• Front view of Club Mahindra's Kodaikanal Resort
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  • Club Mahindra's Kodiakanal Resort

Hill Country, Kodaikanal

Majestic undulating splendor surrounds visitors at Kodaikanal. Rolling hills, verdant countryside, gorgeous parks, the serene Kodai Lake and a beautifully landscaped resort come together to create the perfect holiday experience. 

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  • Princess of hills: Kodaikanal by Raj Niranjan Das

    All must have read a lot of hill stations being called as the Queen of hills. Ootacamund, Shimla and many of them have been fondly called by that name. However, Princess of hills has only one contender and that definitely is Kodaikanal, the lovely hills station in southern India. For no reason has she been coined the name, Princess of hills as Kodiakanal stands beautiful like a well decked up princess.
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Sight Seeing

1. Kodai Lake

Situated at an elevation of 2285m above sea level, the lake radiates magnificence with its star shaped glittering waters, nestled amidst verdant slopes. Covering over 60 acres, a fine 5 kilometre long tarred road encompasses it. In 1863, Vera Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai converted what was once marshy land into a lake. You can walk around, sail, ride horses, cycle or just admire the lake.

2. Berijam Lake

This is one of the most striking lakes in South India. It blankets an area of 24 hectares and is known for its pure water. A must see.

3. Coakers Walk

A narrow pedestrian path constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872, Coakers Walk is a 1-kilometre long mountain road, which hugs the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai Road. The walk begins near Van Allen Hospital, joins the main road above St. Peter's Church and meanders around Mt. Nebo. On a clear day one can take in the Dolphin's nose in the south valley of the Pambar River in the southeast, a bird's-eye view of Periyakulam and even the city of Madurai. A visit is a must.

4. Green Valley View

The Green Valley View lives up to its name with a spectacular view of the entire Vaigai Dam. At 5.5 kilometres from the lake and very near the Golf Club, the valley here is very deep, dense and dangerous, earning the nickname 'Suicide Point' at one time.

5. Silent Valley View

Silent Valley View affords a breath-taking view of the Silent Valley. But if you have kids with you, do be careful.

6. Byrant Park

A horticulturist’s haven, the Park serves as a practical centre for education on ornamental horticulture and as a demonstration centre. The various methods of training, pruning, budding, grafting, potting, seed collection, etc., are taught to students of horticulture as well as to visitors. A visit in May will bring you to the crowd pulling horticultural show conducted by the department of Horticulture in Byrant Park. It is indeed a striking place to visit.

7. Chettiar Park

Located on the way to the Kurinji Temple, this lovely park is an ideal spot to commune with nature. It is a worthy trip.

8. Kurinji Andavar Temple

A famous shrine dedicated to Lord Muruga, this temple lies 3 kilometres from the lake. In Tamil literature, Kurinji means 'hill region' and Andavar means 'God'. Hence Lord Muruga is referred to as 'God of the hill'. This temple is associated with the Kurinji flowers, which carpet the hillsides and bloom once in 12 years. It is a sight to behold. From this temple one can take in the magnificent view of the Palani and Vaigai dams.

9. Vembadi Peak

At a height of 2,466 metres, Vembadi Peak is the second highest peak in India. It is a steep and meandering climb, but once you scale the summit, it rewards you with the stunning view of the Berijam Lake, Vandaravu Range, Mannovanur sheep farm, Poombarai Valley, among other beautiful places. It is a must visit.

10. Perumal Peak

A trekkers delight situated about 11 Km from Kodaikanal, is worth every step. Climbers begin their ascent from the Neutral Saddle and make their way to the striking peak.

11. Dolphin's Nose

A striking natural rock formation, Dolphin’s Nose is a flat projection from where one can have a breathtaking view of the yawning chasm 6,600 feet below. To get here one needs to Pambar Bridge and traverse an old road. A rough curve meanders around the hillside leading to Dolphin’s Nose. One can enjoy a view of the plains and steep rock formations on the way here.

12. Kukal Caves

The Kukal Caves are a favourite camping site for trekkers, that shares a rich history with the earliest settled tribals, the Paliyans. It is believed that the descendants of the Paliyans still live here. One should take a local guide so as to not get lost. A walk through geranium plantations, pine and wattle forests and the Kukal forest lead one to the rest house. The early morning hike from the rest house takes one to stunning locations filled with large wild orchids. One should also be beware of leeches. The caves are actually magnificent overhanging slabs of rocks perched at an altitude of 1,500 metres. This is a must take trip.

13. Telescope House

One can enjoy a panoramic view of the valley and the beautiful nearby towns at the Telescope House situated on Coakers Walk.

14. Solar Physical Observatory

Located at the highest point in the Kodai Hills at 7,700 feet, this observatory is the oldest and a wolrd famous institution built in 1898. Its illustrious history doesn’t just lie in the time it was built but also in that its director Evershed discovered the phenomenon of radial motion in Sunspots, known as the Evershed Effect. This well-equipped laboratory does quality research work and is a trip to make.

15. Devil's Kitchen

Three impressive granite boulders, each vertically measuring a height of 400 feet stand shoulder to shoulder. In the shadows of these pillars lie shady woods that invite many picnickers. The chamber between the two pillars is called Devil's Kitchen and is a great place to visit.

16. Pillar Rocks

Rediscovered by Kamal Hassan while he was shooting his film Guna, this place is now called the Guna Cave. The cave has a chamber between the two Pillar Rocks and one feels like one is staring at an abyss.

17. Upper Lake View

With a simply spectacular view of the Kodai Lake, Upper Lake View is 3.2 kilometres from Coaker's Walk on the way to Green Valley View. A trip to make.

18. Bear Shola Falls

The falls get their name from the bears that used it as a watering hole. It is an idyllic place for a picnic about 2 kilometres from the lake with a rugged hilly path for an approach. The falls are at their gorgeous best during the rainy season. So be sure to catch them then.

19. Silver Cascade

The overflow of the Kodai Lake onto the steep cliffs forms a magnificent silver cascade, which torrents all the way down the cliff onto the Ghat Road. This attractive waterfall is definitely worth the visit.

20. Pambar Falls

Racing down the Pambar Ravine is a zigzagging stream that cascades over a series of rock formations, ultimately creating the unique Pambar Falls. 'Grand cascade' is another name for these magnificent falls and they can be reached from the steep slopes behind Pambar House.

21. Museum

A Theological Seminary founded in 1895 and devoted to preserving certain archaeological remains, as well as the flora and fauna of the hills, this museum is maintained by the Sacred Heart College. It is home to many of the best orchids in the country, with over 300 species of exotic orchids. It also houses the many private collections of Spanish priest Father Ugarthe. It makes for an interesting visit.

22. Moer Point

Moer Point deserves a visit for nothing other than the stunning view it provides of the valley. Just 3 kilometres from the Pillar Rock and the Berijam Lake Road, it is a breath-taking place.

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