This famous place is a popular retreat for tourists
Kodaikanal, meaning ‘The Gift of the Forests’, is aptly named. This hill town, located in the Western Ghats of the state of Tamil Nadu, is 2,133 metres above sea level. It is a famous place for people who wish to run away from the hot and humid climate of the lower areas as the climate is usually cool throughout the year, not going beyond 20 degrees in summers as well. Kodaikanal is also known for the rare Kurinji Flower which grows once in 12 years.
With a beautiful landscape, we bring you a list of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal.
The picturesque Berijam Lake
Berijam Lake is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and you need a special permit from the forest department to enter its premises. Once you reach here, visit the fire tower, lake view and the medicine forest. The timings here are restricted between 9.30 am to 3 pm as wild animals are often spotted around.
The serene Coakers Walk
One of the best places you must visit when in Kodaikanal, Coakers Walk is a 1 kilometre long pathway, which offers the most picturesque views of the hills.
The star-shaped Kodai Lake
Also known as the Kodaikanal Lake, this place is home to various birds and a lot of tourists come here for a casual walk and bask in the glory of nature. You can avail Pedal boats and Row boats along with horses and bicycles.
The ever famousKurinjiandavar Temple
KurinjiAndavar Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Murugan, boasts of the famous kurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years. This temple, established by an European lady in 1936, is quite popular among the tourists, all thanks to its stunning surroundings.
The popular trekking spot – Dolphin’s Nose
For those caught unaware, the Dolphin’s Nose is rock projecting over a wide chasm of approximately 2,000 metres deep. The place is named so because of its peculiar shape but if you visit there, you can see the most breathtaking views of the Western Ghats. From the Dolphin’s Nose, you can also head to the Pambar or the Liril Falls, which are amazing hidden attractions.
Kodaikanal Solar Observatory for the science lovers
Located at a point 2,343 metres above sea level, this Observatory is at the highest location of the hill station. Founded on 1st April, 1899, the spot is not only known for various scientific attractions but offers breathtaking views from the top as well.