Puducherry

Puducherry (formerly Pondicherry ) is a Union Territory of India. It is a former French colony, consisting of four non-contiguous enclaves, or districts, and named for the largest, Pondicherry . Pondicherry consists of four small unconnected districts: Pondicherry , Karaikal, and Yanam on the Bay of Bengal and Mahé on the Arabian Sea . Puducherry ( Pondicherry ) and Karaikal are by far the larger ones, and are both enclaves of Tamil Nadu. Yanam and Mahé are enclaves of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala respectively. The territory has a total area of 492 km²: Puducherry (city) 293 km², Karaikal 160 km², Mahé 9 km² and Yanam 30 km². It has 900,000 inhabitants. Official languages of Pondicherry are French, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

 

Places To Visit








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Anglo – French textile mills
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AurovilleCairn hill
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Aayi Mandapam
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Kundrakudi temple
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Botanical garden
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Boat house chunambur
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Promenade
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Raj niwas
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Romain Rolland library
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Sri aurobindo ashram
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Villiayanur





Museum

 

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Bharathi museum
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Bharathidasan museum
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Jawahar toy museum
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Puducherry Museum
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Englise de sacre Coeur de jesus church
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Jamia mosque
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Mansion of ananda rangapillai
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Manakula vinayagar temple
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Varagaraja perumal temple
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Vedhapureeswarar temple
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The statue of joan of arc at dumas street
 

Puducherry View

  Anglo French Textile
Anglo French Textile Limited was started in the year 1898, with the name Rodier Mill. At first it was started with the spinning and weaving departments manufacturing only grey fabric. Subsequently it became an integrated mill with automatic looms and process house. In the year 1986, Anglo French Textiles was taken over by the Pondicherry Textile Corporation, a Government of Pondicherry Undertaking. Anglo French is at present one of the largest composite textile mills in India , supplying products mostly to export market in various forms as grey, bleached, dyed and printed fabrics. It occupies a prominent position in the economy of Pondicherry providing direct employment to more than 4000 people. A large number of people are indirectly dependent on the mills. The Company has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards as an ISO 9001-2000 Company and has also obtained ISI mark for the polyester blend suitings.
 
  Auroville Cairn hill

Auroville (City of Dawn ) is an "experimental" township in founded in 1968 Viluppuram district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India near Puducherry in South India . "Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity" runs the first public message of the founder of Auroville, Mirra Alfassa, known universally as the Mother. Auroville is a small town 6 km north of Pondicherry . This town was a vision of the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry as it's an international town.

 

 
  Aayi Mandapam

The most beautiful public space in town is the green and shaded Government Park , in the heart of Pondicherry . Standing smack in its centre is Aayi Mandapam. Built in Greco-Roman architecture, unsinfully white, during the reign of Napoleon III - Emperor of France. It bears the name of Aayi - a 16th century courtesan. Who razed down her home and replaced it with a reservoir. To appease a passing king, angry at having mistaken her candle-lit residence for a holy place. It was from this lake that Napoleon's men quenched their thirst, some 300 years later. Napoleon, charmed by the story, ordered a monument to Aayi. The beautiful arched monument called the "Aayi Mandapam" which is the official symbol of Puducherry government.

 
  Beach
The 1500 metre long beach that borders the town on the eastern side is clean and is an ideal place for swimming and sun bathing. There are two monuments of historical importance on the beach. One is the 4m. tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi and the other is the War Memorial, built by the French in commemoration of the soldiers who died in the First World War. The Light House which stands 29m. high is further down the beach and is over 150 years old.
  Serenity Beach

A ten-minute drive to the north of the town brings you to these virgin sands. The ambience is well-captured in its name. You can touch the calm. Ideal for a quick dip, a touch of the sun and a cool reprieve in the shade.

 

 
  Plage Paradiso ( Paradise Beach )
At Chunnambar, 8 kms from the town, along Cuddalore Main Road , lies this stretch of tropical paradise. Flanked h a quiet-flowing creek on one side. In fact, you can sail downstream to the sands and pitch up a cozy seaside tent for yourself. Overnighting within the tree-houses on the backwater banks provides a relishing experience of the great outdoors. A short, pleasant cruise into the sea from here could reward you with the memorable sight of playful dolphins in natural habitat, horsing around.

