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Pleasure cum pilgrimage-Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal has hotels to suit all budgets. Kodaikanal offers a lot of variety of sight seeing options. To start with we have a beautiful water fall called "Silver Cascade" on the way to Kodaikanal. You can visit Sacred Heart collage Museum which is well maintained and has a lot of variety of stuffs which you can find only in Kodaikanal. We need minimum of 3 days to cover all the sight seeing options that are available in Kodaikanal. When we set out for sight seeing first we went to Pine Forest which is a wonderful place to take selfies. It is the coolest place in Kodai. You can keep walking and explore the place. There is a small market where they sell eatable, wood carved items and other items. Next stop was at Pillar Rock where you can see rock in the share of Cross. It has a view point from where you can see Palani Town and surrounding areas. We proceeded to Guna Caves which is also called "Devil's Kitchen". It is said that some who visited this place slipped to the valley and lost their lives. Now it is completely fenced and safe to visit. One Kamalhassan Tamil Movie named Guna was shot at this location and hence it is called as Guna Caves know. Like other hill station in India Kodaikanal also has a suicide point. To prevent people from committing suicide the place has been fenced and it is safe to visit. The route to this point is completely occupied by vendors who sell different things ranging from fruits, food items, spices, toys, ear rings, home made chocolates, oils and other local stuff. From here we went to Coakers walk which has breathtaking view of the Kodaikanal hill and the valley.
Lake and boating is the speciality of Kodaikanal. You different types of boats to choose from. Adjacent to the lake you have the garden which has some exotic flowers and plants with all botanical names. This is a very nice picnic spot. Fruits and vegetables is the specialty of Kodaikanal. You can much fresh Carrots, Pears, Star fruit, Passion fruit, different varieties Raddish. You get boiled peanuts with masala almost at every nook and corner. There are very good restaurant who serve all varieties food. If you love shopping, then this is the best place for you. The vendors understand the needs and expectations of tourist and provide you wide varieties of shopping experience.
If you are religious you a temple called kurinji andavar temple which is very neat and clean. There is a view point beside the temple from where you can view Palani hills. It looks beautiful in the night when it is fully lit. It is also a very good idea to visit Palani andavar temple which is very famous temple of lord Muruga or Karthikeya. A very beautiful and powerful temple to visit. Panchanmrutham the prasad of this temple is very famous like Tirupathi laddoo. You can carry small containers for your friends and relatives to share the lord Muruga's blessing with them. Altogether it was a great trip and excellent place to visit.
Vijay kumar M5.0/5
On 25th January 2015, we woke up early in the morning, reached the District Forest Office which is located just next to the Government High School to get permission to visit Berijam Lake. Remember, they allow only 30 vehicles per day to Berijam Lake. You should be there by 8:30 to get the permission letter. This restriction doesn't end here. You should reach the Berijam Lake check-post before 11 AM to enjoy the nature. I did get the 31st letter because of my brother-in-law who has very near contacts in the forest department. We reached the check-post on time and we entered the forest. Trust me, the way to Berijam Lake was an awesome experience than the Berijam Lake itself. It was completely covered by mist that we were not even able to see the vehicle which is ahead of us. It was like we are in the cab and our cab is completely surrounded by white mist. It was a fun ride back. On our way back, we visited Guna Caves (formerly known as Devils Kitchen). Though it was closed by the government, we did have a fine experience imagining how it will be by the words of Divakar(Jacky) and Bala, our group members. What next? Before we plan, the day came to an end. So, we planned to party again. This time, it was even more great with plenty drinks, food and fun. Also, campfire in our resort made our party much better. Camp fire, drinks, food, fun. what else I could ask? My day was filled with great memories. Then, back to bed.
