulam, Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram etc.

Kodaikanal is a year round destination; however, the best time to visit is from April to June, which is also the peak tourist season and again from September to October. In summers the temperature ranges from 11⁰ - 20⁰ Celsius. In late February and early March, the temperatures are lower and the nights can be chilly. It is best to avoid the monsoon season when there are heavy downpours and the region is covered in mist.

Accommodation Options in Kodaikanal

Accommodation options in Kodaikanal are plenty that range from Victorian styled star hotels and luxurious resorts to modern trendy and ethnic cottages. Hotels in Kodaikanal are available in all ranges to suit any kind of budget.
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