A popular hill station destination of South India, Kodaikanal is the place marked with lush greenery and enchanting waterfalls. Nestled between the Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, this quaint hill station is located at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level. Kodaikanal is also fondly known as the 'Princess hill station' of Tamil Nadu and attracts tourists to this place from every corner of India and abroad. The cool ambience and wooded forests of this place will truly mesmerise you and soar your expectations.
Location : State/District
Kodaikanal is a pristine hill station located in the Dindigul district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The latitude and longitude of Kodaikanal corresponds to 10.2300° North and 77.4800° East, respectively.
Kodaikanal is a famous hill station retreat of India.
Honeymoon Destination, Nature Walk, Boating, Adventure Tourism
The cool weather and natural beauty of Kodaikanal makes it a honeymooner's heaven. The place also offers much t adventure enthusiasts in the form of outdoor activities like trekking, hiking, nature walks, rock climbing and boat rides. Holidaying in Kodaikanal amidst the clouds is a refreshing break from madness of city life.
Kodaikanal witnesses subtropical climatic conditions. Summer starts from March till May and the place is not very hot and humid. The temperature remains between 20°C to 36°C. Monsoon in Kodaikanal is pleasant with average rainfall. During the months from June to September, the greenery of the place becomes even more delightful. Winter months from November to January are not so cold and the best times to enjoy outdoor activities like trekking. Depending on the climatic conditions, the best time to visit Kodaikanal is during April to June and August to September. You will only need light cotton clothes to enjoy the beauty of Kodaikanal.
Indian citizens can travel freely to Kodaikanal. There are some rules and regulations applicable to foreign tourists. They must obtain visa permission from the government of India before travelling to Kodaikanal. Moreover their passport must also be up-to-date for six months from the date of visa application.
Places to Visit
There are ample sightseeing activities in Kodaikanal.
Kodaikanal Lake is a glorious man-made lake that is shaped like a star and spread over 60 acres of green surroundings. The Pillar rocks adjacent to the lake offer picturesque view of the Kodai valley. Besides enjoying the scenic surroundings, one can also indulge in Angling and boating, available by the lake side.
Coaker's Walk is a beautiful trail near the Kodaikanal Lake that runs through the steep slope towards the southern side. This place derives its name from Lt. Coaker, the gentleman who prepared the Kodaikanal map. Coaker's Walk is a must visit place for nature lovers who love to spend some time in tranquillity away from maddening crowd.
The Berijam Lake is a beautiful destination surrounded with diverse flora and fauna. This place is a popular picnic spots for tourists visiting Kodaikanal. The Berijam Lake is bordered by Upper Palni Shola Forest reserve and many useful medicinal plants such as Pyrethrum, Dioscorea and Digitalis can be found here.
Shenbaganur Museum is a spectacular museum in Kodaikanal displaying rare and notable pieces of Southern Indian architecture. The museum also holds a diversified selection of bird species and colourful flowers that appeal to every visitor.
Bryant Park is a popular spot named after Glenn Bryant, a British official. A wonderful show of vegetables and flowers is held at the park every year, during the month of May. Bryant Park has a glass house which holds a myriad collection of ferns, flowers and other plants.
Kurinji Andavar Temple is a place of worship dedicated to Lord Murugan. The word 'Kurinji' in Tamil means 'Hilly Region' while 'Andavar' implies 'God'. This place attracts devotees every year. On reaching the temple you can also enjoy the splendid view of the famous Palani Hills and northern plains.
Bear Shola Falls is a popular waterfall of Kodaikanal and is so named as the bears came here for drinking water. This is a favourite destination for couples and families. The Silver Cascade Falls is another prominent waterfall of the region. Located at 8 kms the water here falls from a height of about 180 feet. The sight is very appealing and relaxes the mind.
Kodaikanal is also a chosen adventure destination by tourists. The place has both easy and challenging trekking routes for all kind of outdoor enthusiasts. Dolphin's Nose and Perumal Peak are the two main trekking routes that provide an unparalleled experience. Nature's walk is another popular activity in Kodaikanal. While you walk you get to bask in the natural scenic beauty of the place.
Pollachi is a small town located at a distance of 61 kms from Kodaikanal. The Roman coins were found at this place only and it was also a prime trading town. Pollachi is mid-way destination to various other tourist locations around the region and therefore has a constant inflow of visitors every year.
Pallani is another destination situated at 62 kms from the main town. The drive to Pallani from Kodaikanal passes through various orange, banana and coffee plantations and the journey is very enjoyable. The Malaikovil Subrahmanya Temple is also located here and is an important pilgrimage destination that lures devotees from all corners.
The Annamalai Park also known as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary is a remarkable tourist spot located close to Kodaikanal. The sanctuary is spread widely and is home to plethora of wildlife animals like tigers, Nilgiri langur, panther, wild boar, lion-tailed masque, sloth bear and many more. The place has a reservoir that is filled with crocodiles. The Annamalai Sanctuary also displays a diversified species of birds. You must take the permit and guide along with you for entering into the sanctuary.
Food & Accommodation
When it comes to food, Kodaikanal is all set to give its visitors a culinary delightful experience. There are restaurants spread across the place that offer all kinds of Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisines. Some popular eating out destinations of Kodaikanal are Royal Tibet, Hilltop's Biryani, Hotel New Punjab, Hotel Astoria, Patel's and Tava. These hotels offer lip-smacking dishes at good rates. While in Kodaikanal you must also try sea-food and local cuisine of the place in the small restaurants lined at roadside.
Kodaikanal has the best of accommodation options for all kind of travellers. For visitors willing to spend there is a good selection of luxury hotels that includes Green Valley, Cottage, Bella Vista, Cinnabar, Quality Inn Sabari Resort, Bella Villa, Club Mahindra Coakers and The Carlton. The room tariffs in these range from INR 7000 plus per room/night. Some of the mid-range hotels with good service are Hill Country Holiday Resorts, Kodai Resort, Villa Retreat, Summer Migrations and Hilltop Towers. These hotels have stay charges varying between INR 3000-5000 per night. If you are looking for even cheaper accommodation options with room tariffs within INR 1500, there are still many options. Take your pick from Hotel Spring Valley, Hotel Valley View Inn, Kodai Homestay, Hotel Mount View and Snooze Inn.