Monday, October 31, 2011

Kodaikanal or Kodai ,a city in the hills of the taluk division of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu : Tourism, Introduction, How To Reach, Major Attractions, Hotels

Kodaikanal or Kodai ,a city in the hills of the taluk division of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu : Tourism, Introduction, How To Reach, Major Attractions, Hotels

Kodaikanal is a city in the hills of the taluk division of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in the Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest". It is situated 7,200 feet above sea level amongst the picturesque western ghats of India. Kodaikanal is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. It's a lot cooler in temperature than lower elevation cities such as Chennai and Bengaluru.

How To Reach

By Air
The closest airports to Kodaikanal are Trichy 150 km, Madurai 120 km and Coimbatore 175 km.
By train
Nearest railway station is Kodai Road at a distance of 80 km. From Kodairoad station, one has to travel only by road.
By bus
From Dindigul city, kodaikanal is located at a distance of 90 kms approximately and there are plenty of buses plying from various parts of the state.
Buses ply from Chennai, Trichy, Madurai, Dindigul,Palani and Coimbatore.

Major Attraction

Berijam Lake - perhaps the most pristine of the three lakes in Kodai. This is a plastic free zone and it is beautiful and serene. The lake lies within a reserved forest region. You need to get permission to visit this lake. Permissions need to be obtained on the morning of the intended day of visit from the forest office. Usually the person who arranges the vehicle will arrange the permit.

Coakers Walk- If you wish to catch the scenic valleys, the best time to visit the place would be before 2PM. But if you want to watch snow-like clouds (only in winter) beneath you form an ocean, reach the place between 3PM and 6PM. Try and catch the sunrise here or in the nearby Greenlands Hostel. A marvel.

Bryant park - A must see. Its main entrance is on the road surrounding the lake and is a 10-minute walk from the entrance to the boat club. Nicely maintained and a huge park. Their flower shows during summer are very famous.

Kodai Lake- If you are going in winter, go boating in the evening, as it's an amazing experience to boat through fog settling on the lake. The lake is very near the bus stand. This is a star shaped lake and walking around it during the night is one of the best walking experience you can have in your life.

Kurinjiandavar Temple - about 4 km from the lake is a temple whose presiding God is Lord Muruga. The flowers inside the temple bloom once in 12 years. One can get a view of the Palani Hills and the Kodaikanal Town from this temple. During the winter, the view of Kodai city and Palani from the two ends of the temple is blocked.

Green Valley View/Suicide Point- has a more than 5000 ft steep drop from this point. The monkeys are a good attraction at this point.

Pillar Rocks - huge steep cliffs. Watch out for the cross at the top of the mountain hoisted by an English adventure enthusiast.

Silent Valley View

Devil's Kitchen - a cave known more to the locals, First being "Green Valley View" and "Pillar Rocks" and then finally "Guna Cave".

Guna Caves - a cave which became very famous after the movie GUNA. Very steep and risky to get in. The public may not be allowed to enter this cave nowadays, though it's a very good place to take pics. But if you are not a professional spelunker, a trip to this cave may be your last.

Pine Forest - it's a really very good forest of pine trees. You can ride horses there. It's on the way to the guna cave.

Shanthi Valley - another pine forest nice place.

Silver Cascade - it's a nice waterfall on the road side from kodai road to kodai kanal, just before 4-5 kms from kodai kanal. The cold water flows and it's really super to bathe in the cold water and travel in between the eucalyptus trees.

4 Star Hotels in Kodaikanal
Club Mahindra Coakers Villa
Hill Country Holiday Resort
Summer Migrations

3 Star Hotels in Kodaikanal
Elephant Valley Farm
Golden Parks Inn
Green Acres Resort
Hotel Jewel
Hotel Kodai International
Hotel Mount View
Hotel Valley View Inn
Sterling Lakeview Resort

Budget Hotels in Kodaikanal
Hilltop Tower
Holiday Home
Hotel Bala
Hotel Grand Palace
Hotel Jai
Hotel Sivapriya
Lilly's Valley Resort
Royal Cottage
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