Kodai Lake, Kodaikanal Kodaikanal Lake is a manmade lake in the Kodaikanal city which is also known as Kodai Lake. Vera Levinge was the man responsible for the creativity and resources of this lake amidst Kodaikanal town. This lake was developed by the British and early missionaries from the USASA.The star-shaped lake is centrally located in Kodaikanal and is surrounded by the rich green Palani Hills Range the main watershed for the lake. The lake is situated at an elevation of 2285m above sea level and has an average depth of 3.0m. The lake is at a distance of 3 km from the Kodai Bus stand.###History of Kodai Lake###Vera Levinge was a District Collector of Madurai who settled in Kodaikanal after his retirement in 1863. He spent his money to convert the marshy land with several streams of the lake by constructing a strong bund. He also bought boats from Tuticorin. It is said that foreign residents used to swim in this very lake.###Things To Do at Kodai Lake###Today, a large number of tourists, including kids, stroll around, sail, ride horses and ponies and cycles and admire the lake. One can also go fishing, but only after obtaining permission from Inspector of Fisheries. The Kodaikanal Boat and Rowing Club, as well as the Tamil Nadu Tourist Development Corporation, offer similar boat services for similar prices: INR 20-40 for a two-seater pedal boat to INR125 (including boatman) for a Kasmiri shikara (covered gondola - like boat) for 30 minutes. There are luxury boats available too.###Kurinji Flower at Kodai Lake###A unique flowering plant, Kurinji, is said to be found in the lake’s catchment area. It is also found that this flower last bloomed in 2004 and it only blooms once in 12 years. Hill-plantain fruits and plums are famous in the area.###Tips For Visiting Kodai Lake### Boat Pageant and Flower Shows are a regular and popular feature in the summer season.###How To Reach Kodai Lake###The Kodai Road Railway Station and the Palani Railway station at 64 km are the nearest railheads at a distance of 80 km and 64 km respectively. The Lake is well connected to Kodaikanal Road via regular bus services.
Revered as the pristine gem of Kodaikanal, La Saleth Church is sited up on a cliff edge outside of town. In order to reach there, you have to ascend a steep staircase which guides you to the door of this beautiful shrine. Once reaching there, one can pay homage to the Almighty and offer his/her prayers in calm and quiet ambiance. La Saleth is more than 100-year old historic shrine in Kodaikanal and was once the only Catholic Church in the town. In the month of August, the church hosts its annual festival to pay homage to Mother May that runs for around 9 days. During this time, a heavy footfall of devotees can be spotted, both natives and tourists, After visiting the church next location is kodaikanal lake.The lake is star-shaped, centrally located in the town of Kodaikanal and is surrounded by lush green hills of the northwestern palani hills range, which is the main watershed for the lake.Kodai Lake is a manmade lake located in the Kodaikanal city in Dindigul district in Tamil Nadu, India. Sir Vere Henry Levinge the then Collector of Madurai, was instrumental in creating the lake in 1863, amidst the Kodaikanal town which was developed by the British and early missionaries from USA. The lake is said to be Kodaikanal's most visited place.
As this lake is situated in the middle of the main town so we decided to explore it at last just before leaving the town. We had to let go of our car and store our luggage in the office of our bus and then explore this lake. I wanted to hire a bicycle and take a cycling tour across the lake but my friends insisted on going on a paddle boat ride with them. Now paddle boating is something you can do on the basis of your wish. I personally have done paddle boating so many times that it sounds boring to me now....specially the four seater one. My friends still find it exciting. It is up to you if you want to do it or not. In case you do.... opt for a ride length of at least an hour as it takes quite some time to go round the lake.....and you need to pay fine if you return late from your designated time. Now you also have the option of renting a bicycle to ride around the lake.....you can try that also if you have time.
We were standing there thinking of our past and the future realising that this present time is so important in life. We gazed at the sunset filled view of the lake where the reflection of the blue sky fell right into the water.
After an hour or so the afternoon rain stopped and I made my way towards Kodai Lake. This blissfulness, star shaped lake is peacefully nestled at the centre of the town. The calmness and allure of this lake can easily weather away all your stresses and anxieties.