 

 
  Karaikal Beach
Sunrise-watchers can catch their magnificent view over the bay, with the pretty Arasalar river reaching out to the sea. Alternatively, you can canoe or kayak in picture-book surroundings. Have a round of beach volley ball. Or, armed with the angling gear, you can reel in a surprise.

 

 
  Mahe Beach
Twenty two kms south of Kannur, on the northern strip of coastal Kerala lies this bewitching beach strip. From Calicut , you will find this 75 kms north of the town, bordered by a luxuriant crop of tall palm. And dotted with numerous fishing hamlets.

 

 
  Yanam River Cruise
Yanam, in coastal Andhra Pradesh, provides a different route to exhilaration. As you enjoy a sunset cruise down the spectacular Goringa Godavari river which winds through rich mangrove forests.
 
  Botanical garden
B Just off West Boulevard, the gardens planned by C.S. Perrotet in 1826, have a good collection of exotic flowering plants from India and abroad. There is also an aquarium here which has some rare species of ornamental fish. Botanical Gardens Pondicherry is well known for its various tourist hotspots, which attracts tourists all the year round to this destination. An important Tourist Places in Pondicherry is the Botanical Garden. The Botanical Garden in Pondicherry was opened to the public in 1826. The Botanical Gardens situated in the center of the city provides a cool retreat from the oppressing heat and humidity of Tourist Places in Pondicherry . Tourist Places in Pondicherry sprawls over a 22 acres area and here you can just relax and listen to the twittering of birds and explore the rich variety of flora here. The Botanical Gardens is 178 years old and here you will find each and every tree or plant labeled with scientific, common and Tamil names. This has been possible due to the efforts of Department of Tourism
 
  Boat house chunambur
Facilities for boating are available at the Boat House on the River Chunnambar, 8 kms from Pondicherry . The backwater and the lush greenery on both sides of Chunnambar provide an ideal setting. Boats are available on hire on all days of the week. It boasts of tranquil and beautiful backwater and pristine sandy expanse of beach. In fact Chunnambar is a place where you can go for downstream sailing to the sands and set up your tents. To say it so, for fascinating experiences Chunnambar Backwater in Pondicherry is a must to visit Pondicherry tourist places. Chunnambar Backwater in Pondicherry attractions let you unwind yourself within the exotic tree-houses posed ideally on the banks of backwater. The shore of Chunnambar Backwater is a perfect picnic spot where mixture of fun, sports, calm, romance and beauty prevail. You can go for swimming or rowing boat. Not only this, while staying on a tree house you can watch the beautiful scene of sunrise. Or else, to explore something outside your tree house, you can organize a picnic at the beach and play beach volleyball. If you are a true adventure enthusiast then you can try your hands at trekking as well. Otherwise, you can also take delight in fishing in tourist places in Pondicherry . Along with basking in the fun of Chunnambar Backwater in Pondicherry attractions, you can also cruise into the sea. As you cruise across sea, you will watch playful dolphins moving around in the water in Pondicherry tourist places.
 
  The Promenade
The Promenade, a Sarovar Premier Hotel, is a luxury boutique hotel at Pondicherry , aptly named, as it overlooks the Bay of Bengal . It lies along the beautiful Boulevard, and is situated beside the old lighthouse and opposite the Gandhi statue, in the most prominent location of Pondicherry . This luxurious 5 Star property has 30 lavish guest rooms and suites. The Promenade is elegantly designed. While the neoclassical façade blends in with the surrounding French architecture, the interiors are sleek and modern. Most of the rooms overlook the shimmering waters of the Bay of Bengal . The town's ancient French quarter, with its colonial villas, leafy parks and attractive cafes, are just a block away. Pondicherry 's busy shopping district, a well-known center for handicrafts and fashion goods, is a ten minute walk away.
 
