Club Mahindra – Hill Country Resort, Kodaikanal
What are the activities offered by The Club Mahindra Resort?
# Health Club
# Table Tennis
# Ayurvedic Massage
# Children's Play area
# Bonfire evenings
What are the places of interest?
PLACES OF INTEREST
One of the main attractions for the tourists of Kodaikanal is the Kodai Lake, which is at a distance of 3kms from the bus stand. In 1863, Vera Levinge, a former District Collector of Madurai, settled in Kodaikanal after his retirement. He converted what was once marshy land into a lake, bringing in boats from Tuticorin. It is said that the residents of that time enjoyed swimming in the Kodai Lake.
The lake is situated at an elevation of 2285m above sea level and looks magnificent with its star shaped glittering waters, set in the midst of evergreen lush slopes. The hills receive rainfall during the North-East Monsoon months of October, November and December. The lake is spread over 60 acres and surrounded by a fine-tarred road 5 kms inn length. The maximum depth in 1962 was 11.5m but it is now about 9m. The average depth is 3.0m. The boat club provides boats for hire. There are also luxury boats available for hire.
Today lakhs of tourists walk around, sail on, ride on horses & cycles and admire the lake. Fishing can also be done obtaining permission from Inspector of Fisheries. Pony rides offered around the lake area make for a typical Kodai holiday.
Berijam lake (Forest dept. permission required)
This lake is located at a distance of 21 kms from Kodai and is one of the most beautiful lakes in South India. Spread over an area of 24 hectares, the lake is known for its pure water.
It is a narrow pedestrian path, constructed by Lt. Coaker in 1872. The Walk is a one-kilometer mountain road, which runs along the edge of steep slopes on the southern side of Kodai road, which is 1/2km away from Kodai. The walk, winding around Mt. Nebo, starts near Van Allen Hospital and joins the main road above St. Peter's Church. It provides a wide-angle spectacular view of the plains. On a cloudless, clear day one can see interesting sights, such as Dolphin's nose in the South, valley of the Pambar river in the South East, a birds eye view of Periyakulam and even the city of Madurai.
Spectacular Views Points
Green Valley View (Suicide Point)
This 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."
Silent Valley View
Just a little away from the Pillar Rock and the Berijam Lake Road, is Silent Valley View, which provides a breathtaking view of Silent Valley. Children are advised to walk carefully.
Moer Point provides a lovely view of the valley. It is just 3 km from the Pillar rocks Berijam Lake road.
Upper Lake View
Upper Lake View is 3.2 kilometers from Coaker's Walk on the way to Green Valley View. This point provides a magnificent view of the Kodai Lake.
Bear Shola falls
An ideal picnic spot 1.6 km from the bus stand and within 2 Kms off the lake, where bears once came to drink water. Hence the name of the falls. Cross the lake bund, pass the Telephone exchange on your right, and at the junction take the lower road. The approach is a rugged hilly path. The falls are at their best during the rainy season.
This waterfall is located on the main Ghat Road, 8 kms away from Kodai Road. The overflow of the Kodai Lake over the steep cliffs forms a magnificent silver cascade, which torrents down the cliff onto the Ghat Road.
"Grand cascade" is another name for these magnificent falls. It can be reached from the steep slopes behind Pambar house. Racing down the Pambar Ravine is a zig zagging stream that cascades over a series of rock formations, thus creating the unique Pambar falls. Pambar falls are 4kms away from Kodaikanal.
This is also called Rat tail falls. The widest falls, with a spread of 13 kms between the Ghat Road and Kodaikanal. It is one of the highest falls in India, with a sheer drop of 975 feet.