Kodaikanal

Kodaikkanal is one of India's most beautiful hill stations located at an altitude of 2133 mts ( 7,000 feet ) frequented by tourists in large numbers throughout the year. Kodaikkanal has a bracing climate where temperature do not vary much from summer to winter. Fruits like plums and plantains grow abundantly on the wooded slopes apart from a wide variety of flowers, among which is the famous Kurinji flower which blooms once in twelve years.

The Kodai lake in star shape dominates this sleepy hill station. Spread over an area of 24 hectares where fishing allowed and boating facilities are available; one of the world's oldest Solar Observatories that was built in 1899; and the Orchidorium at the Sacred Heart College where about 300 species of orchids can be seen. There are also a number of picturesque walks like Coaker's Walk and Priest's Walk. Kodai's best view points are Pillar Rocks, and Green Valley View. Bear Shola Falls , Silver Cascade, Fairy Falls and Glen Falls are popular with picnickers while the Perumal Peak is a favourite with trekkers. The Kurinji Andavar temple 3.2 kms away is dedicated to Lord Subramanya.

How to get there ?

Air
The nearest airport is Madurai .

Rail
The nearest railway station is Kodaikkanal Road on the Chennai-Madurai broad guage line.

Road
Kodaikkanal is well connected by road and there are

 
 
The Places To Visit
Temple
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Kurinji Andavar Temple
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Lutheran Church
Falls
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Bear Shola Falls
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Fairy Falls
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Pambar falls
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Silver Cascade
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Thalaiyar Falls
View
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erijam Lake View
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Coaker's Walk
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Dolphins Nose
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Green Valley view
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Kukkal Caves
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Kodai Lake
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Pillar rocks
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Silent Valley view
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Telescope Houses
Park / Museum
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Bryant Park
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Chettiar Park
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Dolmen Circle
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Golf Club
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Kurinji Poo(Flower)
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Solar Physical Observatory
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Shenbaganur Museum
Kodaikanal Temple
  Kurinji Andavar Temple
The temple located about 3.2 km from the lake is dedicated to Lord Murugan. In Tamil literature "Kurinji" means "Hilly Region" and "Andavar" means God. From this temple, one can get a view of the northern plains and Palani Hills. The purple blue kurinji flowers that blossom once in 12 years carpets the slopes around the temple.
 
  Lutheran Church
Almost cheek by jowl with the Kodaikanal School is the Lutheran Church - a Gothic stone building with stained glass windows and modern paintings and batiks portraying scenes from the life of Christ. Nearby is an even more famous church - Christ the King Church - again, a very Gothic and solemn granite structure with stained glass windows. The names of the buildings in Kodaikanal are very evocative: 'Loch End' and 'Mansarovar' - these two houses by the lakeside bridge the time span from colonial times to the present. Hillbrook, Furzbank, Wood-cote, Whispering Pines, and Rock Cottage all conjure up the beauty and spirit of their natural ambience.

Kodaikkanal Falls

  Bear Shola Falls
So named because it once attracted bears, it is a favourite picnic spot, about 1.6 Kms from the lake, and 2 kms from the bus stand. Bear Shola Falls can be reached through a picturesque rugged hill path. There are many other falls in Kodai, the main one among them is the silver cascade.
 
  Fairy Falls
A delightful picnic spot just 5 km Kodai Lake . There is a beautiful waterfall here
 
  Pambar falls
Grand cascade' is another name for this magnificent falls. It cans he reached by a steep. precipitous path behind Pambar house. Racing down Pambar Raivine is Zig zagging living stream that cascades over a series of rock formation. It is 4km away kodaikanal.
 
  Silver Cascade
The waterfall is Located on the Ghat road leading to Madurai and is about 8Kms from Kodaikanal. The overflow of Kodai Lake comes down here as 180 feet high falls. If the temperature of water is suitable, tourists can take bath in the falls
 
  Thalaiyar Falls
This is also called as Rat tail falls.The widest falls, ranging from 13th kilometer on the ghat road to kodai.It is one of the highest falls in India , with their 975ft sheer drop.
 
  Bryant Park
This Park is situated in the heart of the town, 0.3 km from bus stand. The park was originally planned and formed by a forest officer of Madurai , Mr. H.D. Bryant in 1908 and named after him. The beautifully maintained park extends over an area of 20.5 acres and is noted for flowers, hybrids and grafts. From its olden days there is an artificial pool. There are 325 species of trees and shrubs. Cut flowers are exported from here. A glass house which shelters over fine varieties of flowers can be seen here. A Flower show is conducted every year during May, as a part of Summer Festival. There is an Eucalyptus tree aged 150 years and a 'Bodhi' tree which adds to the significance of the park. Ornamental plants are cultivated in a nursery for sale. A big section is allotted for nearly 740 varieties of roses.
 
  Chettiar Park
Tucked away in the northeastern corner of the town, on the way to Kurinji Andavar Temple , the Chettiar Park is a charming place to stop by.
 
  Dolmen Circle
This situated near Parvatha vihar and the Pannikadu village. Kodaikanal is put on anthropology map mainly because of the presence of pre historic remains dating back to 5000 BC. These are called dolmens and kistavens which are the dwelling and burial places of people of Stone Age and Iron Age. The dolmen are fantastic stone of two very large erect stone slabs topped by larger flat slab .Many such dwellings were destroyed but even now, they are seen intact in two places namely Perumal peak and Shenbaganur Museum.
 
  Golf Club
Golf Club Situated on the road to the Pillar Rocks, the Kodai Golf Club boasts of a well laid 18 hole course fit for competitions at national level. Often the golfers teeing in the early morning accost herds of wild animals. The Club is exclusively for its members. Non- members and holiday's golfers, who want to play, have to pay a special subscription. The tourists on the road have a glimpse of the whole range.
 
  Kurinji Poo(Flower )
It blossoms once in 12 years. The last blossom was 2004. During that period Honey got from this place is supposed to he more sweet and good for health.
 
  Solar Physical Observatory
This oldest world famous institution was built in 1898. It is nearly 6 kms from the bus stand and situated at the highest point in Kodai hills at 7700 ft. It has a well equipped productive laboratory doing quality research work. Its director Evershed discovered the phenomenon of radial motion in Sunspots - known as Evershed effect.
 
  Shenbaganur Museum
5.6 Kms away is easily one of the best orchidoriums in the country offering the visitor, more than 300 species of orchids.

 

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