  Raj Niwas
Raj Niwas is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governors of Pondicherry. It is located in the capital city of Puducherry , Pondicherry . Once it was the official residence of the French Governor Dupleix. It has a scroller, installed by the Tourism Department that runs images of various tourist spots including the Aayi Mandapam, beach, lighthouse, Chunnambar beach resort and French Institute.
The Lt. Governor, M.M. Lakhera, who saw the scroller, said "a lot of VIPs come here so we thought it would be useful for them. The images keep running like news scrolls in television channels.
 
  Romain Rolland Library
Romain Rolland Library, formerly known as Bibliotheque Publique, is one of the oldest Libraries in the country. It is named after Romain Rolland, a French scholar and a close companion of Mahatma Gandhi. The library houses a collection of over 315,000 volumes in different languages. A separate section functions here to foster the reading habit of children. Another prominent feature is mobile library facility, which stocks over 8000 books. It is generally utilized by the rural folk.Separate section for competitive exam books, open access system and microfilm unit are among the facilities. Apart from this, ready reference and current awareness services are available. Library is open from 7:30 hrs to 16:30 hrs except for Mondays and public holidays.
Located on the Romain Rolland Street . The Romain Rolland library is an island of peace though located in a busy area housing Government buildings including the State Assembly, the Government General Hospital and the Lt. Governor's official residence, the Raj Nivas. With its huge collection of books and an air-conditioned reading room, the library is a place where many old timers prefer to read in and relax, especially during summer.Romain Rolland, the great French writer, after whom the library is named, was a great admirer of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
  Sri aurobindo ashram
This Ashram has been created with another object than that ordinarily common to such institutions,not for the renunciation of the world but as a centre and a field of practice for the evolution of another kind and form of life which would in the final end be moved by a higher spiritual consciousness and embody a greater life of the spirit. The Ashram was founded and built by the Mother as a first step towards the creation of a new world, a new humanity, a new society, expressing and embodying a new consciousness. The Ashram is a Registered Trust, founded by the Mother. Today Sri Aurobindo Ashram is a throbbing centre of more than 1,500 spiritual seekers from every part of the world. Although form a different nationality and cultural background, every seeker aspires and works for the same goal.
 
  Villiayanur
You can locate the architecturally fine sight of the Sri Gokilambal Thirukameswara Temple , 10 kms from Pondicherry . Thousands of devotees converge here for a ten-day annual festival (Brah1lWtsatlam) , held during May -June along with the appearance of the full moon. The massive 15 m tall temple chariot, basking in finery, is taken out on a procession by a devout crowd. It`s a remarkable sight. The Lt. Governor of Pondicherry ritually joins the heave. A secular practice, carried over from the French days, when the French Governeurs themselves used to draw the car out on the streets. Besides, the breath-taking Ousteri lake nearby, spread over 10 hectares, is home to rare varieties of birds.

Puducherry Museum

  Bharathi Memorial Museum
Barathi Memorial Museum , located at Pondicherry Town , was the residence of the great Tamil poet-patriot Subramaniya Bharathi, who arrived Pondicherry in 1908. Subramania Bharati, who lived for a span of 1882 to 1921, was a well-known writer who introduced modernism and distinction in Tamil literature. He has written and has the credit of a number of patriotic and devotional songs. Most of his writings vividly dealt with contemporary social affairs. This Museum displays photographs of the poet, manuscripts, and letters written by him. The museum is open from 09:00-12:30 hrs and 14:00-17:45 hrs on all days except Mondays. The Bharathi museum was home to a Tamil poet and nationalist. Bharathi (1882-1921) was a political and social activist who found refuge here from the British in 1908. He freed Tamil poetry from forms that, while beautifully rich and terse, had kept it the preserve of the few. An anthology of his works in French can be read at I' Alliance Francaise and one can buy it at the Romain Rolland Library.
 
