Kodaikanal is one of the very popular and most sought after Honeymoon and holiday destination hill resorts in South India. This hill station stands 7200 feet above sea level and situated in upper palani hills of the western ghats near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal is also popularly known as the princes of Hill Stations.
A magnificent star-shaped lake glitters like a jewel amidst the emerald green wooded slopes. This 24 hectare lake is skirted by 5 Kms long, black tapped road and is the focal point of Kodaikanal.
This lake was created in 1863 by Sir Vere Hendry Levinge, who was the collector of Madurai who retired and settled in Kodaikanal.
This park is situated on the eastern side of the lake. It is noted for flowers, hybrids and grafts. Cut flowers are exported from here.
A glass house which shelters fine varieties of flowers is found here. Flower show is conducted every year in May as part of summer festival.
Poompari Murgan Temple
Poombarai is a village located in the heart of the Palani hills, 18 kilometers (11 mi) from Kodaikanal at 1,920 meters (6,300 ft).This is a beautiful village to visit and relax. A packed lunch will be provided if you want to have a picnic here and walk around the village.
Silver Cascade Falls
Located on the Madurai-Kodaikanal road, this natural spectacle is one of the first to greet you as you advance on your journey to the hills of Kodaikanal. About 180 feet in height, the fall gushes clean sparkling water that will completely soothe your mind and eyes.
Soak in the beauty for few hours or take an invigorating shower under the cascading falls to soak in the experience. Don’t forget to take a snap of yourself in front of the falls its great moment of your life you can remember the past. You could also visit the Bear Shola Falls where bears used to visit for a drink in the past.
Found 3 kms from the lake, a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Muruga. This temple is associated with the Kuriniji flowers which carpet the hillside.
Kurunji flowers bloom once in 12 years. Also Kurinji means hill region in Tamil literature and Andavar means God. Hence Lord Muruga is referred as God of Hill here. From this temple one can see a view of Palani and Vaigai Dam.
Solar Physical Observatory
3.2 Kms. from the Lake at an elevation of 2343 meters. It was founded in 1989 at the topmost point of Kodaikanal.
Visitors are allowed to closely observe the stars, planetary movements etc., during visiting hours and Prior appointments.
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 Dolmens are two very large erect stone slabs topped by a larger flat lab.
A neat little park off the beaten track is in north east corner of the town, on the way to Kurinji Andavar temple.
Located 8 Kms from the lake, the overflow of Kodai lake comes down here as 180 feet high falls. If the water temperature suits, tourist can also take a bath here.
“Grand Cascade” is the other name for this magnificent falls. It can be reached by a steep, precipitous path behind Pambar house.
The Pambar River is a Ziz zagging stream that crusades over a serious of rock formations and precipes.
A 10 minute walk from the lake, it derives its name from Lt. Coaker, who prepared the map of Kodaikanal.
Coaker’s Walk runs along a steep, emerald green wooded slope. From Coaker’s Walk one can get a breath-taking view of the plains below which is open to the public from 9 AM to 6 PM.
It is about 7.4 kms from the lake. A set of three boulders standing 122 meters high provides a beautiful view. It has a mini garden with a variety of flowers.
This is also called as a Rattail falls,The widest falls ranging from 13th Kilometer on the Ghat road to Kodaikanal. It is one of the highest falls in India, with their 975 feet drop.
The Bear Shola falls is another favourite tourist spot in Kodaikanal and it is called so, because in earlier days bears used to come and drink water from this fall.
It is one of the most ideal picnic spots in Kodaikanal town and is at a distance of about 2 kms from the lake and about 1.5 kms from the bus stand. The falls is surrounded by shola trees, eucalyptus trees and pine trees.
To enable the visitors to have a panoramic view of the valley and nearby towns, a telescope house is at Coakers walk.
Entrance fee is collected per head to see through the telescope.
This museum, about 5.6 kms from the lake, is maintained by the Sacred Heart College – Theological Seminary founded in 1895. It is devoted to archaeological remains and the flora and fauna of the hills.
One of the best orchidariums in the country, with more than 300 species of orchids, is also housed here. A Spanish Father Ugarthe contributed his major collections to the Museum. Working hours – 10 AM to 11.30 AM and 3 PM to 5 PM (Sunday Holiday)
It is about 5.5 Kms from the lake and located very close to Golf club. It commands a beautiful view of entire Vaigai dam. As the valley is very deep, dense and dangerous, it is recommended to see with precautionary measures.