Princess of Hill Station
Lying amidst the folds of the lush Pali hills is Kodikanal, which is among the most serene hill stations in Tamilnadu, India. Its wooded slopes, rugged rocks, gushing waterfalls and tranquil lake, Kodikanal is a must visit hill station. It positions itself at an elevation of about 2,133 m high and sprawls in an area of 21.45 sq km. Kurinji flower is another highlight of the place, which blooms once after every 12 years. Known for their freshness and taste, plums and the hill-plantain fruits are very popular here.
The history of Kodaikanal dates back to prehistoric era. The Prehistoric remains found near the Palani Hills are from 5000 BC while others are 2000 years old. After passing through many invasions, today Kodaikanal is a famous hill station in India.
Major Tourist Attractions in Kodikanal
Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
The observatory dates back to 1899. It is a part of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
The 20 cm refractors are the major draws of the observatory here. It is used for cometary and occultation. Astronomy Museum displays different pictorial with a live solar image and a library.
Lying at a distance of 21 km from the hill station, Berijam Lake is among the most gorgeous lakes of South India. Sprawled over an area of 24 hectares, the lake boasts of its pure water.
Bear Shola Falls
These waterfalls are another favourite tourist spots in Kodikanal. In earlier days, bears used to visit the place to drink water from this fall, which is why it has got name of Bear Shola Falls.
This is among the most popular picnic spots in Kodaikanal town.
This scenic point is situated around 8 km from the bus stand. Known for offering panoramic views of the plains and villages, it can be reached from the old road after crossing Pamper Bridge.
It is a very dangerous deep hidden ravine that is loved by adventure enthusiasts. Tourists from all across the world come to visit the place.
Green Valley View
Previously known as Suicide Point, the area is known as Green Valley View. It offers panoramic vista of the valleys, plains, hills and the Vaigai dam. The deep valley below this point is more than 5000 feet drop.
Adventure in Kodikanal
Visit Kodikanal in the Palani Hills for a short trekking. Tourists can enjoy hikes and local viewpoints. Overnight treks are also possible.
Other Places to See
Tourists can also visit Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal Lake, The Boat Club, Bryant Park and Kurinji Andavar Temple.
Best Time to Visit
From April to June and from September to October
Tourists can shop around the markets of Kodaikanal for various shopping items. Not a shopping hot-spot, but tourists can carry home some typical items like handicrafts and hand looms etc.
Finding an accommodation in Kodikanal is not a problem. You can find hotels of every budget here.
How to Reach
Madurai serves as the nearest airport, lying 120 km away by road from Kodai. Coimbatore lies 170 km away and Trichy is 200 km away.
Among the nearest railway stations, Palani Railway Station lies at 64 km, Kodai Road Station at 80 km and Dindigul Railway Junction is at 100 km.
The base of the town is well-linked by road to most adjoining towns and cities.
Visit Kodikanal with India hill station tour package to tantalize your senses with natural beauty!