  Bharathidasan museum
Kanakasubburatnam was born in Pondicherry and was yet another great Tamil revolutionary poet. He was a great disciple of Bharathiyar and in remembrance changed his name as Bharathidasan. He wrote scripts for many movies on issues such as Dravidian culture and Rights of women. His residence too is now converted to a museum containing the collection of his works. The Bharathidasan Museum is the former house of a renowned Pondicherry-born poet (1891-1960) who was a follower of Bharathi (hence his name). He wrote poetry, plays and film scripts on such issues as support for Dravidian or south Indian culture and the rights of women, and in opposition to superstition and casteism. One of his plays "Picirandear" was translated into French and is occasionally on sale in Pondy.
 
  Jawahar Toy Museum
Jawahar Toy Museum which is a small one exhibits 130 dolls representing different states of India . It was named after the first prime Minister of India who was very popular among kids. Pondicherry has an excellent museum which showcases the glorious past. The sculpture of the Pallavas, the Cholas and the Vijayanagar empires are found here. There are also rich collections of Gods, Goddesses and temple lamps of various dynasties. In the Library we can find books related to English and French. Some of the books are rare editions.
 
  The Pondicherry museum
The Pondicherry museum is located in the former Law Building , which was refurbished in 1997. The museum is worth seeing as a building and for some of its exhibits. The Pondicherry Museum has a diverse collection which includes art forms, Pallava sculptures, handicraft, weaponry, an old palanquin and certain other interesting items of the French period. The museum throws a lot of light on history of the place. The Pondicherry museum housing some of the superb collections of sculpture is located in the Bharathi Park . This museum has an excellent gallery with sculptures and has the remains of archaeological findings from the Arikamedu Roman settlement. One can go through the history and legendary French colonial details in the section of the museum.
 
  War memorial(French)
No visit to Pondicherry is complete without a free-wheeling stroll down the peaceful promenade - Goubert Avenue (' Beach Road ', locally speaking). Where you'll find this elegant tribute to the uniform. It gets prettily illuminated during a solemn ceremony every 14 July, Bastille Day. The elegant French War Memorial on the famous Goubert Avenue was erected in honour of the soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War. The war memorial is beautifully illuminated during the annual commemoration held on Bastille Day, the 14th of July. Its sounds really great when a tourist hear that people are remembered for their services.

Puducherry Temple

  Englise de sacre Coeur de jesus church
While on a trip of sightseeing in Pondicherry , one building that you should not miss and also cannot miss is the Eglise de Sacre Coeur de Jesus in Pondicherry . This is also known by the name Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Even for a person who has come for a trip to Pondicherry the Eglise de Sacre Coeur De Jesus in Pondicherry is hard to miss. This is because this Church is located just beyond the railway station and therefore no one can miss this grand building. When you enter the Eglise de Sacre Coeur De Jesus at Pondicherry , you will find the interior of the Church has a wonderful mix of both European and Indian architecture. While the walls are adorned with beautiful terracotta crafts, you will also come across stained glass paintings. The most eye catching stained glass art form that you can see at the Eglise de Sacre Coeur De Jesus in Pondicherry is imbibed at the windows that you can find on the either side of the church. Here you will find the painting of a saint in each window, remarkable by the presence of Joan of Arc. Though you will find that time has taken its toll on these windows by cracking them or tearing away a piece or two, yet the beauty is still worth watching. Equally stunning are the terracotta works encircling the glass windows. This feature is typical south Indian! Another unique piece of art in the Eglise de Sacre Coeur De Jesus in Pondicherry is the statue of Madonna at the right side of the high altar. The most unique thing about the statue is that it is draped in a bright blue nylon sari.
 
  Jamia mosque
The Jamia Mosque is a beautiful mosque which is set amidst swaying palm trees is the main mosque Pondicherry . The main mosque in Pondicherry is the beautiful Jamia Mosque with its lovely architecture and swaying palmtrees.The Masthan Saheb Darga in Karaikal is dedicated to Masthan Saheb Syed Dawood Buhari, a Sufi saint who came to Karaikal from Buhara two centuries ago. He died aged 120, in 1829. Various miracles are attributed to him. The over 170 year old Kandhuri Festival (November) is celebrated in his commemoration. It starts with the hoisting of a huge flag on a large pole - reminiscent of a ship and a sea-faring tradition. It culminates 10 days later with a spectacle of illumined floats.
 
