Translating to 'the gift of the forest' in the native language of Tamil Nadu and originally home to the Palaiyar tribal people, this modern city has been a retreat long since the 19th century. Located in the hills of the Dindigul district, this city was established by British bureaucrats and American Christian missionaries. Kodaikanal offers an experience of stunning culture and natural beauty. Some famous attractions include Kodaikanal Lake, where one can always take a peaceful boat ride, Berijam Lake and Pillar Rocks. Take a walk in the pine forest or explore the Kukkal Caves and the Devil's Kitchen, a cave with a series of hidden ravines. Bear Shola falls, Glen Falls, Silver Cascade and Fairy falls make for a magical setting for nature lovers to observe and unwind. Religious dwellings such as the La Saleth Church, Lutheran Church and Subhramanya Temple are admired famously for their intricate architecture. For the inquisitive minds, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, which is home to 500 species of taxidermy animals, birds and insects and the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory are great places to visit. Coakers walk, Silent Valley View Point, Perumal Peak and 80 Mile round make for interesting walks and treks, offering breathtaking views of the plains below. Natyanjali Festival, celebrated over 4 days, is a spectacular sight to behold with dazzling dance performances and top notch acts from across the country, which one can enjoy in the months of February or March. You can get a bite to eat at Cloud Street, Cafe Cariappa, Altaf's Cafe and Tava restaurants.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Kodaikanal is from April to February
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
A very beautiful hill station just a couple of kilometres away from Kodaikanal, this is a place you can visit throughout the year. The temperature is low throughout the year and thus do not forget to carry warm clothes whenever you go there. The rocks and watchpoints here are places from where you will get the best views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The main points here are the Dolphin's nose and the Suicide Point.
The main attraction of Kodaikanal is the Kodaikanal Lake. This is a very big and clean lake and the main activity enjoyed by everyone here is boating. You can also hire bicyles here since the rocky terrain is good for adventure bicycling. Also, the scenic beauty is worth admiring and this is also an apt place for photographers.
A mere walk of 5 minutes, this is a watchpoint in Kodaikanal. More than a walk tourists love to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding sceneries from here. Since Kodaikanal is at a high altitude, you can get spectacular views of about 2000 ft if you look down. The surrounding mountains and valleys with the lush greenery and the view of the foamy waters looks awesome. The cool breeze brushing your face and the colourful, wild flowers geowing around you make it a memorable exoerience.
Pillar Rocks Kodaikanal
Pillar rocks are a group of rocks in a pillar formation. You can view this from a specified location. It depends on the luck if you are able to view it or not because of the clouds. We were lucky as the cloud cover just reduced when we were about to leave. Also we bought some carrots which were really tasty to eat.
Laws Ghat Rd Shenbaganur Kodaikanal
Ideally we should have stayed back at Coakers Walk nearby to watch the sunset. but we were in short of time. We drove to Kodaikanal Lake, found a small tea shop and spend our time idly. For those who love rowing/pedalling a boat, the Lake has fun activities lined up for a small fee.
Very close to the Kodaikanal Lake, this is one of the most beautiful parks you will find in the city. The sheets of colourful blossoms and the combination of frangrances with the sweet colours make it all very pretty. This kind of a place can instantly bring a smile to anyone's place. The best time to visit is of course a little after the peak time of summer as this is when the flowers are at full bloom. Other than that also, this is an ideal place to enjoy lazy walks and to relax.
Edwin's guest houseMy first stop in Vattakanal was Edwin's. I found a room for Rs 400 a day. It was a nice little cosy room, with a fireplace. It also had a balcony. When I stepped into the balcony, the view was mesmerizing. I could see the Palani hills down below. In a few seconds time the entire valley was covered with fog. In the next few seconds the fog cleared completely and Vattakanal was bathing in sunshine. I sat there for almost an hour watching the play of clouds and sunshine, each moment different but equally beautiful as the previous one. My hunger interrupted my romance with the spectacular view in front of me.Edwin's contact : 9443522911
Kurinji Andavar Temple
Located close to the Chettiyar Park, this is an old temple dedicated to Lord Murugan. Lord Murugan is the common deity worshipped here and in this temple he is known as Lord Kurinji Andavar. Kurinji or Neelakurinji is the flower which grows here once in 12 years and this is after which the name of the deity is given. Other than the idol of Lord Kurinji, you will also get the idols of the 9 Planet gods or the Navagraha in this temple. The temple is on top of a hill and from here the view of the surroundings, especially the Palani Hills is awesome.
Kumbakarai was six kms from Periyakulam, so we decided to go by walk. We crossed nearly one and half kms, and the food we ate made us stop. Stopped a crossing share auto and asked him to drop in Kumbakarai falls. Meanwhile we have decided to reach Kodaikanal via Vellagavi (One can reach this village from Dolphin Nose point Kodaikanal. You have to trek down few Kms to reach here), climbing from kumbakarai falls. We reached the Falls entrance and everything was closed. One Akka came and told, just now a forest officer left from this pace, you have to take permission form forest ranger and for that we have to travel back 20 kms to Devanathapatti to get the permission. We were in a dilemma whether we need permission to climb the hill.The half an hour confusion
These are natural rock formation in the kodal District and though there is nothing much to do here, tourists still flock here in search of peace and beauty. You can get the most spectacular views of the surrounding beauty and the misty surroundings look heavenly. The clouds seem to be at a hand's distance and the cool feeling of these are an attraction in themselves.
Lake View Point
It's been long since I wanted to visit kodaikanal and finally was really happy to be there.After an overnight journey from Bangalore we reached kodaikanal at 8 am in the morning.The weather looked just perfect and we were fully charged to indulge in the beauty of the queen of the hill stations. We booked a taxi from the bus stand and headed towards kodai sunshine hotel in chettiar road. The hotel and the hotel staff were just the best and staying there was an amazing experience. After checking in we relaxed for sometime and headed out for sight seeing around 1.30 pm.Places visited : Upper lake view,Vattakanal falls,panambur falls, lion's cave, mountain view, dolphin's nose,echo point,500 years old tree, a church, coaker's walk. The taxi charged around 1600 for this.
Why? Since it is a natural formation of rock that resembles to the nose of Dolphin. Reaching atop this rock might at once appear to be cumbersome, but once atop, it would be of great worth. Deep ravines can be sighted on the both the sides of this rock. While in one ravine you can effortlessly catch the sight of the picturesque Catherine Falls, on the other side, can be spotted the confluence of twin streams viz. Coonoor stream and Kotagiri stream.
Laws Ghat Rd
As you go to Kodaikanal, you will see how difficult the terrain is and you will also be pleased to sea such a motorable road uphill. This road plan was suggested by G.C.Law who was an engineer and the man behind such a difficult task. It was because the villagers had to face a lot of problems whenever they wanted to go somewhere and so the road was made. The name was put after the engineer as a mark of honor and remembrance and thus the Laws Ghat Road.