- 120 Km From Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Popularly Known As - Kodai
Famous Festival - Summer Festival
Best Time To Visit - April To June And September To
Kodaikanal located amidst the folds of the verdant Pali hills is one of the
most popular serene hill stations in India, which mesmerises any visitor.
With her wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful
lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station.
Kodai is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area
of 21.45-sq-km. The hill town is renowned for its educational institutions
of international repute. The pride of Kodaikanal is the 'Kurinji-flower',
which blossoms once in 12 years. The hill-plantain fruits and plums are
known for their freshness and taste.
Prime Attractions :
Berijam Lake - Berijam Lake is one of the beautiful
picnic spots in Kodai, located 21-km away from the bus stand. This lake
supplies drinking water to Periakalam town. The scenery around here is
Boat Club - In 1910, a new boathouse was constructed, but
only from May 1929, few tourists were permitted to avail boat ride as
temporary members. Later on they were extended to the public and tourists in
1932. Boats like T.T.D.C, Kodai boats, Carlton boats are available for hire.
Bryant Park - Bryant Park situated on the eastern side of
the lake, is noted for flowers, hybrids and rafts. Varieties of flowers can
be seen in a glasshouse. The annual horticultural show is held here in May.
Shenbaganur Museum - Shenbaganur Museum is located about
5-Km from the lake. The Sacred Heart College maintains this museum. One of
the best orchidoriums in the country with more than 300 species of orchids
and wide-ranging collection of birds are found here.
Coaker's Walk - Coaker's Walk derives the name from Lt.
Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodai and it is about a kilometre from the
lake, which runs along a steep slope on the southern side of the Kodai. Some
of the best views of the plains can be seen from here.
Kodaikanal Lake - Kodaikanal Lake is a magnificent
man-made lake, which spreads out in a star shape over sixty acres is a main
attraction as it is set among the greenery. The boat club here offers
several pleasure and racing trips.
Pillar Rocks - Within the city limits one can see three
boulders standing shoulder - to - shoulder vertically measuring to a height
of about 122 metres providing a panoramic view.
Kurinji Andavar Temple - The presiding deity of the
temple is Lord Murugan and is about 3.2-km from the lake. In Tamil
literature "Kurinji" means "Hilly Region" and "Andavar"
means God. From this temple, one can get a view of the northern plains and
Silver Cascade - Silver Cascade waterfall is located on
the Ghat Road about 8-km from Kodaikanal. The overflow of Kodai Lake comes
down here as 180 feet high falls.
Bear Shola Falls - An ideal picnic spot located 1.6-km
from the lake, which can be by a picturesque, rugged hill path. Bears once
used to drink water above the falls.
Telescope Houses - To enable the visitors to have a panoramic view of the valley
and the nearby towns, two telescope houses have been put up at Kodai.
The climate of Kodaikanal is pleasant throughout the year, but the best
time to visit Kodaikanal is from April to June and from September to
How to get there ?
Air - The nearest airport is at Madurai (120 km from
Rail - The nearest railway stations are the Kodai Road
Railway Station (80-km) and the Palani Railway Station (64-km).
Road - Kodaikanal is connected by road with Chennai
(520-km), Ooty (264-km), Trichy (197-km), Coimbatore (175-km), Kumili
(160-km), and Madurai(120-km). Regular bus services are available from
Madurai, Palani, Kodaikanal Road, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Kumuli
(Thekkady) and Coimbatore. Additional buses ply during the season. Taxis and
vans are available for local transportation. There are no auto-rickshaws in
The famous places to shop in Kodaikanal are the Khadi Emporium, Handloom
Co-operative Stores and Travancore Crafts Work, Government Sales Emporium,
Kurinji Mini Supermarket, Spencer and Company.
The Summer Festival in Kodaikanal
There are several beautiful hill stations in Tamil Nadu. With the Summer
Festivals, the hills are even hospitable to welcome the visitors. The summer
festival is held in the 'Queen of Hill Stations', the evergreen Ooty; the
exquisite Kodaikanal or the salubrious heights of Yercaud. Cultural
programs, adventure sports, boat races, flower and fruit shows add to the
splendour of the festival.
Entertainment in Kodaikanal
The Golf Club is located 5-km from the Kodaikanal Lake. Boating and Angling
facilities are available at the Kodaikanal Lake. Picturesque trek routes are
available in and around Kodaikanal. For details, contact: The Trek Director,
Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai.
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