  Mansion of ananda rangapillai
When you go for sightseeing in Pondicherry , one tourist attraction you must visit, it is the Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion in Pondicherry . Before knowing about the mansion, you should know something about the man Ananda Ranga Pillai. He was a close confident and dubash of Dupleix, the French governor of Pondicherry . He has made immense contribution to the history of Pondicherry . This is because he used to keep a personal diary for 25 years i.e. from 1736 to 1760. This diary, which is written in Tamil, provides us with lots of valuable information about the culture and history of Pondicherry along with the history of the French in India in the later half of the 18th century. When you are on a trip to Pondicherry , then go to the Ranga Pillai Street , lying opposite the Grand Bazaar. Here you will find the celebrated Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion in Pondicherry . The number of the house is 109 and the street is named after the famous courtier. Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion in Pondicherry was built in 1735 and it is one of the oldest buildings in Pondicherry . Though the British ransacked many buildings when they conquered Pondicherry in 1761, this mansion remained untouched. In the architecture of the Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion in Pondicherry you will find a beautiful blend of both Asian and European style. It was built following the traditional Tamil architecture and therefore on the ground floor, you will find a courtyard, a typical feature of every Tamil house. The courtyard of the Ananda Ranga Pillai Mansion of Pondicherry is supported by pillars which are made of beautifully carved wood. You will find a terrace on the first floor and the elegant columns which support it reflect European Gothic design. Though time has taken its toll on this grand building of the famous dubash of Dupleix yet whatever is still there is enough to arouse awe in the minds of the onlookers.
 
  Manakula vinayagar temple
Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was in existence before the French came and settled in Pondicherry i.e. before 1666. In 1668 the French after obtaining permission from the English had constructed a Fort adjacent to Manakula Vinayagar Temple . Sri Manakula Vinayagar Temple was constructed on the banks of a sandy pond and in view of it only it is called as Manakula Vinayagar Temple .
Pondicherry places of worship - it is situated just behind Raj Nivas and shares a close distance with Arabindo Ashram. It is believed that there was a Frenchman who tried to destroy the deity. But the image of the deity kept appearing. And it was after his numerous futile efforts that he turned into a staunch believer of religion. However, to come to this temple back from its history it can be said that in this holy temple Vellakkaran (White Man) and Pillai (Ganesha) are found. Apart from this, an elephant can also be found here. The most accessible Hindu temple is the more than 300-year-old Manakula Vinayagar Koil, dedicated to Shiva's elephant-headed son, Ganesha.
 
  Varagaraja perumal temple
Pondicherry places of worship - this very notable and important Vishnu temple in town was built in 12 th century. This holy temple is situated towards the west of Gandhi Road off the Tyagraja Street . In this temple the image of Narasimha is set behind the main deity called Venkatachalapathy. According to legend fishermen brought the statues of Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman from the sea. The temple was built for these idols.
 
  Vedhapureeswarar temple
Vedhapureeswarar Temple is located at a central place on the crossroad of Iswaran Koil Street and MG Road . It is a beautiful temple where devotees of lord Shiva come here to offer prayer to the deity. The temple was constructed during 18th century and is very famous for its stone inscriptions and a swayambhulinga. Pondicherry occupies a significant place among the religious places of India . There are nearly 350 temples in Pondicherry and also in the adjoining areas. The temple is also famous by the name of Eashwaran koil. A marvelous swayambhu lingam is placed in the temple, which faces east direction. The rajagopuram of Vedhapureeswarar Temple is decorated with a lot of sculptural relief. The architecture of the temple is very similar to most of the temples of Southern India . It also has altars for Lord Murugan, Lord Vinayaka and the 63 Nayanmars. One of the striking features of the architecture of Vedhapureeswarar Temple is the brightly colored gopuram or tower. The temple is open to the devotees from 6 am to 12 in the noon and from 4.00 pm to 9.30 pm. Vedhapureeswarar Temple in Pondicherry has a huge sculpture of Nandi, 'vahana' of Lord Shiva according to Hindu mythology.
 
