Kodaikanal: The Princess of Hill Stations

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Let me take you to a land shrouded with clouds and mist.Located in Tamil Nadu, this hill station is quite famous and stays true to its meaning even today. Kodaikanal is an apt place for nature lovers.

Photo of Kodaikanal: The Princess of Hill Stations 1/3 by ANKITA DEY
Kodaikanal lake
Photo of Kodaikanal: The Princess of Hill Stations 2/3 by ANKITA DEY
On the way to Dolphin Nose
Photo of Kodaikanal: The Princess of Hill Stations 3/3 by ANKITA DEY
Piller Rocks

We had planned a road trip from Bangalore. The road connecting the two cities is really good. It was an overnight journey.Gazing at the mountains rolled up and down with green carpet, endless floating sky with the melody of whistles and chirping of birds around was an awestruck experience. We had booked a cottage in advance located about 8 kms from the bus stand.I would suggest to book a cottage/homestay in advance away from the crowd.

We started our trip with Kodaikanal lake. It is a very beautifully maintained 4 point star shaped fresh water reservoir.

Kodaikanal lake

Photo of Kodaikanal Lake, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by ANKITA DEY

Kodaikanal lake

Photo of Kodaikanal Lake, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by ANKITA DEY

Coaker’s Walk: A kilometre long pathway along the edge of a steep slope, Coaker’s Walk offers breathtaking views of Dolphin’s Nose (a cliff that resembles a dolphin’s nose). It opens at 7 am, so try and get there early to catch the sunrise.

Bear Shola Falls: It is located close to Kodaikanal Lake. Earlier, bears would come here to quench their thirst. Now, however, travellers come here to visit these unique falls nestled in the forest. The falls is dry in the summer season. I couldn't find any water as I went in the summer.

Bear Shola Falls

Photo of Bear Shola Falls, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by ANKITA DEY

Berijam Lake: Around 20 kms from Kodaikanal, Berijam lake is indeed a hidden jewel. Surrounded by pine forests, the lake lies in close proximity to Mathikettan Shola National Park.The lake is the land of "Magic Mushrooms". They are very rare mushrooms and is nature's reply to LSD. They are high hallucinating agents and are natural.

Berijam lake view from the top

Photo of Berijam Lake, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India by ANKITA DEY

Trek to Dolphin nose:

It took us around 3 hours to climb till Dolphin’s nose & back, which included our time for rest too ! We went for the trek in the morning & the weather was pleasant. The route in not much strenuous & is covered with trees. It passes through a small village with eateries along the way. The view from the Dolphin’s Nose was breathtaking. Standing atop the cliff and looking around to capture the mountains & town below was an awesome experience. Further ahead is Echo Point. This also gave us an astonishing view. We had to climb a small path of rock to go till the end.

View from Dolphin Nose

Photo of Dolphin Nose, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India by ANKITA DEY

Kodailkanal lake

Photo of Dolphin Nose, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India by ANKITA DEY

It was a great trip, having a good mix of luxury and suspense.

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