Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is one of the most popular hill resorts in India. Kodaikanal is situated at an altitude of about 2,133-m high and covers an area of 21.45-sq-km. It is a charming hill station, stands amidst sylvan beauty on the southern crest of the upper Palani Hills near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. With its rocks, woods, lovely lake and bracing air, Kodaikanal is an ideal hill resort for the tourists.

The best way to utilize your leisure here is to saunter around the area appreciating the landscape. Or else, you can opt to go for facilities like boating, cycling, pony riding, angling, and golf. The dense forest with many varieties of trees, the huge rocks in the wilderness and the enchanting waterfalls, makes it a real gift for the tourists visiting this place. Kodaikanal is famous for eucalyptus oil, homemade chocolates, plums and pears. Kodaikanal is famous for the kurinji – flowers, which blossoms only once in twelve years. 

How To Reach kodaikanal

Kodaikanal by Air
The nearest airport from the town of Kodaikanal is Madurai which is located about 120 km from the city. Regular air services from Madurai connect the town to all the major cities of southern India and important metros of the rest of the country. Both public and private airlines offer their services to Madurai.

Kodaikanal by Rail
Kodai Road and the Palani Railway Station are the nearest railheads from the city of Kodaikanal at the distance of 80 km and 64 km respectively. These stations are well linked to cities like Chennai and Madurai, which are, in turn, linked to all the major destinations in India. Several Express and Super Fast trains offer services between Madurai and rest of the country. 

Kodaikanal by Road
Well laid state highways connect Kodaikanal to the various cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Ooty, Trichy, and Madurai. Regular bus services are available from Madurai, Palani, Tiruchirapalli, Kodaikanal Road, Kumuli and Coimbatore. Both Tamil Nadu Transport Corporation and private operators ply these buses. Taxis and vans are accessible for local transportation. 

Kodaikanal Weather – Best Time to Visit Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal enjoys subtropical climate and the best time to visit is fromSeptember to May.

  • Winters (November to January) are very cool with maximum temperature is about 30°C and minimum touches about 8°C. During January, ice formations are seen in night and temperature can drop down to freezing level. This period is good for sightseeing and outdoor trips.
  • Summers (March to May)has the average temperature ranges between 20°C to 34°C . During summer, adventure activities trekking is enjoyable in Kodaikanal.
  • Monsoons (June to September) has average rainfalls in Kodaikanal. Monsoon season is ideal for rain lovers to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place.

Tourist Attractions Of Kodaikanal

Palani – A hugely revered pilgrimage site in southern India, Palani is located 64 kms away from Kodaikanal and is one of the key tourist attractions in Kodaikanal. The place has an ethnic charm about it since it is alluded to as one of the six abodes of Lord Dhandayuthabani.

Coaker’s Walk – Coaker’s Walk was baptized after Lt. Coaker, who was actually the chief designer of the town of Kodai. It is positioned 1km away from the well known Kodaikanal Lake and provides a beautiful view of the plains beneath.

Flowers of the Kurinji plant that bloom once every twelve years

The Kurinji Andavar Temple – Named after the abundant Kurunji flowers that bloom once in twelve years, the Kurinji Andavar Temple was constructed in the year 1936. Lord Murugan is worshipped here.

Bryant Park – One of the excellent tourist attractions of Kodaikanal, the Bryant Park, occupying an area of 20.5 acres, is particularly famous for growing rare assortment of flowers.

Wax Museum- Recently opened wax museum is situated near Green Valley View/Suicide Point.

Waterfalls – The waterfalls, some of the major Kodaikanal tourist attractions found around the town include the Bear Shola Falls, Glen Falls, Silver Cascade, and the Fairy Falls. The most eminent of them, 975-feet high Thalaiyar Falls is located close by.

Green Value View – Placed on the grand River Vaigai, 5 km away from the Kodaikanal Lake, Green Value View offers an enchanting view of the Vaigai Dam.

Kodai Lake– If you are going in winter, go boating in the evening, as it’s an amazing experience to boat through fog settling on the lake. The lake is very near the bus stand. This is a star shaped lake and walking around it during the night is one of the best walking experience you can have in your life.

Pillar Rocks – This area is actually almost seven kilometers away from the middle of Kodaikanal. Three rocks, each of which presents a captivating view, pointing to the sky and rising to a height of about 400 meters are major attractions here.

Shenbaganur Museum – The museum is situated just 5 kilometers away from the famous Kodaikanal Lake.

The Observatory – Positioned at an elevation of 850 feet above the lake, the Observatory is mostly utilized for research purpose in the areas of meteorology and solar physics.

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