Know All About Kodaikanal - The Princess of Hills
Kodaikanal is a hill station in Tamil Nadu situated at an altitude of 2,133 metres on the upper Palani Hills. The place is often referred to as the “Princess of Hill Station” or “The gift of forests”. While the Palaiyar tribal people inhabited the area for a long time, American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats established the modern Kodaikanal hill station in 1845.
Originally built to take refuge from the high temperature and tropical diseases of the plains, Kodaikanal is today known for its mesmerising beauty. Ubiquitous grassland, enchanting waterfalls, majestic lakes, and lush green forests make the place a natural tourist magnet.
Kodaikanal is well-connected to major cities like Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Chennai, etc., by road. At 135 km, Madurai is the nearest airport to Kodaikanal. You can also arrive at the Kodai Road railway station and make an 81 Km road journey to Kodaikanal.
Kodaikanal has countless tourist attractions. However, cover the following popular tourist destinations if you’re on a tight itinerary.
Constructed in 1863, the Kodaikanal lake is one of the prime tourist attractions of Kodaikanal. Also known as Kodai lake, the artificial lake is spread over approximately 60 acres. Boating across the scenic lake, especially during the evening, is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Kodaikanal.
Situated close to Kodai lake, Bryant Park is a botanical estate covering almost 20 acres. The park is named after the British forest officer of Madurai, Mr H D Bryant, and dates back to 1908. Known for its rich fauna and hybrids.
Bryant Park is one of the best places to visit in Kodaikanal for nature lovers and gardening enthusiasts. The spectacular park houses over 325 species of trees, shrubs, and cacti. The park has a dedicated section for roses. You can also shop for ornamental plants cultivated in the park’s nursery.
Constructed in 1872 by Lt. Coaker, Coaker’s walk is a 1 km long hill-edge path carved on the steep mountain slopes. The place is ideal for strolling, morning walks, cycling, photography, and sightseeing. You can also enjoy a distant view of the Periyakulam town from the Coaker’s Walk.
Note:- Kodaikanal lake, Bryant Park, and Coaker’s walk are within 5-10 minutes of walking distance from the Kodaikanal Bus Terminal.
Situated 20 km from Kodaikanal, Berijam lake is the primary source of drinking water for the Kodaikanal town. It is a restricted area. However, you can visit the lake if you get permission from the forest department.
If you're fascinated with astronomy, the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory must be on your list. Run by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, the observatory has a large number of solar models, pictures, and important astronomical equipment.
Bear Shola Falls is a perfect picnic spot in the reserved forest just 2 km from Kodaikanal lake. Its location inside the reserved forest area has helped preserve its natural beauty from human intrusions. The water from the falls traverses through lush greenery, creating an ethereal scenery of natural beauty.
Pillar Rocks is a set of three large vertical granite boulders with a height of about 121 meters. The Tamil Nadu Forest Department manages Pillar Rocks. The visually stunning magnificent formation amidst rainforests attracts a horde of tourists who come here to relax and spend quality time with loved ones.
Due to the city's high elevation, the temperature at Kodaikanal remains cool throughout the year. From bird watching and photography to hiking and boat rides, there is no dearth of things to do in Kodaikanal. Or, you can just relax, enjoy the scenic beauty around you and come back fully rejuvenated.