On 26th January 2015, we checked out of the resort, we had our breakfast and we were on our route to Mannavanur, a village located 30 km away from Kodaikanal. This village was nothing than plain valleys of green grass and lake. If anyone had seen the movie "I", the climax scene has been shot here. Great place. We ordered food from a nearby hotel, food was tasty. The whole day was not enough to enjoy the beauty there. If at all, I am visiting Kodai again, the plan would be to visit Mannavanur first. They also said the forest department is planning to bring in tents there for tourists to stay, Definitely, I will go back.
We moved out of Mannavanur without the mood of leaving the beauty behind. Without options, we left Mannavanur by 4 PM, reached Kodaikanal by 6 PM since the roads were already dark and were covered with mist. Finished a little bit of shopping (chocolates and herbs) at Kodai and left Kodai by 7:30 PM. We had our dinner near Manapparai (Hotel Annapoorna which will be open till 1 AM) which was really tasty and cost-effective. Reached Tambaram by 6 AM. Started dropping one after the other and we reached home with very beautiful memories.
I am heading to Kodaikanal
History of Kodaikanal
The hill station of India developed by the Americans, Kodaikanal is located in the state of Tamil Nadu. The clean air and the fantastic climate makes Kodaikanal a big hit vacation spot in the summers. Earlier, people had to travel by bullock cart, horse or palanquin through Kodaikanal. It is known that the forests were swarmed by wild animals and robbers, back then.
People and Culture of Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal’s culture hails from the American and British influences, who turned the place into a summer retreat. Both tribal life to modern Tamil settlements, can be found in Kodaikanal. Tamilians own the majority of Kodaikanal while the minority segments are the Paliyans and Puliyans. Swarmed by tourists, Kodaikanal in the present day witnesses a beautiful blend of the general population.
Languages spoken in Kodaikanal are Tamil and English. Tourism, cattle husbandry, plantations and agriculture are their sources of income. Pongal, Natyanjali Festival, Tea and Tourism festival, Chithirai festival are a few of the many other festivals celebrated with enthusiasm in Kodaikanal. Pongee is a four day harvest festival which ends with a Jallikkattu (bullfight). Sightseeing in Kodaikanal will give travellers a chance to witness the culture of the place.
Things To Do in Kodaikanal
There are some beautiful places to visit in Kodaikanal. Temples, churches, museums, scenic sightseeing spots, there are many places to see in Kodaikanal. La Salette Church is the oldest shrine and also a famous Kodaikanal attraction. Kodaikanal Lake is famous spot everyone must visit and an important part of Yercaud sightseeing. Berijam Lake is another famous lake of Kodaikanal. Bear Shola falls, Palni Hills and Pillar Rocks give beautiful picturesque views and are a definite part of Kodaikanal tour. Travellers can rent a pedal boat, honeymoon boat and rowboats in Kodaikanal. Sacred Heart Natural Science Museum is another interesting Kodaikanal tourist place to go to where one can find flora and fauna of past 100 years.
Food and Shopping in Kodaikanal
There are a lot more things to do in Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is an exclusive shopping destination adding on to the scenic beauty. Marshmallows, cheese, herbal tea, spices, home made chocolates, coffee, peanut butter, brown bread, flowers, aromatic oils, wooden clothes, handloom, shawls, ceramic items, jewellery and lot of more assorted items can be bought when in Kodaikanal, adding on to the list of Kodaikanal places to visit.
Accommodation in Kodaikanal
For transport options on how to reach Kodaikanal, travellers can choose amongst train, air or road. The nearest airports to Kodaikanal are the Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore ones, from where one can catch the bus to Kodaikanal. There are also frequent buses running from Chennai and Pondicherry too. If travellers wish to take the rail route, then Kodai Road is the best stop to get off at and head to the main city by cab. Apart from all these, many choose to self drive from Bangalore, Chennai or Madurai to Kodaikanal and enjoy the scenic beauty. There are many hotels in Kodaikanal such as Hotel Kodai International and Hill Country Resorts Kodaikanal and many more to choose from.
Kodaikanal seems to be very popular this season!