  Vedhapureeswarar temple
Vedhapureeswarar Temple is located at a central place on the crossroad of Iswaran Koil Street and MG Road . It is a beautiful temple where devotees of lord Shiva come here to offer prayer to the deity. The temple was constructed during 18th century and is very famous for its stone inscriptions and a swayambhulinga. Pondicherry occupies a significant place among the religious places of India . There are nearly 350 temples in Pondicherry and also in the adjoining areas. The temple is also famous by the name of Eashwaran koil. A marvelous swayambhu lingam is placed in the temple, which faces east direction. The rajagopuram of Vedhapureeswarar Temple is decorated with a lot of sculptural relief. The architecture of the temple is very similar to most of the temples of Southern India . It also has altars for Lord Murugan, Lord Vinayaka and the 63 Nayanmars. One of the striking features of the architecture of Vedhapureeswarar Temple is the brightly colored gopuram or tower. The temple is open to the devotees from 6 am to 12 in the noon and from 4.00 pm to 9.30 pm. Vedhapureeswarar Temple in Pondicherry has a huge sculpture of Nandi, 'vahana' of Lord Shiva according to Hindu mythology.
 
  The statue of joan of arc at dumas street
A lasting, triumphant image of the heroic French damsel Jeanne d' Arc, is frozen in marble, within the garden laid out in front of L' Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges.
 
  Anglo – French textile mills

Anglo French Textile Limited was started in the year 1898, with the name Rodier Mill. At first it was started with the spinning and weaving departments manufacturing only grey fabric. Subsequently it became an integrated mill with automatic looms and process house. In the year 1986, Anglo French Textiles was taken over by the Pondicherry Textile Corporation, a Government of Pondicherry Undertaking. Anglo French is at present one of the largest composite textile mills in India , supplying products mostly to export market in various forms as grey, bleached, dyed and printed fabrics. It occupies a prominent position in the economy of Pondicherry providing direct employment to more than 4000 people. A large number of people are indirectly dependent on the mills. The Company has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards as an ISO 9001-2000 Company and has also obtained ISI mark for the polyester blend suitings.

 
  Coaker's Walk
The hill-edged pathway was identified by Er. Coaker in 1872. About a Kilometer from the lake. Coaker's walk runs along a steep slope on the southern side of Kodai. It offers some of the best views of the plains. Entry fee is collected here.
 
  Dolphins Nose
To reach Dolphins nose at a distance of 8 kms from the bus stand, one has to follow the route specified here.There is an old road after crossing Pambar Bridge near levinge stream. A rough curve rounds the hillside which leads to a point where a flat rock projects over an awful chesm of 6600 feet deep. This is Dolphins nose. On the way, beautiful views of plains and steepy rocky eascarpeints called rolling hills can be seen. The old village of vellagavi can be reached through the rugged bridle path.
 
  Green Valley view
It is about 5.5 Km from the lake and very near the Golf Club. This point commands a beautiful view of the entire Vaigai dam. As the Valley here is very deep, dense and dangerous this place was once known as “suicide point”.
 
  Kukkal Caves
Kukkal Caves For reach Kukkal Caves which is at a distance of 40 km, travel by bus up to Poombarai and then give a walk. After walking through geranium plantations, pine and wattle forest, the Kukkal forest lest house can he reached. The caves here are actually overhanging slabs of rocks. This rock shelter is at an altitude of 1500 m. The cave reveals traces of earliest settled tribals, Paliyans who used to wear leaf clothing, over viewing the caves. tire Manjampath valley where bisons can be seen.
 
  Pillar rocks
Situated 7km from Kodai is the Pillar Rock, three granite formations over 120 m high, stand shoulder to shoulder, providing a beautiful view. It has a mini garden with lovely flowers. The Pillar rock is full of caves and chasms, a delight for the adventure seeker. There are over 100 dolmens and other megalithic remains that has been discovered in the Palani hills, all datable to around the 2nd century AD.
 
  Silent Valley view
Just a little away from the Pillar Rock - Berijam Lake Road , is Silent Valley View which provides a breathtaking view of Silent Valley .
 
  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.
 
 

 

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